Not far from here, you'll see Tha Tian
Community : In the old days (around
the reign of King Rama I, 1782-1809) royal people
stayed here. Unfortunately, there was a conflagration
in the reign of King Rama IV (1851-1868), resulting
in a void (tian in Thai) space.
The next attraction is Ratchaworadit
Royal Pier : King Rama IV had a command
to build four pavilions in this site but the
only one left is Ratchakitwinitchai Pavilion.
Today this pier is exclusively used for Royal
ceremonies and the River of King's performances,
which is held annually around the Chinese New
A while after that, you'll notice Tha
Chang Wang Luang Pier, literally means
elephant pier of the Grand Palace: In the reign
of King Rama I, elephants from the Grand Palace
were brought to this area to take a bath.
Then the bus passes Silpakorn University,
the first and foremost Fine Arts university
of Thailand with over 3,000 students.Three art
galleries on the campus are open to the public.
The next construction in front of you is Wat
Mahathat : This is one of the most
significant temples in Bangkok built in the
Ayutthaya period (1350-1767). Maha Chulalongkorn
University, where Buddhist theology is taught,
is situated here.
Tha Phra Chan Community
Tha Phra Chan Community is
the last point: The name was derived from the
now defunct Phra Chan Fortress. This bustling
community is an important centre of amulets
and Buddha images.
The trip ends here. But if you're attracted
by any of the specific places, you're recommended
to visit them on foot later, so you will be
able to linger as long as you want.
Going on trolleybus is like a flashback of the
past when the main road transportation of Bangkok
was the tram. It was introduced to the Thais
in 1887. Originally, horses had been used to
pull it before electricity was available. Regarded
as a symbol of modernity, the tram quickly became
It was said that the relationship between the
tram workers and passengers was very intimate.
Not only young pupils were treated with utmost
care but adults also received a warm service
from the staff. The story goes that there was
a period of time when the tram passing Bang
Rak Bridge about 11:00 p.m. had to stop in front
of a bar to pick up a drunkard and take him
home.Even when he was still in the bar, getting
very drunk, the driver would have had to drag
him out. Later, the tram was replaced by other
kinds of transportation such as automobiles
and buses. In 1968 it was abolished and became
obsolete.The trams that are used today are an
imitation of the original, using rubber tires
instead of steel wheels.
For a vivid understanding of the routes, please
refer to maps in Thaiways or Thaiways
Map of Bangkok which can be obtained from
airports, the Bangkok Tourist Bureau and your
hotel, or visit Map
: Bangkok Metropolis Area A
Note: Another interesting tram
route in Bangkok is the Yaowarat (Chinatown).
Trolleybuses to Yaowarat run on the weekend
from 10:00 a.m. to 20:00 p.m. The route begins
at Soi Politsapha, Mahaphruetharam Rd. (opposite
BKK Railway Station) and continue on Charoenkrung
Rd. and Yaowarat Rd.
For more information about trolleybus services,
please contact Bangkok Tourism Dividion on tel:
0 2225 7612-5.