Everywhere you turn there are things to catch your attention in Bangkok. There are parks, monuments, temples, beaches and everything has something unique and eye catching. Amidst all these, there are some that stand tall and demanding our attention and time and make us want to explore these places further.
Victory Monument or locally referred to as Anusawari Chai Samoraphumis one such commanding structure. It is a tall and massive military memorial in the city of Bangkok, Thailand. This edifice is found in the Ratchathewi district, towards the northeast of the central part of the city. No visitor would miss it because it is located right at the middle of a traffic circle at the intersection of Ratchawithi Road Phahonyothin Road and Phaya Thai Road. There is also a BTS Skytrain station by the same name, and it is located further south to the edifice.
The monument was built in June 1941 in order to commemorate the victory of the Thais in the Franco-Thai War. It was a short clash waged against the French colonial powers in Indo-China. As a result of this, Thailand was able to annex certain territories in southern and northern Laos and western Cambodia. They were part of the regions that the Siam Kingdom was forced to cede to France earlier at the turn of the century.
Though many would not know exactly what is marked by this monument, most of the city’s transport revolves around this area and all roads seem to lead here.
For those who are exploring this region, if one walks towards the south towards Soi Rang Nam, one would come across a wide array of eateries that serve delicious local fare at an affordable price. There are also a number of shopping areas which sell branded goods and those who are keen on shopping for souvenirs can also strike a good bargain here.
For the traveller who is looking to be centrally located, there are many a three star hotels in Bangkok, around this area and Vic3 Bangkok is one hotel near Siam Paragon Bangkok, where tourists can shop till they drop.