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Vimanmek Mansion
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$632.90*
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Full-Day Thai Arts Tour from Bangkok
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$52.00*
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Full Day Koh Si Chang Including Lunch from Pattaya
Ranked #103 of 585 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 September 13, 2013

its like a dolls house its so cute and beautiful. you NEED to be wearing clothes that cover your body, over your shoulders and down to your knees or they will make you buy stuff to cover yourself, that's men and women. largest teak house in the world. so very very expensive and unique, much more of a lived in feel than the other palaces, but unfortunately no photo's. worth a visit as its such a charming contrast from everything else in Bkk. no cameras phones wallets bags etc, you pay to put these in storage and you are searched more than an airport which is strange though

Thank Kelly C
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Reviewed August 30, 2013

This is the old palace of the monarchy of Thailand. It's is very impressive with very nice grounds. Photography is limited to the grounds and you have to leave your bags and cameras in lockers before you enter the mansion. Good for two hours anything more would be too long

Thank Dune_UK
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Reviewed August 30, 2013

This mansion really show how royalty lived in those time.

It is a perfect combination of western and eastern. I am amazed by the way they ventilate and cool down the building.
Waking in the mansion, you fee really comfortable without A/C.

They also have english guide tour on specific time.

Tips:
1. At tourist centre, There is a small (and crowded) shop. The shop sells Thai Ice cream with various flavors; coconut, red bean, black bean, durian....etc. (Please follow Chinese tour guide, they know where it is.) It is perfect treats after you finish your mansion tour.
2. The mansion is adjacent to Ananda Samakom Throne Hall.

Thank fmaco
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

Vimanmek Royal Mansion is the world's largest building made entirely of golden teak. It is also a nice change from all of the bling-bling of The Grand Palace. After a sensory overload at The Grand Palace, our Thai friend took us here to this interesting historic site.
The structure was removed from the Chonburi province, and rebuilt in 1900 by the command of King Rama V. It was recently renovated and made into a museum, paying homage to the late king. My husband and I were able to see lots of European antique furniture, glassware, and porcelain. All of it gives one the feeling they are back in the late nineteenth century. There are numerous historic photographs and memorabilia from the late king's reign, helping visitors understand the importance of this Thai king. It is our understanding that parts of Vimanmek are still used for various state functions and receptions for visiting royalty. During those times, the buildings are closed to visitors.
A guided tour is provided to visitors, but we were lucky to have our friend explain numerous things to us. An expert or tour guide is needed to fully appreciate everything here.
Beautifully landscaping help add to the ambience of the place. It was rather soothing to walk among the flowering plants and peaceful waterways. Traditional Thai dancing is daily at 10:30 and 14:00.
Like The Grand Palace there is a dress code here. Women in halter tops won’t be allowed in, and men in shorts will have problems gaining access to this historic site.
This shouldn’t be your first stop in Bangkok, but it should be part of your itinerary if you are interested in the history and culture of Thailand. Besides, it is a great escape from all of that bling-bling along Na Phra Lan Road. And! Your Grand Palace ticket gives you admission to the Vimanmek Royal Mansion.

1  Thank MagyarNC
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Reviewed August 24, 2013

First of all, I walked here from BTS “Victory monument” station and it took 35 minutes in the heat. Never again!

I asked at the information centre which is just a tiny desk in the Locker room where you put all your valuables including phone, camera and most other items. The ladies all dressed in a brown (army type) uniform advised me to leave by the main access/exit –where the coaches come – onto Thanon (street) Ratchawithi. Out through the main gates and across the road a few yards to the right. No more than 50 yards from the traffic lights the bus stop is obvious. Buses are frequent and I was told any number bus will take you to Victory Monument. I gave the bus conductress a 10 Baht coin and got 2 baht in change. No problem in disembarking as mine was the final stop and the bus terminates at the roundabout (Monument). If you do need to disembark beforehand just look for the little red bell press just to the left of any door inside the bus. Well at least that is how it worked on my bus.

I did not get the bus number and if you are going from Victory Monument do some research and get the bus numbers going directly west. One other thing, the buses look filthy from outside but inside they are just old and grubby. Have a go. Ask for “Vimanmek”. They will understand and remember it is soon after the Zoo entrance Pehaps just a 1000 metres on the left.

Now the entry fee is 100 baht for foreigners and they give no discount for age! You do not pay at the entrance to the compound. You purchase an entry ticket at a small window in a building near the Palace.

Beware that at all the attractions at this destination they insist on long trousers and men/women note the shoulders are to be covered so a short sleeved shirt is acceptable but not sleeveless top. Bring a scarf to wrap around your shoulders ladies! I brought long trousers and was shown to a toilet but the floor was so wet that I stepped outside and simply put long trousers over shorts. Much better to come properly attired than have to change clothes at the attraction.

As I said, no discounts for foreigners. Well you need two 10 baht coins for the locker to put your valuables. This was a separate building. I had no coins and the staff took mercy on me. I recommend you come with the coins. The locker room is about 3 minutes walk across a tiny water bridge and is located at the souvenir shop. You will also find clothing, souvenirs and snacks including soft drinks sold here.

Once you have put your valuables in the locker and taken the locker key then walk back across a small grassed area to the ground floor of the palace where you leave your shoes in open racking. Just follow the fibre matting trail to get to this area. Then walk to the far end of the Palace (only say 50 metres and wait for your guide or language tour.

I went for the last tour of the afternoon which starts at 15.00 hours but actually got going at about 15.20 hours.

Note the tours in the English language are only at 11.00 and 14.00 hours. I think I missed some of the fulfilment by arriving and doing the tour independently. I did not hurry and followed the crowds. It took me 45 minutes. You get to see the First and Ground Floor.
Now I would never know it was the largest teak building in the world (the claim) but it was attractive –in the style of American/ European empire colonial. Imagine a large and attractive Summer house. It is much bigger than the one the Queen of England uses at Balmoral (Scotland), which is only one floor. However at Vimanmek the windows are shuttered, the floor are bare with highly polished wood, some rugs and the rooms all interconnect. I noted that the electrical lighting was very small and insufficient at night time. However I doubt anyone stayed here at night for the last 50+ years. The walls are simply painted in a light colour and you will see the Thai royal family had the benefit of photography right from the start of it’s invention in France. I saw a nickelodion (pianola) playing automatically. This invention was encased in an upright piano which ‘read’ notes and played without human assistance. Delightful to hear the strains of music tinkling for a least some of the tour. I saw many objects in glass cases and there was I think one large jewelry necklace. However the real delight was the ethnic pin cushioned upholstery to the chairs and sofas. One room had an oriental tea set and one room had a little shrine that worshippers bowed to in reverence.

Be well behaved here as I saw CCTV everywhere although it was discreetly positioned.
Part of the Palace is clearly constructed for arrival by water. Look out of the first floor window and observe it if you can.

There was modern air-conditioning working but it was very discreet as the curators have made efforts to keep the Palace as it use to exist in the days of its working.

Although I have rated this attraction at AVERAGE it is better. It charges a 100 Baht for foreigner entry (the same as Jim Thompson’s House) . However it is much better value.

Please note the attraction is one clustered with others. The real star of this cluster is “The Anand(th)a Samakthorn Throne Hall” which is just 10 minutes walk away through the Gardens. I reviewed it separately. Just follow the signposts through the garden and do not confuse it with the other Throne Hall which most trips advisor contributors thought less than average. The Throne Hall I mentioned stays open an hour later but remember Vimanmek Palace last tour is at 15.00 hours.

If you can, I recommend you come by coach as this is really inaccessible but worth a visit. My overall impression was of a simple and sparsely furnished home elegantly styled and charming.
The Staff were all women, in brown military style uniform.

Do not forget the dress code but if you do the Souvenir shop will sell you the appropriate clothes to enter. Lots of Oriental tourists and not many ‘Westerners’. This is unfortunate as this should be on the “must do” list with the Throne Hall I mentioned above. The other smaller museums are a matter of taste.

This has a number of obstructions and I would not recommend it to wheel chair users who should go to the throne hall I mentioned above. There the building is designed to give you access.

Mum once the children are 9 or 10 years old I think they would enjoy it partcularly the girls. However unless you can 'backpack' a baby...... Mums do not bring the younger children here.
Buggies definitely not allowed inside. I cannot say if they can store them for you.

I did not inspect the toilets so cannot comment but they are there.

By the way look out for the very large Crows/Ravens (birds) nearly a large and photogenic tree by the stream.

Be blessed.

Chris.

5  Thank Chris D
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