Right beside the UNESCO-listed World Heritage Forest of Khao Yai National Park you’ll discover a thriving gallery scene courtesy of Bangkok’s wealthy art collectors.
129 Art Museum
This beautiful space shows off the private collection of Yaovanee Nirandara, one of the executives of Christie's auction house in Asia. The museum features more than 400 works collected over 30 years from both Thai masters and international artists, including Pablo Picasso. There’s a particular focus on ceramics and earthenware. Thai artworks come from some 21 national artists like Chakrabhand Posayakrit, Chalood Nimsamer, Preecha Thaothong and Tawan Duchanee, plus leading contemporary names like Chatchai Puipia, Lampu Kansanoh and Natee Utarit.
129 Baan Tiew Khao, Thanarath Rd., Pakchong, 096-906-9381, 091-056-1204. Open daily 10am-5pm. Entry is B300 for Thais and B500 for foreigners. 129artmuseum.com
Credit: Khao Yai Art Museum
Khao Yai Art Museum
Hidden away on a small hill before you reach the national park, the 1,700-sq-meter space features the private collection of leading businessman Pongchai Chindasook. The gallery is packed with contemporary works by leading Thai artists, from Chalermchai Kositpipat's sculptures to Lampu Kansanoh's oil paintings, while the outdoors incorporates a sculpture garden. The grounds also hold six modern residences, called the Art Space––priced at B30,000 and B35,000 a night, they sleep up to 8-10 guests. There is also an art shop, while Anya Restaurant opens Friday-Sunday.
Ban Tha Chang Soi 6, Moo 16, Mu Si, Aumpher Pak-Chong, 044-756-060-6, 081-440-0202. Open daily 9am-5:30pm. Free entry. www.khaoyaiartmuseum.com
Honorary Professor Prayad Pongdam, the late Thai National Artist in printmaking, created this space nearly three years ago as his art gallery and workshop with an attached resort. Sadly, he passed away only six months after the opening, leaving the space to operate as a museum for some 150 cherished art pieces. Mediums vary from prints and oil paintings to sculptures and carvings. They also have a cafe and shop selling souvenirs of his iconic printmaking pieces. The resort offers four room types: standard (B3,200), deluxe (B3,900), family room (B4900/4 pax) and pool villa (B6,000).
237 Moo 1, Kanongphra, Pak Chong. Open Thu-Tue 9am-4:30pm. Free entry. goo.gl/WxnPWZ