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#1 "In a Land Before Time" - National Museum - Bangkok

Postby Gaybutton » Fri Sep 14, 2018 1:21 pm

In a land before time

A special exhibition at the National Museum Bangkok traces the historical and cultural development of the place that today we call Thailand

September 12, 2018

Stepping into the Itsarawinitchai Hall of the National Museum Bangkok, visitors will feel like travelling back in time to the pre- and early historic periods of present-day Thailand at the "From Village To Early State: The Transformation Of Culture In Our Land" exhibition which will run until the end of this month.

The exhibition depicts the development of people, society and culture in the form of communities and early states on the land that is contemporary Thailand since the Iron Age. It is classified into five sections -- "From Village To Early Stage", "Early States In Thailand And In The Foreigners' Eyes", "Beliefs And Religions", "The Linking Of World Trade between The East And The West", and "Early Ancient States In Thailand".

Full story, details, and photos: https://www.bangkokpost.com/lifestyle/s ... efore-time

The exhibition is open Wednesdays-Sundays from 9am to 4pm at the National Museum Bangkok on Na Phra That Road near Sanam Luang.
Call 02-224-1333.

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#2 Re: "In a Land Before Time" - National Museum - Bangkok

Postby Trongpai » Mon Sep 17, 2018 4:24 pm

13.7575503 100.492315 or 13 45' 27" 100 29' 32"

A good way to get there is take the Chaophraya boat to pier Phrannok or pier Chang N9 and walk. From BTS Saphan Taksin walk to the river piers and look at the map to get the correct color flag to the destination. If you're directionally challenged take the tourist boat and they will take you to the right boat and then tell you when to get off.

After the National Museum if you have the time take a cross river boat (5B) to: https://www.bangkokundercover.com/bangkok-forensic-museum/

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#3 Re: "In a Land Before Time" - National Museum - Bangkok

Postby Trongpai » Thu Sep 20, 2018 10:50 pm

We went today and my information of the ChaoPhraya boats is out of date. You can take the ChaoPhraya orange flag but it only stops on the opposite side of the river and then you have to find and take the cross river ferry. Better to take the blue flag tourist boat for 50B and you're taken to the Tha Maharaj Pier, there's no N-Number for this pier but not to worry the tourist boat makes announcements at every stop in English. They even come and get you if you appear lost. The boat is well staffed.

The tourist boat is 50B and the regular boats are 10B. The tourist boat is not crowded, the regular boats are. The seats are larger and you'll not hit your head on anything. It will save time getting to Tha Maharaj pier as this boat does not make as many stops. The route comprises 10 stops for the usual tourist attractions. There's an all day pass for 180B.

My information on river travel in Bangkok is all out of date. There's 5 different ChaoPhraya boats color coded by flags that stop at different stops.

Some of the pier areas on the tourist stops have had a huge make over. There used to be old worn wood walkways with shops and simple inexpensive restaurants on wood pillions. Now it's upmarket cafes and expensive restaurants. Where did old Bangkok go? This upmarket renovations appear to be fairly new.

At Maharaj pier it's a shot walk (400M) to the National Museum or The Grand Palace. If you're mobility impaired they have a pre-paid tuk-tuk ticket you can buy and be taken to the door for 40B.

After being shocked and a little dismayed over the gentrification of the pier I then noticed that 2/3rds of Sanam Luang has been converted to a Chinese Tour Bus Depot with 8 bus lanes for loading and unloading flag following tour groups. They flag march them to the Grand Palace. This also appears to be a new development.

I guess it's inevitable once the new subway line get running in this area there's going to be even more changes and much of what old Bangkok used to be will be confined to the interior of some museum.

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#4 Re: "In a Land Before Time" - National Museum - Bangkok

Postby loke » Sat Sep 22, 2018 4:04 am

Anyone know if there are still willing boys outside the park near the museum ?

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#5 Re: "In a Land Before Time" - National Museum - Bangkok

Postby Trongpai » Sat Sep 22, 2018 11:37 am

Wrong park. The park mentioned in this thread is Sanam Luang. The one you want for boys at night is Saranrom at 13 44' 54" 100 29' 45"

I could respond further but that's going way off topic.

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#6 Re: "In a Land Before Time" - National Museum - Bangkok

Postby Gaybutton » Sat Sep 22, 2018 11:55 am

Trongpai wrote:I could respond further but that's going way off topic.

We've had several topics about Saranrom Park in Bangkok, the most recent of which is the "Where to cruise in Bangkok - and other places too" topic.

See: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7808

Feel free to elaborate on that topic.


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