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Bao Dai's Palace

Trieu Viet Vuong street, near by Crazy house, Dalat 61000, Vietnam
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Ranked #16 of 21 attractions in Dalat
Type: Historic Sites
Description: Preserved almost intact, this is the most popular of the three Bao Dai palaces in town; Bao Dai was ousted by Ho Chi Minh in 1945.
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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225 reviews 225 reviews
84 attraction reviews
141 helpful votes 141 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2012

We were interested in seeing the palace because we had heard a lot about Bao Dai, as well as other former kings, over the course of our three weeks in Vietnam. We went with a guide as part of a Dalat city tour, so if you plan on going to the house you may consider having a guide with you... More

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Fort Worth, Texas
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48 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2012

Interesting. The furniture is so vintage 50's! Not what we expected, but very nice.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2012

We had fantastic photos taken dressed up in the long ago clothes of royalty. They were ready quickly, laminated and very cheap!

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Randers
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22 attraction reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2012

It looks like the 50'es, but we missed some explanations. Who was this king, and what happened? There is only very superficial narratives.

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New Haven, Connecticut
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6 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2012

As I understand it, this is where Bao Dai and his wife lived with their three children, making his last stand, trying to hold on to his monarchy as king of "western Vietnam" before he was ousted/stepped down. He also lived here with his mistress after his wife decamped to France. One guide explained to me that he left the... More

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Sydney
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42 reviews 42 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2012

The retro building and furnishing are quite interesting, but our highlight was definitely paying the small amount to dress up as the king and queen for our photo in the throne room - we looked ridiculous and could not stop laughing - especially after the large group of Vietnamese tourists came in taking our photos (we were alone originally). That... More

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Hua Hin, Thailand
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47 reviews 47 reviews
3 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2012

I went to photograph the architectural interiors because I've never been inside the residence of an affluent person that was built in the 1930s. Also went to shoot candids of the tourists. OK experience on both counts. Can't see others getting too excited about this place but it's close to the Crazy House, doesn't cost much so why not?

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Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2012

Too many tourist around, and many shop at the history destination! we didn't like it

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Australia
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72 reviews 72 reviews
36 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2012

While this building is regarded as a palace, it is essentially just a large country house built for the King and his family in the 1930s. It is a reasonably good example of the architecture of the time, but nothing out of the ordinary. The decor could be freshened up a bit, as it is all a little drab. There... More

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London
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68 reviews 68 reviews
16 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2012

Looks like a done at heals local government office. Poor 30's building design and layout and the interior is not up to much. If this was an hotel you would be looking for a refund.

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