Bangkok Noi Canal: Beginner's Route
Bangkok Close Up
You're doing great! Continue in the same direction along this path.
There are lot’s of opportunities to get lost here, but aside from a few minor twists and curves, you should be walking roughly in a straight line. Check the map if you’re unsure.
So, the little community you're walking through now is typical of many little enclaves throughout Bangkok. Back in the day little neighborhoods like this - called moobans in Thai - sprung up around a temple, which acted as the focal point of the whole community. Temples in Thailand are sort of a mix between a town hall, square, church, school, and canteen, and their importance to the community can not be understated.
Their role has been somewhat diminished over the centuries, but the communities keep plugging along. Temples do still anchor the historical footprint of the area and play an important role in the religious ceremonies that most Thais observe.
The temple that this community is tied to is called Wat Dusidaram Woraviharn, which we'll get to in a few minutes.
Until then, wander slowly, take a few photos and smile lots - this little community has close-knit families with plenty of history, stories, and interesting characters. There are plenty of little mom-and-pop shops along here where you can buy some water, too.
Keep going. You'll hear from me in a bit.