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Exploring Sukhumvit’s Modern Architecture

(Photo: Ambassador Hotel, taken by Weerapon Singnoi)

Sukhumvit is well-known for its lively atmosphere and cosmopolitan lifestyle, but there is a side to it that does not get as much attention – its role in the modern history of Bangkok through architecture. Our Siamese Heritage Trust study trip aims to uncover this aspect by visiting buildings that show how the city has changed over time through the 20th century. These sites help tell the story of Bangkok’s development and the architectural styles that have come to define it. Through various building types, this trip is about looking beyond Sukhumvit’s usual image to appreciate the historical value and architectural diversity that have shaped the area. Through discussions and guided tours, we hope to highlight the importance of preserving these structures. Join us to explore a different side of Sukhumvit and learn about Bangkok’s modern history through its buildings.

This trip will be led by Dr Navamintr Vitayakul, Former Council Member and Chairperson of the Lecture Committee of The Siam Society and Dr Chomchon Fusinpaiboon, a lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture at Chulalongkorn University and expert in modern architecture in Thailand and Asia (20th century) and contemporary architecture in Thailand and Asia.


Friday, 10 May 2024


Dr Navamintr Vitayakul

Former Council Member and Chairperson of the Lecture Committee of The Siam Society

and Dr Chomchon Fusinpaiboon

Assistant Professor of Architecture, Chulalongkorn University


The tentative programme will be as follows:

Friday, 10 May 2024


Meet at The Siam Society, 131 Asoke Montri Road, Sukhumvit 21, Bangkok.

Visit The Siam Society Auditorium (1932)

Wattana Wittaya Academy (1919)
Wattana Church (1959)
The Embassy of the Republic of India (1979)
12:30 Lunch at Rose Lamoon Restaurant
Afternoon Ambassador Hotel (1979)
Miami Hotel (1965)
The Embassy of Switzerland (1961)
16:30 Arrive at The Siam Society

The Siam Society reserves the right to change the programme as necessary.


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The contribution of THB 4,000 (THB 4,500 for non-member) will cover transportation, meals as mentioned in the programme, gratuities and other costs incurred to make this trip possible. In addition, basic travel insurance is included. Your reservation will be confirmed as soon as the payment has been made. There is a 3% surcharge for credit/debit card payment to cover bank charges. Please pay by cash or cheque payable to “The Siam Society”. Transfer can also be made to The Siam Society travel account at TMBThanachart Bank (ttb), saving account no. 053-2-18000-7 or by scanning the QR code below. Once payment has been made, please fax or e-mail the deposit or transfer docket to us.


For further information and bookings please contact Khun Thun at 02-661-6470-3 ext. 205 or The Society office is open from 09:00 to 17:00, Tuesday to Saturday.

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