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“The next attraction from Grand Palace should be Vimanmek Mansion”
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Vimanmek Mansion
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Ranked #112 of 593 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.
Reviewed February 27, 2013

After I visited Grand palace, I got to know that the Entrance to Vimanmek mansion is free if you have the entrance tickets to Grand Palace. I knew that this Vimanmek mansion is the world’s largest teakwood building. So why not visiting this place..?.

The easiest way to reach Vimanmek from Grand palace is the Chaophraya river express boat service (I think). You have to go to Tha chang pier, and take the orange color flag boat to the right hand direction. The ticket was 15 THB.Thewes is the pier you should get down, which is next to Rama 8 Bridge pier. However, the mansion is about 3-4 km away from the Thewes pier and you have to take a Taxi. In my case I went there by a Motor Bike taxi. The Taxi cost me 40 THB to go to the mansion at Ratchawithi Rd. At the entrance, I had to show my grand palace ticket to pass the security check point. Also, no one can take any bags/cameras inside the mansion. I had to rent a locker to keep my stuff at the security point. It cost me 20 THB. The mansion was very large and it has I think about 3 floors. All made of wood. Lot of antique style items including furniture, electrical items,sculptures,statues,porttraits,pictures of natives of Thailand,.., etc. It is worthwhile to visit this place if you have been to Grand palace. I stayed there about 2 hours, and returned to Thewes pier by a motorbike taxi. It cost me only 30 THB. Then I took the express boat back to Phra Arhit Pier, to reach my hotel in Kaosan road.

I hope you guys/gals enjoyed my review in Vimanmek mansion and try the rout I use above.

Good luck..!

6  Thank Roshan P
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Reviewed February 22, 2013

Very beautiful place. Extremely rich architecture and decoration. It is definitely worth visiting. One has to be properly dressed though - no shorts, no nacked shouders ...

Thank Assya1980
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Reviewed February 21, 2013

this mansion is very close to dusit zoo. walk able distance. to reach here you can take taxi from victory monument. around 2.5km. plenty of buses available from victory monument. traffic is very high. monday is weekly off. 10am to 4pm is the timing but after 3.30 they wont allow. rude staff. worth visit. fully made of teak wood. its beautiful. if u hv grand palace ticket within 7 days this can be visited. else 100 baht entry fee. you are nt allowed to carry camera, lockeres are provided outside the mansion.

Thank Ramprasad P
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Reviewed February 20, 2013

if you are the one who really like visiting and enjoying museums, this is the place that you must visit, but one thing to consider is you really have to follow the rules, always wear trousers or jeans, not a short pants, otherwise they will not let you in. Camera and other things should be deposit at a locker rooms. if they catch you bring any handphone, they will not let you in, and once you come back to the locker rooms, they will ask you for the money to open the box. I would not recommend other travellers to go there without knowing any stories of this mansion, unless you go with a private tour guide or you search from the internet. Overall is a nice mansion with a good maintenance, bring you back to the old history.

Thank Dyal_lucky
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Reviewed February 18, 2013

The access is very annoying, worst I found in Thailand and I saw quite a lot.
Rules – you need to cover legs down to the ankles, stricter than in any temple, then you are not allowed to take anything inside, not even a small purse (plus taking shoes off – this is quite common in Thailand). Bonus – soldiers at every corner. And it was extremely crowded when I visited, much more crowded than Grand Palace (there were 10 tourist buses outside, it looked to be quite common).
Fees - you can enter for free if you have the Grand Palace ticket, however you’ll be required to pay other fees – to buy a scarf if you are not dressed as required (no option to borrow one as in other places), then locker fee etc. Not huge amount to pay overall, just it feels like a money making machine on fast forward.
The palace looks nice yet not much info in English – so you can just go around in 15 minutes. It might be better with a tour guide. Overall quite modern, not much traditional/ authentic thai.

Thank AnaMaria_Bi
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