Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Phaya Thai Palace พระราชวังพญาไท

Phaya Thai Palace พระราชวังพญาไท

Directions:
From Victory Monument BTS (closer than Phaya Thai BTS), take north-west exit, walk clockwise one quarter around the traffic circle, then walk about 600 m westwards on Ratchawithi road ถนนราชวิถี. You will see the palace on the north side of the road, good view of the palace from the pedestrian overpass.

Opening times:
Every day 9-16. You can see the park and buildings, but entrance to the rooms only during guided tours. Cafe de Norasingh นรสิงห์ open every day until 19.

Guided tours:
Sat and Sun 9:30 and 13:30 (I took the Sat 13:30 tour, it lasted over 2 h, a bit long when you understand only a fraction.).
Tue and Thu 10:00 and 14:00 (written notice) or 13:00 (asked tour guide)?
Tours in English available on request in advance.

Saturday, 20.09.2014

I come from BTS Victory Monument and walk along Ratchawithee road until I see the palace. The entrance gate is closed and the exit gate is half open, and I have to step over a chain that prevents mocys from passing, making it feel like trespassing. But I have only five minutes until tours starts, and there are people around, so I go in there. 


Tour starts on time 13:30, about 30 attendees. You can enter all room, I took pictures before or after the masses were in the room. Some areas still under renovation.



















Tours ends around 16:00, about 10 attendees left. Then our tourguide opens the donation box at reception and invites everyone to help counting, and she takes the small notes and coins to the adjacent museum shop to exchange into larger notes.

Afterwards have a drink and a meal in Norasing cafe. Reasonably prices and great atmosphere! 


Further reading:
http://thailandforvisitors.com/central/bangkok/palaces/payathai/ 
http://www.bangkok101.com/phaya-thai-palace/
http://www.renown-travel.com/palaces/phayathai.html 
http://www.bangkok101.com/bangkok-gets-a-taste-of-viennas-kaffeehaus/ 
http://engagingthailandtips.wordpress.com/2012/03/04/cafe-de-norasingha-phayathai-palace-bangkok/
http://siambuzz.blogspot.de/2011/05/cafe-de-norasingha.html 

Verdict: A jewel of architecture and interior design, easily accessible, free entry.

Copyright 2014 ChristianPFC

3 comments:

  1. thank you for finding this gem for us

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  2. I totally agree with your verdict; Phaya Thai Palace is a gem!

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  3. have passed so many times-walking or more in bus, and remember now to have read sometime it should be open, so you confrim this. Any other farang/expat around in that tour?
    BTW-BKK has quite a few of those old-style part-wooden ''palaces'' for all the many members of the royal family-who often were also govt.members in the years before 1940-when they were built.

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