Country In The City
ARichGlobe is very pleased to present the 1st walking tour of Bang Kho village and Chom Thong town. Although only a 20 minutes' ride on BTS Skytrain from Siam Square, you leave the concrete and crowds behind, to countryside greenery, zinc roof houses, space,, nature and charming village environment. At the same time, discover over 300 years of history and heritage, immerse into local culture and lifestyle and savor local favorite snacks & cuisines. Entirely off the beaten tracks of Bangkok and more.
Country In The City; Bangkok, is a easy half day walking tour that lets you indulge into rich culture, heritage and history, is eco-friendly and supports the local community. Morning or afternoon tours includes lunch or dinner respectively, visits to historical royal temples and villages, packed with legends, folklores, and beliefs. These are the hidden gems in a city of 11m people, a great experience for all visitors to Bangkok.
What our first participants say:
"I am impressed with the experience, new knowledge, tour is also fun and enjoyable..."
"It’s really quite unique, very contrasting from Bangkok city, a very good break from the normal..."
"It is really worth experiencing..."
"like the hidden gems of Bangkok..."
"Temples are beautiful and very different from other Thai temples..."
"A nice walk off the city's beaten tracks, good insights into history and heritage, beautiful temples with ornate hand paintings & ceramics, Thai culture, importantly no carbon marks, really being responsible to our planet...."
HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS TOUR
Wat Nang Chi Chotikaram
From mid Ayutthaya Period 1351 - 1767
A Temple that befitted the then King
The history of Wat Nang Chi dates back to mid Ayutthaya period (1351 to 1767) when a nobleman pledged to build a village Buddhist altar to save his daughter's life. Situated in the Thonburi district of old Siam; Thonburi Kingdom, it was abandoned and later rebuilt in the 1700s during the King Rama III of the Rattanakosin period (1782–1932) when China was a major influence. Uncover its origins and uniqueness and walk the grounds used in James Bond 1974 movie. Receive the head monk's blessings in a specially arranged session. Hear the village’s folklores and legends. View the special stone pillars bestowed by the late King. The only temple in Bangkok to host the annual Chak Phra festival and the body of a nun enshrined in a glass coffin…....
Historical wat nestled in the village
Lush temple grounds
Khmer infuenced design
Influence of Khmer Empire
Enshrined body of a nun
Buddha's relic is enshrined
Chinese porcelain crafted flowers
Imported pillars from China
Did James Bond visit Wat Nang Chi?
Before leaving Wat Nang Chi, remember to stroll the temple grounds and the khlong too. The same site was used as location shoot for the 1974 James Bond movie: The Man With The Golden Gun.
More about Country In The City
After a comprehensive tour of Wat Nang Chi Chotikaram, you will explore the villages of Bang Kho and Chom Thong,, making interesting and 'instagrammable' stops including a village house visit, interact with villagers, sample local snacks, learning their culture and heritage. Below is a graphical route of this special 4.5 hours immersive tour.
End of Tour
Wutthakat BTS Station
Royal Temple Visit
Royal Temple Visit
Walk to Wutthakat
Pax are free to book optional extension activities or explore the area on their own after the meal
Video of Tour
8.30am to 1.00pm
2.30pm to 7.00pm
Private Tours (min 4 pax) English or Chinese speaking guide
Surcharge to AM or PM Tour prices.
Price per person
Add S$23 per person
♥ Tours recommended for 10 years and above
♥ All bookings are confirmed 5 days prior to selected dates.
♥ Full refund if tour is cancelled by operator due to bad weather or similar conditions.
♥ Join tour basis in small groups capped at 15 persons.
♥ Private tours from 4 persons onwards.
♥ Unsuitable for wheelchairs and people with physical or walking conditions.
♥ All tours are conducted in English unless private
15% off all tours. Promo code: UOBSG15
Meeting Point for Private Tours only
For private tours, the meeting point is at Amazon Cafe, at the entrance to The Tempo Grand Sathorn-Wutthakat (condominium). On the left side of road just after the entrance to 7 Eleven at the foot of stairs from Exit 2 of BTS Wutthakat Station. We will serve you coffee or tea with the tour briefing.
From Sukhumvit, take the BTS Sukhumvit Line to Siam Station. Cross to opposite side of platform to take the BTS Silom Line towards Bang Wa. Alight at Wutthakat Station (S11), second last stop of Silom Line. Take Exit 2 to street level where 7 Eleven store is on the left side.
At the Hearts of Thai People: Temples
There are over 40,000 temples in Thailand and only about 220 are designated royal class. Few are as old nor have as rich a history as Wat Nang Chi, a designated class three royal temple in a religious structure that classifies temples into three royal classes and one ordinary class status. This tour donates to Wat Nang Chi to help preserve its history, heritage and for its rejuvenation program. To further support the temple and local community, ARichGlobe plans to create a community space with computer facilities for young children from low-income families.
Education is ageless
Proposed community IT area
The Thonburi district used to be the first settlement area that Chinese immigrants in the 17th century followed by immigrants from other countries. It was also notorious for its triads and gangsters amongst different migrant groups. The area was mostly fruit farms and plantations and did not advance as fast as other parts of the city.
ARichGlobe envisions a community space, located within Wat Nang Chi's grounds, for residents, especially young children from low income households, free use of computers and lessons on digital programs used in modern social and business communication. More activities can help raise more awareness and support for Wat Nang Chi.
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