My Pride, My Thai part 35: Not for sale


Like everywhere else in the world, also in Bangkok, you can be assured that land is a very valuable commodity. †While some jump at the first chance to sell the land their family have occupied for generations, other landowners are really fighting a hard battle against property developers wanting to turn their precious and historical teakwood mansion into a brand new, towering condominium.†


To read:†My Pride, My Thai part 1: The Preparation†(opens in a new tab).†

To read:†My Pride, My Thai part 2: The flight†(opens in a new tab).†

To read:†My Pride, My Thai part 3: The arrival†(opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 4: The first morning (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 5: Big C (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 6: Bangkok (opens in a new tab). †

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 7: 200 THB to heaven (opens in a new tab).

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 8: Bangkok - Ubon Ratchathani (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 9: Being a celebrity in Thailand (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 10: From Sisakhet to Sakon Nakhon (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 11: Sakon Nakhon (opens in a new †tab).

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 11-B: Coffee Love at Sakon Nakhon (opens in a new tab).

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 12: The long drive to see the King (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 13: Hua Hin Inbox (opens in a new window).

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 14: Returning to Kanchanaburi (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 15: The luxurious resort (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 16: LiT Bangkok Hotel (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 17: Nearing the end (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 18: Departure for Norway (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 19: The two forgotten hotels (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 20: Back to work again… (opens in a new tab).

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 21: The new dawn starts right here (opens in a new tab).

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 22: The homecoming (opens in a new tab).

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 23: A world away (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 24: Hello sir… (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 25: Prachuap Khiri Khan - Hua Hin (opens in a new tab).

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 26:†Hua Hin - Bangkok via Had Chao Sam Ran beach (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 27: Coffee’s Love at Petchaburi (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 28: Ayutthaya (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 29: Returning to Sakon Nakhon again! (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 30: The very odd resort experience (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 31: How spicy do you like it? (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 32: Hua Chang Heritage Hotel (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 33: Kanchanaburi (opens in a new tab).

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 34: Km38 (opens in a new †tab).

Near an intersection at Pratunam, I remember a decade back that there was once a beautiful but somewhat derelict, teakwood mansion. Each time I walked by, I stopped and gazed at the beautiful building and imagined how amazing it would have been to have it restored to it’s former glory. There is both something truly romantic and wonderfully historic with these houses, and it atracts me like flies to sugar. If I would ever be so lucky to be able to retire in Thailand at the end of my working life, this is exactly the house I would like to spend my last years in.†


As the years went by, I realized that the owner was fighting hard to keep developers away. I felt it utterly tragic if it would eventually fall and be demolished. Then, before I knew it, sometime between 2007 and 2008, the bulldozers arrived and a few days later, it was all history. I still remember to this day how sad I felt seeing the house being crushed with total disregard for it’s heriatge. It was truly heartbraking seeing the demolishion of this house.†


The plan was to redevelop the land into yet another high rise.†

This beautiful teakwood-house at Pratunam was eventually demolished.

Not too far from that place, and just across the street, there is another plot of land with another historic house hidden behind dense vegetation. The owner is still fighting on and refuses all offers for the land of their ancestors. I pray each and every day that they will win and that the house will remain in it’s place: perhaps restored to something which is worth preserving for the future to give Bangkok the historical character it needs to retain. At the front gate of the house, there is a small sign stating very simply “Not for sale”.†

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