187. Thon Buri, Bangkok Thailand
In this predominantly Buddhist country, there is a settlement of Portuguese and Chinese Christians and Muslims who have kept their culture alive and live in harmony. It’s great to walk through the neighborhood and experience the food, the culture, the architecture and of course the people. I did just this back in 2014 with expique. They call it the Diversity and Harmony Tour and you’ll see why when you visit the area.
The neighborhood of Thonburi sits away from the hustle and bustle of the center of Bangkok, but is right on the Chao Pharaya River. It has access to almost all the public transit in Bangkok by land and by river.
How To Get Here
There is train service provided by the State Railway of Thailand from other cities in Thailand to Bangkok’s Hua Lumphong Station. You can find schedules online. There are also trains from neighboring countries to Thailand. Once at the central station then take you can take the railway to the Talat Phlu Railway station or take the BTS to Pho Nimit or Talat Phlu stations.
Once you arrive In Bangkok, you may also take a Tuk Tuk or a taxi, whichever you prefer.
The nearest airport are the two airports in Bangkok; Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Thailand (BKK) and Bangkok-Don Mueang, Thailand (DMK). Both airports are accessible by trains, from which you can easily get to the city center, then take your different modes of transportation from there.
The following airlines serve Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi (BKK)
Aeroflot (SU), Air Astana (KC), Air Austral (UU), Air China (CA), Air France (AF), Air India (AI), All Nippon Airlines (NH) , Asiana Airlines (OZ), Bangkok Airways (PG), Beijing Capital Airlines (JD), Biman Bangladesh Airlines (BG), British Airways (BA), Cathay Pacific Airways (CX), Cebu Pacific Air (5J), China Airlines (CI), China Eastern Airlines (MU), China Southern Airlines (CZ), Druk Air (KB), Eastar Jet (ZE), El Al Airlines (LY), Emirates (EK), Egyptair (MS), Ethiopian Airlines (ET), Etihad Airways (EY), Eurowings (EW), EVA Airways (BR), Finnair (AY), FlyDubai (FZ), Garuda Indonesia (GA), Gulf Air (GF), Hainan Airlines (HU), HB, Hong Kong Airlines (HX), IndiGo Airlines (6E), Japan Airlines (JL), Jeju Air (7C), Jet Airways (9W), Jetstar Airways (JQ), Jetstar Asia (3K), Jetstar Pacific Airlines (BL), Jin Air (LJ), Juneyao Airlines (HO), Kenya Airways (KQ), KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KL), Korean Airlines (KE), Kuwait Airways (KU), Lao Airlines (QV), Lucky Air (8L), Lufthansa German Airlines (LH), Mahan Air (W5), Malaysia Airlines (MH), Myanmar Airways International (8M), Nepal Airlines (RA), Norwegian Air Shuttle (DY), Okay Airways (BK), Oman Air (WY), Peach Aviation (MM), Philippine Airlines (PR), Qantas (QF), Qatar Airways (QR), Regent Airways (RX), Rossiya Airlines (FV), Royal Brunei Airlines (BI), Royal Jordanian (RJ), S7 Airlines (S7), Shandong Airlines (SC), Shanghai Airlines (FM), Shenzhen Airlines (ZH), Sichuan Airlines (3U), Singapore Airlines (SQ), Spicejet (SG), Spring Airlines (9C), SriLankan (UL), Swiss Airlines (LX), Thai Airways (TG), THAI Smile Airways (WE), Tiger Airways (TR), Turkmenistan Airlines (T5), T’Way Airlines (TW), Ukraine International (PS), Ural Airlines (U6), Uzbekistan Airways (HY), Vietjet Air (VJ), Vietnam Airlines (VN) and Xiamen Air (MF).
The following airlines serve Bangkok-Don Mueang (DMK):
Air Asia (AK) Indonesia Air Asia (QZ), China Express Airlines (G5), Kan Air (K8), Maldivian Airline (Q2), New Gen Airways (E3), Nok Air (DD), Orient Thai Airlines (OX), Philippine Airlines (PR), Scoot (TZ), Thai Asia Airways (FD), Thai AirAsia X (XJ), Thai Lion Air (SL) and TOR Air (OD).
There are buses from the neighboring countries into Bangkok. The Alissan Golden Coach, Konsortium Bas Ekspres, SE Super Ekspres from Malaysia for example. You can make bookings directly or at Easybook.com.
If you are already in the region you can take the drive. Just use a service like Google Maps for directions.
There are long boats running up and down the river, just get off at the Santa Cruz church stop.
Where To Stay
You’re in Bangkok so you have a plethora of places to stay at differing price ranges. I’ve stayed at the Millennium Hilton which is not faraway from this area. There’s also the Shangri-La which is across the river. You can find some reviews I’ve done on Bangkok hotels on Passrider.com.
==>> Try Airbnb.
Where To Eat
There are many places to eat in this neighborhood. Just walk and follow your nose. There’s street food as well as markets, plus restaurants. There are a few food tours that start in this neighborhood to give you an idea. One place to check out is Thanusingha House Bakery which is nestled deep inside the neighborhood. The pastry is really good and the owners are super nice. Their lemonade is just right and perfect for the climate.
What To Do
There are many other things to do in Bangkok, however, you will find plenty to do in this neighborhood. Just get good walking shoes. I highly recommend taking the tour from the folks at expique as they know the neighborhood and can give you a good historical background.
==>> Here are some tours from Viator.
Language: Thai. English is also spoken.
Currency: Thai Baht (THB)
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