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“Traditonal Thai Building”
Review of Vimanmek Mansion

Vimanmek Mansion
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Private: Half Day Tour of Vimanmek Museum in Bangkok
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Ranked #101 of 552 things to do in Bangkok
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Closed for renovation Built by King Rama V, this palace is the largest teak structure in the world featuring a unique blend of Victorian and delicate Thai architecture.
Bangkok, Krung Thep, Thailand
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21 reviews
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“Traditonal Thai Building”
Reviewed September 17, 2012

Interesting if one is interested in architecture. Little dull otherwise. Everything is very clean and proper but not very exciting.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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“Worth the 40 mins guided tour!”
Reviewed August 31, 2012

If you have been to Grand Palace, then you get admission to this place for free, valid for a week from then. Else, if I remember well, I paid like 100 THB for this place. Show the grand palace broacher backside which has advertisement for this place to taxi, or he may not know this place. This place is in a compound housing many other small museums (collection of Royal family), Throne hall, etc. Dusit Zoo is just opposite this place, if this helps to locate. Talking about Vimanmek Mansion, you get to enter in batches of English speaking or Thai speaking and this guided tour will last for about 40 mins. There is a security check, they don't allow metal items, wallet, mobile phones, cameras, etc. Lockers are available for 20 THB and it can be used to deposit all the stuff that they don't allow inside. Wait for your turn to be grouped and taken in (without your camera). First you enter the ground floor, where you remove your footwear and then gather for the guided tour. Once you are in, it is one of the most beautiful places I have seen in Bangkok. Each floor is colored in different color and the best part is the guided tour, which gives an idea about Thai Royal family, old pictures, foreign gifts, etc. Be close to the guide to hear clearly what he/she is saying and ask queries if you have any. Don't forget to see the place which was burnt up in WWII bombing and later it was restored. Watch your steps, chances of slipping are high. Back to your locker, you get to click pictures from outside. Also, if you have time go around the place and look at museums which have old clocks, etc. Throne hall area also has many things to see. All in all it can be a days trip.

Visited September 2011
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Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic
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“Interesting palace, but rude staff”
Reviewed August 25, 2012

Many many local and asian tourists. I was disapointed that there aren't long clothes for rent there and the staff have the great bussines from selling the "sarongs" to tourist. But the mansion and other museums are very well maintained and worth to visit, especialy when you buy ticket to Grand Palace, which is also valid to there.

Visited June 2012
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“Great mansion, rushed tours”
Reviewed August 22, 2012

I loved this teak mansion but they run tours every ten minutes or so. The result is that you get rushed through, and the tours eventually bunch up which diminishes the experience. The English speaking guide I had was not completely fluent but was quite understandable and explained things well.

Visited November 2011
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Bangkok, Thailand
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“Oasis of peace and calm”
Reviewed August 20, 2012

if you're becoming a bit undone by the heat, hustle and frenzy of Bangkok, Vimanmek Mansion offers a fabulous respite. Unless you're really into Thai history, a lot of the background and stories about the mansion may not be fully appreciated, but grounds and buildings are calm, quiet and peaceful like no where else in the Big Mango, and a visit is well warranted. Entrance is free with your ticket for the Grand Palace and after the obligatory trudge around the crowded and hot Grand Palace grounds, you'll appreciate Vimanmek greatly.

Visited June 2012
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