Bangkok’s most engaging museum is conveniently located in a grand old colonial building just a short walk from the Grand Palace and Wat Po. It is worth visiting while you’re in this part of town, especially if you have kids with you, as there are many hands-on exhibits. To begin, visitors are shown a short video contrasting the lives of traditional and modern Thais, and then over the three floors of displays, the museum attempts to answer the question “What is Thainess?” by looking at key aspects of the country’s evolution. There are rooms dedicated to the importance of rice and bamboo in Thai culture, and there’s also a chance to practice your cannon-firing skills, dress up in Edwardian clothes for a period snapshot or pose as a street food vendor making a delicious meal. Equally engaging for children and adults.
Museum of Siam
4 Sanamchai Road, Rattanakosin Island
Our Rating Neighborhood Just south of Wat Po Hours Tues–Sun 10am–6pm Transportation River ferry to Tha Tien Pier, walk east to Sanamchai Road, then 1 block south Phone 02/225-2777 Prices Admission 300B Web site Museum of Siam
Map4 Sanamchai Road, Rattanakosin Island Bangkok
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