Bangkok audio tour: Embassies, Spirit Houses and Rain Trees: Exploring Bangkok’s Wireless Road

Embassies, Spirit Houses and Rain Trees: Exploring Bangkok’s Wireless Road

Walking Tour

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40 mins
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1.5mi

About the Tour

Explore Bangkok’s greenest neighborhood, Wireless Road, and gain amazing insights about history and culture that will change the way you look at everything in Thailand. Walking this tree-lined, vibrant road, you’ll learn about how Bangkok developed, what spirit houses tell us about Thai beliefs and the importance of food, color and appearances in Thai culture. Your guide will surprise you with the stories behind embassies, rain trees and convenience stores, and you’ll discover the uniquely Thai significance of motorcycle taxis, royal insignias and even the number nine. If you are new to Bangkok or have lived here awhile, you will see Wireless Road, and Bangkok in a new whole new light.

Tour Producer

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Paul Jorgensen

Paul Jorgensen is fascinated by the details of Bangkok. After only a few months living on Wireless Road, Paul screated this tour to put the many details of this wonderful neighborhood into perspective. He provided this tour to the U.S. Embassy and agencies, private groups and families for several years, always gathering new information along the way. An amateur historian (and full-time lawyer), Paul also authored a U.S. Embassy history of the home of the American Ambassador and created watercolors of both that home and the U.S. Embassy.

Major Landmarks

  • All-Seasons Place

  • Park Ventures

  • Central Embassy

Directions to Starting Point

By BTS: Take the BTS Sukhumvit Line to Phloen Chit station. Exit the turn styles toward Exits 1, 2 and 5. Start the tour right after you exit the turn styles.

By foot outside: Take the stairways from the road at the intersection of Phloen Chit and Wireless Roads to the platform of the BTS Phloen Chit station. Start the tour just outside of the turn styles near station Exits 1, 2 and 5.

By foot inside: From inside the Central Embassy Mall, Park Ventures building or Wave Place (Home Pro) building, follow the signs to the exit towards the BTS Phloen Chit station and exit the building. From Park Ventures, take the escalator up to the BTS Phloen Chit station. From Central Embassy Mall or Wave Place, walk up the platform stairs to the BTS Phloen Chit station. Start the tour just outside of the turn styles near station Exits 1, 2 and 5.

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Tips

Places to stop along the way

If you are thirsty, there are several markets and coffee shops along the way. I also recommend a quick meal (after the tour) at the enormous indoor street food market Eat Thai in the basement of the Central Embassy Mall, or a vegetarian bite at Broccoli Revolution in the Open House section (6th Floor) of the Central Embassy Mall. Afterwards, explore Lumpini Park – an entrance is on Wireless Road just below where the tour turns at the half-way point.

Best time of day

The walk will be coolest in the mornings, although you will love the shade from all the beautiful trees along the way. If you want to see the Wireless neighborhood at work, take this tour on a weekday (with the busiest times between 11:30 am to 1 pm). If you want a quieter, slower experience, take this tour on a weekend morning.

Precautions

This is a very safe neighborhood. Please watch for uneven or moving pavement that can trip you up. Also be very careful at driveways: cars and motorcyles enter and exit and do not usually stop for people, especially if guards have waived the cars and motorcycles on.

Comments

I've been commuting down Witthayu for 1.5 years and never imagined there was anything overly significant about the area... Until now. After listening to this tour, I can't help but think what other fun facts and historical references I unknowingly pass on the daily basis! Bonus: Since the narration plays off of the GPS while you walk, I was able to pause and break this into a few listenings depending on which side of the road I was on that day. I found the narrator to have a soothing voice and entertaining candor. Highly recommend. Fingers crossed this series continues to other areas of BKK!

Posted by Catherine Rose , over 1 year ago

What an interesting walking tour full of unique information. Witthayu Road appears to just be a busy street in Bangkok but the history and stories are rich. The guide’s voice is clear and rich and you can tell that he is passionate about the subject. It’s fun to be a part of the tour.

Posted by Amy , over 1 year ago

OMG! This was such an informative tour! Not just about Wireless Road and the neighborhood but really about many other things describing Thai culture, religion, history etc. I very much enjoyed the tour and learned a lot! Recommend it! P.S. the voice on this tour is so hot! Sorry but true.

Posted by Setareh , over 1 year ago

Amazing facts and fun stuff about this cool neighborhood. Staying nearby? Take this tour first before you see the rest of Bangkok!

Posted by Paul , over 1 year ago

Excellent app

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , over 1 year ago

A great tour for anyone who visits Bangkok! Easy to understand and navigate. The tour provided just enough information for me to appreciate my commute to the US Embassy and further onto Wireless Road. I would like to have this type of information everywhere I go. Paul also has a great voice and perfect cadence for his listeners.

Posted by shelly , over 1 year ago

A great tour for anyone who visits Bangkok! Easy to understand and navigate. The tour provided just enough information for me to appreciate my commute to the US Embassy and further onto Wireless Road. I would like to have this type of information everywhere I go. Paul also has a great voice and perfect cadence for his listeners.

Posted by shelly , over 1 year ago

This tour is fantastic! Highly recommended for all ages! Very informative and easy to follow directions. We’ve learned so much and had lot of fun. Don’t miss this audio tour while in Bangkok!

Posted by Layla , over 1 year ago

This walking tour was very fun, easy to follow, and surprisingly, mostly shaded! It’s loaded with historical and fun facts that one would otherwise never know just walking down Wireless Road. Not only does it hit on the major landmarks, but it also highlights the easy to miss details and showcases the defining characteristics of Thai culture. This tour is super lively and engaging and definitely a must-do for anyone living in or traveling to Bangkok!

Posted by Abigail Ann , over 1 year ago

Wow! This tour totally changed my understanding of Bangkok, especially Wireless Road! So much great information and just enough history and Thai tidbits to really keep you interested. I hope this tour guide puts more guides on VoiceMap soon, he was easy to listen to and gave really good directions down to the number of stairs. I highly recommend this tour to anyone traveling in the area. Two BIG thumbs up!

Posted by Jeffrey Allen , over 1 year ago

A wonderful mix of Bangkok history, Thai culture and anecdotal stories makes this unique walking tour fun and easy to listen. Well worth the time and a great snapshot of BANGKOK for first time visitors and expats alike.

Posted by Lynn Fonseca , over 1 year ago
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Embassies, Spirit Houses and Rain Trees: Exploring Bangkok’s Wireless Road