Fodor's Expert Review Baan Suan Phlu (M. R. Kukrit Heritage Home)
Former Prime Minister Kukrit Pramoj's house reflects his long, influential life. After founding Siam Rath newspaper in 1950 and writing several novels, he served as prime minister in 1975 and 1976. (Perhaps he practiced for that role 12 years earlier, when he appeared with Marlon Brando as a fictional Southeast Asian prime minister in The Ugly American.) He died in 1995, and much of his living quarters—five interconnected teak houses—has been preserved. Throughout his life, Kukrit was dedicated to preserving Thai culture, and his house and grounds are monuments to a bygone era; the place is full of Thai and Khmer art and period furniture. The landscaped garden with its Khmer stonework is also a highlight. It took Pramoj 30 years to build the house, so it's no wonder that you can spend the better part of a day wandering around.