2015-09-10: The old Capital
5kms West of Siam Centre
After the sack of Ayutthaya in 1767, General Phraya Taksin made Thonburi the new capital of Siam for a chief period of time. Having stayed an independent province until it was merged into Bangkok in 1972.
Thonburi is a vast district that consists of the entire West bank of the Chao Phraya river in Bangkok. It has avoided much of the modern development seen elsewhere. I
t's man-made network of khlongs, including Khlong Mon and Khlong Bangkok Noi, retains much of their ramshackle charm where you can still see stilted shacks, old wooden townhouses and dilapidated lean-tos which is much how people in Bangkok used to live.
Transport is much like it used to be, whilst there are some aspects for modern transport; road, there are few BTS (skytrain) stations, there culture is the local waterways, the river and more so the canals which is instrumentally part of the local culture.
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