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Suan Pakkad Palace

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Once home to a grandson of King Rama V, the conveniently located Suan Pakkad Palace now features two distinct museums: the first comprises a beautiful set of 19th-century teak houses and the second exhibits a fine collection of artefacts from the Ban Chiang archaeological site.

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Visitors are first pointed to an office in a modern building to purchase tickets and leave any cameras and bags in lockers. From there you enter the Ban Chiang Museum, which we didn’t expect and offers a great chance to learn about an intriguing bronze-age culture without going to the actual excavation site in Northeast Thailand.

Lovely Thai-style traditional housing. Photo taken in or around Suan Pakkad Palace, Bangkok, Thailand by David Luekens.

Lovely Thai-style traditional housing. Photo: David Luekens

Here you can gaze at 3,000 year-old bronze tools, stunning bead necklaces and pots sporting Ban Chiang’s signature swirling designs. There’s also a quirky model depicting the moment when an American college student tripped and stumbled on to the first of several excavation sites that unraveled secrets of a compelling ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 300 words.)

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