By Gregory Byrne Bracken

This can be Bangkok such as you have by no means obvious it prior to. the writer takes you on an architectural event throughout the bustling streets and busy canals of this regal urban. Dr Bracken s well-researched insights and his appealing sketches will heighten your appreciation of Bangkok s palaces, temples, monuments, pavilions, markets, public structures and lots of different old fashioned corners. during this revised variation of the booklet, present walks were transformed to include Bangkok s non-stop city improvement and new walks further. Many illustrations have additionally been redrawn to supply a greater appreciation of the construction facades.

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Across Henri Dunant Rd from the snake farm is Chulalongkorn Hospital, a series of fine European-style neoclassical buildings, with some of their elements, like the overhanging eaves, adapted to suit the tropical climate. These are generally in quite good condition, but as the busy hospital has had to upgrade itself over the years, some of the earlier buildings have received insensitive add-ons. As a result, these architectural gems, especially the one whose side faces onto Lumphini Park, can hardly be seen anymore.

The hotel’s interior makes generous use of shimmering silk on its wall panels and has an impressive collection of contemporary terracotta bas-reliefs replicating those found in Sukhothai, Thailand’s ancient capital. The hotel’s Sunday brunch has become a Bangkok institution. 42 Slightly farther along Sathorn Rd are the two Thai Wah Towers, with the 32nd to the 60th floors of the taller skyscraper housing the Westin Banyan Tree Hotel. Guests almost certainly seize the opportunity to experience the hotel’s spectacular open-air swimming pool in the multistorey opening punched high up through the fabric of the building.

Royal Netherlands Embassy 6. US Embassy 7. Lumphini Park Seamstress on street Wireless Road KEY 29 Khlong San Sap If you are walking from Chidlom Skytrain station, follow Ploenchit Rd away from the direction of Ratchadamri Rd, then turn left onto Wireless Rd and you will come to the bridge over Khlong San Sap. This canal is an important arterial route and is one of only two major east-west canals that survive in Bangkok. It is a continuation of Khlong Mahanak and runs east through an area of marshland where Rama I banished the Muslim prisoners he captured during one of his southern campaigns — their descendants still live in an enclave on the north bank of the canal, roughly opposite Jim Thompson’s House.

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