Embassies, Spirit Houses and Rain Trees: An Exploration of Bangkok’s Wireless Road

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    13 May 2019
    Clock 50min      Length1.5mi
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    Tourdescription About the audio 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.

    Majorlandmarks Major Landmarks

    U.S. Embassy, Home of the American Ambassador, Embassy of Holland, the Green Mile, All Seasons Place, Park Ventures Building, Central Embassy Mall, BTS Phloen Chit Station.

    Startingpoint 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.

    Tips 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 to walk:

    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.

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