Bangkok, Thailand





National Science Centre for Education
928 Sukhumvit Rd (BTS Ekkamai). Opening: Tuesday-Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
This is an exhibition centre about scientific knowledge. Attractions here include a planetarium, an aquarium as well as exhibitions on sports science, communication technology and the natural environments. One-hour shows at the planetarium start at 11:00 a.m. and another at 2:30 p.m. with additional shows on Saturdays and Sundays at 10:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

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Kamthieng House Museum
131 Sukhumvit Soi 21 (Asoke Rd) (BTS Asok or MRT Sukhumvit). Opening: Tuesday-Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Ban Kamthieng is a 19th-century Thai stilted teak house located in Bangkok's high-rises. The teak house was transported from Chiang Mai in pieces and assembled in Bangkok in 1964. The house functions as the headquarters of the Siam Society, an organisation dedicated to preserving the cultural heritage of Thailand. There is a heavy focus on the cultural heritage of northern Thailand, as the house and displays are from the region. Displays include traditional tools, arts and crafts used by Lanna farmers and fishermen during olden times. There is also a large selection of Thai flora in the yard. The only downside of the museum is it is quite small and therefore don't expect to spend here longer than 30 minutes.

Museum of Thai Pharmacy
40 Sukhumvit Soi 38 (BTS Thong Lo). Opening: Monday-Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
The museum is on the third floor of the Pharmaceutical Association of Thailand inside the Royal Patronage Building. The museum is devoted to educate about traditional Thai medicine from past to present. The exhibition features various topics including the birth of pharmacy, evolution of oriental pharmacy, evolution of western Thai pharmacy and evolution of herbs and natural products. 

Thailand Creative and Design Center (TCDC)
6F, Emporium, 622 Sukhumvit Rd (BTS Phrom Phong). Opening: Tuesday-Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Housed at the Emporium, one of the most fashionable shopping malls of Bangkok. TCDC seeks to show and promote Thai designs. There is a permanent exhibition explaining about the understanding of design and how it is influenced by various factors such as on society, history, politics, economics, geography and religion. There are also a temporary exhibitions held regularly. If you want to enter the resource centre and the library, you can get a free one-day pass. You can only do this once and must show your passport.

Benjakiti Park
Ratchadaphisek Rd (MRT Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre). Opening: daily from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. 
When the Tobacco Company moved its entire factory operation to Chiang Rai, a large area of free space became available and developed into a new public park. The park opened to the public in 2004 and surrounds a big lake in front of the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre. Beautifully landscaped gardens occupy many areas of the park. Pedal and rowing boats are available for rent for use on the lake.

Lake Ratchada in Benjakiti Park by Mark Fischer

Benchasiri Park
Sukhumvit Rd (BTS Phrom Phong). Opening: daily from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Benchasiri Park is a small yet well-maintained park, which opened in 1992 to commemorate the 60th birthday of Thailand's Queen Sirikit in 1992. The park features a huge sculpture of a commemorative coin illustrating an image of Queen Sirikit and 12 pieces of contemporary sculptures including children's works. Other features of the park include forested and lawn areas, a scenic lake, children's playground and skating rink.

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