On this walking tour you will explore the communities along Bangkok's first road and learn about the settlement of the Europeans in Bangkok
Price: Currently only available as a private tour Private tour: Price on demand
Availability & Duration: The tour starts at 9am and lasts approximately 2.5 hoursRequest Private Tour
Along the bank of the Chao Phraya river, traders from both the East and the West started settling over one hundred years ago. In response to the requests from the early European settlers, Charoen Krung Road was built and became Bangkok’s first paved road. This tour follows the Charoen Krung Road and explores the stories behind the communities that settled in the Bangrak district of Bangkok.
You will be met your guide at BTS Saphan Taksin at 9.00am. Following an introduction by your guide you will set out on a 3km walk. As you walk we will pass through the fascinating area of Bangrak where Chinese, Thai and Muslim communities coexist and we pass by market vendors, shops and restaurants who have been operating as family businesses for over 70 years. As we approach the Assumption Church and community the focus changes to the Europeans and the impact they had on Bangkok as the country opened up to trade with the West. As we continue we see the signs of this impacts: The first hotel in Bangkok, the first road in Bangkok, The European Embassies, The Customs House…
The tour finishes at Si Phraya Pier from where you can then jump on the river boat to continue your day or maybe head on to Chinatown. The tour lasts approximately 2.5 hour and will finish about 11:30.
As you walk don’t forget to smile and say “Sawasdee” to the people we pass by.
Guide, water and snacks, transport during the tour, insurances
Pick up / drop off from hotels, tips, alcoholic drinks
The meeting point is Saphan Taksin BTS Station (see map below). Full details will be sent to you on booking.