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“funny place” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Royal Barges National Museum

Royal Barges National Museum
Soi Arun Amarin 24 | Bangkok Noi, Bangkok 10700, Thailand
02b 424 0004
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Ranked #101 of 258 attractions in Bangkok
Type: History Museums, Museums, Specialty Museums, Ships
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Owner description: The museum is home to the ornately decorated boats used in State ceremonies.
Krabi Town, Thailand
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“funny place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Can get a bit hard to get to, if you don't like to walk in poor neigborhoods, you may prefer to come by boat. You have to pay a generous amount, entry and photography! but if you are passionnate about boat or history, it's very interesting. A bit hot, too.

Visited February 2013
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“Take a peek back in history - visit this place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

This Museum houses many restored & sea worthy ancient barges.. Some are still being used for Royal Ceremony's. The art work & craftsmanship are superb. I prefer having on of the many water taxis that ply the Chao Para river take me to visit there. A great thing to do on a hot day.

Visited April 2012
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“a little difficult to get to and from”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

A taxi driver dropped us of at the beginning of an alley-way and said "Walk 5 minutes." We walked 5 minutes through some slum housing area and ended up at the Barge Museum. There are about 8 barges that are beautiful and worth seeing. The problem was getting back to our hotel at the Shangri-la. A man approached us at the dock and said he had a boat that would take us to the Temple of Dawn for $600 baht (about $20). For a 4 to 5 minute trip, that seemed too high. We waited to see is some other boat would come up. This man intervened and got us on another boat for $400 baht (around $14) which was still too high, but since my husband was not feeling well we took it.

The moral of the story, is that at every turn, as tourists, we are constantly subject to being over charged. We had got to the Royal Barges for $6 baht (3 each on the Orange flag ferry) and were asked to Pay $600 baht to get just half way back!!! So beware.

Visited February 2013
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“Stunning museum!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

My husband loves boats, so we decided to check out the royal barges and were not disappointed. Several of the barges used by the royal family in processions on the water are housed in a large warehouse. Some of the barges require 60 oarsmen and would be amazing to see on the water. There is an odd walkway through a small neighbourhood, but keep following the signs and you'll be fine. It was well worth spending an hour in the museum which is just across the river from the Grand Palace and several temples.

Visited December 2012
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“Amazing creations let down by environment”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

This is very difficult to get to on foot and even once you find the way you have to walk through narrow paths that bend around the backs of people's houses and stuff. It didn't feel very safe, even in the middle of the day, not least because it is also used by motorbikes and people pushing carts nearly the width of the pathway. People were not especially threatening, nor especially friendly, I was just very aware that we were cut off from everywhere in this long winding alley, with no idea what might be around the next corner. When you get there you feel kind of exhilarated (relieved) but it's not a walk I would recommend to anyone.
If you want to go I'd recommend getting a boat to take you there and wait for you if possible. There is a landing pier and we saw a couple of people arrive by boat. I recommend building it into a boat tour so the boat waits for you as trying to negotiate a price for a boat from there (as we ended up doing to avoid going back through the alleys) is not a good negotiating position - you are a bit stranded!
The entrance fee was 100 BHT each PLUS 100 BHT if you want to take photos - irritating!
The boats themselves are very ornately decorated and beautiful. There are some parts of very old ones and 4-5 that are still in one piece on display. There were also a few things in glass cases, a setup for some kind of film that would probably have told us more about the whole thing had they run it at all during our visit, and a stall in the corner selling refreshments.
To be honest, we were hot, tired and a bit intimidated by the walk to get there, the fee for taking pictures was annoying and silly, then there wasn't much in the museum to entertain us. The boats are amazing creations but the environment they are in doesn't show them off in a good light at all. Surprised it has the "Royal" title.
Overall, not the highlight of our visit at all and I'd only recommend it to boat obsessives.

Visited December 2012
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