We visited the Summer Palace on a day trip from Bangkok with a private driver; its approx 60kms from Bangkok and 18kms south of Ayutthaya. The best way to get there is by hiring a driver or you can take the train however it’s another 2kms from the station to the palace.
The Summer Palace is the summer residence for the Royal family of Thailand. The Palace dates back to the 17th Century but most building were built between 1872 – 1889 by King Chulalongkorn.
The Palace today is used by the King & Queen as a summer residence & also for holding banquets, meetings with foreign dignitaries and special occasions.
The Summer Palace is located on the Chao Phraya River close to the historic sites of Ayutthaya. The grounds, manicured lawns are beautifully landscaped with lush gardens with topiary elephants neatly trimmed & artificial ponds covered with stunning waterlilies.
There are numerous buildings to visit within the complex, the Royal Palace, the Warpath Phi man, Ho Within Thaana (Sages' Lookout), and Aswan Tipsy-Art all are very interesting and worth visiting. The Chinese style residence is definitely the most fascinating as it was built in China 1889 and given as a gift to King Chulalongkorn by the Chinese Chamber of Commerce. Women have to wear a traditional long sarong to enter the building these are obtained at the entrance.
The Palace is open 8.30 – 5.30 daily and admission is 50THB.
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