Phya Thai Palace

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Phya Thai Palace
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ephyfe
By ephyfe
The very nice former Palace of King Rama VI, great architecture and interiors
Jul 2019
This is the former palace of King Rama the 6th that is now part of the army residence and hospital. It was built 99 years ago, about 1920. We ate lunch in the coffee shop and it is really a very nice room with a nice interior from the original period the palace was built. The wood in this room and the wood throughout the palace is really beautiful dark wood, probably teak; the architecture is wonderful if you appreciate good architecture. We took the guided tour which was only in Thai unfortunately. Out of about 30-40 people I was the only nonThai person on the tour so I don’t think many westerners know about this place, it’s really underrated as a tourist destination. The tour started at 1:30PM and lasted close to 4PM so you really get your moneys worth. The tour discussed King Rama VI, his queen, the architecture and the history of the place. Phyathai Palace was once as King Rama VI’s Bangkok palace, it was later transformed into a five-star hotel and it’s now the Royal Thai Army’s medical headquarters. The queen’s building used to be a hospital where surgeries took place at one point. There were some very interesting looking buildings, and lots of dark wood which I presume was teak. The palace was designed in the Romanesque style but there are gothic elements and some of the other buildings are in different styles. It was really very nice day and a completely unexpected good experience. If you wear shorts they’ll make you put on some long pants over them for the tour. I wish they’d sort of change this rule, there are no monks there. I’ll give it four stars, they need some English speaking guides on the tour and it would be nice if we didn’t have to wear long pants over shorts on these very hot days, after a 2 and a half hour tour I was soaked. They need to have air conditioning in the main buildings of the tour.

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ephyfe
Wilmington, DE675 contributions
The very nice former Palace of King Rama VI, great architecture and interiors
Jul 2019
This is the former palace of King Rama the 6th that is now part of the army residence and hospital. It was built 99 years ago, about 1920. We ate lunch in the coffee shop and it is really a very nice room with a nice interior from the original period the palace was built. The wood in this room and the wood throughout the palace is really beautiful dark wood, probably teak; the architecture is wonderful if you appreciate good architecture. We took the guided tour which was only in Thai unfortunately. Out of about 30-40 people I was the only nonThai person on the tour so I don’t think many westerners know about this place, it’s really underrated as a tourist destination. The tour started at 1:30PM and lasted close to 4PM so you really get your moneys worth. The tour discussed King Rama VI, his queen, the architecture and the history of the place. Phyathai Palace was once as King Rama VI’s Bangkok palace, it was later transformed into a five-star hotel and it’s now the Royal Thai Army’s medical headquarters. The queen’s building used to be a hospital where surgeries took place at one point. There were some very interesting looking buildings, and lots of dark wood which I presume was teak. The palace was designed in the Romanesque style but there are gothic elements and some of the other buildings are in different styles. It was really very nice day and a completely unexpected good experience. If you wear shorts they’ll make you put on some long pants over them for the tour. I wish they’d sort of change this rule, there are no monks there. I’ll give it four stars, they need some English speaking guides on the tour and it would be nice if we didn’t have to wear long pants over shorts on these very hot days, after a 2 and a half hour tour I was soaked. They need to have air conditioning in the main buildings of the tour.
Written August 13, 2019
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Jeremy P.
Bangkok, Thailand18 contributions
Relaxing
Jun 2018 • Solo
Back to the classic European and Thai style combined building. Feeling really peaceful and relaxing.
Written June 27, 2018
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TravellersWake
Ottawa, Canada15 contributions
Great piece of history
Feb 2018 • Solo
Phya Thai Palace may be one of the most overlooked attractions in Bangkok. It is well worth visiting and is not as crowded as rhe Grand Palace or Wimanmek Teak Palace. The building has served many roles over the past century, from palace, to hotel, to hospital though the main rooms have been beautifully restored, with several original features still in place.

The palace is not air conditioned, but the attached Cafė de Norasingha has AC and is a great place to sit down and cool off with a drink and a light meal after touring the property.

TIP: Most taxi and tuktuk drivers don't know how to find Phaya Thai Palace, but it is just a 5 or 10 minute walk from Victory Monument BTS station.
Written March 12, 2018
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LearnAsIgo13
Johannesburg, South Africa117 contributions
Don't miss the restaurant!
Mar 2018 • Solo
Whatever you do, spend some time in the restaurant/coffee shop - it's like stepping back 100 years through a magical time warp machine. The experience of being in that beautiful space is worth the trip on its own.

Check when the palace is open. I read it was open on a Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00-3:00pm (as well as certain times on Saturday and Sunday). So I went on a Tuesday. I was told one must join the tour which was mostly Thai people and the tour was given in Thai. Luckily for me there was an extremely knowledgeable person who spoke English on the tour so I learnt a great deal. The buildings are impressive and I enjoyed learning about King Rama VI - a wonderful experience all in all.
Written March 7, 2018
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jajavalB
Lampang, Thailand2,587 contributions
Historical palace with classic coffee shop and free guided tour
Dec 2017 • Solo
This former King Rama VI palace is in the vicinity of army hospital but it opens for public with free guided tour , please check at the place. It's western style , not overluxurious home where the former king RamaVI lived and there is classic and cozy coffee shop "Norasingha" for sipping tea or coffee with light meals. It's very easy to go by public transportation, get off at victory monument and then a few minutes walk to the military hospital.
Written December 28, 2017
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Xabri
Makati, Philippines45 contributions
Educational tour
Aug 2017
This place is only open on Saturdays and Sundays. There is an English speaking guide that will show you around the area and educate you about the place's history. Entrance is free. No shorts and revealing outfits allowed. Best to bring a shawl for the ladies in case your shirt is deemed too low cut.
Written August 23, 2017
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luviwase
44 contributions
Interesting place in center bangkok
Jun 2017 • Solo
This place was King Rama VI palace, then luxury hotel, first radio station in Thailand, and now a museum in Pha Mong Kooj Klow Hospital. It is designed by arjarn Silp Pherasri, no.1 Italian artist at that time. This place is not as grand as palace or cethedral in Italy, but a lovely and private stay of a very hard working and down-to-earth king. (He even built a miniture city called Dusit tani next to his palace.)

The 2-hour tour is run by volunteers. Most visitors are Thai. No entrance fee. The place was not well maintained due to sufficient funding. With limited furniture in most rooms, it is lack of classic atmosphere as it should be. It is fine if you are interested in architecture during that period.

Coffee shop is also great. Don't skip it !
Written June 4, 2017
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Bangerschris
Bangkok, Thailand901 contributions
Worth a visit
Jun 2017 • Couples
Interesting guided tour of main rooms and Italian gardens

Tour guide very good and knowledgeable tour in Thai and English.

The palace has been a palace, hospital and hotel and is undergoing some extensive renovation, the rooms you do see are mostly devoid of any furniture but there are pictures to show what it was like.

The wall paintings and flooring and wood panels are all original and quite interesting

The gardens and surrounding canals were nice big fish turtles and the largest monitor I have seen yet!!

The on site restaurant is nice building part of the palace cheap food and soft drinks worth a visit Narasingha Cafe

Entrance free we have a MusePass that allows entry to over 50 places over a year and only cost a few hundred Baht
Written June 3, 2017
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Ian Black
Greater London, UK1,307 contributions
Interesting Visit
Dec 2016 • Solo
I went along December 2016
I just turned up by myself and walked in not knowing what to expect.
Was told at the reception desk that I had to go as part of a guided tour? Ok,no problem.
The tour guide was showing us around the place and telling us in detail about the palace in general,what we was seeing in each of the rooms and general history. I thought he was good. He was going between Thai,English and a bit of Chinese.
There was more than I thought to see inside which was a bonus. Lots of history to learn about. The gardens are well kept and the gift shop was well stocked.
I even bought something which is rare !!
I stopped outside after the tour to take a few photos.
Overall I enjoyed my visit.
Written February 27, 2017
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challenger530
Northallerton, United Kingdom334 contributions
History,but not in English
Dec 2016 • Couples
Lovely small building adjoining the Military Hospital which was built within its grounds.
Much of building closed in December and the majority of the tour was in the form of two videos presented in Thai. As many of the visitors were either European or Japanese this was somewhat wasted. Still worth a visit.
Written January 9, 2017
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