Built in the early 20th century, the Maruekhathaiyawan Palace was once the residence of Thai Kings. Now it stands as a monument to Thailand’s rich cultural history and a reminder of its monarchy which almost lasted into modern times. It’s a fascinating location that’s well worth the visit when vacationing in Thailand.
How to Get There
The palace is located between the Cha-am and Hua Hin regions. Now, whether you’re staying at a hotel in Hua Hin, such as properties by popular hotel chains like Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spa, or somewhere in Cha-am, the path to Maruekhathaiyawan is relatively simple. A tuk-tuk or taxi ride should get you there in about three hours, and you can always take the train from Hualamphong Station.
The Maruekhathaiyawan is unique in that it’s built almost entirely with teak wood, making it architecturally distinct from most other notable Thai palaces. In fact, it’s said that the material made the palace rather cool and enveloped it in a relaxing atmosphere.
The palace was designed by King Rama VI himself, with the aid of renowned Italian architect, Ercole Manfredi. After its construction, the palace was used as a summer residence for the King and his family up until his death in 1925.
The palace can primarily be divided up into three main sections; the King’s quarters, the Queen’s quarters and the Sewakamart section. All of these were interconnected with each other by long wooden walkways which offered stunning views of the beach and ocean that lay just a few feet away from the premises.