Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Royal Thai Air Force Museum & Khao San Road

The Type 10 (Hawk 3), a fighter aircraft, played a significant role

during the Indochina War. This is only one of its kind remaining in the world today
 
The Royal Thai Air Force museum was set up in 1952 with the purpose

of collecting and restoring defense articles of different periods including equipments

 and aircraft in use during the early period of Thai aviation history up

to the present. The RTAF museum was first located at a hangar west

of Don Muang airfield and was not opened to public until 27 March 1959.

 The present musem was constructed in 1968 at a total cost of 6,635,000 Bahts.

 The museum was officially opened to the public on 24 January 1969.

The exhibits at the Royal Thai Air Force museum feature many types of aircraft rarely

 found anywhere else in the world. Many of the were in the service during the war

and  played a vital role in the safeguarding of our nation’s independence.

The numerous victory Medals awarded to the RTAF pilots attest to

 the bravery and valour of our heroes. The Royal Thai Air Force

 has tried to develop its museum to ensure that it has complete historical records of

 the Royal Thai Air Force.

Hours of operation :
weekdays / weekends 09.00-16.00 hrs. except holidays

Buses Available:
Buses no. 34, 39, 114, 356
Air Conditioned Buses no. 3, 21, 22, 25, 34, 39, 114, 356

Khao San Road

Where the worlds young travellers meet.

Khao San Road is a favourite crossroads for the young travellers on a budget.

It has evolved over the last two decades from just one small

 hostel providing low-budget accommodation become one of the worlds

most well-known destinations. It has been featured in many movies and television documentaries.

During the day, Khao San Road is the scene for back-packers looking for

a cheap room while others are arranging transport to their next destination

 in Thailand or overseas. Some will be just chatting with friends over a cup of coffee or a bowl of noodles.

At night, it turns into a lively thoroughfare lined with street stalls selling cheap clothes,

 handicrafts, souvenirs and thousands of other items. The lights are

on at the many bars where the travellers tell tales of the days adventures

and discoveries and the plans for tomorrow. Khao San Road is not just for foreign travellers,

 many young Thai people like to hang out there, including members of the TV and film production industries.

The location is very convenient for visiting the many tourist attractions

on Rattanakosin Island. It is just a 10-minute walk to Sanam Luang and The Grand Palace.

During April when Thais celebrate the Songkran Festival,

Khao San Road becomes a fun-filled battleground as everyone,

Thais and foreigners indulge in splashing each other with water.

The area is also well-known for the wide variety of inexpensive food.

 This ranges from spicy Thai Tom Yum Gung soup to the ever-popular banana pancake.

How to get there : Bus routes 3, 9, 32, 64, 39, 44, 53, 59, 503, 509, 511

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