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Royal Barges National Museum
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Reviewed January 16, 2019 via mobile

These old (circa 1914) barges probably six or more are being kept ship shape by a young staff men and refurbishing all 42 meters. This exercise goes far and beyond varnishing. Spend the 150 baht to obtain photography creditials. A short of ,5 minutes is worth watching.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank William M
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Reviewed January 13, 2019

As many have said, getting there is part of the experience. We got dropped off via taxi and wandered through a ton of residential tiny backroads (way too small for a car). We got a little lost but it was pretty fun. Then we took an (overpriced) boat from there to Wat Arun, also fun! The museum was very cool (especially in its setup right on the water), but probably only takes about half an hour.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank bwfol
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Reviewed November 23, 2018

As others have written, getting there is much of the fun.

We went from the orange (or blue) flag boat N12 stop. Google maps points you in the right direction and the route is in fact quite well signposted. It is mainly along a narrow paved footpath accessible only on foot or motor bike (not tuk tuk) and passing through quite a poor area. Don't be put off - you get there in the end. The museum consists of 6 or so barges and some photograph displays. Not of huge interest to be honest. But having got there you should probably pay the extra 100 baht to take photographs yourself.

As others have mentioned. there was a boatman waiting to offer us a lift back to one of the main piers. However his best price was 500 baht so we preferred to walk back to N12 - the return didn't seem so far (10-15 minutes I suppose).

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank Peter G
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Reviewed November 7, 2018

Despite being listed as one of the attractions along the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, this museum probably doesn't rate very highly on most visitors' must-see list. Nevertheless, it's a relatively fascinating museum that showcases the royal barges that are brought out for use only for certain auspicious occasions every few years (e.g., the Royal Barges Procession). Individually balanced above the water line in their own respective pens, these barges are both ceremonial and symbolic at the same time. The largest barges, reserved for the king, can hold as many as fifty oarsmen as well as a retinue of royal assistants. Also on display are some of the decorations and uniforms used during the royal regattas.

Attempting to reach the museum via public means, the nearest river stop is the Thonburi Railway Station pier. Getting off at this pier, one realises very quickly that the museum is located on the opposite shore of the Bangkok Noi canal. Unfortunately, crossing the canal requires a rather lengthy (slightly over half a kilometre) detour that involves climbing up and crossing the traffic-heavy Amun Aramin bridge before descending on the correct side of the canal. Another short walk through what might be a small Thai naval (or perhaps marine police) equipment depot opens into a short maze of alleyways that eventually ends at the museum. Savvy visitors might want to avoid all of the hassle by simply hiring their own longboats to drop them off at a private pier just off from the museum. But then what's that old adage that goes something like, "the joy of travel lies not in the destination, but rather in the journey"?

Date of experience: January 2018
2  Thank ianwyj
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Reviewed October 30, 2018

A great (if small) display of unique barges. Sadly you need to plan ahead if you want to visit - we took a river commuter boat to the nearest stop but it was a long walk fr off the beaten track - came back by long tailed boat but had to pay extra for not planning ahead

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 275jonb
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