Phya Thai Palace
Phya Thai Palace
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ephyfe
By ephyfe
The very nice former Palace of King Rama VI, great architecture and interiors
4.0 of 5 bubblesJul 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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TravellersWake
Ottawa, Canada15 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 Africa132 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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luviwase
44 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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challenger530
Northallerton, United Kingdom334 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Janejit
Bangkok, Thailand2,393 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Palace is opened for a free guided tour on Tue., Thu., Sat. and Sun..
The tour guide is extremely knowledgeable and full of passion.

Can't really believe it's free of charge with such a long, fully packed half day tour.

Shouldn't miss the coffee shop "Norasingha" also.

worth a visit. cosy atmosphere and meaningful history. (not sure about the other tour guides, though.)
Written January 19, 2013
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Seren R
Melbourne11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Couples
This beautiful palace is off the track and away from the crowds - even some locals don't realise it's open to the public on Saturdays. The receptionist/guide is very helpful, answered all our questions knowledgably and even unlocked extra rooms for us when we showed interest.
Without the crowds the palace feels luxurious and relaxing. The architecture is a Thai take on early twentieth century western European styles. The art nouveau staircase in the eastern building (still used by Thai military hospital) as beautiful as any I've seen in France. Good coffee and cold drinks from both the vendor stall and the coffee/ tea rooms in the front building of the palace.
Highly recommended, and free of charge. The upstairs would be inaccessible to wheelchairs, but there is plenty of beauty to see on the ground floor, and the gardens are lovely.
Written July 21, 2012
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ephyfe
Wilmington, DE676 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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jajavalB
Lampang, Thailand2,787 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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, Philippines46 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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