:: Bangkok Museums

Planetarium & Scientific Museum
The scientific museum situated next to the Eastern Bus Terminal (Ekamai) is an exhibition centre on scientific knowledge and astronomy. Open daily, except Monday and national holidays, from 9.00 a.m.- 4.00 p.m. Admission fee is Baht 10. At the planetarium, daily performances on the solar system are presented for the public from Tuesday to Sunday. Open from 8.30 8.30 a.m. p.m. Admission fee is 10 baht. For further information, please contact tel. 3925952, 3902301.

Bangkok Dolls & Museum
(Tel: 2453008)
Bangkok Dolls have won several awards for their creations. A single-storey workshop and Doll Museum in the Chandavimol family compound at 85 Soi Ratchataphan (Soi Mo Leng) in Bangkok's Makkasan district is the magnet for several visitors who wish to inspect these miniature creations in all their wondrous variety.

Jim Thompson House
A fine example of Thai architecture, this house is filled with rare art and antiques once owned by the U.S. citizen who was almost solely responsible for revitalizing the silk industry in Thailand.
Since his puzzling disappearance in 1968, his former residence has become a popular tourist attraction.

Daily 9 am-4 pm.
Admission: 100 baht adults, 40 baht children.
6 Soi Kaseman 2, Rama I Road, phone 215-0122.

Wednesday-Sunday 8 am -4 pm.
Admission: 10 baht (special exhibits can be more).
4 Chao Fa Rd., phone 282-2639.

(Tel: 2524670-9, 2554328-9)
This is handicraft centre, under government supervision, located on Ratchadamri Rd.Visitors may inspect and buy selections of handicrafts from all parts of the country.Items available include Thai silk, ceramics, wood carvings, lacquer ware, bronze objects and Khon masks. The store is open daily from 10.00 a.m. until 8.00 p.m.

The National Gallery
Within walking distance of the National Museum, the Gallery exhibits both contemporary and classical art from Asian and other schools.

The National Museum
The National Museum contains the largest collection of Thai art and artifacts in the country, from Neolithic times to the present.

Wednesday-Sunday 9 am-noon and 1-4 pm.
Admission: 40 baht for foreigners, 20 baht for Thais.
4 Na Prathat Rd. (next to the National Theater and Thammasat University), phone 224-1333.

The Shed of the Royal Barges
North of the Grand Palace on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, the Shed houses gilded vessels once used for war and currently used by the king for ceremonies of religious importance.

Similar to ancient Viking boats but more ornate, these royal yachts are a spectacle even on land. Klong (canal) tours often stop there.

Daily 8:30 am -4:30 pm.
Admission: 30 baht, but if you want to take pictures, it's an additional 100 baht for a permit.
Klong Bangkok Noi, phone 424-0004.

Vimanmek Teak Mansion
The world's largest teak building, built by King Rama V in the late 1800s as a summer palace on the island of Ko Si Chang.

It was moved to its present location in 1910. With 100 rooms, it's a fine tribute to Thai architecture and art and is filled with priceless antiques and paintings.

You can't walk around on your own, but there are free guided tours, in English, every half hour starting at 9:30 am. At 2 pm there's a free demonstration of Thai dance in the foyer.

Daily 9:30 am -4 pm.
Admission: 50 baht or as part of an entrance ticket to the Grand Palace. Ratchasima Road, phone 281-1569.

:: Hospitals in Bangkok

Adventist Mission Hospital
430 Phitsanulok Road.
Tel 281-1422, 282-1100
Fax: 280-0441
Private hospital.

Bangkok Christian Hospital
124 Silom Road.
Tel: 264-0560 -79, 634-0453 -64
Fax: 236-2911
Private hospital since 1949, English spoken.

Bangkok General Hospital
2 Soi Soonvijai 7
New Petchburi Road.
Tel: 310-3000, 310-3101 -3
Fax: 310-3367

Modern 500-bed private hospital, English spoken.

Bangna Hospital
Km. 3, Bang Na-Trat Road.
Tel: 393-8534 -5
Fax: 398-9531
Some English spoken.

BNH Hospital
Bangkok Nursing Home)
9 Convent Road.
Sathorn Nua (North) Road.
Tel: 632-0560
Fax: 632-0577 -9
Private hospital with English speaking staff.

Bumrungrad Hospital
33 Sukhumvit Soi 3
Wattana, Bangkok 10110
Phone: (662) 667-1000
Fax: (662) 667-2525
Private 554-bed American managed hospital.