Forgotten, but no less palatial....
Architectural treasures hidden in the modern metropolis of BangkokEmbark 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:
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
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
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.