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Baan Silapin, Soi 28, Wat Thong Sala Ngarm, Phasi Charoen, Bangkok
  • Nowadays it is not very easy to find such show
  • Some high rank restaurants offer puppet shows at a certain schedule and guests are expected to pay a high cost meal
  • The show is at 2 pm every day except Monday
  • Unfortunately, this place is very difficult to find
  • This 60 to 90 minutes show in Baan Silapin is very interesting and inexpensive


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    Many tourists go to Bangkok for its exotic palace and pagodas, or even for culinary hunting. But do you know that Bangkok is also home to Thai puppet shows? Nowadays it is not very easy to find such show. Some high rank restaurants offer puppet shows at a certain schedule and guests are expected to pay a high cost meal. This is not a very big deal for the rich, but I am the follower of the philosophy of ‘why pay for expensive, if you can get them low cost’.

    Thai puppets are very special in that three persons are needed to play a single puppet. One holds its body and plays its left hand, another one controls its legs, while the last person moves its right hand. This can make the puppet so alive. For this reason, I went to Baan Silapin by a taxi directly from Don Mueang airport. The show is at 2 pm every day except Monday. As it is a free show, no ticket or confirmation is needed. Unfortunately, this place is very difficult to find. Although I kept the electronic map in my mobile, and the taxi driver had used it to ask people on the way, it was of no much help. I alighted somewhere and tried to find the place by asking almost every person passing by. Show them the name in Thai, and I was directed to a medium-sized square used as a parking place in front of a large yellow temple, then to a very narrow path for a hundred meters long where there are a small cafe and a small shophouse, turn right to another footpath, and at last I found the place.

    You had better skip the first 15 minutes as it is only a prolog in Thai language. The second 15 minutes is a short course on understanding the puppet; this part is interesting as we can learn the history, the making, and the movement of the puppet, and the players make it a very enjoyable show. Then the main play usually based on Hindu or Buddhist tale. The last stage, the puppet will be brought to some spectators. In this occasion, you can play with it, hug it, and you are expected to donate some money. In the area, there are some coffee and souvenir shops too.

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  • A simple map leading to Baan Silapin (Artist House). In the left picture, short red line indicates the place. It is located near a bridge between Wat Khuha Sawan and Wat Kampaeng. Middle picture shows the path to or from Bang Wa station. Right picture shows Bang Wa station at the lower left corner.

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  • Wat Kampaeng near Baan Silapin, may be used as your target to alight from taxi and continue on foot to Artist House.

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  • The male puppet. He is very agile, naughty, but at the same time very funny too.

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  • Female puppet, she is very soft, loving, and beautiful.

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  • The main play. Beautiful motion combined with traditional music that is pleasing to the ear, making it equivalent to a paid performance.

    This 60 to 90 minutes show in Baan Silapin is very interesting and inexpensive. But as this place can only be reached by taxi and then on foot, you may use either Wat Khuha Sawan (Khuha Sawan Temple), or Wat Kampaeng, or Wat Thong Sala Ngam as the location to alight from the taxi, then follow the Artist House with a red arrow signposts. The nearest BTS (commuter train) station is Bang Wa.



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