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“An interesting little gem”

Free Thai (Seri Thai) Museum
Ranked #15 of 22 things to do in Phrae
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“An interesting little gem”
Reviewed August 22, 2012

We were lucky to discover this little museum which was tucked away down a side road. When we visited we were the only people there and the owner of the museum, who was related to one of the Free Thai founders (and possibly the man referred to in the other review), took us around the museum and gave us a lot of information. It was very interesting and something I had previously known nothing about. I can't remember if there was an admission fee, but if there was, it wasn't much money. I would really recommend hunting out this little gem of a museum.

Visited August 2012
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  • English first
  • German first
  • Japanese first
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English first
Marlborough, United Kingdom
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152 reviews
99 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 348 helpful votes
“A small but interesting museum in Phrae”
Reviewed April 3, 2012

This is definitely a small museum, but it is still an interesting museum, about the little known activities of the Free Thai Movement (Khabuan Kan Seri Thai) in Thailand during the Second World War. The Movement was started by the then Thai Ambassador to the USA, Seni Pramoj, who famously refused to deliver Thailand's forced (after the Japanese invasion) declaration of war on the US in 1942, and instead with US help set up the Free Thai Movement in Thailand. By the end of the war 50,000 Thais had been trained in resistance operations against the Japanese. Because of Seni's work, the US did not officially declare war on Thailand and thus after the war, Thailand was not treated as an enemy nation by the Allies. I understand that the Free Thai Movement was also the only WWII resistance movement to operate its own fighter aircraft for a time.
The exhibits in the Museum are mainly (but not all) labelled in both English and Thai so most Westerners can read about the exploits of the movement, as well as Thais. There is even an extract from a speech by George W Bush in Thailand in which he commends the work of the Free Thai Movement.
The museum is in one end of the Paradorm Hotel car park so just look for the Paradorn Hotel (on the main 101 road through the centre of Phrae) and enter the car park at the back of the hotel. The Museum is the 2 story wooden green/blue building. When we were there only the ground floor was open. I understand the owner of the Paradorn Hotel is the son of one of the main leaders of the Free Thai Movement, hence why it is located by the hotel. Probably half an hour here should be OK. Note that I think it closes at 1700 hours, at least on some days.

Visited December 2011
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