About | bangkokvanguards
Bangkok Tour operator specialized in off the beaten path urban adventures, eco tours, Bangkok walking and biking Tours, cultural and educational tours and programs
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15 years ago, our founder Michael Biedassek set out to explore the urban dimensions of Bangkok that were not on the radar of society. From the abandoned skyscrapers of the 1997 economic crisis, the informal settlements along rail tracks and beneath elevated highways to the forgotten historic communities deep in the fabric of the city.

 

These microcosms opened up a whole new world of information about the complexity, dynamics and resilience of Bangkok’s urban life and the condition of Thailand’s vernacular heritage. Through his exploration he formed many bonds with locals and community leaders and has gathered a team of likeminded urban explorers, anthropologists and documentarians to show people a different side to the city.

 

As a quarter Thai, German, Chinese and Polish Michael also goes beyond Bangkok to trace the migration of his Chinese ancestors in the greater Bangkok region. We believe that stories and exploration can make us see the world differently and shape it positively for others. We want to allow for slow travel and careful observation to celebrate the diversity of Thailand’s local heritage and support its guardians.

We follow the trails of Michael’s ancestor’s who migrated from Chao Zhou in Southeastern China over a century ago as well as first documented journeys of explorers in the early 19th century. We aim to uncover unseen places and unheard stories of people and communities in the three river basins west of Bangkok as well as the urban landscapes of the city. We want to understand the condition, challenges and aspirations of the people and hopefully allow for a richer and more meaningful experience of Thailand through stories and community centric experiences. To support our work, feel free to click the support button to make a donation.

THE TEAM


Michael Biedassek

Michael Biedassek

As the pandemic is still ongoing and severely affecting the tourism industry, our team has had to take a different path in life. We hope that post-covid we will be able to hire and rehire to effectively continue our work.

OUR GUIDES


Mu

Mu

ARCHAEOLOGIST 

Michai

Michai

URBAN EXPLORERS

Phannee

Phannee

VANGUARDS EXPERIENCE OFFICER

Black

Black

VANGUARDS EXPERIENCE OFFICER

Piya

Piya

VANGUARDS EXPERIENCE OFFICER

Bing

Bing

VANGUARDS EXPERIENCE OFFICER

Jay

Jay

VANGUARDS EXPERIENCE OFFICER

Pee Ae

Pee Ae

VANGUARDS EXPERIENCE OFFICER

Apple

Apple

VANGUARDS EXPERIENCE OFFICER


CONTRIBUTORS & PARTNERS


Tong

Tong

HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER

Prach

Prach

CHIEF MEDIA WIZARD

Sunny

Sunny

CHIEF HAPPINESS OFFICER

Thomas

Thomas

JEDI

Flo

Flo

Michael Commons

Michael Commons

AUTHOR ON SELF-RELIANCE 

Jan Daga

Jan Daga

PHOTOGRAPHER

Charlie Colasurdo

Charlie Colasurdo

CULTURAL EXPLORER

Aniela Bańkowicz

Aniela Bańkowicz

SUSTAINABILITY ADVOCATE