Thailand's Road to Democracy

    Democracy monument
    Christopher burslem toob copy
    01 Sep 2014
    Clock 50min      Length1.5mi
    Rating
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    Tourdescription About the audio tour

    Democracy Monument was built in 1939 to mark the end of absolute monarchy in Thailand and the introduction of a "people's constitution". It was really just the beginning of a decades-long struggle to achieve a truly representative political system. Many of the most momentous milestones in that battle have taken place on the stretch between Thammasat University and Democracy Monument. This is essentially a stroll through Thailand's modern political history.

    Majorlandmarks Major Landmarks

    Pin Klao Bridge, Thammasat University, October Memorial, Democracy Monument

    Startingpoint Directions to starting point

    From any of the main piers, such as Saphan Taksin, Ratchawong or Phra Arthit, take the orange-flagged riverboat to the N12 pier, which is the Phra Pin Klao Bridge stop. At certain times of the day you can also catch the Green and Yellow flagged boats. Just don’t take the blue-flagged Tourist boat: it doesn’t stop at N12.

    If you’re already at Thammasat, take the 3 baht cross-river ferry at Tha Phra, the small pier next to the university, to the Phra Pin Klao Bridge pier.

    Tips Tips

    Places to stop along the way:

    At the end of the walk, you may like to wander down the adjacent Dinso Road, which has a number of well-known noodle vendors.

    Best time to walk:

    Early evening, Saturday or Sunday is best

    Precautions:

    Beware when using zebra crossings; local drivers rarely yield for pedestrians.

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