Vimanmek Palace complex in Bangkok
Vimanmek Palace (Vimanmek Mansion) – one of the palaces in the complex of Dusit Palace. Although he Vimanmek Palace is not a Palace, but also the whole complex of Palace, Park and themed museums and exhibitions in the various buildings on site.
The center of the complex stands a three-storey Royal mansion Vimanmek Mansion, constructed entirely from teak wood. Previously it lived members of the Royal family, but it was located elsewhere and moved here later. It can be viewed from the inside, there are exposed furniture and objects belonging to the Royal family. As usual in such "wooden" areas that are all made without a single nail. It is also the largest building made of teak wood. In addition, you can visit: the exhibition of jewelry and articles of gold and silver in the throne Palace Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall (the entrance and pay him separately, 100 baht); an exhibition of fabrics; the Royal elephant Museum; special exhibitions of objects belonging to different members of the Royal family; an exhibition of photographs taken by king Bhumibol Adulyadej.
The whole complex is an interesting place, worth a visit. Unlike the Great Royal Palace, which mainly presents only a beautiful temple buildings and religious shrines, here are already more mundane, everyday life of members of the Royal family and their accomplishments. If time permits, be sure to go here, especially in Bangkok you can visit a free ticket to the Grand Palace. When you visit there is a strict dress code: no short shorts, skirts, open shoulders. At the entrance you can buy matching capes for 100-150 baht. At the entrance to individual museums and teak mansion strictly checked all the things: one can enter only with the minimum items, and everything else will have to leave in the Luggage for a nominal fee. Shoes at the entrance also needs to be replaced. Photography inside is strictly prohibited.
Unfortunately, in 2016, the complex is closed on reconstruction, and the resumption of work is unknown.
🕐 Time of operation: closed for renovation
💵 Entrance fee / cost of tickets: adults 100 baht ($3), children 20 baht. Free can get on the ticket purchased for visiting the Grand Palace
🚶 How to get there: the complex is located near tourist and historic district, but walking is far better to get a taxi or bus (Museum map). Here are the routes of buses No. 70 (right before the entrance to the Palace from the Khao San and the Democracy Monument); 18, 28, 125, 515, 539 (stop at the bus stop a short walk).