Bang Pa In Palace

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Bang Pa In Palace is just a very short drive of 60 kilometers (40 miles) north of Bangkok along the banks of the Chaopraya River.   Bang Pa In is also known as the summer palace of the kings of Thailand.

This was the last stop of our Ayutthaya tour.  If you wanted to come here just for this Palace, it might not be worth your time and effort.  That is why it is best that you make this as just a stopover in one of your tours.  There are lots of things I like about the place, but most of the things seen here are basically the same as other places in Thailand.

“Originally created by King Prasat Thong in 1632, it is not known whether it was in use at the time of the Burmese raid. But in 1807, when Sunthon Phu, the kingdom’s best known poet sailed past, it was a shadow of what Bang Pa-In once was, abandoned and overgrown.

According to Dutch chronicler Jeremias Van Vliet, King Ekathotsarot (1605 – 1610) was once shipwrecked on an island while sailing on the Chao Phraya River. On the island, he was befriended by a woman, who bore his (illegitimate) child. The child grew up to ascend the throne. This boy was later to become known as King Prasat Thong (1632 – 1656). He founded a monastery on his mother’s land and had a pond dug and built a palace to the south of the monastery. The only building mentioned in the chronicle was the Aisawan Thiphya, created in 1632, the year of birth of his son, the future King Narai (1656 – 1688).

After the Burmese raids in 1767, the Palace complex of Bang Pa-In was laid to waste and left abandoned for a long time. King Mongkut (Rama IV), who reigned from 1851 to 1868, started a revival of the palace. Most of the buildings as they stand today were created by his successor King Chulalongkorn (Rama V), who also expanded the area into the magnificent sprawling Versaillesque gardens between 1874 and 1899 with features of European-style architecture.”

(source: http://www.bangkok.com/)

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One of the places that I like is the Phra Thinang Wehart Chamrun.  This is one of the buildings open to visitors, this is a Chinese-style palace and throne room, with marvellous ornamental tiles, heavy ebony furnishings, gold, silver and porcelain delicate fretwork and a red lacquer interior.

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When we went there, a group of tourists was also there.  It was nice to see people like you getting amazed seeing new things.  It’s not everyday that you get to see a Palace. 😉

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The trip to Bang Pa In was a bit short. It was just around an hour.  Good thing this is just part of our Ayutthaya tour.  When you go to Thailand, please ensure that you go to multiple places in one day.  There are a lot of tours available that will cover multiple places.

Bang Pa In Royal Palace
Opening Hours: Everday from 8.30 a.m. to 16.30 p.m. Tickets sold until 15.30 p.m.
Telephone No.: 035-260144
Dress Code: Proper attire is required similar to the Grand Palace, no short skirts or short pants, no sleeveless shirts.
Price Range: 100 baht, 400 baht to rent an electric golf cart

*If you still want to wear short skirts or short pants on your travel, no need to worry you can change clothing once you arrive at the Palace or buy something at the gift shop. 

 

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14 thoughts on “Bang Pa In Palace

    • You should visit next time.. Thailand is indeed a great country to visit. I wish I could have visited it earlier. 😉
      I would definitely come back to see more of this beautiful country. 🙂

      • I lived in Thailand for eleven years. I still miss it but right now I’m living in Lisbon, Portugal. Well The Philippines are gorgeous too. Not really the cities but those wonderful islands and beaches.

      • Wow… 11 years??? Amazing…

        Yes, I love my country… The beaches are really awesome. My standards when it comes to beaches is pretty high because of what we have back home. 😉

        You should visit Philippines as well. 😀 Try going to the southern part.. Cebu, Davao… 🙂

      • Yes I’ve been to Cebu Island. I specially loved Bantayan Island and Malapascua Island. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my trips to the Flips although I’m not too gone on Manila.

      • I don’t like Manila either. too noisy, polluted and the traffic is horrible…

        Cebu was my second home.. worked for 3 years there. Malapascua & Bantayan are two of our getaway places everyweekend…

        Ahhhhh. i miss it so much.

        Since I started working here in Dubai, haven’t been back to Cebu. 😦

      • I wish I could be in Cebu right now. Loved that place. I was only in Dubai once and I stayed for a week. I don’t suppose I would recognize it these days.

  1. We never quite made it out to Bang Pa In, so thanks for your detailed description and beautiful photos. Would you recommend a day trip out to the old city?

    • Thanks Zac for dropping by.. glad you like the post and photos. 😁

      when you say old city, you mean the old city district in Bangkok?

      not really familiar with the terms used. 😉

      if its the old city district in Bangkok, then yes.. a day trip is highly recommended. i joined a half day tour city tour which was quite worth it.

      Though if you are an adventurist and with a group, DIY visits of the temple would be really nice as they are just close to each other. My hotel receptionist actually wanted me to just do it by myself.

      but if you are like me, who is afraid of getting lost and afraid wasting time lookong for ways.. then tours would be really highly recommended. 😁😁😁

      • Thanks for the tips! I mean the old capital city of Thailand, it’s 30 minutes outside of Bangkok I believe – the name escapes me haha.

        I think tours always have their place and can sometimes add a lot of value to a new trip. Thanks!

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