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.”
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.
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. 😉
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.|
|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.