Discovering Bangkok’s Rich Cultural Heritage
When most travelers fly into a destination, it’s rarely their final port of call, and being a key gateway to other parts of Southeast Asia, Bangkok is no exception, with the majority of tourists opting to spend only a few days in the Thai capital.
However, there’s still plenty to see and do in Bangkok, including visiting a number of excellent museums, historical attractions and places showcasing Thailand’s cultural heritage.
Khiri Travel’s tour to see ancient teak mansions, palaces and museums in Bangkok is a perfect way to introduce your clients to Thailand’s rich history, and it will still leave them plenty of time to see the more visited attractions, like the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.
For this tour, your clients will meet Khiri Travel’s experienced English-speaking guide after breakfast in the lobby of their hotel and first head to Jim Thompson House, a museum in central Bangkok, which consists of six beautifully preserved traditional Thai teak houses.
Once the home of Jim Thompson, an American businessman who helped revitalize Thailand’s silk industry during the 1950’s and ‘60s, the museum’s extensive Asian art and antiques collection is stunning and includes sculptures, paintings, porcelain and more. Despite being one of the most well-known Americans living in Asia at the time, Thompson mysteriously disappeared during a trip to the Cameron Highlands and was never seen again!
After the Jim Thompson museum, you continue on to the picturesque Nai Lert Park Heritage Home. For three generations, the Nai Lert family lived in this house until it was converted into a heritage property featuring an amazingly diverse collection of antiques and artefacts. It is where a good part of the Kingdom’s 20th century history can be observed, as the Nai Lert family were an integral part of Thailand’s social, economic, cultural, political and historical landscape.
Following lunch the tour continues on to Suan Pakkad Palace museum, a complex which comprises of several traditional Thai houses, including its famous lacquer pavilion. It also houses some beautiful Thai antiques, including examples of Ban Chiang pottery that are over 4,000 years old. Originally the home of Prince Chumbhotbongs Paribatra and his wife, the palace was converted into a museum in the 1950s.
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