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22 Walks in Bangkok

Exploring the city's historic back lanes and byways

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Bangkok is not an easy city to understand. At first sight, an almost endless urban sprawl, the city perplexes visitors who had arrived with vague notions of Eastern mystique, the almost indefinable exoticism that is conjured up by the name "Bangkok". 

Such a place does exist, however, for the old city grew from a series of villages and districts, temples and places, canals and market, and most of these remain today. With little in the way of easily accessible written information, it remains difficult to discover these old districts, and to understand their significance. Much is to be found hidden down small lanes and byways that give no indication as to where they lead.

22 Walk in Bangkok takes the reader on foot through these ancient districts, explaining how they evolved and pointing out the landmarks. The walks begin in the district of Thonburi, the original settlement, following the path of the canals, exploring the old harbour district, visiting the temples, shrines, mosques and churches, and discovering small communities founded by craftsmen, traders and prisoners of war.

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