Bangkok Noi Canal: Beginner's Route

    12 Apr 2019
    Clock 75min      Length3mi
    2 ratings

    Looking back

    Pay wave

    Okay you're doing great. Just keep going.

    So, while we're walking, I did think of one funny story. Well, not necessarily funny, but it is a story.

    When I first started coming here regularly in 2005, not a lot of foreigners had much reason to be in this area unless they came to the hospital. In the years since, the medical museum, the park, and a few other places nearby have been blogged and tweeted about, increasing their visibility. Back when I was new to Bangkok, this was Brooklyn to Bangkok's Manhattan and I wondered why anyone would ever want to cross the river?

    I realized this area had a lot to offer when I took a wrong turn on a bike ride and ended up on the traffic bridge up ahead, squeezing in between cars and trucks and motorbikes, praying I wouldn't get squashed. When I finally managed to escape down to street level, I got lost in the back alleys around here and realized it was an area rich in history and culture, and I've been doing walks and bike rides through this area ever since.

    Okay, so, we're coming up on the bridge, and, again, apologies, but you're going to have to climb up the stairs to the sidewalk on top, and cross over to the other side. It'll be loud, so I won't say much, except there's a nice view of the canal from up there.

    See you in a bit.

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