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Royal Barge National Museum, Bangkok
(3.6/5 based on 190+ reviews on the web)
Follow the hand-written signs through alleyways to Royal Barge National Museum, 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 Royal Barge National Museum and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Yes - difficult to get to. Best way to go is by motorcycle. Cheapest and they zoom around everything... The museum wants in addition to the admission fee, a fee for the use of your camera, and an extr...  more »
  • The beauty of these 'barges' is astounding. The museum is a bit of challenge to get to, but well worth it. The barges are carved from teak and decorated with gold; the figure-heads are amazing; there ...  more »
  • First of all this place is hard to find and get to, but it is worth the effort. The barges are beautiful and meticulously built. You are able to get close and walk in front of, behind, and along side ...  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