Bangkok Noi Canal: Beginner's Route
Pinklao Bridge - Begin!
Hey there, and welcome to my tour of the Bangkok Noi canal area. My name is Greg. I created this tour because the area of the city you’re in now is close to a ton of interesting places, and I wanted to give people the chance to explore them.
Right now you should be standing next to the Pinklao Bridge, one of the main arteries connecting Bangkok - where you are now - to Thonburi - which is what the other side of the river is called. You should be on the side of the road closest to the river.
So, let's get going!
If you’re facing the river, turn left and start walking down the road, with your back to the bridge and the river on your right. I’ll tell you more along the way.
In 1971 the city of Thonburi was absorbed into Bangkok, becoming the city's newest district, and the Pinklao Bridge was a huge step forward in easing the transition, as well as in the development of modern Bangkok.
There's a funny story about the Pinklao Bridge. It necessitated the removal of a small and historically important structure called the Chaloem Sawan 58 Bridge that crossed a small canal. The plan was to re-erect this small bridge in Lumpini Park as a monument to the city's past. At some point between taking the bridge down and readying it for its new location, they lost it.
That's right - to this day, no one knows where the Chaloem Sawan 58 Bridge was moved to. Who knows, maybe someday I'll stumble upon it while researching a new walking route.
Now, I have to impart the most important advice of the day: if aaaaaanyone comes up to you and starts asking questions or tells you that something is closed or that there’s a deal on tuk-tuks or gems or tailors today - They. Are. Lying. Period. Just smile and keep walking.
While you walk, let me briefly explain how VoiceMap works.
It uses your location to play audio automatically, at the right time and place. This means that you can put your phone away now. Don't worry if I'm silent for a while, when I'm not giving directions or telling stories. There's a map on your screen if you ever feel lost, and if you do get way off track without noticing, VoiceMap will let you know.
Keep walking straight. I'll meet you further ahead.