The Abhisek Dusik Throne Hall is one of the distinctive buildings in Dusit Palace. It is located on the north exit of The Ananta Samakorn Throne Hall, facing a big green garden. This could be the only Moorish style architectural building in the Palace with square structure at the main entrance, beautiful curved arches decorated in front corridor , Victorian style motifs known as the bu-nga or floral pattern. This building has a long shape with high ceiling one-storey building.
It was built by King Chulalongkorn (King Rama V) between 1903-1904. It was used as an audience chamber and reception hall in Dusit Palace before 1915, when the royal reception hall moved to The Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall after 1915. It was also used as the office of the Parliamentary Secretary.
Today, it is a permanent museum that display the private collection of H.M Queen Sirikit, made by her handicrafts foundation, such as silverware, textiles, embroideries, niellowares, decorations made from insect wings and etc.
This throne hall lies just to the north of the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall. It was built in 1904 as a throne hall for Rama V and features Victorian-influenced architecture with Moorish porticoes. Today it houses the Thai Handicraft Museum which is worth of visit.
The Anantasamakhom Throne Hall marble building was built in the reign of King Rama V in the Italian Renaissaance architectural style.The ceiling of the dome was highlighted by fresco paintings of important Royal functions during the reign of King Rama I up to King Rama VI.This is also the old parliament building.
The building is still used to hold important royal and state ceremonies.The last one being the 2004 APEX meeting.
The large paved area in front of the building is where the annual Trooping of the Colour is held every December.Also,the annual Red Cross fair during end of March where you can buy cheap goods and watch many activities such as Thai dancing during this fair .The Throne Hall is open to the public only once a year during Children's Day ( 2nd Sat in January ).
The only reason we went to Bangkok on our way to Cambodia and Phuket was so my sister Angie and brother in law Brett could see the Bridge on the River Kwai, Hellfire Pass, Weary Dunlop Museum etc.
Gary and I had done most of this on a previous visit to Bangkok and thoroughly enjoyed it.
What a disaster it turned out to be this time round!
We did a lot of research before we left as we wanted to find a tour company that would also take us to Hellfire Pass and the Weary Dunlop Museum, along with the Death Railway
We found a very professional looking site on the internet (after typing in Hell Fire Pass) and after many emails to and fro we felt very comfortable booking the tour with the Kiwi who was based in Bangkok.
He told us that we would all have to pay an extra 200 baht each on top of the price advertised on his website as the train ride and lunch prices had gone up, this was fine with us so the whole tour would cost us about $55 each.
We were also told we would have an English speaking guide who worked for the Australian Embassy and that the new Mercedes mini van was also on loan from the Embassy. Plus we would be the only people on this tour.
What a load of rubbish this was as we were soon to find out.
We were picked up from our hotel at 6.30am by the man in question and his driver and everything seemed fine, we paid and off we went. Now the weather was shocking and getting worse by the minute, we have never seen it rain so heavily and it didn't stop for 24 hours.
From the minute we got into the van we started asking him should the tour be cancelled and rebooked for another day. He said it would be fine and the rain should clear.
We are then informed we have to stop and pick up 2 more girls and that they would be getting dropped off in Kanchanburi and going off in their other van.
(This never happened - I don't think they own another van, but it was just as well as the 2 young girls were glad they were with us as this guy started to get pretty scary).
After nearly four and a half hours we finally arrived in Kanchanaburi, there were about ten stops along the way so this loser could feed his coffee addiction and god knows what else.
Plus all the way we had to listen to him phoning his friends and telling them how wet and cold he was and how he needed a beer!
He also started telling the girls how he goes tiger hunting - yeah right.
He then informs us the train is not running today so we will go to his friends restaurant for lunch which was included in the tour and then go to the Weary Dunlop Museum.
We started to think something is definitely not right here.
The restaurant was a long way away and when we arrived and were all looking at the menus, he came up, grabbed a menu and said to the waitress. "This lot will take to long to make up their minds, give them some fried rice and sweet and sour"
We told him in no uncertain terms that we were all capable of ordering our own lunch which we did.
When we were leaving the restaurant a very young Thai girl jumped in the back with us. No wonder, our loony Kiwi man did not know how to get to the Weary Dunlop Museum, we went miles past the turn off before she told him and we turned around and went back.
Once there, he jumps out of the van at the resort and say's to us.
" You have 30 minutes here, I'm going to get a beer, you lot are stressing me out to much and I feel like I might have to commit suicide".
The Thai girl followed him crying, where are you going and they then proceeded to have an argument.
We were all angry by this stage but there was really nothing we could do, we had no idea where we were and if we got up this loser he was the sort of guy that would just dump us.
Anyway the Weary Dunlop Museum was worth seeing even if it was so rushed. (I forgot to mention earlier in the van he gave us his business card, the heading on the card is The Good Guys with a photo of himself in the middle of George Bush and Osama Bin Laden!!
He also gave us brochures on Hell Fire Pass, very official looking, soon we would find out why.
Time to leave now for Hellfire Pass if we ever get out of here alive.
Up the hill in first gear, damn it the mini van stalls, now we have just gone over a little wooden bridge with a raging creek roaring through.
The driver doesn’t know how to do a hill start, we are rolling backwards and the noise of raging water and the creek are getting closer, the driver tries again without the handbrake, we start rolling backwards again, we can almost touch the water, the back wheels are off the road, all of us are screaming use the bloody handbrake.
Finally we get out of there and eventually end up at Hell Fire Pass.
Well surprise surprise the brochures he gave us come from Veterans Affairs Australia, he stole them from the Museum, what a sneaky little germ he is.
Once again our Kiwi guide disappears, lucky that Gary and Brett are with us as they are both 20 year army vets so they are tour guides for the 2 young English girls.
Now its time to drop the girls off at a resort for the night, we found out they were not meant to do Hell Fire Pass etc, they had in fact booked to do Elephant trekking and the Tiger Temple instead, so our trusty guide promised them he would come back the next day and take them.
The resort was out in the middle of nowhere on the river, the girls were worried and asked us to come in with them to check things out, he wasn’t very happy about this and said he was going to sit down and have a beer, we said no, you are taking us back to Bangkok.
The girls were the only guests staying there but everything looked fine and we gave them our mobile numbers in case they needed help.
He also gave the girls a 1,000 baht refund as they didn’t do everything they had paid for, plus we found out they had paid about $200 each for this tour from hell. (We had told the girls back at the restaurant to ask for some money back as we were intending to as well).
The drive back was horrible, we passed many cars in ditches that had run off the road (it hasn’t stopped pouring) our driver was speeding and we were sliding everywhere.
We see a sign up ahead to turn left for Bangkok, oh well we must be going another way as we aren’t turning, we are virtually past the turnoff, yikes our driver has just realized we should be turning, so into a left hand slide we go, only problem is there is a bus in the turnoff lane and no where for us to go, he hits the brakes and we just keep sliding closer and closer towards the bus, its now inches away from us.
I just shut my eyes thinking this is it for about the tenth time.
Somehow we made the corner, the Kiwi could hear everything we were saying and boy did we rubbish him.
Then on the outskirts of Bangkok he was on the phone again, he obviously had to be somewhere by a certain time and was running late as he asked us could he drop us off (wherever we were) we told him to get us back to our hotel, the driving was a bit better now as there was more traffic so he slowed down a bit.
Anyway the jerk also told us that we did not pay extra for the train ride or lunch as prices hadn’t gone up (even though we still have emails from him telling us this), he ended up giving Gary 500baht to split between the four of us, not good enough but nothing we could do.
We pulled up at our hotel and jumped out the van and went straight inside without acknowledging him.
We laugh about this tour from hell now, it was all part of our adventure in Bangkok, but this guy was a shocker, even reading this it doesn’t sound as scary or bad as it really was.
He had no idea what he was doing and was totally unprofessional.
Hell Fire Pass, Weary Dunlop Museum, Bridge on the River Kwai and the train trip are certainly worth doing so I have separate entries on these under Things To Do and they are based on our previous visit not this one!!!
We did not let this end once we returned home.
Another couple contacted us who read my report on a forum and they had a bad experience as well with this man.
So we contacted the Australian Embassy in Thailand, Veterans Affairs in Australia etc.
He no longer mentions anything about the Embassy or how he is recommended by the Australian Government and Veterans Affairs on his slick professional website.
Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall situated east of Vimanmek Mansion, served as the throne hall for the Dusit Palace. It is decorated with floral design colored glass giving the building its distinctive feature & beauty. It was restored for use as an exhibition hall, displaying arts and crafts.
Built in 1912, Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall is located at the end of Ratchadamnoen Avenue. This building made of marble is said to have a spectacular interior. Exquisite fresco paintings mark the ceiling of the dome of this Throne Hall. For sometime after the 1932 coup that ended the absolute monarchy, Ananta [View More] Samagom Palace housed the Thai parliament.
We din managed to visit the palace. Just snapped a few shots n left. If I'm not mistaken, the Throne Hall was closed for some ceremony for the King's Sister's death.
Early 20th century wood and brick structure, part of the Chitlada Palace grounds (combine with a visit to Vimanmek Teak mansion) which houses some excellent regional handicraft and royal 'bits & pieces' which, whilst hardly inspiring, make an interesting additional to the Dusit park visit. It's beautifully located to the rear of the Vimanmek Palace and overlooks the lake.
Even though it is basically an empty building with a chair in the middle of it, it is worth seeing. A huge building, nice paintings and royal symbols all over the walls, no pictures and shoes allowed inside !!!!
Takes no more than 10 minutes to go thru it, but worth it !!!!
The Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall boasts an impressive facade with its veranda carved in exquisite timber latticework. The building houses the SUPPORT Museum, where visitors can find traditional crafts such as nielloware, woodcarving and textiles.
No photography is allowed inside the museum. Lockers are provided free of charge for those who wish to stow away their bags and cameras. No footwear is allowed inside the museum as well.
Impressive building,nice architecture but a bit far out of the centre.With a cab or a train you can get there pretty quick though.