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Royal Barges National Museum
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Reviewed May 6, 2018 via mobile

This is a very unusual museum with the eight restored barges actually docked in the water - definitely a must-see with the barges’ sheer size (some over 100 feet long) and their beautiful artistry. Signage and displays onsite are very informative.

The problem is that this museum is difficult to find. It became a small adventure of sorts and people were generally helpful in pointing us to where to go. I saw some tourists get down the dock directly and come straight in. However, we took a train, did some walking around near a market, over an overpass near a train yard, and eventually entered through the Thai Royal Navy facility - we were sure were lost, but we kept following everyone’s directions and we eventually made it through a tiny alley and into the dock where the barges are housed.

Don’t think twice about paying the extra 100 baht for taking photos. It’s a small price to pay for some splendid barge photos.

Tiny gift shop mostly with cheap keychains and magnets. But look for the postcard collection especially made for the museum and some good reading material about Thai history.

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank guiltlessreader
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Reviewed April 1, 2018

We were lucky enough to meet a fellow traveller who spoke with us about this ‘gem’ and we ended up joining him on his visit - we are pleased we did, it wasn’t on our list of things to do in Bangkok and it would have been a real shame to have missed it. There are a number of restored royal barges on display, the history is very interesting and well worth the 100 THB admission cost.
The National museum is not easy to find, we took a Tuk Tuk the driver dropped us off and pointed us down a passageway that eventually took us to the museum, via caged fighting cocks - access was an adventure but well worth it.

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank ColinS390
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Reviewed March 23, 2018

We took a water taxi to the museum. There were 8 barges on display and they were beautiful. The barges required from 30-60 oarsmen to power each barge. All were beautifully decorated with lacquer and glass. Each had a unique head and several had a cannon coming out the front.

Description of barges in English, and a few period clothes were in cases as you went along.

Stay about 20 minutes.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Brian B
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Reviewed March 9, 2018 via mobile

A good place to learn history of Thais ship. THB100 admission fee. It's a great museum, hope they will improve the way to reach it

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank leecK9330OU
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Reviewed February 20, 2018 via mobile

The boats were spectacular and eight of these beauties are on display. We were lucky in our timing and had the museum to ourselves. As incredible as these barges were, my favorite part of our visit was interacting with the Thai family that ran the concession stand inside. Their sweet poodle-mix dog had a litter of 4 week old puppies, and the family invited us into their space to enjoy them!

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Michaela
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