Ranked among the Thai capital’s must visit hotspots, the Vimanmek Mansion is no ordinary architectural wonder in Bangkok. Revered as the largest structure composed entirely of teak in the whole planet, the palatial residence is easily accessible to visitors based in luxury hotels in Thailand such as properties of Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas.
Occupying pride of place close to the National Assembly, the Vimanmek Mansion is situated on Ratchawithi Road. Constructed by none other than King Rama V, this larger than life royal abode had been part of the original Dusit Palace. Believed to have been constructed as early as 1900, the golden teak structure was dismantled from its place of origin in Chonburi province’s Ko Sichang and reassembled in the Thai capital. Having been given a recent facelift by Her Majesty the Queen Sirikit in the 1980’s, the venue now serves as a popular tourist attraction and a sprawling museum and heritage house dedicated to the memory of King Rama V.
Showcasing neoclassical and European leanings, the Vimanmek Mansion was assembled in the Thai capital without the aid of any nails making it not only an architectural marvel but a unique construction in its own right. Beautifully maintained visitors can explore the confines of this former royal palace during their visit to Bangkok and discover an extensive collection of royal regalia and collectibles that were part of the king’s own personal collection. The interiors of the palace display a more 20th century sensibility with its selection of furniture and home decor while some of the venue’s most prized items include mesmerising glass wear and porcelains while the antique furniture occupying the spacious rooms of the mansion are equally impressive.
Taking visitors back to a time of opulence and regal supremacy the chambers and halls of the Vimanmek Mansion hark back to Thailand’s golden era. The mansion is still used for hosting state affairs and gatherings for dignitaries and other special guests while a cultural showcase complete with traditional Thai dance items is also staged twice daily. English speaking guides are also on hand at the locale which requires visitors to be modestly dressed according to the guidelines regarding attire put in place.
Roland Lefevre is a travel writer who specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe. Google+