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.
Phra Pin-klao Bridge, 14th October Memorial, Democracy Monument
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.
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 of day:
Early evening, Saturday or Sunday is best
Beware when using zebra crossings; local drivers rarely yield for pedestrians.
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