I love exploring new areas around Thailand. I also love revisiting areas in my own backyard from a new perspective. The best way to do this is to stay in a hotel even if it isn’t far from your home. This way you get to see the area from dawn to dusk. I often get invites from hotels to come and stay. I usually turn most of them down as I don’t do hotel reviews and I don’t want anything overly commercial on my website. However, I do sometimes take up their offer if it looks like a good hotel and that I want to explore the area or attend a nearby event. But I always make it clear that I must be under no obligation to write anything about the hotel or even mention it on social media. In the case of the Millenium Hilton Bangkok hotel, I really did enjoy my stay. As did many of my followers judging by their replies.
Date of trip: 12-14 October 2018
DAY ONE: This weekend I’ve been invited to stay at the Millenium Hilton Bangkok hotel. I have really nice panoramic views of the Chao Phraya from my bedroom & living room. The temptation is to just hang out here, but I guess I should explore the neighborhood. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/Sy1wt5f291w
A relatively new riverside tourist attraction in Bangkok is called LHONG 1919. It was originally a steamship terminal built in 1850. It included shops, offices and a shrine. Around 1900 it was converted into rental home-offices. In 1919, it was sold to the Wanglee family. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/YWuKKPk8zA22
LHONG 1919 was recently restored to its former glory. As well as the shrine, it now has boutique shops, restaurants and venues for meetings and concerts. It’s also a nice place for doing selfies and getting pictures for Instagram.
Bangkok will soon be getting a new & massive shopping mall. It’s called ICONSIAM & it will open its doors on Friday 9th November. There will be 14 iconic flagship stores and 188 “first time in Thailand” store concepts and brands from around the world. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/UbsmWk3Wwgv
There will be FOUR new piers in front of ICONSIAM. On the road side, they are building a monorail that connects with BTS Krung Thonburi Station. This is a massive project that is expecting thousands of visitors every day.
DAY TWO: Good morning from the Millennium Hilton Bangkok Hotel. A photo of the wonderful sunrise this morning from my room on the 21st floor. I couldn’t ask for a better panoramic view of the Chao Phraya River and the city skyline.
Breakfast with a riverside view at the Millennium Hilton Bangkok Hotel. This morning I’m planning on catching a ferry across the river to explore the Talat Noi area. Probably go into Chinatown as well as the Vegetarian Festival is taking place this week.
View of the Portuguese Embassy and the French Embassy beyond taken from the Millennium Hilton Bangkok Hotel. The British Embassy used to have a riverside property here on the site of the present day General Post Office and CAT building. Back then it was just a Legation.
The Holy Rosary Church (Bot Kalawar) alongside the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok was built in 1891. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/2Ea7FJV2ZFN2
Rong Kuak Shrine in Talat Noi is over a hundred years old. It is well worth exploring the alleyways in this area. Just get lost! Map: https://goo.gl/maps/wZ4CkYnio9P2
Some of the street art down an alleyway near Rong Kuak Shrine in Talat Noi.
I love this old car and giant banyan tree down one of the alleyways in Talat Noi. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/wpRrEcBAcfr
The River View Guest House, as the name suggests, is a great place to go to admire the view of the Chao Phraya River. Just take the lift to the restaurant on the eighth floor. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/ijU16sLYA9M2
A good shrine to visit during the Vegetarian Festival in Bangkok is Chao Zhou Shi Kong in Talat Noi. They also have free Chinese opera in the evenings. Lots of vegetarian food options in the alleyways surrounding it. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/StNku36b7No
The alleyways around Chao Zhou Shi Kong shrine in Talat Noi are very busy during festival times.
The Talad Noi area is a very good place to explore and get lost. You never know what you will find. Here are some more street art paintings that you can find here. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/c5ZBnCDfh792
A few years ago, I was in Chinatown during the new year festival when a man like this one approached me near Wat Tri Mit. He asked me where I was going and I replied Chinatown. He then said, “I’m very sorry, but Chinatown is closed today for a festival.”
If you are exploring Bangkok, you will be glad to know that Nancy Chandler’s popular maps are now available in a digital PDF format. This makes it easier to carry and zoom in to read the small print. More info on my blog.
Some of the street art that you can find between Talad Noi and Yaowarat in Bangkok’s Chinatown.
Rain stops play. Stuck in a shrine in Chinatown while waiting for this big storm to pass.
Our circular walking tour of Talad Noi & Chinatown was about 6km. We started at the Millennium Hilton Bangkok & took the cross river ferry to River City for 4.5 Baht. We then walked all the way to Rajchawongse Pier where we caught an express boat back to the start for 15 Baht.
Many thanks to my friend Chin from Chili Paste Tour who was my guide today of Talad Noi & Chinatown. Chin is a private tour guide who specializes in food tours & taking customers off the beaten track. Highly recommended. More info on her website: http://foodtoursbangkok.com
DAY THREE: Good morning from the 21st floor of the Millennium Hilton Bangkok Hotel. This is the view from my living room. I’m booked in for brunch at 11:30am and so I may just have a lazy morning and hang out in my suite. Let’s see.
This morning I decided to do a short circular walk in the Bang Rak area before brunch. My starting point is the Millennium Hilton Bangkok Hotel where I’m taking a free shuttle boat to Sathorn Pier. After 6pm they also go to Asiatique. At Sathorn Pier you can change to the skytrain.
Sathorn Pier is a transport hub as there are piers & a connection to BTS Saphan Taksin. The main pier is for the Chao Phraya River express which costs 15B-32B. The tourist boat is 180B. The cross-river ferry is 5B. There are also free hotel shuttle boats & long-tailed boat tours.
Chiao Eng Biao Shrine (ศาลเจ้าเจียวเองเบี้ยว) or simple the Bang Rak shrine is next to BTS Saphan Taksin. It was built as a memorial for 108 Chinese travelers who were mistaken as pirates and killed off the coast of Vietnam 150 years ago. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/rBh1fJrn5BN2
Ban Oou Mosque dates back to the reign of King Chulalongkorn. In 1912, the king donated a piece of land in Bang Rak for the Muslim immigrants to build a mosque and graveyard. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/2Swnvg6vpJQ2
Wat Suan Phlu in Bang Rak is well known for its gingerbread style buildings & fretwork. However, although renovations have returned them to good order, some of the original buildings were sadly demolished to make way for a concrete structure. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/hL8gHXcMxhN2
Assumption Cathedral in Bang Rak dates back to 1809. The present larger church was built in 1909 due to a growing congregation. Most of the marble and stained glass windows came from France and Italy. The tower is 32 meters high. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/oFHL4Ef5ZBx
The Old Customs House along the river is supposed to be renovated and turned into some sort of a hotel in the future. No sign of that yet. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/tvS6imsfn5p
The O.P. Place Shopping Centre building in Bang Rak dates back to 1878. It used to belong to a German company. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/rX9o9VBUBVv
The General Post Office in Bang Rak is an impressive looking neo-classic style building. It dates back to the time of King Chulalongkorn. The site was formerly the British Legation. Now part of it is the Thailand Creative & Design Center. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/7ojmk5kmSSr
Next to the Grand Post Office In Bang Rak, walk down Soi Charoen Krung 32 where you find some street art, including a famous one by Alex Face.
Warehouse 30 is a new creative community complex in the Creative District of Chareon Krung/Bang Rak. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/wrwwi4EApsq
Stucco street art outside the Portuguese embassy in Bangkok. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/zvZTY63eek72
House No. 1 on Captain Bush Lane is a renovated building with European neoclassical architecture. It was formerly the offices of the French Distillery Company and later the home of a consort of King Chulalongkorn. Captain Bush was the Harbour Master. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/3tXdL1vuf9p
I’m now on the cross-river ferry boat from River City Pier to Khlong San Pier next to the Millennium Hilton Bangkok. The boat-walk-boat trip cost me 4.5 Baht & I walked about 4.8km. That was a good morning’s walk that worked up a good appetite. Time for a late brunch at my hotel.
I hope you enjoyed my two walks from today & yesterday, and I’ve inspired you to get out and go walkabout in Bangkok. Lots to see!
Talad Noi Walk: https://goo.gl/maps/NqXJWvho31p
Bang Rak Walk: https://goo.gl/maps/i4t5jfXtipB2
A wonderful brunch at the Millennium Hilton Bangkok. I think it was really three meals in one as I don’t think I can eat again today. The highlight, of course, was the Cheese Room. Lots of different cuisines available. I started with a light salad, then an Indian dish and then dessert.
A big shoutout to the Millennium Hilton Bangkok for letting me stay in the Panoramic Executive Suite for the past three days. I had a really enjoyable stay. I wish I had more time as there’s lots to do in this area. I hope you enjoyed my pictures & I’ve inspired you to visit.
If you are interested in doing your own walks, you can download a free guide called “Walking Bangkok: 15 Tourist Routes around Bangkok” on my travel blog.