Khun Phaen's Residence

A traditional Thai house

Photo of Khun Phaen's Residence, , Ayutthaya

What we say: 2.5 stars

Located adjacent to the elephant kraal off Pa Thon Road, this traditional Thai wood house was built in 1894 and served as the home of a former governor of Ayutthaya.

It's built on the former site of a prison and area where public executions took place long ago. Today the undertakers have been replaced by dogs seeking shade under the house's stilted floors, and curious tourists taking a quick peek inside.

The house is made entirely of golden teak, and the inside is built in traditional central Thai style -- a central common area with a large raised wooden platform surrounded by four smaller rooms on each side, which would have been bedrooms and a kitchen.

When we last visited, the house was dirty and seemed to have been neglected since the 2011 flood, its traditional furnishings MIA. Even so, the interior is lovely and cool -- probably a lot cooler than your guesthouse constructed following contemporary Thai architectural trends.

More details
Si Sanphet Road
Opening Hours: Daily 08:00-17:00
How to get there: The house is just past the TAT office on Si Sanphet Road.
Last updated: 27th November, 2014

About the author:
Usually found exploring Bangkok's side streets or south Thailand's islands, David Luekens is an American freelance writer & photographer who finds everyday life in Asia to be extraordinary. You can follow his travails here.
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