One place that I really wanted to see near Bangkok was the Erawan museum because of its unique architecture. Gladly, I found that I could buy a combo ticket for the museum and Ancient city Samut Prakan, otherwise, I’m not sure if the price for the museum itself is worth it…
The price for Erawan museum alone is 350bhats and I paid 550bh for a combo ticket for the museum + ancient city Samut Prakan and this one was definitely worth it! You can only find this deal online. I bought my ticket on Klook.
That said, I didn’t go from Bangkok on purpose just to see the Erawan museum that for 350bh is not worth a visit, I would say. Too expensive…
So first, I visited the Ancient city Samut Prakan and at 4 pm I left the place to head to the museum as it closed at 5 pm. The traffic on the way from the Ancient city to Kheha BTS station was crazy! It took so long that I reached the Erawan museum 10 min before 5 pm.
So to get to the museum I left the metro at the Chang Erawan station which is pretty near the museum itself. It takes about 10 minutes to walk and reach the Erawan museum from Chang Erawan BTS station. The BTS line is the same as the one I used to get to Kheha, and this time I was surprised.
Once at the BTS station in Kheha and on my way to buy the ticket to Chang Erawan, the lady said it was free!!! I said I was going to the Erawan museum, and I don’t know if that was the reason why. What I know is that I didn’t pay for this short trip, cause from Kheha to Chang Erawan takes about 13 min by BTS.
About the Erawan museum itself, I wouldn’t actually call it a museum haha. The museum part is tiny with not a lot to be seen, that’s why I say it. I think the interesting part of visiting this place is really the inside of the huge elephants. Yes, the most attractive feature of this place is its design as the building stands tall looking like a 3 headed elephant statue. I have never seen a building like this and that was impressive.
So, the museum itself is a small area under this building and has nothing interesting to see. I basically walked across it. Also, I didn’t have that much time as I entered the place 10 min before its closing time. But 5 pm is the closing time for visitors to enter. I could stay inside longer than that but still was one of the last to leave the place.
So, that said, the beauty of this place is the architecture inside the elephants. And that is just WOW. AMAZING!! The place is extremely detailed and gorgeous, I was honestly impressed and stared at every detail as if I had never seen something that wonderful in my life haha. I was really pleased with what I was seeing and spent my time staring at the amazing details. The place is decorated with millions of little broken ceramic pieces and imagining the work behind it is touching. There were even spoons and other ceramic ware completing the designs. Fascinating! That was what drove me to visit the place as I have seen beautiful photos of it before.
But there is more to visit upstairs besides this central and main room. It is some kind of temple with beautiful statues and beautifully designed too. I think it was placed in one of the heads of the elephants. Very beautiful too.
Besides the described, there is nothing else to be seen in this place… Some statues outside and that’s it. That’s why I said that the place is not worth 350bh. It is wonderful indeed but that amazingness is basically resumed to the main room that has the powerful staircase. Therefore, I spent my time staring at the details of those ceramics and that was it.
I wouldn’t say it is worth a trip on purpose just to see the Erawan museum, but on the other hand, if you buy a combo ticket, then it is worth the money.
It is an impressive building after all.
From the Erawan museum to Bangkok I took the BTS from Chang Erawan station which takes about 45 min to reach the city.