Situated on Thiam Ruammit Road off Ratchadaphisek Road, about 100 metres from the Thailand Culutral Center.
Siam Niramit is a one-of-a-kind cultural theme complex offerring a world-class spectacular performance in a 2000-seat theatre.
The 80-minute show features 3 stories of Thailand's cultural heritage: Journey Back into History, Journey Beyond Imagination: The Three Realms and Journey Through Joyous Festivals, with the magic of state-of-the-art technology and special effects.
The show starts nightly at 8 pm. but visitors should arrive at 7 pm. to join a free guided tour to a Thai village in the compound. Restuarants and souvenir shops are also available.
Tickets cost 1,500 baht per person.
Contact Siam Niramit at Tel: 0 2649 92222 Fax: 0 2649 9200 for reservations. Click www.siamniramit.com for details
Thai Life Permanent Exhibition Hall
The Thai Life Exhibition Hall, located at the Thailand Cultural Center, takes you through the different periods of life in Thailand and how the Thai people have struggled and overcame difficulties to remain an independent.
The exhibition is divided into four main sections and uses a combination of presentation techniques including computer generated images, photography, multi-image slide presentations and puppets.
A video wall with nine screens welcomes visitors as they enter starts the presentation on the history of the Thai people.
This is divided into four areas covering the history of Thai culture, important archeological sites in Thailand, world civilization and the origins of the Thais.
The second sector takes you through Thai settlements concentrating on different cultures, languages and religions presented in the media of puppets and aerial photographs of ancient sites in four regions of the country.
Influences of outside civilization comes in the third section. Some highlights are those of Chinese and Indian traders and the impact they had in social intercourse.
The fourth area takes you through the development of Thailand as a nation from the establishment of The Kingdom of Siam at Sukhothai, the rise and fall of Ayutthaya, the Thonburi period leading on to the present Rattanakosin era under the Chakri Dynasty.
The Thai Life Exhibition Hall is a valuable source of information for all those who want to know more about Thailand and its people.
How to get there: Subway - Thai Cultural Centre Station.
Bus routes 36, 73, 122, 136, 137, 179, 185, 206, 514, 517
Open : Mon. - Sat. from 9.30 am. - 4 pm.
Admission : Free
Contact : Tel. 0 2247 0028 ext. 4224, 4206-7 www.culture.go.th/once/thainithat