|Photo by Patrick Jones. Mural at Siam Square, Bangkok. 24 Apr 2016.|
|Photo by Patrick Jones. Mural at Siam Square. 24 Apr 2016.|
|Photo by Patrick Jones. Street art near Khao San Road.|
|Photo by Patrick Jones. Mural near MBK Mall, Bangkok. 24 Apr 2016.|
|Photo by Patrick Jones. Mural near MBK Mall. 24 Apr 2016.|
|Photo by Patrick Jones. Canal, near Jim Thompson House, Bangkok.|
|Photo by Patrick Jones. Canal lined with graffiti tags. 24 Apr 2016.|
|Photo by Patrick Jones. Street art along canal. 24 Apr 2016.|
|Photo by Patrick Jones. Express boat departing stop near Jim Thompson House.|
On Sunday 24 April I woke from my late return flight from Cambodia and set out to explore Bangkok. I did not have a plan, but thought I would start with a climb to Wat Saket (Golden Mount). I will have photos of that climb in a separate post. After checking out the Golden Mount, I jumped onto the Khlong Saen Seap express boat to the Jim Thompson House. For the price of 10 Baht I had a nice break from walking in the heat and was able to see a different side of life in Bangkok.
|Source: Khlong Saen Seap Express Boat.|
After taking a quick tour of the home, I walked over to the MBK Mall for lunch. It was about 100 degrees on this day, and the Mall provided a nice break. I had heard about the Bangkok street art scene, and was able to walk through a mall completely decorated by local street artists (look for this in my Street Art Bangkok Part 2 post). I also had time to walk through the neighboring Bangkok Art & Culture Centre.
I spotted a few murals in & around the MBK & Siam Square area, but these were generally small in size compared to murals I have seen in other cities. I set out on a longer walk to find more murals, but I think the heat got to me. When I got back to my hotel, the hotel staff were shocked that I had decided to walk from MBK. The walk was roughly 4 miles, but that far in 100 degree heat was a bit much. I also didn't spot any street art along the way back. It was an interesting way to see Bangkok but if I had to do it over again I should have jumped in a taxi from MBK or taken the express boat back to Golden Mount & a taxi or tuk-tuk from there.