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“A lovely interesting place to visit”

Suan Pakkad Palace Museum
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Private Tour: Jim Thompson House and Suan Pakkad Palace Museum Tour
Ranked #67 of 530 things to do in Bangkok
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Owner description: Once the residence of Princess Chumbhot of Nagor Svarga, one of Thailand’s leading art collectors, this lovely complex contains five traditional Thai houses, each featuring a collection of historic items and works of art.
Camberley, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“A lovely interesting place to visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2014

whilst it is in the shadow of the Skytrain, inside the complex it is very quiet and cool. The 8 houses are really worth taking the time to visit and has many interesting artifacts to view. It is very peaceful and whilst I was there I think I only saw about another 6 people. It is far better if one wants to see original Thai houses to visit here rather than the Jim Thompson house

Visited March 2014
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Cainta, Rizal, Philippines
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“A museum great for wandering”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2014

Suan Pakkad is made of interconnected exhibits, some more interesting than others. Reception suggested where I should start and how I should go about wandering and I followed it. Started off with some recovered artifacts from Thai ancestors. Then went on to see historical furniture and sculptures. The next few exhibits were about buddhas, temples and sacred text, traditional Thai theater (with the masks and the dancing) and royal family artifacts. There's a garden in the midst of all this and a replica of a barge.

A very interesting walk around. Entrance was 100 baht with a free fan.

Visited February 2014
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Suan Pakkad Palace Museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2014

We don't normally "do" museums but we were encouraged to visit Suan Packard after seeing it in a Guidebook and reading reviews on this site. It was easy to find,take the Skytrain to Phaya Thai station, take Exit 4 ( NOT Exit 5,mentioned elsewhere!) follow the pavement around to the right and then keep straight on for 150m, the palace entrance is after the big Honda Car Showroom.
Having seen photos of the inside of the Museum it was difficult to believe that it could be squeezed in between the road, the buildings and the airport rail link, but it was and as is said elsewhere - a real "oasis". We paid 100 baht per person for the visit, after a brief introduction and directions we were allowed to take a self guided tour. Shoes can be worn outside inthe park but must be removed when inside the restored houses. Photography is not allowed inside the buildings.
The museum displays pre historic artefacts from Ban Chiang, which is considered to be the most important prehistoric settlement so far discovered in south-east Asia. There are fascinating examples of pottery, jewellery and metal tools. The artefacts a are well displayed and well labelled including plenty of English text. There was just one room containing these examples where we spent about 15 minutes, so we were not overwhelmed with historical facts.
After the gallery we moved out into the gardens, which were like a small park. It contains 9 buildings. Four were transported here by a Thai Prince and Princess in 1952 and reconstructed and renovated. Sometimes they are used for receptions and dinners.Since then another 4 houses have been added to the original four. Each of the houses contains more exhibits from the Royal couple's collections of pre historic artefacts, rocks, minerals, shells, household articles and musical instruments. In my opinion the most beautiful building is The Lacquer Pavilion, dating from the 17 th Century and relocated from a Temple. It has been beautifully restored with its carvings and gold on black lacquer murals.
In all we spent about 2 hours wandering around the buildings and studying the exhibits. It was very quiet and peaceful, although it was the middle of the day there was only one other family and a couple in the museum at the same time. The Palace Museum is not in the same league as Wat Arun, The Grand Palace etc but when the main sites have been visited and you have time to spare, then this is certainly worth considering. A really good visit, it made a change from the Temples and Markets of Bangkok!

Visited February 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“A good way to relax”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2014

This attraction is a short walk from Phaya Thai station and is well worth the 100 Baht entrace fee. The houses are in a beautiful setting and I really enjoyed just been able to relax in the garden in near perfect silence. Staff at reception are really friendly and you receive a free gift as part of the tour.

My only minor point would be that you are left to your own devices to just wander around and whilst you can easily take in the artefacts yourself for a good couple of hours it might have been nice to have some local knowledge from a guide, as is the case with Jim Thompson House.

Visited February 2014
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Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“an oasis of calm”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2014

This collection of palace houses belonging to the royal family was highlight of our Bangkok trip. Centrally-located but very peaceful. The lacquer house is the undoubted star attraction but the other buildings were interesting too, as were the grounds. The only problem was the confusing and seemingly contradictory advice about what you can and cannot photograph. The inexpensive entrance fee gets you a free ethnic fan to keep off the heat.

Visited January 2014
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