Transport, Ticket, Food
Welcome to my neighborhood! Talat Phlu is known for its delicious street food but it is also filled with history. Many temples here were built even before Bangkok. It is also home to one of the oldest Chinese settlements in the city. I’ll show you around, tell you a bit about the history of the community and get us some street food along the way!
Meet up at BTS Station (Wutthakat)
Let’s first grab a quick snack or a meal before we start our trip! We’ll then take a local transport to Wat Intharam, one of the oldest temples in the area. It is believed that King Taksin, who established the capital in Thonburi, was buried here.
After that we’ll take a walk along the old canalside community, where it was once an old Chinese settlement. We’ll pass Wat Klang market where locals get their food and ingredients, both fresh and dry. It would be especially active in the morning.
We’ll pass the Thalat Phlu market. People do get their lunch there during the day but it would be very lively in the evening, which we’ll come back later.
Our destination now, though, will be the Chinese shrines which have existed with the community for a long time. One of them is the Guan Yu shrine which was built for an ancient Chinese warrior who was later worshipped as a deity of loyalty.
After another short walk, we’ll be in Wat Khun Chan. Then, we will cross the canal to Wat Paknam
Famous for its gigantic Buddha statue and pagoda, Wat Paknam Phasi Charoen is probably one the biggest temples here. It’s located at the start of Phasi Charoen canal, which is how the temple got its name.
Right next to it is Wat Apsonsawan. Its wooden pavilion was built over 180 years ago. From both temples, we can get a good view of three canals all at once.
We’ll move on to Wat Nak Prok. We can go through the ordination hall basement, which is a tradition that’s believed to remove bad luck.
We can then stroll along the Wat Nak Prok market for a while. We will come across a classic Thai bakery which is a local favorite, serving affordable baked goods for decades.
Lastly, we will end our trip at Thalat Phlu market where we’ll get ourselves dinner, drinks, as well as dessert. Thalat Phlu is well-known for its diverse food: Char Siu rice, pad thai, Vietnamese pancakes, chive dumplings, as well as Thai desserts such as Thong Yod, Khanom Chan, Thaptim Krob, and coconut ice cream :)
Transportation fares are included.
Admission fees are included.
Meals are included.
I grew up in Thalat Phlu and my family has lived here for 4 generations. I have a family history here and I grew up with the food of Thalat Phlu. I think my community is also rich in history and culture but a lot of people, even in Bangkok, have not been here. I would love to show you around my neighborhood, its history, and awesome food scene!
> Comfortable shoes (that are easy to take off, for temple visits) > Breathable, preferably non-revealing clothes are advised > Hat, umbrella, or sunglasses