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“Amazing Museum, excellent staff”

Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall
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US$341.30*
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Full-Day Thai History Tour from Bangkok
Ranked #93 of 599 things to do in Bangkok
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 20 November 2013

The museum showed Thai and Bangkok history in very modern and interactive way. Very informative yet fun. It's not a kind of museum that show only relics, objects and paintings. This museum really tell you story and make you understand many of Thai culture&history.

Price: Ticket is only 200 Baht, incredible price for the level of service.

Exhibition: There are 2 routes of exhibition, each route require 2 hours. You can enjoy both route, 4 hours. Tour guide leave every 15-20 minutes.
*Audio guide is available for free but deposit is 1,000 baht.

Cons:
1. English audio guide do not cover every room but staff is helpful. I don't know if they have other languages.

Pro:
1. Location (around 5-10 minutes taxi from grand palace, close to Sao Chingcha and Gloden Mountain, 4 minutes walk to Dinsor road with many local restuarant - Thai food&Thai Price)

2. Staff : Their English is very good. unbelievably helpful and friendly.

3. Air conditioned

4. Wheel chair accessible: almost every room.

5. Locker available

6. Panoramic view on the top floor(4th or 5th, I thin): A/C, coffee shop, nice sofa. Good for tired legs.

Over all. I couldn't believe that it is managed by government. It look as good as private company business.

Highly recommend if you have time.

4  Thank fmaco
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Reviewed 26 October 2013

Today I went to this 'new' place, advertised as positively to learn Bangkok and with it a bit of Thai history.

First thing first, the place is spanking new, and kind of 'militarly' organised as Thai people I noticed like to show things about themselves; in theory you cannot wander around freely on your own, it is os organised in 2 Tours of approx 2 hours each, with guide (in Thai); tourists get their own audio guide in English, with a deposit of THB1000; entrance is THB100 for all and include of course the guide, tours are departing every 20 minutes.

After a couple of minutes of try to understand the explanation of the audio guide from a very willing Thai person but with poor English, I sterted attached to a tour made up of another 10 people, all Thais. The guide was extremely good, as also in areas during the tour where the audio were not on, she helped and explain things to me, in between her guide to the Thai people in the group, very willing I have to say...

It was extremely interesting, even if too much on the 'royal side' which I believe paid for the whole thing anyway; but certainly interactive, on a boat, and various other techie stuff really well done; I was happy to hear some of the Thai history from a Thai point of view, which was refreshing.

Everybody was very helpful (you would have understood that not many tourists are visiting this place) and when asked to visit something that was not included in the tour afterwards I had my own live guide - great!

At the top there is a viewing room, a couple of cafes and a couple of shops which I noticed sell differrent stuff than usual touristy shops; from the viewing point was particularly interesting to see the only castle in the world made entirely in metal, amazing!

Of course is a museum made mostly for Thai people, but with the audio guide and everything on show with an English translation is really worth a visit - if you are in this sort of thing of course.

2  Thank Surzen
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Reviewed 16 October 2013

Living in Bangkok since 2007, and seeing many of the "must see" sights, in my opinion, the Rattanakosin Exhibit Hall beats many of them. Although the "Muse pass" deal is over, It still runs only 100 baht for this attraction itself. It's well worth the small admission charge.

We only partook of Route 2 of the tour. I have heard it is the better of the two, Route 1 was described by a friend as a bit "dry". Route 2 is a multi-media presentation, featuring many high tech offerings, including "4D" action and animated, holographic displays. It's not Universal Studios, but it's quite good.

As pointed out, there are a few free exhibits on the first floor, along with a TRUE Coffee kiosk and plenty of souvenirs.

As far as the toilets are concerned, the first floor has a separate "handicapped" toilet, between the Mens and Ladies toilets. Surprised the previous poster seemed to have missed it.

Although there is one exhibit that requires getting into a "boat", I don't remember any stairs, except between floors. There is a lift for access between floors.

The guides are very attentive. I would imagine they can/would accommodate those with special needs.

And yes; do bring some cash. There is, indeed, a 1,000 baht deposit for English language headsets.

3  Thank OctoberSix
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Reviewed 31 August 2013

Rattanakosin exhibition hall is interesting for tourists who have just arrived in Thailand and want to know more about Bangkok en Thailand's origin. After a while, I did find it to get a bit repetitive, but I'm half-Thai and have been visiting my family in Bangkok every year. If you're a tourist and it's your first time in Thailand, check it out. Otherwise, don't mind.

Thank Pauline V
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Reviewed 14 August 2013

I visited here as part of the Muse Pass program (available for purchase at Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall or Museum Siam). The pass is 100 bht, is good for one month, and gives you access to Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall, Museum Siam, Loha Prasat, and King Prajadhipok Museum, as well as free tuk tuk shuttle service between all of these locations, as well as Khao San road. It also entitles you to a 10% discount at a number of participating restaurants and cafes.

I found the Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall to be a very informative, modern, and interactive introduction to the history of Bangkok from its founding to the modern day. All exhibits are displayed in Thai and English, and for the theatrical/interactive parts of the exhibits, you can borrow a headset that gives you the English version (note, however, that a 1,000 bht fully refundable deposit is required to borrow a headset, so come prepared with a wad of cash).

I only saw Part 1 of the exhibits (2 hours), but would have gone on to see the other half but was under somewhat of a time crunch. The a/c, as previously mentioned, was very cold, and I noted an elevator, suggesting that the building was accessible.

Thank scouch61853
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