Sawasdee Torn Chao (good morning)!
We have recently introduced you to Jim Thompson’s unique take on a Traditional Thai House. But if you want to see the real deal, look no further folks, we recommend visiting Suan Pakkard Palace.
Suan Pakkard Palace was originally a private residence of the Royal Highnesses Prince and Princess Chumbhot of Nagara Svarga. They convert their residence into a museum with their collection of art pieces, antiques and cultural artifacts that have been passed down for generations. The museum consists of 8 beautiful traditional Thai architecture in the form of houses and pavilions.
Fun Fact: Do you know why traditionally Thai homes elevated by pillars?
It is actually because traditionally most Thai people’s way of life revolves around the river, banks, or in paddy fields. Leaving them prone to flooding in the rainy seasons. In fact, in the past, most homes will have with a spare boats either stored in their homes or tied to the pillars.
Other highlights of this beautiful palace includes Thai and some foreign antiques on display in these pavilions as well as the Baan Chiang exhibition and also relevant pieces to the Indian Epic Ramayana.
Baan Chiang is an archeological site in Udon Thani, a Province in the Northeastern part of Thailand. The site is a grave, consisting of red painted pottery, spear heads, rings, anklets, bracelets, axes, blades and remains of an ancient civilization in Southeast Asia, dating back as far as 2100 BCE all the way through the Bronze Age. The site was properly discovered in 1966 and is on the UNESCO world heritage list since 1992.
You can take the BTS to Phayathai Station and walk for a couple of minutes there. If you want more of an adventure and a bit of sun on your back, you can also walk there from Chao Hostel which could take up to about 25 minutes.
Suan Pakkard Palace’s Location:
The great thing about the Museum that it is small, close to BTS as well as being situated between the old part of town and the new. Therefore, you will not need to spend more than 2 hours there if you are on a tight schedule.
The museum is open every day from 9:00am to 4:00pm.
Happy exploring guys!
From all of us at Chao Hostel, Sawasdee krub.