Me, my family and my partner hired a private van for a one day city tour. We told the driver that we want to go to Vimanmek Mansion (Bangkok's former royal palace) in the first place, but in the end he brought us here. The exterior of this building is rather westernized. It is white and grey in colors and it has a dome shaped roof. Make sure that you've purchased the combo ticket (including Grand Palace and Queen Sirikit textile museum). It's cost 500 baht for everything. The rule here is the same as in Grand Palace, but slightly stricter. Mens have to wear a long pants or jeans (no torn effects visible) and Ladies have to wear a knee length or long skirt (pants are not allowed). If you happened to forgot this by the time you are purchasing the ticket, they will ask you to buy a Sarong (wrapped cloth to be wear around the waist) for 50 baht. You can consider this as a souvenir. You are not allowed to bring any bag nor purse nor camera (even watch!). Basically you can only bring yourself in. They will provide you with English audio guide machine which was very helpful. This hall is actually a museum for all the artifacts from the past and present, normally made for the royal's family. The interior (especially the ceiling) is just majestic. It has all the paintings of Thai's histories. The artifacts that they have, just insane! I never imagined that Thailand has a excellent craftsmanship. I've been to Bangkok so many times, but this one was the highlight of my last journey! You have to come here and see it for yourself to believe it!
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