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“Great atmosphere”

Neilson Hays Library
Ranked #256 of 584 things to do in Bangkok
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Owner description: Also of architectural interest, has art gallery and cafe and lots of events happening throughout the year.
Reviewed October 24, 2012

I love this place and have been visiting it since 2010. Not only has it an extensive library to meet your reading hunger, but also gives you a feeling of the colonial atmosphere, and has a cute little cafe next door.

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Reviewed July 5, 2012

Utterly worthless and dull and boring beyond words. Lifeless, soulless, grim.Worse than the British Club next door.

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Reviewed May 25, 2012

The library opened in 1922 in a beautiful historic Italian domed building. It is about 1 km down Surawong Road from the busy Phat Pong Market area. The library houses one of the largest collection of English language books in Thailand and some are historic ones dating back to pre WWII. They also have an area devoted to art works. On the library grounds is a cafe that serves a vast menu of Western and Thai food. A large selection of English dishes is also on the menu as the cafe is run by The British Club, which is adjacent to and behind the library grounds. Actually the menu is exactly the same, and for most who are not members of The British Club and able to get in, you can enjoy all the delicious items that are mostly unavailable at any restaurant in Bangkok. The British dishes are all authentic and cooked and served according to recipe. The scones served with jam and cream, just like in England. All items ever ordered British, Western or Thai have been perfectly cooked and delicious. Prices are reasonable as they are priced for the members of the club. Cocktails are also available in the cafe. Parking available also.

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Reviewed May 22, 2012

Great selection of books and usually many events too.

Thank ilyushin
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Reviewed November 16, 2011

This historic facility is a private library, where members (usually residents of Bangkok) may take out annual memberships to use the facility. There are a couple of other facilities something like this, but not in such historic and characterful buildings. If you are looking for a classic somewhat old-fashioned western-style library in Bangkok, this may be the place.

Thank EarthlingOnline
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