R and I spent three days in a row at Klong Bang Luang or Artist House. On the first day we were the only ones at the house. The ladies who work there were very friendly and helpful. R chose to paint an elephant which kept her occupied for a good 20 minutes. Be on the lookout for mosquitoes because when R was painting an army of mosquitoes flew and bit her. The ladies turned the fan on and back to painting she was. We had a chance to go upstairs, the gallery, and watch long tail boats go past. We noticed that there were no passenger or local boats that ferry residents through the canal only tourists on the boats. It was a quiet place to go to, people watch and have a cup of something and read or paint.
There is coffee, cocoa and other cold drinks to buy at the house. The other shops that were open on a Friday are the fish food shop, snacks shop, souvenir shop and massage place.
On Saturday, more things going on at the house. There is a table full of pots to choose curries from for lunch of snack. Next to the coffee table is now a counter to buy jelly on top of ice. We had sorbet this time to console ourselves for there was not a puppet show. On our way out of the place we bought a big bag of fish food which the resident pla duk or catfish feasted on. It was definitely busier at the weekend in this place but just happy people around.
Sunday, at last there will be a puppet show at 2pm. We waited for half an hour for the show. The place was packed, people sat on the floor and there were viewers upstairs as well. It was a fun experience. R loved it. Our friend L loved it too. We will definitely go back for another show next time we are in town.
How to get to the Artist’s house from the Wongwianyai BTS station? Take exit 3 and at (by the lift) Krungthonburi Soi 1 take a taxi to Charan Sanitwong Soi 3. Tell the driver to go to the end of the road. At the end of that Soi follow the alley straight on and you will see a steep bridge, cross that bridge, turn left at the foot of the bridge and the Artist’s house is at the end of the row of houses along the canal.