Bang Pa-In Summer Palace, Bangkok

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    Bang Pa-In Palace

    by Cathy&Gary Written Nov 17, 2012
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    We went to Bang Pa-In Palace also known as the Summer Palace as part of our Ayutthaya tour. The Palace is approximately 60 kilometers north of Bangkok and was originally built in 1632 and most of the buildings standing today were constructed during 1872 – 1879 and restored in 1991.

    We hired a golf cart to get around at a cost of 400baht for an hour but it was far too hot to be walking around trying to see everything.

    Today the Palace is only used now and then for certain occasions, the buildings are beautiful and the gardens magnificent.

    However we could easily have given this place a miss as it took too much time out of our visit to the Ancient City of Ayutthaya.

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    by machomikemd Written Oct 23, 2012

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    Part two of my Bang Pa In Palace tips with more pictures around.

    Ayuthaya King Prasat Thong originally constructed the complex in 1632 since his commoner mother owned the land and he is attached to it and it was renovated by the well known 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. The Palace was formerly used by the Thai kings as a summer dwelling but the recent Thai Monarch, King Bhumipol Adulyaej has rarely use it at present. The palace is located on the Chao Phraya River bank in Bang Pa-In district, Ayutthaya Province.

    The Summer Palace at Bang Pa In has vast gardens and landscaping, and among them are the following: Wehart Chamrunt (Heavenly Light), a Chinese-style royal palace and throne room; the Warophat Phiman (Excellent and Shining Heavenly Abode), a royal residence; Ho Withun Thasana (Sages' Lookout), a brightly-painted lookout tower; and the Aisawan Thiphya-Art (Divine Seat of Personal Freedom), a pavilion constructed in the middle of a pond.

    There is a 100 Baht entrance fee for Bang Pa-In Palace for tourists and is free to thai residents and it opens daily between 08:30 and 12:00 and 13:00 and 16:00. You can hire a golf cart for 400 baht to tour around this huge complex.

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    by machomikemd Updated Oct 23, 2012

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    This will be a two part tip with more pictures around.

    Ayuthaya King Prasat Thong originally constructed the complex in 1632 since his commoner mother owned the land and he is attached to it and it was renovated by the well known 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. The Palace was formerly used by the Thai kings as a summer dwelling but the recent Thai Monarch, King Bhumipol Adulyaej has rarely use it at present. The palace is located on the Chao Phraya River bank in Bang Pa-In district, Ayutthaya Province.

    The Summer Palace at Bang Pa In has vast gardens and landscaping, and among them are the following: Wehart Chamrunt (Heavenly Light), a Chinese-style royal palace and throne room; the Warophat Phiman (Excellent and Shining Heavenly Abode), a royal residence; Ho Withun Thasana (Sages' Lookout), a brightly-painted lookout tower; and the Aisawan Thiphya-Art (Divine Seat of Personal Freedom), a pavilion constructed in the middle of a pond.

    There is a 100 Baht entrance fee for Bang Pa-In Palace for tourists and is free to thai residents and it opens daily between 08:30 and 12:00 and 13:00 and 16:00. You can hire a golf cart for 400 baht to tour around this huge complex.

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    One day tour outside Bangkok to Ayuthaya

    by zazatann Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Visit Bang Pa-In, the royal summer palace by cruise
    This cruise is provided every SUNDAY with Chao Phraya Express boat. They’ll depart at 07.30 a.m. from Sathorn Pier. It takes about 3 hours to get to Bangsai Arts and Crafts Center and then Bang Pa-In. You’ll be back to Bangkok at about 6.30 p.m.

    Price 430 Baht (Round trip) and 350 Baht (One way) includes boat cruise, English speaking guide, drinking water and insurance. Excludes : Admission fee to Arts & Crafts Center and Summer Palace ticket (200 Baht)

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    by santeria01 Written Apr 3, 2009

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    This is the first stop in our ayutthaya river cruise tour. Just like Manila, Bangkok in March is very hot, so make sure have drinking water, a cap/sunglasses on and put on some sunblock to protect your skin.

    I'm not a fan of parks but this one is very pretty, huge and well-maintained.

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    Bang Pa-In: A Melange of Summer Palace Styles

    by AKtravelers Updated Nov 28, 2008

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    The palace grounds burst with flowers

    Bang Pa-In is the Royal Summer Palace and has been a favorite relaxation spot for Thai royalty since the Ayutthaya period in the 1700's. It is one of the most remarkable palace complexes I have ever visited in that its architecture pays homage to some of the great palaces the world over. If you've been to the Schonbrunn or Versailles, see if you can find the buildings borrowed from those styles. Check out the bridge that looks like it was designed after a royal trip to Prague! Of course, I haven't been to enough Asian palaces to identify the influences there, but you'll enjoy the Thai and Chinese architecture as well. Of course, as you travel around on your rented golf cart, you'll have to stop to enjoy the ponds or the topiary elephants, as well as climb the pagoda for a top-notch view. This palace complex is a great excuse to get into the suburbs of Bangkok!

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    Bang Pa'in lives true to it's name, its PAINFUL!!!

    by Snipernurse Written May 25, 2008
    The only good thing about Bang Pa'in

    I wish to bear no offense to any Thai's or other who may hold this place with esteem and proud, but I care about the vacations and travels of my fellow VT'ers so I must write this warning. Avoid Band Pain like the plague!!!! Bang Pain is a summer house for royalty, it is a collection of grassy grounds and old buildings decorated with old furniture, unless you're into this kind of thing a trip here will be incredibily painful and boring. The only thrill that I received in touring Bang Pain was driving around the Go Kart which are for rent on the grounds. Pictures are strictly forbidden in some of the buildings, and I even witnessed the authorities of the grounds confiscating a young mans camera because he had it out in the wrong spot, taking his camera and all of his pictures (he was at the end of his trip to Thailand too!) I fell into going to Bang Pain on a guided tour which included Ayutthaya and the whole tour was an absolute disaster and Bang Pain was a major factor in this. There are way to many other things to see then to waste your precious time in Thailand on this! DON'T GO!!!!!!!!!

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    Bang-pa Summer Palace

    by roamer61 Written May 9, 2008

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    Located up the Chap Phraya River and built during the reign of King Rama V, the beautiful complex of abodes and gardens was constructed not only as a get-away, but also a place for foreign dignitaries. The most famous building here is called the Aisawan-dhipaya-asana Pavillion. It's also known as the Divine Seat of Personal Freedom. Inside is a bronze statue of his father, Rama IV. He is known in the west as Mongkut.

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    Bang Pa-In Royal Palace

    by Santini738 Written Mar 18, 2008

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    Bang Pa-In Royal Palace also known as the Summer Palace, is a palace complex 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

    King Prasat Thong originally constructed the complex in 1632, and though it lay empty and overgrown throughout the late 18th and early 19th century, King Mongkut began to restore the site in the mid-1800s. Most of the present buildings were constructed between 1872 and 1889 by King Chulalongkorn.

    The facilities include vast gardens and landscaping, Wehart Chamrunt (Heavenly Light), a Chinese-style royal palace and throne room; the Warophat Phiman (Excellent and Shining Heavenly Abode), a royal residence; Ho Withun Thasana (Sages' Lookout), a brightly-painted lookout tower; and the Aisawan Thiphya-Art (Divine Seat of Personal Freedom), a pavilion constructed in the middle of a pond.

    The palace remains largely open to visitors, as King Bhumibol Adulyadej and his family use it only rarely for banquets and special occasions.

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    Pretty Palace outside of Bangkok

    by aberacadabra Written Dec 21, 2007

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    Chinese Pavillion

    Quite a well maintained still functioning palace with manicured lawns and trees - There are European inspired dwellings, Thai structures and a Chinese pavillion in one place amidst lakes and gardens.

    Built during the fifth reign, and still a functioning palace for the King and foreign dignitaries - there is a strict dress code whilst entering the palace just like Wat Phra Keow.

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    I wish this was my home

    by fardarrig76 Written Nov 12, 2007

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    This place was absolutely beautiful. It had unbelievable gardens, the lawns and the garden sculptures were great.

    It was really interested to see all the different style buildings inside this summer palace in Bangkok.

    I definitely recommend this to anyone visiting Bangkok, since its only about 45 minutes away.

    If your on a tour, definitely pay the 400bht or USD12.00 to rent the go-cart, it saves time to see it all.

    We used Sea Tour Thailand for this. They were awesome. It was arranged for us but they even picked us up at the airport and brought us back too. They handle a lot of things, including business trips

    See the pictures for more info.

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    Bang-Pa In - Summer Palace

    by mtcowgirl Written Jul 6, 2007

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    Bang-Pa In is the summer palace of the Thai royalty. It is normally open for visitors although it still is used occassionally as a royal residence.

    The palace grounds boast several different architectural styles from classic European to Chinese. The fountains and landscaping are reminiscent of European palaces. As the palace grounds are huge, I would recommend renting a golf cart once you exit the entrance. The cost is low and it's well worth it to save time and not to have to walk everywhere!

    Few of the buildings are actually open to visitors but the ones that are are worth going in. I recall that in one of the buildings in the far left corner of the property, my Thai friend and I were required to wear sarongs over our pants as the building was still used for royal functions. A building that I would suggest everyone to go to is the Chinese manor. The carvings and colors of the building are quite impressive.

    The palace is open from 0830 -1700 every day and admission is 50THB.

    Bang-pa In is located in Ayuthaya. It's best to take a tour or rent a driver/vehicle for the day.

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    Summer Palace

    by XenosUK Updated May 28, 2007
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    I thought the Summer Palace was lovely – probably much more to European taste than the gaudy Grand Palace! It has lots of open spaces, gardens and lakes and I could well imagine it being a wonderful place to escape the heat of the city in summertime, but I understand that it's now only used for State occasions, rather than a summer residence for the Royal family.

    The palace itself dates back to the 17th century, but the buildings that are still there today are mostly from the 19th century and are mainly a mixture of European and Chinese styles. It's very different from most other tourist sites in Bangkok and well worth a visit.

    Just across the canal from the Palace is Wat Niwettham Prawat, which is also quite different from other Buddhist temples as it's built in the style of an English Gothic church. It's reached by a kind of large chair-lift, suspended on wires across the canal.

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    A nice walk or golf cart around

    by UKDaisy Updated Feb 25, 2007

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    We came to Bang Pa-In Summer Palace as part of a day tour to Ayuthaya, so we were very limited with time at the palace. Golf carts are available for rental by the hour, which is a good way to cover the huge grounds of the palace, and it means that you won't have to walk around in the high heat and humidity too! Rental cost 400 Baht for 1 hour (in December 2006).

    Dress code is strictly observed at this palace. If you are wearing short shorts and/or sleeveless tops, you will be asked to use the clothes that are provided at the premises, and you need to place a deposit which is refundable on your departure.

    Open 8.30am - 3.30pm everyday.
    Admission: 50 Baht

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    BANG-PA PALACE

    by aussiejen Written Feb 4, 2007

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    After visiting the ruins of Ayuthaya this palace was so completely different. The grounds are immaculate.
    I had to hire a beautiful yellow shirt (with rabbits on it) to cover my shoulders. Next time I will remember to wear my own...I was sooo HOT with that on as well as my own top.
    We decided to hire a golf buggy to get around the grounds. Brilliant idea, certainly beats walking in the heat!
    Once again there were lots of school groups here. The kids are always a delight. One young girl was able to say "hello" and ask me my name in English, but as soon as I asked her anything she had no idea what I was saying. They loved having their photos taken amidst lots of laughter.
    The animal sculptures were beautiful. Loved the elephants grazing.
    If you get a chance check this place out.

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