BAAN SILAPIN (บ้านศิลปิน) is another piece of interesting Thai history and culture that you can enjoy in Bangkok. What is this place? It’s literally house that has traditional Thai puppet performance, and the place around it is canal and mini traditional market selling Thai foods and also handicrafts.

Getting there is easy, use this map link to order grab or uber. Or if you prefer using BTS, Take BTS to Bang Wa station, continue from there by walking for 1.5KM, or taxi for around 60 Baht. If your driver has problem with English, try to show this “Baan Silapin (บ้านศิลปิน) or Klong Bang Luang (คลองบางหลวง)”.

History of this house is formerly belong to “Raksamruat Family”, an old goldsmith family, but was later sold to Khun Chumphon Akaphanthanan who renovated and re-opened it as art gallery which is the center of all arts lovers. It’s already more than 200 years old, but still stand strong to perform Thai puppet show.

The signature statue in front of the Artist’s house. Which, if not mistaken, symbolize the previous owner who watch the daily life passing them by.

Main idea visiting this place is about watch in live the Thai puppet show. Their performance can be seen almost every day at 2PM, except on Wednesday. Also, it is strongly recommended to call them first before you going, as sometimes they also got hired by another people, so won’t be able to perform at Artist’s house. Here’s the phone ==> 02-868-5279, 089-125-3949 , 081-258-9260

Info you need to know for this place.

In every performance, they will deliver different story. The process will start on opening by MC, introduction of how to operate the puppet, the main show, and closing with taking photo together with the puppet.

Before starting the performance, they will start with praying ritual first
Our visit got the story where Hanuman went to the sea to find the mermaid.
And special performance by the one and only. MICHAEL JACKSON!!!
To enter and to watch the Thai puppet show is absolutely free. However, please always to give donation. So other people and our kids, grand kids would be able to watch and enjoy this great piece of Thailand history and culture .

Around the Artist’s house, there’s many small shops selling Thai foods and local handicrafts. Just walk from the spot you come from to the end, you’ll find many options for what you are going to do beside watching the puppet show. To eat, shop, rent boat to explore the canal, or feeding the fish with enjoying glass of ice coffee.

We ordered this Squid curry cook with egg for 100 baht, and ended up playing rock scissor paper to decide who has to finish it. It’s too much!!
Though the boat usually from Taksin pier or another place, you actually can rent boat in this place to explore the canal.
Walk along the area to find the unique things about this place. And remember, those colorful snacks are for fish, not for you.
Watch local activity. Like this kid who swim and jump into the canal!! Literally not the kind of canal where the water is crystal clear, but surely those kids have too much fun swimming inside.

To summarize, we can say that this place is recommended for you as choice where to spend a bit quiet of Bangkok with lots of touch of Thailand culture. Even if you don’t watch the Thai puppet show, this place still offers you many options to enjoy the quiet and peaceful life along the canal of Bangkok. Moreover, your visit, purchasing something from local shops, and donation to Artist’s house will help our world, kids, and our grand kids to see and know how beautiful Thailand culture is.

Happy let’s get lost!!

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Teguh

Name is Teguh and Maria. We both live and work in Bangkok, Thailand.
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