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“It's a Mansion”
Review of Vimanmek Mansion

Vimanmek Mansion
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Private: Half Day Tour of Vimanmek Museum in Bangkok
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Full Day Koh Si Chang Including Lunch from Pattaya
Ranked #102 of 558 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.
Magelang, Indonesia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“It's a Mansion”
Reviewed February 27, 2014

It's a beautiful teak mansion, even we can't bring our belonging entering the building, but it's okay. Just like other palace, we can see Palace every room and stuff. Spend 1 hours is enough, because you can't take picture. If you like history, then spend a little more time to listen the history from a tour guide.

Visited August 2013
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“Pretty staggering park, mansion and grand hall...”
Reviewed February 24, 2014

The mansion is part of the Dusit Palace Park, home of the Teak Mansion, the largest of its kind in the world, apparently, and also Dusit, a Victorian-esque palace that the monarch of the time built for his family. All of it very very grand.

The Vimanmek Teak Mansion was, indeed, very large, and a quite grand affair, although not gold-plated ridiculous-ness. It was quite fascinating to see the rooms – bedrooms, living rooms, dining rooms, entertaining areas, and so on – of the royal family of the time. Lots of lovely Euro-style furnishings and furniture, wooden finished everywhere and complimentary colour schemes. A rather lovely example of teak, with an amazing back yard! Unfortunately you can't take photos inside though.

Onto the Dusit Palace, again no photos, and this was the grand, gold-plated ridiculousness, but utterly amazing. Lots of gold, everywhere, but it's more its scale and the magnificent murals that seemed to cover the entirety of the walls and ceilings that really wow. Walking around, just looking up, you are in awe of the detail. Downstairs was a museum of fine silks and the story of how the queen of the time rejuvenated the traditional silks and styles by having wardrobes made for her using local silks and by local women from different tribal areas; she basically revived what was at risk of becoming lost.

Gardens, with their oddly manicured plants, just add to its odd mix of Thai-Victorian appeal.

Visited December 2013
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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“National Treasure”
Reviewed January 15, 2014

Read about the history of this structure before you visit or you will feel about it as several negative reviewers did. This is the world's largest golden teak structure. Not a single nail was used during its construction. The interior decoration fuses Europe’s neoclassical style with traditional Thai motifs and architecture, and early 20th Century modernization. It was built in 1900 by King Rama V after he toured Europe. The entire Dusit Park is his interpretation of European palaces and gardens. It is a magnificent building, well worth the trip if you have some background before you go visit. (Shouldn't you always have some background before you vist an attraction?)

As with all temples and palaces in Thailand, "polite" dress is required. This means no tank tops or strapless tops or sleeveless tops or ugly American tourist tee shirts for women or men. No shorts, ripped jeans or tight leggings. Skirts must be knee length or longer. Shoes cannot be thongs or flip flops and should be fully enclosed (ballet flats for women are a great option). So if you wish to dress like a "tourist" between visits to these amazing sights, buy two cheap sarongs and wrap one around your shoulders and the other around your waist and respect the culture.

As for storing your things in a locker, so what... it costs less than $1.

Visited December 2013
4 Thank Grace F
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Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Lovely place”
Reviewed January 7, 2014

Well worth the visit, 81 room teak palace in lovely grounds. A step back in time and if your interested in different house designs a must see. Chaps need to wear long pants and ladies covered up a little as a "royal palace".

Visited December 2013
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San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Control freaks and where's the teak?”
Reviewed January 2, 2014

This is a large wooden Victorian building, but not a particularly distinguished example of the style according to my architectural historian friend. The furniture is mostly European and from the same period as the building. In fact, there is little here that is Thai. The most interesting items are the large number of historic photographs of the monarchy and of foreign dignitaries. Unfortunately, most of these photos are behind the ropes (which are everywhere) but the light is so dim that it's impossible to really see anything. Many of the photos are labeled but in most cases they're too far away to read.

The "teak mansion" designation is somewhat misleading. While there's no reason to doubt that teak was used exclusively in the construction, the wood cannot be seen because all the walls and ceilings are painted a pale green. The natural wood can only be seen on the floors.

There are lots of rules as mentioned by other reviewers. We knew about the no-shorts rules so we dressed appropriately. We were not prepared for the rude ticket seller. She ordered us to move to the right side of the ticket booth so that she could look out the side window to check our legs. She did this by repeated slamming a book on the right side of the ticket booth. The visitors who came in behind us had no idea what she was trying to tell them, so we had to translate for them her crude gesture. Very un-Thai-like. Charging visitors 20-30 baht to store bags in the lockers is very tacky. Since no bags of any kind are allowed, they should just include the cost of maintaining the lockers in the price of admission.

All in all, this is a 3 star attraction at best. But due to the rules, I have to lower the rating. They would do well to hire some consultants from the Jim Thompson House. Now those people know how to run a tourist site.

Visited December 2013
2 Thank Roger F
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