NileGuide Expert Says:
When visiting the Siam Society, be sure to check out the two traditional Thai teakwood houses on the premises. They date back to the 19th Century and are two of the best surviving examples of traditional architecture in Thailand. Also, there is usually one fascinating lecture a month at the Society, so visit their website to see if your travels coincide.
Sukhumvit 21 Road
131 Soi Asoke
10110 Bangkok, Thailand
tel: +66 2 661 6470
fax: +66 2 258 3491
**On November 20, 2009 fire destroyed the offices and shops but only caused some damage to the library. Events in the auditorium continue, but check the website for updates.**
The Siam Society makes for an interesting, intellectual stop outside of the typical tourist path. It was founded in 1904 as a result of cooperation between Thai and foreign scholars who dedicated themselves to promoting the study, enjoyment and availability of Thai art, science, culture and natural history. Nowadays, the Siam Society acts as a non-profit organization committed to the same causes as its founders, offering library facilities, an ethnological museum, and various activities ranging from performances to study tours.