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Thonburi

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An October 2008 trip to Bangkok by SeenThat

Santa Cruz Cathedral (Wat Kudichin) Photo, Bangkok, Thailand More Photos
Quote: Nowadays a district of Bangkok, Thonburi was the Thai Capital between the Ayutthaya and Bangkok eras. It has a lot to show to the visitor.

Thonburi

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Attraction | "Braving Thonburi: the Walk"

Thonburi: Wat Arun Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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An attractive option for the brave of heart is a half day walk through Thonburi; such an adventure would include all the sites reviewed in this entry and despite the heat and humidity is an awesome way of exploring this part of modern Bangkok.Thonburi, the short-lived Thai capital during the reign of Taksin the Great (1768-1782), was annexed in 1972 to Bangkok; nowadays it would be hard to guess they were different cities in the past, if it wasn’t for the clear border created by the Chao Phraya River.Walking through a big metropolis has its advantages; shopping malls, food plazas and local markets appear frequently along the way, allowing many snack stops while offering plenty ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 19, 2009

Memorial Bridge

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Attraction | "Memorial Bridge - Saphan Phut"

Memorial Bridge - Saphan Phut  Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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The Memorial Bridge is a bridge over the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, connecting the districts Phra Nakhon ("Holy City") and Thonburi. Despite being less useful to the traveller than the bridges connecting downtown Bangkok with the highways leading to Southern Thailand, Saphan Phut is worth a special visit due to the views from it and the nearby attractions.On Kings and KingdomsDespite being relatively new, the Memorial Bridge i...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 19, 2009

Temple of the Dawn (Wat Arun)

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Attraction | "Wat Arun - The Temple of Dawn"

Temple of the Dawn (Wat Arun) Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Reaching the TempleWat Arun is in the Thonburi area of Bangkok, on the western bank of the Chao Praya River anda cross classical Bangkok, almost in front of the Grand Palace. It is possible to reach Wat Arun with one of the ferry boats crossing the Chao Praya River from the Tha Chang Pier near Wat Phra Kaeo - the Grand Palace - or Tha Tian Pier near Wat Pho. Overland, it can be reached with buses 83, 19 and 57, or by the walking path through Thonburi described in this journal. The entrance fee as of the end of 2008 is 50 baht.Timing the Visit...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 5, 2009

Temple of the Dawn (Wat Arun)
Thai Wang Road
Bangkok, Thailand

Santa Cruz Cathedral (Wat Kudichin)

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Attraction | "Santa Cruz Cathedral"

Santa Cruz Cathedral (Wat Kudichin) Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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The Santa Cruz Cathedral does not appear in most lists of Bangkok’s main attractions; yet, in its humble way, it illuminates a seldom known – but important – part of Thai history in the last centuries, a part which almost resulted into the transformation of this culture into a Christian one. Moreover, its white cross atop an earth-red dome is a prominent landmark along the Chao Phraya riverside.LocationLocated near the Memorial Bridge, Wat Prayoon and Wat Kalayanamit and at walking distance from Wat Arun, this cathedral enjoys a key spot in Thonburi and ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 5, 2009

Santa Cruz Cathedral (Wat Kudichin)
112, Tesaban 1 Road
Bangkok

Wat Prayoon Temple

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Attraction | "Wat Prayoon"

Wat Prayoon Temple Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Following a long restoration process, by the end of 2008 the sparkling white Wat Prayoon is with no doubt one of the most impressive temples in Bangkok, outside of the Grand Palace.Reaching Wat PrayoonThe temple can be reached by foot from the Thonburi side of the Memorial Bridge. If doing so, the temple would appear immediately after the bridge on the right side. Its chedis are a good reference point from the bridge and from the nearby Santa Cruz Church. It is open daily between 9 AM and 6 PM.The Price of a Free MealAfter ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 1, 2009

Wat Prayoon Temple
Soi 1, Thanon Thetsaban, Thornburi
Bangkok, Thailand