The Bangkok Hit List: 13-19 November 2014

Ancient Siam - photo by Ancient Siam

CULTURE: Free admission to Ancient Siam

The unique Ancient Siam open-air museum, located on Sukhumvit Road in Samut Prakan a short ride from the outskirts of Bangkok, is an attempt at a replica of Thailand. The expansive grounds replicate the shape of the country, and monuments and other attractions from around the Kingdom – some real, others replica, some life-sized but many scaled down – are placed as they are in real life. It’s a brave project on a huge scale from the same people as Pattaya’s Sanctuary of Truth. Usually an example of Thailand’s questionable dual pricing system, at a pricey 700 baht for foreign adult tourists and 350 baht for Thais and foreign residents, from Saturday to Monday (15-17 November) admission is free.
296/1 Sukhumvit Road, Bang Pu, Samut Prakan; www.ancientcitygroup.net

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Neilson Hays Library - photo by Neilson Hays Library

SHOPPING: Neilson Hays used book sale

Silom’s Neilson Hays library hosts its popular semi-regular sale of second-hand English-language books on Saturday and Sunday from 9.30am. These sales often have thousands of titles on offer, with prices as low as 20 baht.
195 Surawong Road, Silom (BTS Chong Nonsi); www.neilsonhayslibrary.com

Friese-Green Club - photo by Friese-Green Club

CULTURE: Frank Yang evening at the Friese-Green Club

The quirky Friese-Green private-members cinema club hosts an evening of screenings and discussion (Sunday at 7.30pm) centred on Taiwanese bodybuilder and filmmaker Frank Yang. Among the highlights are an opportunity to quiz Yang on the rise of internet films, like his own controversial depiction of sex on a busy Taiwan street. Club membership costs 200 baht.
259/6 Sukhumvit Soi 22 (BTS Asok/MRT Sukhumvit); www.fgc.in.th

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