New MRT tours launched to promote local tourism

New MRT tours launched to promote local tourism

People walk through an exhibition titled 'Site Museum' at the MRT's Sanam Chai station. It is Thailand's first underground museum. Exhibits include artefacts discovered during construction of the underground station. (Photo: Nutthawat Wicheanbut)
People walk through an exhibition titled 'Site Museum' at the MRT's Sanam Chai station. It is Thailand's first underground museum. Exhibits include artefacts discovered during construction of the underground station. (Photo: Nutthawat Wicheanbut)

A new quintet of historical tours has been launched beginning from each of the five subway stations in the old town area, where a number of sites rich in culture and history are located, according to the Bangkok Expressway and Metro (BEM).

The Mass Rapid Transit Authority (MRTA) has joined hands with the Tourism Authority of Thailand and the BEM to promote the sites near the MRT Blue Line stations of Wat Mangkon, Sanam Chai, Sam Yan, Hua Lamphong and Itsaraphap.

Sombat Kitjalaksana, managing director of the BEM, said the tourism programme called "Happy Journey with BEM" would stimulate tourism.

Five trips are being offered free of charge this year, led by tour guides who are experts in history and culture.

The first trip is on March 23 at Wat Mangkon station. Participants will be taken to sacred temples and have lunch at a Michelin-starred restaurant. The second is planned for May 7 around the Rattanakosin island precincts, including Wat Phra Chetuphon and Siam Museum near Sanam Chai station.

The third trip on July 23 will take in Chulalongkorn University near Sam Yan station and the fourth on Oct 8 will be a tour of Hua Lamphong subway district.

The fifth and last trip of the year will set off from Itsaraphap station on Dec 17 to visit the former palace of King Taksin the Great and old temples in the Thon Buri area.

People can register for the first trip from March 2-16 via the MRT Bangkok Metro Facebook page.



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