I visited this huge teak mansion on my very first trip to Bangkok many, many years ago! And I still remember it till this day:)
Located on Ratchawithi Road behind the National Assembly, Vimanmek Royal Mansion is the world's largest building made entirely of golden teak. Removed from Ko Sichang in Chonburi province, it was rebuilt in the Dusit Palace in 1900 by the command of King Rama V.
Renovated by HM Queen Sirikit, it's now a museum paying homage to the late King. If you like rambling old houses of a bygone era like I do, you should pay a visit.
As well as antique furniture, there's glassware, porcelain, old photographs and memorabilia from the late King's reign (1868 - 1910). Many rooms currently maintain the atmosphere of the past.
Naturally, I saved the best for last - me once upon a time!
- Opening Hours: 08:30 until 16:30 (Tuesday - Saturday, last ticket at 15:30)
- Location: Rajavithee Road. Close to Dusit Zoo and the Dusit Palace complex.
- Price Range: 100 baht, which entitles you to enter every building and gallery. No shorts or sleeveless shirts and skirt lengths must be decent or you won't be allowed in.