The Bangkok Airoplane Museum Is A Must See

While it may not be as spectacular and diverse as air museums in the world’s big cultural capitals such as Paris, London or New York, The Royal Thai Air Force Museum offers a beautifully maintained collection of historical aircraft that will delight any tourist, particularly those who have a passion for flight.

The museum is located in the vicinity of Don Muang Airport. Its exhibits give a clear image of the whole aviation history of Thailand, starting with double-winged planes and ending with pretty complex flying machines.

The airplanes are displayed both outdoors as well as inside as numerous old hangars have been reconfigured and are now part of the museum, shielding the older or more fragile airplanes from the elements.

Experts might not be blown away by the collection as it boasts only 30 pieces, however, tourists will certainly love this interesting aspect of Thai engineering history. The airplanes displayed here are quite valuable even though their numbers might not be that impressive with some models being quite rare or even one of a kind. All of them have been carefully and faithfully restored with the jewel of the collection being the Curtiss Hawk III, the last one in existence. The Vought Corsair V-93s is also a rare and stunning piece, which holds high ranking at the museum.

The museum immediately surprises visitors with the rather large, two seat bomber called the Paribatra. It is the first airplane to be designed in Thailand, dating back to April, 1927. All these fascinating pieces have numerous technical and historical data and offer a unique story.

Be prepared to do some walking as the entire museum is pretty large due to the size of each individual piece.

Another amazing exhibit is the first generation jet fighter collection. Among these planes you will find the North American F 86L, the Republic F 84 Thunder-Jet and numerous rescue planes lie the Beechcraft model 18, the Fairchild C-123b or the Percival Prince IIIA

If you are looking for an unusual, off the beaten track museum that is quite interesting and offers a unique look into a less known aspect of Thai history then you should definitely check out The Royal Thai Air Force Museum. The museum is opened daily between 9 am and 4 pm with the exception of national holidays. Don’t worry about the price as there is no entry fee regardless if you’re a native or a tourist.

Bangkok's Creepy Museums

If you like to do more underground activities when you visit a city then you should definitely check out the Creepy Museums located in the Siriraj Hospital while you’re travelling to Thailand’s capital city, Bangkok.

The series of museums does not showcase your average artsy paintings and sculptures nor does it boast great classics. It does however offer six distinct museums that will undoubtedly satisfy even the most morbid of tourist curiosities. Out of the six museums the ones you want to check out for the creepiest exhibits are The Pathology and Forensics Museum and The Anatomic Museum.

The Pathology & Forensics Museum

Don’t expect a steady progression of sights as you will immediately see the pathology room which displays formaldehyde preserved babies which have been afflicted with some of the rarest genetic disorders known to man. The modern design and interesting setting makes this room less Carnie-show and more of a biology museum. The second room on the tour will be the parasite room where you can learn everything you ever wanted to know about how our bodies are and have been affected by these parasites.

The Forensic Medicine Museum, named after Songkran Nyomsane takes things up a notch as the forensics room shows some truly macabre scenes. The bodies accident victims to series killer victims are displayed here, with the dried up body of a child murderer from the 1950s being the star attraction. The reasoning behind the exhibits, at least according to Thai officials is that they should have a deterring effect on any potential criminals. There is no sociological data to show if this approach actually worked or not.

The Anatomical Museum

The Anatomical Museum is located in the neighboring building and its historic interior décor will truly transport you back in time. The classic, wood based décor peaks in the anatomy room where numerous skeletons are displayed in wood and glass cabinets. You can also observe dissected or partially dissected bodies of adults as well as children and read some interesting information on the cause of death or any other health related data.

Formaldehyde jars contain numerous organs as well as any imaginable genetic mutation, all beautifully displayed in what is a less scary but rather interesting attraction.

All six museums are well managed and offer interesting exhibits however, some psychological preparation might be in order before entering, particularly for the more squeamish of tourists.

Royal Barges Museum

Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, is one of the busiest cities in Southeast Asia and has a lot to offer for travellers coming here to have fun. From picturesque views upon the dynamic city to great places that serve delicious food, night clubs and of course the most interesting museums. One of these museums is the superb Royal Barges Museum, where you can discover the country’s most interesting vessels called the Royal Barges.

The Royal Barges were the most important vessels in Thailand’s history and they have an interesting story behind them. They were used in ceremonies and different state events. These events took place rarely so witnessing one of these boats was a unique experience. Actually, the barges have been out just 16 times in the 65 years making those who witnessed them extremely lucky.  But there’s more than their lack of public appearance that makes these boats so unique, it’s the way they are decorated and the materials that were used for their making. Every boat was carved with intricate decorations as well as engraved with mythical creatures. Gold was used to make these pieces even more precious and glass was used to create intricate details on the surface.

The boats were taken out during festival times and some even have to be rowed by 50 oarsmen and another 14 crewmembers.  Unfortunately, there are some of the vessels that were highly damaged during wars but photos of them still exist in the museum.

Seeing each of these lovely boats up close is definitely entertaining and guests at the museum can learn more details about every boat as things like the number of crewmembers and the year it was built are inscribed on them. The whole museum consists in 50 boats, all representing mythological creatures but one of them stands out with its imposing details and grandiose appearance.

If you find yourself wandering the streets of Bangkok, having this little history incursion can be a great way to go off the beaten path. Whether you are with your kids or as a couple, it can be a very fun activity. Make sure that you go on the banks of the canal that connect to the Chao Phraya River by getting a boat. The museum even has a small bar where you can get a cold drink during the hot days. It may be included in city itineraries as it is an often sought after location by visitors.