Oub Kham Museum

Oub Kham Museum information

Chiang Rai , Thailand
Address
Street Th Nakhai
More information
www.oubkhammuseum.com
Prices
adult/child 300/100B
Opening hours
8am-5pm
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Lonely Planet review

This slightly zany museum houses an impressive collection of paraphernalia from virtually every corner of the former Lanna kingdom. The items, some of which truly are one of a kind, range from a monkey-bone food taster used by Lanna royalty to an impressive carved throne from Chiang Tung, Myanmar.

The Oub Kham Museum is 2km west of the town centre and can be a bit tricky to find; túk-túk will go here for about 50B.

Guided tours (available in English) are obligatory and include a walk through a gilded artificial cave holding several Buddha statues, complete with disco lights and fake torches! The grounds of the museum are equally kitschy, and include a huge golden naga statue (a mythical serpentlike being with magical powers) and countless waterfalls and fountains. Truly an equal parts bizarre and enlightening experience.