4 Heritage Homes in Bangkok You Should Visit

4 Heritage Homes in Bangkok You Should Visit

Most people come to Bangkok for its food, its temples, its vibrant nightlife, and its general laid back attitude to life. And why not? It’s a fabulous place for first-time visitors to be introduced to Thailand. But, before long, the chaos, the traffic, and the constant battering of your senses starts to get to you and it’s time to move on.

If you dare to stay a little longer, you realise there’s a whole lot more to the capital than meets the eye. You really have just scratched the surface of what there is to see here. If you’re interested in more sedate activities and getting off the beaten track, delve a little deeper and go in search of these 4 heritage homes in Bangkok.

M.R Kukrit’s Heritage Home

Hidden in the back streets of Sathorn is the former home of M.R Kukrit, or Mom Rajawongse Kukrit (1911-1995), Thailand’s 13th Prime Minister. Not only was he involved with politics, but he was also a prolific writer and artist and his home pays tribute to his passions. You can still see many of his personal artefacts, including books and paintings. The Department of Fine Arts decided this house should give the impression that it’s still lived in, with everything laid out as it was when Mr Kukrit was alive. As well as 5 beautiful teak buildings, which are of traditional Thai design, there’s a lily pond, a garden with lots of green shrubs and colourful flowers, a lawn and pavilion at the back. It’s a little slice of peaceful heaven.

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M.R Kukrit’s House, Bangkok

Address: 19 Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra 7 Alley, Sathorn, Bangkok, 10120
Hours: Daily, 10.00am to 6.00pm

Bangkok Folk Museum

The Bangkok Folk or Bangkokian Museum is another little gem, concealed from view in Bang Rak. It was the home of the Suravadees, a middle-class family, who lived there in the early twentieth century. The house was inherited by Varaporn Suravadee who, before she died, intervened with building work that was planned next door and raised money to stop it in the hope that she could preserve her museum for people to continue to learn about her family’s past. The folk museum is full of relics – old photographs, medical equipment, magazines, even a couple of things that date back to King Rama V’s time. It really is a treasure trove of wonders.

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Bangkok Folk Museum, Bangkok

Address: 273 Charoen Krung Road, Soi 43, Bangrak, Bangkok,10500
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10.00am to 4.00pm

Kamthieng House Museum

This museum was built in 1848 in Chiang Mai by Mae Saed, great-granddaughter of one of the rulers of the Lanna Kingdom. The structure was taken to Bangkok and reassembled and it’s now located in the gardens of the Siam Society. It was opened in 1966 by HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Kamthieng House is a traditional Lanna house – raised on stilts and made of wood – with tools and items that were used in the Lanna way of life. There are also videos throughout the house telling the story of how day-to-day life played out in a Lanna village. Be warned though! It’s believed that the ghosts of the past still roam the house.

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Kamthieng House, Bangkok/Source: Wikipedia

Address: 131 Asoke Montrii Road, Bangkok, 10110
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 9.00am to 5.00pm

Jim Thompson’s House

More centrally located, is Jim Thompson’s house, a series of beautiful wooden structures which are full of his possessions. Jim Thompson was an American businessman and architect who came to Bangkok in the 1940s. He established the Thai Silk Company and, as a keen art enthusiast, he made many trips around South East Asia to collect an abundance of art pieces. He travelled far and wide, and in 1959 he built this house to live in and to show off his collection. Unfortunately, Jim Thompson mysteriously disappeared in 1967. His body has never been found, but with all the wall hangings, statues, and antiques inside, you can get a feel for what kind of man he was.

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Jim Thompson’s House, Bangkok/Source Wikipedia

Address: 6 Soi Kaseman 2, Rama I Road, Bangkok, 10330
Hours: Daily, 9.00am to 6.00pm

It really is fun to explore Bangkok! There are so many fascinating things to see, but it’s the less well-known attractions that are really worth hunting out. If you would like help finding them let me know 🙂

18 Replies to “4 Heritage Homes in Bangkok You Should Visit”

  1. Thank you for sharing these beautiful places to discover and to provide the addresses, Gill. You make us travel without having to suffer from jet lag! I particularly appreciated that you mentioned Jim Thompson. I have two scarves that were purchased at the Jim Thompson Museum. These scarves were made according to the traditional methods of weaving of Bangkok and they are sublime. One of these will be shown next Wednesday in our November edition of When Fashion and Nature Collide!

    1. Thank you for your lovely comment Dominique. It is my pleasure. Wow, really? I can’t wait to see it. I shall look out for the scarf you got from here 🙂 Have a fab week ahead 🙂 xx

    1. Thank you!! I love sharing them too.. I would love to Sarah, but you only have 4 weeks to get here! I’m moving to Spain!!!! Time for a new challenge and adventure. I’m gonna miss living here so much though 🙁 xx

    1. Yes, I really like Jim Thompson’s house, I bet it was lovely living there! Interesting man and his sudden disappearance is mystifying. I read that there wasn’t a thorough investigation and they didn’t look as far and wide as they should have. His body may still be out there 🙁

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