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National Museum of Royal Barges, Bangkok

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Follow the hand-written signs through alleyways to National Museum of Royal Barges, a hidden gem displaying the royal fleet of boats used for national ceremonies. Once serving as transport for the royal family along the country's many rivers and canals, nowadays the boats are monuments of history, coming out for grandiose occasions only. Observe the intricate ornamental details on the vessels, which bear religious importance and symbolism. Though a little off-the-beaten-track, it's worth it just to see The Golden Swan, the king's personal barge carved from a single piece of timber. Take a look at our Bangkok trip builder to schedule your visit to National Museum of Royal Barges and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • The extremely ornate barges were occupied by royalty when going along the river in front of their subjects. Many of these massive barges require in excess of 50 rowers.  more »
  • You can get here via boat, yet can get here easier by cab and a short walk to the obscured entrance. A few points... 1. The boats (approximately 6) are interesting enough. You can visit the museum and...  more »
  • What beautiful boats from many hundred years ago. Restored to their original designs. With Snake head , Asura head , Lord Vishnu , Flying God. Exquisite designs extremely colorful. Take pictures  more »
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  • Getting to this place is not easy but worth it. To me, these royal barges represent the very essence of Thai royal culture. Strongly recommend to go but beware of the boat fee. The staffs are somewhat associated with water taxi operators and ask you to pay ridiculously high fee.
  • Getting to the Royal Barge Museum is not very straightforward but it's worth a visit to see these exquisite ceremonial barges that are used by the Royal family on special occasions. Best way is to take a private long tail boat which drops you right at the Museum's pier. If coming by taxi or bus, then you can try & ask if you can cut through the Navy Boat Department gates (just below the Arun Amarin Bridge) . It's a government facility, so you must be dressed conservatively and they may allow you to crossed through their facilities to the museum's entrance. If you can't cut through the naval facility, then follow brown signs which leads you along a footpath through a sad (not sketchy but poor) neighborhood - it's about a 10 minute walk.
  • Enjoyed the 6-7 barges on display. Very impressive. Other displays of uniforms, barge decor, and weapons informative. Only issue is it location.
  • Hard to get there, the best variant is on foot, taxi isn't an option because the street leading to the museum is too narrow for a car. Inside you can find a big collection of various boats and barges used by Thai kings
  • Nothing to see. Too costly for what it has to offer. Only six barges on display.