A Bangkok Walk - Yaowarat

 

It was time to try the first of the 15 Walking Routes in Bangkok - thank you to the TAT and Richard Barrow...



Onto the MRT and I got off at the Hua Lamphong Railway Station - quite a 'blast from the past' - more photographs coming on http://timinphuket-thingstodo.blogspot.com. but I have to admit that I did not find the small museum. In the distance I saw a large spire so I wandered over - it was Wat Tramitr Withayaram

And it was packed with tourists - you needed to buy a ticket before you entered. Then there were tourists following a flag - with coaches outside - so the peace was not there.

Stop 1: Yaowarat China Town Heritage Museum - well it is in the grounds at Wat Tramitr Withayaram but I did not stay long enough to find it.


Stop 2: China Town Gateway  - a wonderful and unexpected part of a roundabout marking one entrance to China Town,built in 1999 to commemorate the King's birthday. There was what looked like a wedding celebration underneath it so I decided to stay away.


Then it was time to visit Yaowrat Road and China Town - it was busy - the last time I visited was in the Chinese New Year celebrations.


Stop 3: Eiah Sae 益生 - this is one of the last traditional coffee shops that can be found in Bangkok and in all the chaos I could not find it...


Stop 4: Tang Toh Kang Gold Shop - one of the original gold shops in Bangkok - still trading and there is a museum inside - there were a lot of gold shops and they were full of people and I could not find it- even with the GPS...  



Stop 5: Thai Heng Restaurant - a traditional Chinese restaurant which is very popular with the local community, there are a lot of restaurants around here - could not find this one...


Stop 6: Wat Bampen Chine Prote (Wat Yong Hok Yi) วัดบำเพ็ญจีนพรต (วัดย่งฮกยี่) - a small Wat which was a place for solace and retreat - very nice.



Stop 7: Wat Kanmatuyaram (Wat Yo Khan Tue) วัดกันมาตุยาราม - a Sri-Lankan style bell can be found in the grounds but it was being renovated when I visited - nice gate


Stop 8: Wat Mangkon Kamalawat - still known as Wat Leng Noei Yi and is a very large structure and very busy with tourists.


Then it was time to go back to the street markets - now these were extremely busy


Stop 9: Leng Buai la Shrine - a small shrine with an ancient bell and a special incense burner inside, in a quiet corner next to the bustling markets

Stop 10: Thian Fah Foundation Hospital - started in 1902 and their goal was to treat the impoverished and is still helping people today, next to a Chinese Shrine.


Which was another place to visit. 


After this I needed some food - so it was street food served around the China Town Gateway - very nice.