Pratubjai House

Pratubjai House, Phrae: Address, Phone Number, Pratubjai House Reviews: 3.5/5

Pratubjai House
Architectural Buildings

41 reviews
Very good

Ian D
Phrae Province, Thailand41 contributions
Very Interesting
Dec 2018 • Couples
Well worth a visit even if you have to pay double the Thai admission price because you are a foreigner.
Pratubjai means impressive and it certainly is
This is one of the largest teak houses in Thailand with 130 teak supports.
The oldest section is 300 years old.
Some of the rooms are beautifully decorated and furnished.
Don't miss the extra building next to the car park that is full of old artifacts.
Written June 13, 2019
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Chiang Mai, Thailand828 contributions
Jun 2017 • Couples
An interesting experience to visit this family mansion constructed by a businessman anxious to construct a huge timber house without decimating the nearby forests. The usual annoyance about prices - 40 baht for Thais and 100 baht for foreigners with only a few descriptions of the many artefacts in English. However the staff are friendly and informative and the small shop on the first floor has reasonable prices. The house itself provides a good overview of local architecture and culture combined with a feeling that the place is actually lived in. Just beyond the main entrance to the estate there is a small café (itself an attractive timber building) run by a family member and servicing home made bakery items.
Written June 5, 2017
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Melbourne, Australia208 contributions
Lovely Place
Apr 2017 • Couples
We visited only one of the so called Teak Houses in Phrae and were very glad it was this one.
The building is very attractive and much of it is open. There is a description of the story behind the house given as a pamphlet at the ticket office and is available in multiple languages.
There are too many artifacts to see although not all are obvious as to what they are.
The staff could not have been friendlier and offered us a range of sweets to sample. Yes they were on sale but we were not pressured to buy them.
Written May 1, 2017
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Domenic C
Key Largo, FL5 contributions
Rotary trip
Apr 2017 • Friends
Fascinating structure. Friendly owners showed us around. Great deals in the shop of quality items that Americans do not have access to easily, crocodile belts, elephant tail bracelets for example!
Written April 9, 2017
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Chuck B
Steilacoom, WA813 contributions
Kitsch on Steroids
Jan 2016 • Solo
A lot of sour grapes here. So what if the entry price is a little steep at 100 baht and locals pay less. It is their patrimony and if you are rich enough to fly here you can pay three bucks. The lines and architecture, walls and floors are stunning, there is no wood as attractive as polished teak. Inside are a wealth of rich people's clutter, artifacts from the early 20th century. The marble rotary telephone is worth the price of admission. The clutter inside is a monument to kitsch and bad taste, how to destroy the ambience of a beautiful structure. Entertaining and instructive.
Written January 8, 2016
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Bangkok, Thailand32 contributions
Oct 2015 • Couples
I visited this house as part of a visit to Phrae and Nan last week. Upon entering the grounds I immediately became suspicious as the price of entry was 40bt for Thai and 100bt for foreigners. In Thai terms this is a complete rip off. I explained to the lady at the desk that I have lived in Thailand for more than 20 years and am a permanent resident....her reply was simply..'you are not Thai so it is 100t'. She didn't even raise her head and make eye contact with us.
It is an old Thai house, quite large of which the main feature it the teak wood. Yes, wonderful teak wood. About a third of the house was not accessible as the owners who lived there clearly didn't want to be interrupted. Much of the house that is accessible has been turned over to vendors who rent the space and sell goods there. No doubt even more income for the owners.
In summary, and old teak house. Excessive entry fee to see really nothing but vendors pushing there products. We were in and out in 15 minutes.
The word 'Pratubjai' in Thai means 'impressive' but I certainly did not leave this place feeling impressed at all.
Written November 4, 2015
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Singapore, Singapore297 contributions
I rarely review sights, mostly hotels. But this is a total rip-off. Avoid at all costs. Good thing I didn't pay for the entrance as no one was at the booth at that time. They should just close this to save everyone of their time.
Written January 3, 2015
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Chiang Mai, Thailand277 contributions
A Total Ripoff Stay Away!!! Racists!!!
Jan 2014
I live in Thailand, came here and gave them my Thailand drivers license, was told to pay 40B instead of 20B. I told her I live and work here, and was told more strongly...Forty baht! I declined to go in, but my Burmese friend walked up and paid 20B. So then I said, you should change your sign, which says "foriegner's pay 40B" to "White Skinned People Pay More Because We Are Racist."
Written January 4, 2014
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Seoul, South Korea371 contributions
House or Junkshop?
Aug 2013 • Couples
Apparently the name means "impressive house", more like depressive. It is a house made from parts of 9 old houses all put together and it just looks like a great big barn with a few Thai decorations on the roof, just kind of big and ugly. It is very dark inside a crammed full of tacky decorations and shrines to various Thai royals, oh and souvenir shops throughout. I suppose the impressive part was the enourmous teak pillars you can see in the basement, which form the foundations (and they are all intricately carved). I guess it is designed to appeal to the Thai tourist but they charge foreigners double the price of Thais. It is a nice bike ride to go there though. Skip it unless you need to fill some time in.
Written August 20, 2013
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Marlborough, UK1,441 contributions
Second largest teak house in Thailand with some great teak furniture
Dec 2011 • Friends
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.
Written April 4, 2012
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