Purple DragonThis Old Palace

Tune in to "This Old Palace" and explore a number of Bangkok's undiscovered palaces,  Thai architectural treasures hidden in the modern metropolis of Bangkok. Purple Dragon will arrange access to these splendid treasures for our guests.

Embark this morning with your personal guide and visit some of the lovely, stately Bangkok abodes which are usually overlooked by tourists. Here are some suggested estates which are well-worth exploring:

Dot The enchanting Vimarnmek Mansion built by King Rama V entirely out of golden teak and located in a lovely garden compound with several other royal palace museums, including the Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall which houses the Queen's treasury of handicraft masterpieces

Dot Suan Pakkard, The "Lettuce Farm Palace" with its traditional wooden homes, gardens and collection of art, antiques and pre-historic Thai ceramics

Dot The Siam Society which houses several Northern-style teakwood houses, a gorgeous new library, plus a collection of utensils from Thai daily life

Dot Jim Thompson's House, the fabulous teakwood villa of the gay American entrepreneur who resurrected Thai silk weaving artistry

Dot The National Museum (closed Mondays and Tuesdays), housed in several ancient palace buildings

Dot Bang Khun Prom Palace, built by King Rama V on the banks of the Chao Praya, is a compound of five royal mansions, orchid houses, quarters for royal pages

Dot The Baroque/Rococco Tamnak Yai Monetary Museum on the grounds of the current Bank of Thailand

Dot Woradit Palace (closed weekends and holidays), a Princely retreat turned into a museum, housing various eccentric collections including walking sticks and kris daggers

Dot Plainon Palace, a summer estate of traditional teakwood Thai buildings which display gilded black lacquerware, khon (Thai opera) masks, and embroidered prayer fans

It could easily take three days to see all of Bangkok's "undiscovered" palaces. If you really love history and architecture you should allow more time to experience all of them.

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