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Neilson Hays Library Restoration

The Library is closed due to urgent Restoration and a Mini-Library is open in the former Café on... read more

Reviewed 24 June 2017
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Island of tranquility in a busy part of Surawong.

Stumbled upon this historic building, not knowing it was a LIBRARY devoted to books and literature... read more

Reviewed 15 November 2016
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29 Jun 2017
24 Jun 2017
“Neilson Hays Library Restoration”
Also of architectural interest, has art gallery and cafe and lots of events happening throughout the year.
195 Surawong Road,, Bangkok 10500, Thailand
+66 2 233 1731
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Reviewed 30 June 2017

I'm a librarian, so walking into a library is a given. I loved the architecture and thumbing through the card catalogues. However, we felt eyes on us as we moved through the rooms. I guess not too many foreigners visit?

1  Thank mizlgw
Reviewed 24 June 2017 via mobile

The Library is closed due to urgent Restoration and a Mini-Library is open in the former Café on Tuesdays to Sundays at 09:30 to 5 pm ! A mid-day Lunch is available from the adjacent British Club menu !!!

1  Thank mamallmighty
Reviewed 15 November 2016

Stumbled upon this historic building, not knowing it was a LIBRARY devoted to books and literature of the English language.....a perfect spot to gain insight and information of Bangkok & Thailand during a thunder storm They even have a nice little cafe with the usual...More

1  Thank HungryJoeTokyo
Reviewed 13 September 2016

This is the oldest English language library in Thailand and dates back to 1922. It has a good selection of childrens books and a decent range of books on Thailand and South-East Asia. Housed in a Colonial building with gorgeous architecture, the library is a...More

2  Thank nellielim
Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

The building is magnificent in its design (sadly hidden by trees and fences) but as it approaches its centenary it is in urgent need of repair and maintenance. The library itself is unremarkable buy it has a beautifully designed rotunda gallery above but on our...More

Thank Paul C
Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

I went there several times, just to visit it and for their books sales. I loved the place! Unfortunately I live too far in Bangkok to borrow books there but it was totally worth visiting as the building itself was gorgeous! This library looked old...More

1  Thank BananaLu
Reviewed 24 July 2016

The Neilson Hays Library is awesome. There's many kinda english book.And the place is Colonial style. I really love it. And kinda quiet place. Also Kids Corner here . Now I've got a place for find knowledge :D won't missed here.

1  Thank uchamaii
Reviewed 31 May 2016

We went for lunch to the British Club then visited this lovely library to shop at their annual book sale . This library is a real gem , a perfect place to relax and take some restful time to sit and read . It has...More

3  Thank Mark Benjamin L
Reviewed 2 January 2016 via mobile

Active kids place. Many children and parents on this Saturday morning. A comfortable cafe on premise. British Club just next door

1  Thank John K
Reviewed 21 December 2015

The Neilson Hays Library is an English language library in Bangkok Thailand. The architecture is lovely old colonial style on the inside and out. They have a good selection of modern books as well as classics plus regular events such as concerts, art exhibitions, lectures...More

3  Thank Bonnie Z
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Despite the lack of any major tourist attractions,
this lively neighborhood is a favorite of many.
Whether it's the (somewhat naughty) nightlife of Soi
Patpong, the various handicraft night markets or the
plethora of dining options that tickle your fancy, a
night out in Silom is a must on every itinerary. It's
worth a stop during daytime, too: join office workers
on a quest to tasty street food during lunch and shop
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