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Vimanmek Palace

Tour this teak royal house, which was influenced by the style of the palaces of Europe and is surrounded by museums, gardens and canals.

This is the perfect setting for a day trip, combining some of the opulence of European palaces, which strongly influenced its design, with traditional Thai culture. This royal teak house is surrounded by beautiful gardens, picturesque canals and fascinating museums, making this a must-visit for any visitor to Bangkok.

Vimanmek Palace is set within Dusit Gardens, and was formerly the residence of King Rama V. This former royal mansion now houses collections of Thai objects and artefacts. In addition, visitors can wander in the attractive gardens and peruse the museums to get a feel for what the site was like in previous times.

The palace was originally built back in 1900 at the behest of King Rama V. While a traditional Thai construction technique was adopted to create the walls of the building, influenced by the style of European palaces, the King incorporated lengthy, angular constructions for the wings of the building, to create a unique architectural treasure that draws visitors from all over Thailand, and from far afield as well. The king also arranged for a lake to be built around the palace, for orchards to be planted, and for additional buildings to be constructed to house his harem. It was decades after his death, in 1982, that Queen Sirikit decided to create a museum at the site to honour King Rama.

When you visit Vimanmek Palace, you can take an English-speaking tour to help you get the most out of your visit. With 31 exhibition halls to browse, there’s no shortage of material for visitors to and enjoy. The palace is the site of Thailand’s first ever indoor bathroom, as well as an immense collection of weapons. Tour guides will be on hand to offer interesting snippets of information to visitors, such as why the swords housed at the palace don’t have handles.

Also contained within the palace is a rich collection of paintings and photographs, including the first portraits of Thai royals ever commissioned. There is also a variety of photographs including pictures of the Dusit Palace shortly after it was commissioned and built. The museums housed at the site are a veritable treasure trove, displaying ancient pottery, oil paintings and carriages. The palace admission price includes entry into most museums, but visiting the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall, which houses a variety of traditional Thai crafts, costs a little extra.

Travelling by taxi is the best way to reach Vimanmek Palace. The palace is open daily, but closed on national public holidays. Dress standards are conservative, and no cameras, phones or bags are permitted inside the complex. Lockers are available for rent to store such items.


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Coop Dopa Hostel

Coop Dopa Hostel

Suan Sunandha Palace, Nakhon Ratchasima Road, Dusit, Bangkok
    2.5 out of 5.0
     
     

    Located in Dusit, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Bangkok Riverside, Khaosan Road and Rama VIII Bridge. Democracy Monument and Wat Saket are also within ...

    The Siam

    The Siam

    3/2 Thanon Khao, Vachirapayabal, Bangkok, Bangkok
      5.0 out of 5.0
       
       

      This family-friendly Bangkok hotel is located in the historical district, within 2 mi (3 km) of Bangkok Riverside, Khaosan Road and Rama VIII Bridge. Thammasat ...

      Baan Tepa Boutique House

      Baan Tepa Boutique House

      245/1 Soi9, Si Ayutthaya Rd., Dusit, Bangkok
        2.0 out of 5.0
         
         

        Located in Dusit, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Bangkok Riverside, Khaosan Road and Thammasat University. Rama VIII Bridge and Democracy Monument are ...

        SSIP Boutique Dhevej Bangkok (Adults Only)

        SSIP Boutique Dhevej Bangkok (Adults Only)

        42 Phitsanulok Road, Dusit, Bangkok, Bangkok
          3.0 out of 5.0
           
           

          Located in Khao San, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Thewet Pier and Wat Benchamabophit. Suan Dusit University and Khaosan Road are also within 1 mi ...

          SSIP Boutique Dhevej Bangkok (Adults Only)AU$117

          Sawatdee Guesthouse the Original

          Sawatdee Guesthouse the Original

          71 Si Ayutthaya 16, Bangkok
            2.5 out of 5.0
             
             

            Located in Dusit, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Bangkok Riverside, Khaosan Road and Thammasat University. Temple of the Emerald Buddha and Rama VIII ...

            Sawatdee Guesthouse the OriginalAU$25

            Shanti Lodge Bangkok

            Shanti Lodge Bangkok

            37 Sri Ayutthaya Road, Soi 16, Bangkok
              2.5 out of 5.0
               
               

              Located in Dusit, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Wat Indharaviharn, Vimanmek Palace and Khaosan Road. Grand Palace and Wat Pho are also within 3 mi (5 ...

              Shanti Lodge BangkokAU$23

              UMA Residence

              UMA Residence

              580 Si yan soi 1 Nakhonchaisi Rd., Bangkok, Bangkok
                3.0 out of 5.0
                 
                 

                Located in Dusit, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Khaosan Road, Bangkok National Museum and Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Grand Palace and Wat Pho are also ...

                UMA ResidenceAU$49

                Royal Riverside Villa River View Suite

                Royal Riverside Villa River View Suite

                102 Thanon Nakhon Chaisi Road, Bangkok, Bangkok (province)
                   
                   

                  Located in Dusit, this guesthouse is within 3 miles (5 km) of Bangkok Riverside, Victory Monument and Khaosan Road. Thammasat University and Rama VIII Bridge ...

                  Royal Riverside Villa River View SuiteAU$426

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