Neighborhood Focus: Victory Monument [Season 3, Episode 31]

2018-10-21T22:02:15+00:00

The Victory Monument area of Bangkok is unique in that it combines the old – the monument itself is of a Thai victory against the French in WWII – and the new – the skytrain and multiple modern condo developments.

Click here to see a great blog by Greg where you can compare old and new photos of the same area – including the Victory Monument, taken in 1946.

Greg uses the compass to circle around Victory Monument, describing the various areas that surround the chaotic transport hub. One nearly universal theme is great street food, as an apparently unlimited number of Thais seem to live and work in the area. Another gem is of course Saxophone Pub, probably the most well known live music venue in all of Thailand (but check who’s playing before you go!). Just around the corner is Soi Rangnam, packed with street food, restaurants, condos, and a unique mix of both Thais and foreigners heading to dine, drink, see movies, and shop at the iconic King Power HQ – although you’re not allowed to leave with any of the merchandise you buy. It’s a duty-free thing…listen for details.

All in all, Victory Monument may not be first on your list of places to check out in Bangkok, but if you want a great, local experience (usually meaning shopping, eating, and also eating), Victory Monument is a must-visit.

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2 Comments

  1. Florian October 25, 2018 at 8:46 am - Reply

    Isn’t King Power a tourist scam? Prices there seem quite high. Looks and feels to me like an organised version of those souvenir shops, where a tour guide drops a busload of tourists to get 10% commission.

    • Greg October 29, 2018 at 4:48 pm - Reply

      Yeah, well, I dunno, I think it’s one of those ‘depends how you define ‘tourist’ and ‘scam” things. They’ve certainly got a monopoly on shops at the airport and tourist buses, but yeah…I’ve never found the prices at any King Power store to be anything particularly special.

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