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Royal Palaces

The first impressions are of glittering gold, beautiful well-kept buildings. In all palaces and temples visitors are required to dress appropriately with shoulders and legs covered. No shorts, leggings, ¾ trousers, mini skirts, see-through tops, sleeveless T-shirts or sweatshirts. Long skirts can be hired but are sometimes free. Shoes must be taken off before entering the building. There are toilet facilities at all of the buildings.

Royal Grand Palace

Also known as Phra Borom Maha Ratcha Wang in Thai, this impressive city landmark features some of the most spectacular architecture in South East Asia. The glittering golden rooftops and soaring chedis (pagodas) of this palace and temple complex can be seen as visitors travel along the Chao Phraya River, The Grand Palace was built in 1782 and was home to the Thai Royal Family for 150 years. Although Chitralada Palace is now the main royal residence, this is still used for ceremonial purposes. Wat Phra Kaew and the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles can be found in the grounds. Unfortunately, the museum was closed due to a Royal ceremony at Wat Phra Kaew in the afternoon.

Vimanmek Mansion

Vimanmek Mansion is the world's largest building made entirely of golden teak. Removed from Srichang Island in Chonburi province, it was rebuilt in the Dusit Palace in 1900 by the command of King Rama V. Recently renovated by HM Queen Sirikit, it contains a collection of antique furniture, porcelain and photographs documenting the reign of King Chulalongkorn at the end of the Nineteenth Century.

The mansion grounds also contain a number of small museums, including a house previously occupied by one of the princesses that now houses a collection of photos taken by the current king, who is a photographic enthusiast. The Abhisek Dusit Hall, houses a collection of handicrafts created by rural people. (You can get free entry with a current Grand Palace ticket. No photos inside the buildings)

Ananta Samakorn Throne Hall

This is sited alongside the Vimanmek Mansion. It’s an amazing exhibition of the finest arts and crafts from the 9th reign of the House of Chakri, created by the Queen Sirikit Institute. (Queen Sirikit formed the Institute to revive and maintain the old crafts skills before they died out completely). The exhibition includes royal thrones, models of royal barges, carved screens, embroidered silks and paintings. The workmanship and quantity of gold is staggering and the whole exhibition is truly awesome.


Dress code is very strict. Longyis (long skirts) are compulsory and available to buy for 150 Baht. Unlike other Royal buildings shoes do not have to be remove. No photos can be taken.