Vote! Bangkok's Forgotten Palaces

Vimanmek, the world's largest teakwood structure Tour Bangkok's "Forgotten" Palaces

We take you to some of Thailand's most magnificent royal residences open to visors who do often take the tie to see them.

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:

This Bangkok day tour takes you to some of Bangkok's truly great architectural gems that bus tourists never get to see. Most were formerly residences of Thai royalty. Though he was a commoner, Jim Thompson's house is equally splendid. He brought teak houses from the countryside and reassembled them inside out. All of these palaces have collections of historical artifacts and works of art. There are far too many to be seen in a single day, so you and your guide will draw up a plan to see the most before you leave your hotel.

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.

Thai palaces also have lush and immaculate gardens Suan Pakkard , The "Lettuce Farm Palace" with its traditional wooden homes, gardens and collection of art, antiques and pre-historic Thai ceramics.

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

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

The National Museum (closed Mondays and Tuesdays), is housed in several ancient palace buildings that are almost as breathtaking as the their treasures within.

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

Serenity and sublimity and The National Museum The Baroque/Rococo Tamnak Yai Monetary Museum on the grounds of the current Bank of Thailand

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

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 "forgotten" palaces. If you really love history and architecture you should allow more time to experience all of them.

Not available on Mondays. Your tour includes a guide only. You get around on public transportation and pay as you go, and pay admssions at the door. Please buy lunch for your guide.