In the old days, Bangkok was pretty much just the royal city on Ko Ratanakosin surrounded by villages, where some specialized in certain craftsmanship. Over time, Bangkok has expanded and has long ago swallowed these villages, but even though these now lie in the heart of Bangkok, they still have a distinct neighbourhood feeling to them. Probably one of the most famous villages is the Monk Bowl Village (Ban Baht) where they make alms collecting bowls for monks for their traditional morning walk. Monk Bowl Village is pretty much just a few winding alleyways, but the whole neighborhood is soi (alley) after soi with small workshops and ordinary life. The bowl makers are happy to show you their skills and are not hard sellers.