Baan Silapin

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Denise Moore
Townsville, Australia350 contributions
Dec 2019
We were lucky this trip to see the Puppet Show, after missing it last time two years ago. This time we had our granddaughter with us. The puppets came to magical life through the skill of the puppeteers. The puppeteers are dressed in black and masked, so that the puppets' personalities dominate. At the end of the performance the puppets engaged with the audience. Our granddaughter received a lovely hug from one of them. A special experience. Incredibly, there is no charge for the puppet show, especially since the training and skill is high. You get to witness a Thai cultural performance at no charge!
I think The Artist's House is an marvellous place, it's like being in the country but right in the middle of a huge city. It's a quiet, cool spot in the middle of Bangkok and it's delightful to sit there on the coffee shop verandah, on the klong, and watch the boat traffic pass by and to see all the houses on stilts with their gardens and decor, so colourful and creative. Upstairs is the art for viewing or buying. I think we took about a million photos here.
Written February 21, 2020
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Erika D
Bangkok, Thailand14 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
We contacted the artist house via Facebook and found puppet shows are now offered on weekends only. We arrived via MRT to bang phai then a taxi (5-10mins) and had some food cooked by the lady in the corner of the cafe then made some bracelets to take home to friends, watched fish feeding and walked around the boardwalk then watched the puppet show. This was excellent in skill and also in training the next generation of puppetteers. We noticed the artist house had probably contributed to improving local livelihoods and the environment. Nice place to relax and have an icy cold milk tea and contribute to keeping culture alive.
Written December 14, 2019
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lulyshahabudin
27 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
Last week I had the opportunity to visit Baan Silapin in Bangkok.Not many knows of this Artist village.The houses on stilts at the canal are 200 years old.They have puppet shows,cafe and quaint souvenir shops.The place is tranquil and for art lovers this place is a must visit place.
Written November 4, 2019
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Xander Shah
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia306 contributions
Mar 2019 • Solo
Arrived a few hours before the show so got the chance to watch kids practicing and learning the traditional arts. It was very exciting. Despite the heat (it was a really hot day!), the place is quite cooling so it was really convenient hanging around. There’s also a small cafe that serves Thai iced tea and coffee, much needed in that kind of weather. Should you feel hungry, there are restaurants serving Thai food. I absolutely love this place and highly recommended to those who have extra time in Bangkok.
Written April 2, 2019
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joel d
Bangkok, Thailand54 contributions
Nov 2018
On the Klong Bang Luang, Baan Silapin (artiste house) is a beautiful 200 years house and a 600 years old Stupa (Chedi) inside. A lovely, fun and one of the best traditional puppet show in BKK, every day at 14.00 (Wednesday off.) It happens they have performance somewhere else, it's a very popular troupe and has to earn money to continue to keep on making a living from their art. Handicraft by local artists displays for sale, activities, cafe and restaurants, a nice place to chill out. Many boat tours stop there. You can either go there by longtail boat (negotiate a klong tour) that you can rent from a pier (Thaksin Sathorn, Rajinee 7, Wat Arun) or BTS Bang Wa or Talat Phlu station and then a taxi to Wat kuhasawan (50 to 80 baht) from there a short walk to the klong.
let me add, please don't feed the fish with bread that's not good for them.

tel. 02 868 5279, 081 258 9260, 089 125 3949
Written January 4, 2019
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Surzen
London, UK162 contributions
Mar 2018 • Solo
I am here right now (Mon 19/03/18) and this is definitely the highlight, as well as the most amazing place I have visited in a ling time...as already mentioned by fellow travellers before me...

If in Bangkok forget everything, find some time to visit the Artist House; whichever way you use (motorbike, taxi, public BTS) always remember that to get here you would ask your driver to go all the way to the end of the narrow street, or soi;then walk on the stairs on your left, on the small bridge crossing the Khlong and turn left, walk for approx 50 metres and you found it!

Enjoy!
Written March 18, 2018
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Mathilda20
Jakarta, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia358 contributions
Jul 2017 • Friends
This Artist house should be on your list to visit, even you are an independent traveler. Not that hard to find. If youre taking a Bts get off at wong wiyan and take a taxi for about less than hundred baht to get there, follow your google map by typing this: Baan Silapin Khlong Bang Luang. Once you get in to the small street there wont be any sign in english but just your gps.
It is quiet, very local ambience, artistic and good drinks. I spent an hour to have my coffee and sat there, watching some boats and people.
They also have puppet show at 2pm. Very good place to visit. Also you could feed the fish there.
Written July 11, 2017
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Atula
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia181 contributions
May 2017
This is a 200 year old traditional Thai Artist house, renovated and kept alive to meaningfully engage young men and women of the community and revive traditional Thai art. It is a 2-storey teak house right on top of the Khlong (canal) and very scenic. The first floor houses a cozy cafe, a courtyard and a tastefully done shop that sells blank stickers, paper mache articles such as masks, stars and christmas decorations for you to paint. They also sell finished art and craft good- little knicks and knacks. The corridor of the Artist house is lined with 4-5l human-sized red and white statues sitting or standing on the wooden floor leaning over the water. Looking at the statues one can imagine how the original occupants of the house must have spent their lazy afternoons and evenings here, gazing at the water. The second floor houses a display of oil paintings done by the artists, most of which are scenes of the khlong and old Bangkok

Every day at 2 pm (except on Wednesday) a traditional Thai puppet show is performed using hand crafted puppets. The show is engaging, entertaining and beautiful. Such traditional puppet shows and the hand-crafted puppets have disappeared from Bangkok. In the five years that I've lived here, this is the only place where I have seen a really good and skillfully done puppet show. i hear there's one at Asiatique but I can bet that one cannot compare with this one because this one has the old style backdrop and atmosphere. I loved the puppet so much that I asked them if the artists can craft two khon masks (only the head of puppets) for me. The artist has kindly obliged. I paid him advance and am excited to go back after three weeks to pick up my traditionally hand crafter pieces by an authentic Thai puppet artist himself!
I love going there.
Written May 9, 2017
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Jenny H
Hong Kong, China20 contributions
Apr 2017 • Friends
If you consider yourself a hipster, a fan of retro stuff, the Artist House worths your visit for sure! Here is a good start to learn Thai tradition. The puppet show starts at 2pm every day except for Wed without charge. It would be great if you have companions who know Thai since the host can only speak little English. Just get yourself ready to interact with naughty puppets there! Great fun!
Written April 9, 2017
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HenryGTe
Koblenz, Germany786 contributions
Jan 2017 • Solo
Traditonal thai puppet theater is something that is hard to find nowadays and even most of my thai friends living in Bangkok dont know much about it.

The training for the young guys is grim; every movement of the puppets has to be synchron to the movement of the players (i.e. reverse) and it takes years for them to be ready for the stage.
I fear, that in a few years this old traditon will be gone.
How to get there:
Take the skytrain to Bang Wa. Take a taxi to nearby Wat Khuha Sawan (60 Baht). Walk from Wat Khuha Sawan to the klong - there is Khlong Bang Luang Floating Market - and its only about 50 m on your right.
Written January 30, 2017
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