September 22, 2020

In this video, I walked around the Victory Monument area of Bangkok. The walk was basically around the large roundabout and monument. I also walked up and down Soi Rangnam, home to some great restaurants and a mix of interesting bars. This was an eye-opening experience. Back in 2003-2005 I lived in a condo called VP Tower on Soi Rangnam. The area has changed massively over the years!

This walk was a tough one. It had rained in the late morning and the humidity was insane. After about 1 hour of walking my t-shirt was drenched with sweat. Walking in Bangkok is not for the faint-hearted in rainy season!

Important note. If you like jazz be sure to visit the Saxophone Pub & Restaurant Jazz & Blues Pub. You can see it at 08:30. While I rarely go these days, I used to a lot. It is one of my favorite spots for drinking and live music in Bangkok. They’ve been going since 1987 so this is testament to the fact that they do it right!

Victory Monument is not on the tourist trail and it’s something that most visitors to Bangkok will only see on their way to somewhere else.

Some interesting notes on Victory Monument.

– The monument was erected in 1941 to tribute to 160 soldiers, policemen, and civilians who fought for the kingdom during the border conflict in Indochina between Thailand and France.

– The monument is at the intersection of Phahonyothin Road, Phaya Thai Road, and Ratchawithi Road. (All major roads in Bangkok).

– Five statues, representing the army, navy, air force, police, and militia, are depicted in Western “heroic” style, familiar in the 1940s in both fascist and communist states.

– The statues were created by the Italian sculptor Corrado Feroci, who worked under the Thai name Silpa Bhirasi. The sculptor did not like the combination of his work with the obelisk, and referred to the monument as “the victory of embarrassment”.

– The BTS Victory Monument station is one of the busiest train stations in the city as the area is also a transportation hub you can get buses to all parts of Bangkok and vans to nearby provinces, including major attractions like Pattaya, Hua Hin, and the floating market.

Read more about the monument, and history, here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victory_Monument_(Bangkok).

While you’re at Victory Monument you can also check out; Century: The Movie Plaza, Centre One, King Power Duty-Free Complex, Bangkok Dolls & Museum, Santiphap Park (Peace Park) and Phayathai Palace.

Not a vlog. No talking. Just Bangkok. Pure and unedited.
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/nBmbqW97JQezmf6EA
Date: May 25, 2020. (Early afternoon, Monday)
Temperature: 33°C / UV Index: Low
Equipment: GoPro Hero 8

Feel free to suggest an area in Bangkok for me to walk around.

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