Sometimes we like to take a long walk around a neighborhood we’ve never visited just to see what we come across. Wherever we go we seem to find lots of interesting things. Bangkok is a wonderful place to just wander around and explore. Today we walked around Rim Sathorn Village. This is basically bounded by Sathorn Road, Sathorn Soi 11, Chan Road and Charoen Rat.
Coffee At Cafe De Golfio
We started off at Cafe De Golfio, which is on the ground floor of the Prudential building at the start of Sathorn Soi 11. See more about this and other cafes at our Bangkok Cafes post. Our original plan was to get one of he songthaews you can see above and just go wherever it went. But as it was a little cooler than usual and quite cloudy, we decided to walk. So we headed off down Sathorn Soi 11 towards Chan Road.
If you walk down Sathorn Soi 11 the road eventually turns into Soi Chan 18/7. Yes, some roads have quite confusing names, especially as you get deeper into the smaller sois (roads). We saw this street art on a building that looks like it’s about to be demolished. See more at Bangkok Street Art.
Colorful Chinese Temple
This area was originally settled by Chinese immigrants, so it’s not surprising to see so many Chinese influences around the area. Chinese temples in Bangkok are always very colorful affairs. And this one was no exception.
Bangkok And Other Places
Bangkok is obviously the best place in the world to live. Just check out the local post boxes. Letters either go to Bangkok or to “other places”. It always amuses me to see this.
Another Coffee Stop
It started to rain a little, so we took shelter in this cute little cafe on Soi Chan 18/7. It’s around 50 meters from the junction with Chan Road. All that above cost just 160 baht ($4.50). See more at Bangkok Cafes.
Carrying A Window On A Motorbike
While in the cafe, we saw these two guys carrying a window on a motorbike. There isn’t much that can’t be carried on a motorbike in Thailand.
Chinese Lanterns & Wall Decorations
You will often see Chinese lanterns like the ones above hanging out outside shophouses where Chinese people have settled.
Both the above were on Wat Prok 1 Alley. After leaving the cafe, we didn’t walk all the way to Chan Road, but instead crossed onto Soi Chan 18/7 Yaek 1. This is where the BMA Service Center is. We walked along that road, and then turned right into Yen Chit Alley. We then walked to the top, which is where Wat Prok 1 Alley is. We turned left and walked across to Soi Wat Prok, where we turned right, so that we were heading towards Surasak BTS station.
Teochew Chinese Temple
The theme for today’s walk seems to be Chinese culture, so here is another example of the Chinese influence on this area. Teochew is a large cemetery that it now mostly overgrown, but some graves are still kept tidy, and most are still quite colorful.
You might to be surprised to find out that there is both a gym and an open air cafe in the cemetery.
The cemetery seemed quite busy, mostly with people visiting the outdoor gym.
More Street Art
Just outside the temple is some street art. See more of this at Bangkok Street Art.
The Local Surasak Hostel
It’s been a few years since I last visited this area, and today we spotted a new hostel. See The Local Surasak Hostel. It gets excellent reviews. It looked like a great place to be based, as it’s only a few minutes walk from Surasak BTS station. It’s also in a great area for exploring old Bangkok. Also see Things To Do Around Surasak BTS Station.
Also on the same street is the very popular JAM Cafe. It’s a mixture of local bar, underground music venue, experimental arts gallery and cine club. See JAM Cafe for more details.
Shop & Street Signs
Major street signs in Bangkok also include the English translation of the names, but once you get deeper into local areas the street signs are only in Thai.
I love these old Thai shop signs. This is outside an abandoned shop that used to sell CDs and DVDs.
We walked a total of 4 kms, and were pretty hot and sweaty by the end of it, despite the fact that it was a little cooler today. We had an interesting time exploring though. We just added a part 2 post on Exploring Sathorn. And also a Silom photo diary post.