Despite being close to our homes, recommending them to clients and friends, I had never set foot in those tourist attractions. I am talking about the unique museums of Bangkok, I can finally say it did it.
With Asian Trails Thailand managers, we had a full day tour organised by our new partner Rock around Asia, which mostly brought us off the beaten (tourist) track but well known Thai places.
The first one was the Thai Labour Museum, located in a discreet house, which used to be the railway police station, behind Makkasan Station. It claims to be the first and only labour museum in Asia, after touring this museum you will know everything from the Thai’s contemporary history and the evolution of labour.
Our next visit was the Siriraj Medical Museum, across the Chao Phraya River at the Siriraj Hospital. The most interesting area for foreigners is probably the Tsunami Museum that is part of the Forensic Medicine section. Here is related the involvement of the hospital and its staff to help local hospitals in Phuket after the devastating tsunami in December 2004. This visit is very heartrending with explicit descriptions and images.
The last stop was the BACC or Bangkok Art & Cultural Center, which probably has the biggest impact on the art world in Thailand since its opening. One of the easiest museums to access in the city thanks to its location opposite the MBK shopping complex and a few steps away from the National Stadium skytrain station. Art is always a matter of taste, and the latter is pure individualism. What I like about the center is the mix of foreign and local art, local artists influenced by foreign elements, and foreign artists experimenting with Asian culture. I don’t know if the foodie term of ‘fusion’ applies to paintings and sculptures, but if it does then the temporary exhibitions at BACC certainly fit this term.
We have teamed up with Rock Around Asia to bring more meaning to museum visits and a wider context to the exhibits, as the company offers highly intellectual foreign and local experts for these visits. Their guides not only explain the museum’s displays, but will also bring perspective and academic content into the tour. They are also experts on a large number of museums and sights in Asia. Working together, Asian Trails can tailor make unique experiences for special interest groups, academics, universities, and travellers with distinct interests.
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