Photo: Art by the canal.

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Artist House at Khlong Bang Luang

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Accessible by land or boat, the canal-side Artist House at Khlong Bang Luang includes a gallery, cafe and daily puppet shows in an old slice of Thonburi filled with temples, noodle shops and art studios. We come here when needing a break from Bangkok without actually leaving the city.

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Sporting an open area where you can lounge by the canal and a centuries-old chedi from the Ayutthaya period that rises from the open-air belly, Baan Silapin (Artist House) was established in 2010 by Thai artist and conservationist Chumphon Akhpantanond. Other artists joined students and creative types who already lived in the area to help turn the space into a grassroots art hub, which tips its hat to a traditional lifestyle focused on the canals.

See a performance. Photo taken in or around Artist House at Khlong Bang Luang, Bangkok, Thailand by David Luekens.

See a performance. Photo: David Luekens

The restored teak house’s upper rooms are now a gallery full of paintings and photos, while prints, drawings, sculptures, puppets and khon masks dot the spacious ground floor. Visitors can purchase postcards or T-shirts, or give donations in exchange for a blank mask to paint. When the kids are busy painting or poking around, adults can relax with a strong espresso or Thai iced tea at one of the art ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 400 words.)

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