Pratubjai House is reputed to be Thailand's second largest teak house. Phrae is particularly well known for its teak forests and the house was built in 1972-1977 by Kitja Chaivannakoopt using teak recycled from nine existing teak houses in Phrae. It includes 130 large teak logs, each over 300 years old, used as house supports. It was opened to the public in 1985 by the family after the death of Kitja Chaivannakoopt and is a worthwhile visit with its large collection of golden teak and other furniture and other objects. It is clearly a family house and indeed the wife of Kitja Chaivannakoopt, Lamyong Chaivannakoopt, still comes to the house most days, despite her age, and is quite happy to sit and chat with visitors (in Thai).
When walking from the car park one passes the building which houses the ticket office, 40 baht for foreigners, and then walks past some gardens to the house itself built in the classic Northern Thai style. The first entrance on the left actually takes you to the basement where you can see some of the 130 large teak house supports and where there is a shop selling bits of teak furniture as well as other smaller wooden items. Walk further on and up the stairs by the second entrance will take you to the main part of the house. There is one large room full of furniture and other objects, including rare porcelain, plus a further large room to the side which displays some of the antiques and other wooden objects, plus family photos. Towards the back and right of the main room there is a doorway into a nice small courtyard with seats and further objects and a few plants. No-one seems to have any objections if one tries out the furniture and the chairs are generally surprisingly comfortable. This is clearly a family home as well as being a museum and although items are rarely labelled they are great to look at. Certainly an impressive collection of teak furniture in many parts, albeit somewhat haphazardly displayed, but not in the slightest bit 'tacky' as I have seen a few people comment!
The house sits in just under 5 acres of grounds and there are other smaller buildings about the place, including a couple of further small souvenir shops, as well as some pleasant gardens. Well worth spending a couple of hours here especially if you like teak.
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