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“Closed for restoration”
Review of Vimanmek Mansion - CLOSED

Vimanmek Mansion
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Closed for renovation Built by King Rama V, this palace is the largest teak structure in the world featuring a unique blend of Victorian and delicate Thai architecture.
Reviewed 19 September 2016

We went all the way to Dusit Park to visit Vimanmek Mansion just to find it was closed for restoration until further notice! What a disappointment! Appreciate the Thailand Tourism Authority provide this kind of information publicly. Besides us, there are a couple of Spanish tourists who were similarly let down.

Date of experience: September 2016
5  Thank Ngan H
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Reviewed 9 August 2016

I went here in 1999, and it was not crowded, they had Thai Dancing on the grass, and at the end of the tour you went through an amazing museum. The our is 16 to 20 minutes long, and it is extremely crowded, they did away with the museum and the Thai dancing. What you get is an amazing building furnished ala European on the inside. I would skip it.

Date of experience: July 2016
2  Thank WonTravel
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Reviewed 22 July 2016

We visited Vimanmek Mansion at about 10.30am on a summer day, the temperature outside is over 30oC. We had to wait under sunlight for about 45 minutes. Worrying that the kids can get ill in such a hot weather, we took them to the small restaurant near to the gate but it was full of people. We returned to the queue and were finally allowed to get into the gate. Inside the campus, there were men and women in uniform told us that we have to buy a 100-baht sarong each since we were wearing shorts and shirts. At the same time, we were not allowed to bring along bag, camera and cell phone so that we had to deposit them. After that, we went to inside to the shoes deposit place and walk with bare feet across the very hot court-yard to the building (there were carpets but they were not the right path). Inside the building, there were again policewomen checking body of (even male) tourists before allowing us to come in. The temperature inside is very cold so that some women could not stand and get ill. After such the unfavorable matters, the interior and furniture of the house is not interested us any more. Then, we had to walk out under sunlight to the road and waited for our bus to come for 30 minutes, since there is no parking nearby. In conclusion, we will not come back this place in the future.

Date of experience: July 2016
6  Thank ThangNT
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Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

This is a place where King Rama V ever lived. The mansion is quite big but to enter there are many strict rules like for women there are no short pant and tanktop. Also no camera allowed inside the mansion but you can take the picture outside. There are 50+ rooms but only 10+ are open for public. I finish the tour only for about 20 mins. After this you can go to Ananta Throne Hall. It is fascinating..

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank herinachang
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Reviewed 30 June 2016

The building itself with all it's luxurious interiors and many details would be very interesting in itself, but for us the off-putting thing was the military-like order kept by the military junta. Even though it's not a place of worship you are required to cover your legs and not allowed to take photos. Photos are actually SO forbidden that after being asked to leave your camera and phone in the locker you are body searched before entering to check for hidden cameras. There's a planned route around the mansion with more than enough signs everywhere forbidding you from doing various things. Not a lot of explanation on the history of the items, just military types staring out the windows, probably bored to death guarding the place. There are a lot of photos on the walls and they have plaques telling who is on the photo, but it's pretty funny that some of them are on the area where you cannot enter. There's also repulsive elephant tusks in almost every room plus other hunting trophies. 100 baht is not a lot of money and the building is very beautiful. If they relaxed the security, made it a bit more accessible and let people take photos inside this would be among the top attractions in my book. Now the strictness makes it lose many points.

Date of experience: June 2016
2  Thank Neropatti
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