Name: Artist’s House (Baan Silapin)
Address: Soi 28, Wat Thong Sala Ngarm, Phasi Charoen
Phone Number: +66 83 034 9858 (028) 685 279
Opening Times: 9am – 6pm. Puppet show at 2pm.
BTS: Bang Wa, then a short taxi or motorbike ride.
Located on the Thonburi side of the Chao Phraya river, this area provides a taste of Traditional Thailand. Aside from the main attraction of the Artist’s house and the puppet show, you can weave between Thai wooden houses exploring the khlong and local traditions. A far escape from the bright lights, sky scrapers and traffic of the City of Angels.
The best way to locate the Artist’s house is to get dropped off at Wat Khuhasawan, a very short taxi or motorbike ride from Bang Wa BTS. From here you need to head towards the khlong and wonder along the board walk towards the right taking in the sights and sounds of children feeding fish, sellers rustling up delicious food and boats whizzing by. You should soon reach the artist’s house.
This 200 year old rustic, wooden house serves as a gallery, coffee shop as well as a stage for the puppet show. Downstairs you can get cheap coffee and food, or wonder up the stairs to the art gallery. If you’re lucky you may see some artists at work.
A further attraction, is that the house is located surrounding a traditional white chedi which dates back to the Ayutthaya period. The chedi creates a serene atmosphere within the house.
As you wonder along the board walk, you may be lucky enough to come across the floating sellers in boats and see the locals buying food from them.
At 2pm everyday (apart from Wednesday) the intricately designed puppets ascend the stage to perform for Thais and tourists alike. The puppets are manipulated by several artists all dressed in jet black and tell a traditional Thai tale of Gods and Deities. Our lack of Thai language did however leave us a little confused.
Aside from the puppet show, we also had the pleasure of seeing a little bit of Thai dance. Although admission is free, when the show is over the puppet will be brought round and you are given the chance to leave donations. Should you leave a donation, the puppet will happily give you a hug!
We had a wonderful day exploring this area of Bangkok, and felt miles away from the busy city life.