Bang Pa in Palace
This Palace is located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River in Ayutthaya province, it is referred to as the summer Palace. As it is the palace that was formerly used by the Kings and Queen’s of Thailand. This Palace is a good stop off point when traveling to the ancient city of Ayutthaya.
Although, these days it is only rarely used by the Royal family for banquets and special occasions. The Palace has become a tourist attraction and a place for visitors to come and see the Royal splendour of this area.
The bang pa in palace was originally constructed by King Prasat Thong, in the 17th century. Although the palace became overgrown and neglected in 1767 when the ancient capital of Ayutthaya fell. Most of the buildings there today were built between 1872 and 1899.
A visit to the summer Palace is rich in Thai culture and history, and will give you a fast insight into the proud traditions of Thai culture.
Some of the highlights of the Bang Pa in Palace include:
Huge well maintained landscaped gardens
A throne room and Royal Palace, built in the Chinese style – known as the excellent and shining heavenly abode
A brightly painted lookout tower, known as the sages lookout tower
A pavilion built in the middle of a pond, known as the divine seat of personal freedom.
An exhibition hall, containing a small museum covering the history of the palace
Visitors can See and feed fish and turtles
Relax in a tranquil and peaceful atmosphere
With spectacular views
It is possible to rent a golf cart, so that you can view the palace and grounds in luxury
Visitors to the bang pa in palace also have many excellent photo opportunities
*There is a strict dress code to enter the palace, men should wear long sleeve shirts and trousers where possible and women should show no exposed skin.
The good news is it’s possible to rent appropriate clothing for a refundable deposit
Best time to visit in the morning before it gets too hot
Entry cost 100 Baht
Golf cart rental 400 Baht
Review taken from trip advisor
“An absolute highlight”
5 of 5 stars
Reviewed 14 January 2014
I think a visit to Bang Pa In Palace is usually a side tour on the way to Ayutthaya, but we found it to be an awesome highlight on its own. All the buildings in the site collectively referred to as ‘the Summer Palace’ are fantastic and worth exploring. The site grounds are beautifully kept and it was just such a pleasure to walk around the whole area. Don’t miss it!