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“a lovely sojourn off the common tourist belt”

Suan Pakkad Palace Museum
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Ranked #48 of 585 things to do in Bangkok
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Owner description: Once the residence of Princess Chumbhot of Nagor Svarga, one of Thailand’s leading art collectors, this lovely complex contains five traditional Thai houses, each featuring a collection of historic items and works of art.
Reviewed April 4, 2018

Admiring old traditional Thai buildings at Suan Pakkard Palace built by the grandson of King Rama V, swing over to admire European grandeurs of Phayathai Palace built by King Rama V himself and then rewarded ourselves with many bowl noodles of Victory Monument fame.

We tried this route:
1. Alight at BTS Phayathai, walk less than 4mins to Suan Pakkard Palace(SPP). Landmark is opp Hotel Sukosol.
2. After all the lovely hour at SPP, ask the delightful polite staff to hail you a tuk tuk to Phayathai Palace (PP), cost us THB120.
3. Take your time at PP, lots to walk about and admire. There's also a most lovely classic Norrasingha Cafe for a taste of royalty food.
4. Worked up an appitite after all the explorations?
Walk toward direction of hospital 5 mins to Victory Monument for yummilicious bowl noodles!!
You will eat many many bowls, yea that's how good they are <3
5. Then walk off your calories as well as satisfy your shopping quota at Victory Mall.
6. BTS Victory Monument is right on top of Victory Mall to take you to wherever you need to go next!

Date of experience: April 2018
2  Thank Michelle C
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Reviewed April 4, 2018

My husband and I were the first visitors on a Saturday morning. It was only 100 baht to visit and we are glad that we did. The staff were very helpful and guided us around in the correct order to visit the various houses. We needed to take our shoes off for part of the tour and were given a carrier bag each in which to carry them. The various houses had different themes, including one that had many musical instruments. We also saw a scene, with lots of models enacting a ritual "dance". It was lovely to find this place, so close to the chaos of Bangkok, but calm.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Lindagreenacre
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Reviewed April 1, 2018 via mobile

Entrance: B100 per persson
To get here, we took BTS Phaya Thai stop, then museum is next to Honda- across the road is Ajinomoto Building.
No photos allowed inside buildings. But prehistoric jars, glass beads and bones were impressive. Saw lots of ivory tusks and furniture in Thai houses.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank mamabelz
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Reviewed March 25, 2018 via mobile

Set amidst a concrete wasteland of a highway and the intersection of the BTS and airport rail this oasis is worth the trek from Phaya Thai station.
Imagine Jim Thompson’s but set in similar teal houses fit for royalty.
Also a very interesting exhibition of Ban Chiang terracotta that is five Millenia old!
Very few tourists have heard of Ban Chiang and this is one comprehensive and well displayed exhibition worth a visit. Not even the Thailand National Museum has such a collection.
The teak houses are a wonder. As you walk barefooted on shiny teak floors try and imagine life in Bangkok in the 40-50s before airconditioning and when all around were canals and farms.
Bear in mind this is a royal collection. On par with those stately homes in the UK except this is an oriental version.
Feast on the antique elegant Buddhas, Khmer sculptures and even European crystal and fine bone china for the Chakri house.
This is first hand experience of what life was like in a Thai royal house.
And the best part is there are fewer visitors than the Grand Palace! And it only cost 100 baht.

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank choobengg2017
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Reviewed February 19, 2018

This excellent history and archaeological museum is a delightful escape from the chaos of Bangkok streets. The small museum-house complex was formerly home of King Rama V's grandson, and each of its eight traditional stilted teak houses and well-curated museums is filled with pre-historic and Angkorian-era archaeological finds as well as artifacts collected by the prince and his wife in the 19th century. Musical devotees will especially appreciate the display of Thai musical instruments. We strolled, virtually alone, through the museums, houses, and a peaceful garden for nearly two hours, wishing we had brought along a picnic lunch. Located near the Phaya Thai BTS stop, it's open from 9:00 to 16:00 every day. Entry fee is 100THB.

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank Linda R
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