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On Soi Praphinit (off Suan Phlu which itself is off Thanon Sathorn) this house holds a personal meaning for me. When I first moved to Bangkok I rented an apartment almost next door. That month Khun Kukrit passed on and the house was decked in blacks and whites, with all sort of visiting dignatries attending his home.

You see, the late M.R. Kukrit Pramoj, Thailand's former prime minister, was an authority on Thai culture. In the 1960s he founded the Khon Thammasat Troupe to create an informed audience capable of appreciating Khon Ballet. The troupe is still active, if not a little arthritic. Kukrit wrote poetry, fiction, plays, academic works and television scripts. (And supposedly he was invited to join Marlon Brando in a Hollywood film.)

So naturally, M.R. Kukrit's house reflects his character. Five teak buildings, a functions hall and a garden. The houses are antique Thai structures assembled under Kukrit's supervision. The gardens are serene and beautiful. The house contains a fine art collection, though remember your man Kukrit's house is not so much a museum as it is a genuine home. And as such it is a neat record of his lifestyle and interests.

If you enjoyed the Jim Thompson House you will be bound to find this home fascinating.

Address: The house at 19 Soi Phra Pinit, South Sathorn Road
Directions: Open on Saturday and Sunday (and the occasional official holidays).
10.00 17.00.

Phone: 02 286 8185

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 11, 2005
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