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“Summer getaway of King Rama Vl”

Mrigadayavan Palace
Ranked #1 of 37 things to do in Cha-am
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Hua Hin, Thailand
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“Summer getaway of King Rama Vl”
Reviewed August 6, 2014

This is not Hua Hin's Royal Palace. It is a summer palace consisting of 16 golden teak builings built in 1924 on the beach between Hua Hin and Cha Am. The buildings are connected by elevated walk ways and partially furnished. It is quite unusual, has a visitor center and small souvenier shop. Please note: no shorts are allowed, you can use (or rent) a wrap as cover-up for the visit.

Visited August 2014
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Penang Island, Malaysia
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“nothing to shout about !”
Reviewed July 31, 2014

Park Entrance fee 30 baht , entrance to palace proper 30 baht , ladies need to wear a sarong ( 20 baht ) if your shorts or pants do not cover longer than your knee ! ...... they would not allow you to take photos here on the first floor of the palace ! This is actually an old palace made from wood and turned into a tourist attraction ! .... I would say .. Avoid This Place since no pictures allowed to be taken and also nothing of significance here for photographs too ! oooo ... your shoes need to be bagged as they only allow barefoot on the first floor ! Construction work is ongoing so a lot of places are Off Limits !

Visited July 2014
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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“Windy with a touch of classic”
Reviewed July 23, 2014

Visiting Mrigadayavan Palance or the english name Palace of Hope and Love would really brings back old feeling on how the Kings used to live with their helpers in such a vast place. The patio is overlooking the sea is really pleasant. Unfortunately it is closed for visitors. You could walk around the whole palace looking at individual decorations in each room. The management did a very good job is preserving the wooden palace as how it used to look like. Recommended place to visit when you are in Hua Hin. Very beautiful palace.

Visited September 2013
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Ludgershall, United Kingdom
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“Calm and airy”
Reviewed July 1, 2014

The Palace is calm, light and airy and relatively peaceful; set in extensive grounds with trees shrubs and flowers. The Palace is quite extensive with a good variety of rooms and items to view and read about. Entrance fees are reasonable and the usual clothing restrictions apply. Shoes have to be removed before entering the Palace and bags are supplied for them. One of our group was elderly but once up the steps was able to use a courtesy wheel chair.

Visited February 2014
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Sydney, Australia
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“A tranquil and elegant respite.”
Reviewed June 30, 2014

I have visited this palace on at least 4 occasions, and it is always on the list of places to take visitors to the Hua Hin/ Cha Am area for the first time.The palace is located half way between Hua Hin and Cha Am, near the Sheraton Hotel. Entry is through an army base. It is necessary to wear "respectful" clothing--so no short skirts, short short's, and skimpy tops. It is possible to get a loan of long trousers at a pavillion to the left of where the entry fee is paid i.e. before you enter the palace grounds itself.
The palace consists of a series of 16 teak pavillions joined by elevated walkways. The buildings are painted in a light blue, with contrasting cream beams and balustrades, and some contain period furniture. The buildings were apparently based on a design by King Rama VI, and the final details were done by an Italian architect.
The overall layout allows an insight into the lifestyle of the royal family in the 1920's and consist of separate areas for the King and Queen and their respective attendants. There are two beautiful bathing pavillion at the beachfront--for the King, and a separate one for women, and, a lovely audience hall. There are several rooms with photographs of members of the royal court from the1920's, an exhibition of clothing, and a magificient dining area set for a banquet with the menu printed in French.
There are conducted tours at set times. No photography is allowed in the buildings, however you can take photos in the gardens. The name of the palace means "deer forest" in Thai.

Visited April 2014
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