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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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  • My wife and I visited the barges in mid-February. The museum is on one of the Klongs and the boats are supported over water. We went in the morning and were the only ones there. The majority of barges...  more »
  • Slightly underwhelmed, long walk to get there.Must say the barges themselves were stunning & amazing , the uniform display & procession layout was very good. Fair entry price. Would benefit from some ...  more »
  • We caught a cheap river bus (15 baht each) from by the Oriental Hotel. We had to walk a little way from the pier but it was interesting seeing the back streets of Bangkok as well as the Barges Museum....  more »
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  • I used to get to this place first by ferry to the Wang Lang or Railway Pier and then by walking to the bridge over Bangkok Noi. From there thru a military compound to the museum. (Before that, it was a circuitous walk thru a warren of waterway residences to the museum and actually a much more interesting journey.) Once there, I believe the visit is free unless you want to take photos for which it'll cost 100-200 baht, can't recall exactly. But I can't imagine taking the effort to get there and not taking photos.
  • Really good and calm place to visit
  • Nice place, learn something through the exhibition.
  • Nice stop if you are doing the long tail boat trip.
  • Great place