Going out in the midday sun, to visit the National Museum. Then souvenir shopping along the Khao San Road.

With a rainy start forecast for the early morning, we decided upon an indoor venue. The National Museum is not far from the Phra Arthit pier, and admission is cheap at only 200 baht.

National Museum, Bangkok
National Museum, Bangkok

I can’t help but feel this museum has somehow missed both direction and opportunity. We were hoping to see something explaining the history and culture of the Thai nation. But this museum appears largely based on an original royal collection of arts and antiques amassed over the years.

National Museum, Bangkok
National Museum, Bangkok

Much of the museum was closed off for renovation work at the time of our visit, adding to our disappointment. Still, it did lend itself to some amusing sights as a consequence. Such as the golden royal chariots parked outside, while the builders and decorators were in. Or these golden Buddha statues we spotted in the back of a pickup truck!

Golden Buddhas in a pickup truck, National Museum, Bangkok.
Golden Buddhas in a pickup truck, National Museum, Bangkok.

Not far away from the museum, maybe 10 minutes walk, is the infamous Khao San Road which is so popular with the backpacking community on account of its nightlife. During the daytime it’s a bustling street market, and we managed to bag a few cheap souvenirs as we wandered through the area back towards the ferry pier.

Khao San Road, Bangkok
Khao San Road, Bangkok

The backstreets of the area are also worthy of exploration, as evidenced by this beautiful temple we stumbled across, the Wat Chana Songkram.

Wat Chana Songkram, Bangkok
Wat Chana Songkram, Bangkok

Tomorrow, we get to explore some of the modern city.