Papaya Vintage Shop is the most amazing place I ever saw in Thailand, and until today, I thought I saw quite a bit! It’s supposed to be a shop, but it is more of a vintage museum with extremely rare items scattered around in a humongous organized mess across four floors of narrow passages of crumbling shelves.
It’s a bit far outside Bangkok, but it’s so worth a visit and if you happen to be a collector of item from the sixties and seventies. You will feel like a kid in Santa Claus workshop and you will be taken away to your childhood. You might wander for hours in search of an item that will ‘talk’ to you, and soon realize that you entirely forgot what you where actually looking for and you are just having fun! Thoughts will cross you mind “Oh, my dad had one of those bright orange plastic kitsch TV, and “I use to waste all my pocket money on that pinball!” “Hey isn’t it the cabin of that rocket in a cheap science fiction”?
My favorite was the full set of full size super heroes and I really wanted to bring a trio of Ultraman to stand behind my desk.
Listing the items would be endless and impossible, furniture are unique, some in good shape and some need repair, but real lovers will know what to do.
Plenty of toys and figurines might look very familiar and there is an amazing range of operating light hanging from the ceiling… would be nice above my dining table.
Lots of strange looking electronic devices seem to come right out of an old Frankestein or science fiction movie or a, you know, the one where you always wondered what all the lights and buttons where actually doing.
And then, after hours of walking in the labyrinth of treasures and discarded and broken creepy mannequins, here is it, the chair you have been waiting for stretching its arms in your direction: “you found me, take me home!” and you will run with you heart beating to the guy sitting downstairs and you will show the photo you wisely shot with your mobile because you might not be even sure you would find it back anyway. ‘How much for this chair?’ you ask. ‘This one is not for sale’… what the???
So what is going on with this shop? is it a shop or is it a museum? Well it’s a bit of both, the place has become so famous for it colossal amount of vintage object, it has become a vey popular place for magazine photo shoots and music videos. Therefore selling some of the popular items would deplete your main attractions. Tricky! The top floor even has a room dedicated to photo sessions and video shooting.
Anyway, it is not even cheap, so if you happen to have a car, just go for the fun of it, taking photos for the pleasure is allowed. I will go back…
Soi Lat Pharo 55/2, Lat Pharo Road
Wang Thong Lamg, Bangkok 10310
Tel + 66 2933 0661
Mobile + 66 8699 44445
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