Today I am going to review Vimanmek Mansion, the world’s largest golden teakwood building which is a former Royal Palace.
First of all, you have to buy a ticket from ticket booth. Then, walk through the entrance of Vimanmek Mansion. The officers will collect the ticket and check your cloth. And walk along the way. Finally you will see the building.
Before entering the building, you have to leave your belongings, camera, and mobile phone in the locker (20 baht for small locker, and 30 baht for big locker). Photo taking inside Vimanmek Mansion is not allowed.
Vimanmek is the tourist place where I saw many prohibited signs.
After leaving belongings, my friend and I had to take off our shoes. There is a big room to keep your shoes. Then, enter the building.
Within this building there are 72 rooms which are grouped by color (blue, green, pink, ivory and peach). Each room displays King Rama V’s photographs, arts, or treasures. You can walk through the building by yourself, but I recommend you to join the tour in order to learn the history.
The rooms inside were really beautiful. You can see the photos of some rooms from Vimanmek’s official website.
After the tour, I walk around the building and take photos.
Besides, there are other buildings that you can visit, but cannot take photos inside.
Then, we had lunch there. Air-conditioned eating room, cheap food, and English menu… so, if you are hungry, I recommend you to eat here. Oh, the taste was good too!
Then, we walked to Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall.
From there, you will see the entrance gate that leads you to Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall. Unfortunately, on that day it closed. So, I only took photos in the far distance. I have heard that, same as Vimanmek mansion, we also cannot take photos inside as well.
If you have time and are not tired, you can visit Dusit Zoo, or Khao Din Park which is not far from Vimanmek. You can walk to the zoo.
Update: June 2014
Location: Dusit Palace complex
How to get there: The easiest way to go there for me is to start from Victory Monument. So, get off from skytrain (BTS) at Victory Monument station. Take exit 3 and walk a little bit to the bus stop. Take taxi or bus no. 515, 539, 28, or 108 for about 10 minutes. Prepare to get off from the taxi or the bus, when you see the long red wall. You will see several big tour buses around.
Tour schedule: Thai language: 10:00 and 13:00, English language: 11:00 and 14:00
Entrance fee: 100 Baht for foreigner, 75 Baht for Thai Adults, and 20 Baht for children, monks, nuns, and Thai students.
** For foreigner, if you plan to visit Wat phra kaew, you should go there first. The ticket price to enter Wat phra kaew is 500 Baht. With this ticket, you can enter Vimanmek, Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall, and Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall for free. But, please note that it is valid only 7 days. Look at the photo below for more detail. I took it then I visited Wat Phra Kaew**
Opening Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays from 09:00 to 15:15, Closed on Mondays, 1st January, 13th-15th April, 23rd October, 10th December, and 31st December
Dress Code: You need to dress properly. You can see the example from its official website.
Have you ever been to Vimanmek Mansion or any other Royal Palace in Thailand? Do you like it there? Share your experience with me in the comment!