like what i've said, they don't accept credit cards at the Bang Pa In Summer Palace and you have two options when short on thai baht, either withdraw from the ATM machine beside the Foreign Exhange Shop or convert your local currency to thai baht at the Money Exchange shop as this is the only foreign exchange shop in the area. The exchange rate for 1 US Dollar to thai baht is 1:29.50 as of october 2012.
Fondest memory: always have some spare cash around your wallet as not all areas in thailand accept credit card and in some areas that accept credit cards, they charge a 3 to 6% surcharge!
ATM machines are widely available everywhere in Thailand, and even the Bang Pa In Summer Palace has an ATM Machine for tourists short on cash (and are Linked to CIRRUS, MAESTRO, PLUS, DISCOVER international ATM consortiums) as they don't accept credit cards in the palace grounds. this is also the best way to change your money, bring your local bank card and get the money in Thailand from an ATM (don't change at your hotel).
Tip: There are also 100 Baht notes in the ATM, take for example 2900 Baht out and you have small money straight away.
They charge a minimal amount for an atm withdrawal (about 120 baht) irregardless of amount withdrawn so I suggest you withdraw more than 3,000 Baht or more rather than just withdraw 500-1,000 baht per transaction.
Fondest memory: The ATM machine here at Bang Pa In Summer Palace accepts international consortiums but the average cost per withdrawal is charged a 150 baht per transaction.
The Bang Pa In Palace is open all year round except during the Royal Celebrations like the King and Queens Birthday.
There is a 100 Baht entrance fee for Bang Pa-In Palace and it opens daily between 08:30 am and 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The fee is only for tourist while local thais have free entrance to the complex. There is a shop at the entrance that sells assorted souvenir items and some food and snacks and a foreign exchange shop where you can change money or withdraw at the ATM Booth and even rent a sarong to cover your legs if you are wearing shorts or skirts as it is banned inside unless you cover it with a sarong.
Bang Pa In Summer Palace is located in the Bang Pa In District of Ayuthaya Province and is about 35 kilometers north of bangkok. Most of the Ayuthaya Day Tours either use this as the first or last stop in the tour and the boat dock is just a 10 minute drive away across the bridge in the chao phraya river in Pathum Thani Province.
Bang Pa In summer palace complex was formerly used by the Thai kings as a summer dwelling. The palace is located on the Chao Phraya River bank in Bang Pa-In district, Ayutthaya Province. It is A Unesco World Heritage Site. The Palace became famous around the world because of a previous Royal Occupant, King Mongkut of the King and I fame) in the 1800's. Hence it became well known for foreigners because of Englishwoman Teacher ANNA Leonowens, who stayed in the palace.
There is a 100 Baht entrance fee for Bang Pa-In Palace and it opens daily between 08:30 and 12:00 and 13:00 and 16:00.
Directions: By Car : Travel by Phahon Yothin Road to the northand just follow the sign to Bang Pa-In.
By Bus : Bus No.17 (Bangkok-Bangsai-Bang Pa-In-Ayutthaya) leave from the Northern Bus Terminal (Morchit 2) every 30 minutes from 06.00 to 18.00 hrs.
Fondest memory: There is a 100 Baht entrance fee for Bang Pa-In Palace and it opens daily between 08:30 and 12:00 and 13:00 and 16:00. but for local thais, admission is free.
Take alook at this Tower..it's quiet pretty but unfortunately visitors are not allowed to go up there as it's forbidden. Only those immediate family of the Royal family are allowed to go up and witness the countryside!
Fondest memory: Yah..The tower wasn't leaning..I was the one leaning..See this pretty photo? Honestly, I just have alot of picctures and I run out of what I will say..heheh..But, the storey of me leaning is true! Of course..
This photo of me and the tower has a funny storey...I just thought I was in Pisa when hubby took this..He's laughing why the hell, I was leaning? Well, I could lean if wherever and whenever, I want too...I just thought in a while that I was in Pisa! Weird, eh??Hell,yeah!!! That's one of the best time in traveling..I keep day dreaming...without paying any,lol!
Fondest memory: You could lean and just thought of what I did, that if you're interested!
So much for the green leaves and etc...you would say...=) But I can't help it but to feel in-love with these photo..I took this right after when we got out in the Chinese 2 storey mansion..I just thought of getting a pix with the grass and the water..and it turned out to be like this!
Fondest memory: Wonder around if you're not in a hurry and if you're not in a group tour like me=( It's best to walk around and snap some pics..I'm planning to go next time...I'm not driving though, hubby will!
It's really nice to take an early start in this Summer Palace...my view is that, it's pretty to see so much greeny at the first hour in the morning...I'm really not a sunriser worshiper and infact, I woke up late during weekends but it's nice to start the day with so much green and diverse landscape. Take some walk around, discover some Italian, Victorian and Chinise inspired art works and be amaze!
Fondest memory: I saw this li'l cutie right before to the main must see's..I thought of having a wee peak..He's trying to pose for a pic though...and the right side is the full bloom red flower..Isn't it quiet lovely?
Favorite thing: As if the summer palace buildings weren't enough, the plantings on the grounds were spectacular. You can see how meticulous the maintenance was in this picture.