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M.R. Kukrit's Historical House, Bangkok

19 Soi Phra Pinit
South Sathorn Road
Thailand 10120
Tel: 66 2 286 8185's insider take:

Former Thai prime minister Mom Rajawongse Kukrit Pramoj lovingly assembled these five traditional teak stilt houses over the course of 20 years. Ceramics, handpainted masks, and Buddha images fill the intimate spaces while serene gardens overflow with tropical plants and flowers plus Kukrit's beloved imported bonsai-style trees. Surrounded by skyscrapers, the traditional compound is less well known than the Jim Thompson House and offers a respite amid the bustling metropolis. Although you can take tours, the grounds are also a great place to just escape the city and linger for a few hours.

Open Saturdays and Sundays and by appointment.

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