This quirky little museum is located near New Road in Old Bangkok not far from many of the riverside hotels. The museum is in a traditional house, which was a family home, built before World War II. You can see an interesting collection of antiques, traditional household utensils and items of ceremonial significance. The museum is well laid out with lots of information in English. It takes less than an hour to visit and is included in the popular Bangkok tour offered by Exotissimo Travel.
This rather lovely old building is a former royal palace, and it positively oozes character. If you're planning to see the grand palace, do that first, as you'll then get free entry here (it doesn't work in reverse). Modest dress required and there's a mandatory guided tour, but don't let that put you off. As a bonus there are twice-daily demonstrations of traditional Thai dancing.
Rajavithi Road, Dusit; www.palaces.thai.net/night/index_vm.htm
Located in the suburb of Bangkapi, this private museum is a better introduction to Thai art, architecture and history than any of the more famous sights in Rattanakosin.
Privately owned by a retired property tycoon who has made it his life's mission to buy back Thai antiquities from abroad, it's in a beautifully landscaped compound featuring painstakingly reconstructed small temples and palaces populated by Khun Prasart's exquisite collection of objets d'art.
Though the admission price is rather steep compared to other local museums at 300 baht per head, it includes the services of a personal guide and refreshments. You will be invited to browse in the gift shop, but there is absolutely no pressure to buy.
Not to be missed.
The museum is open only on weekends and you'll have to call ahead: Tel 3793601, 3793607, or 2539772. In good traffic, it's a twenty to thirty minute journey by taxi from Siam Square.
9 Krungthep Kritha Road Soi 4, Bang Kapi
A beautiful example of a traditional Thai teakwood house, brought down from the north of the country and rebuilt in the grounds of the Siam Society.
Unlike Jim Thompson's House, this museum is concerned with everyday life, and has plenty of exhibits to give you a feel of rural Thailand 100 years ago. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm, entry is 100 baht.
Just off the Sukhumvit Road on Soi 21 - a short walk from Asok Skytrain station and right next to the Sukhumvit metro stop.
Quirky museum - for those days when you fancy something a little different and are a bit "templed-out". It's free and consists of a bizarre collection of real pickled murderers and body parts. Maybe something for a strong stomach but certainly an alternative experience.
Visitors can study haemorrhaged brains, severed arms with tattoos, and lungs with stab wounds. The most popular exhibit is the corpse of Thailand’s most notorious serial killer and cannibal, See Uey Sae Ung.
While I was there a party of school kids were going around sketching away like crazy!
Songkran Miyomsane Forensic Medicine Museum, 2nd Floor, Adulayadejvigrom Building, behind Siriraj Hospital, Phrannok Road.
Open Monday - Friday, 9am - 4pm. Admission free.
Take the cross river ferry for two baht from Maharaj Pier (near Sanam Luang/Grand Palace) to Phrannok Pier
This grisly museum exhibits various preserved bodies of accident and crime victims, and even has the bodies of a few famous Thai murderers. Not for the faint-hearted or weak-stomached!
Ground floor, the Forensic Medicine Building, Siriraj Hospital, Th Phrannok, near the Thonburi (Bangkok Noi) train station.
Not so much a house but a collection of old teak structures lovingly assembled by a rich American eccentric with a Boy's Own Adventures life story. Now a museum, it also contains a range of Asian artefacts in a setting far more appealing than a museum. If you leave here without wishing you too could live in it, travel in Asia is not for you.
6 Soi Kasemsan 2, Rama I Road Tel: 216-7368, 215-0122 Walkable from the Stadium or Siam Square skytrain stations
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