There’s a strange little museum tucked away out here, but I think it deserves a mention.
There are a few of these big old Royal State Railways of Siam steam engines you’ll see scattered beside the tracks on this trip, and throughout the Thai rail network. But these particular ones are actually part of a rather surprising museum a little down the road. The Jesada Technik Museum is a 500-odd strong private collection of vintage rare cars, motorbikes, boats, amphibious craft, and aeroplanes created by a transport mogul named Jesada Deshsakulrith. Most of his cars are in the category you might call “cute” – the inexpensive European bubble-car varieties (of which there are surprisingly more than I thought) – and are in immaculate condition. He also boasts a couple of London Double-decker Buses, New York taxis, and a Back-To-The-Future-esque Dolorean. Jeseda only started collecting in 1997 and it opened to the public in 2007, the same year he bought a decommissioned Soviet whiskey-class submarine, which unfortunately sunk off the Swedish coast while being towed enroute to this museum. If you’re a bit of a automobile enthusiast, perhaps go check it out on the way back. If you don’t have time, you can now walk through the sprawling collection in his hangar using Google street-view – just look up Jeseda Technik Museum on Google Maps when you get online.
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