Dusit Maha Prasat Throne hal

Grand Palace or Was the Throne Hall

Grand Palace or was the throne hall of several kings in Rattanakosin period from the reign of King Rama I to King Rama V. It is situated at Prabrarom-maharajwang Sub-District, Pranakorn District, Bangkok. Inside this palace area, there are several important sports including:

  • Dusit Maha Prasat Throne hall Hall that was formerly named Indra Pisek Maha Prasat Throne Hall. It is the first palace built in Grand Palace and it has been also a place for establishing corpses of kings, principle consorts, and members of the royal family. In addition, it is also used for organizing several important ceremonies.
  • Aphon Phimok Throne Hall is situated near Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall and it is used as the for storing royal conveyance, and the place for royal dressing for several ceremonies.
  • Phiman Rattaya Throne Hall was constructed in 2332 in the reign of King Rama VI. It was used as his majesty the king’s residence and the meeting hall for members of royal family as well as the place for organizing the ceremony for giving royal Thai decoration and insignia. Moreover, it was also used as the place for bathing rite for the body of members of royal family prior placing their royal urns at Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall.
  • Chakri Maha Prasat Throne Hall was built in the reign of King Rama V in B.E. 2419. It was used as the place for welcoming royal guests in the level of Majesty King or chief of state. In addition, there are also other important throne walls.
  • Temple of the Emerald Buddha or Wat Phra Kaew is the royal temple located at the north east of Grand Place. It is the place for establishing Emeral Buddha (Phra Kaew Morakot) and used as the place for establishing several important religious ceremonies. The construction of Temple of Emerald Buddha was completed in 2327
  • Royal Thai Decorations and Coin Pavilion is situated inside Grand Place at the right side of entrance prior reaching the inside area of the palace. It exhibits coins and money used in Thailand as well as royal Thai decoration of royal office. It is opened daily between 08.30 a.m. –04.00 p.m. Its admission fee is 10 baht.
  • Formal working hours of Grand Place are 08.30 a.m. – 04.00 p.m. (ticket counter is closed at 03.30 p.m.).
    Admission fee: – Free for Thai people and 500 baht for foreigner. The price includes admission fee of Royal Thai Decorations and Coin Pavilion and Vimanmek Mansion.
    Remarks: Please dress politely. Wat Pho and Grand Palace are the 10 rank of the Best Destinations in Asia.
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Chao Phraya Express Boat.

Bangkok Overview

Bangkok Overview / Bangkok have the average temperature in low to medium level at 30-37 degrees Celsius throughout year. There will have heavy rain in September and October. However, it occurs with all parts of Thailand. Although it rains heavily but we can still see sunlight. If travelers would like to see the sunlight, Bangkok, a city of blue sky, will give you the nice experience throughout year, except in the mentioned two month period. There are many skyscrapers, colorful street markets, many located shopping malls and vigorous nightspots.

Bangkok Transport, the popularity of travelers Bangkok streets have the problem of traffic jam. Therefore, we would like to recommend a convenient travel on the middle of river, that is, Chao Phraya Express Boat. There are many foreign travelers, especially Europe people, who like to travel with this trail due to it is economical with its cheap fare at 10-40 baht (Thai currency), convenient and fast. Moreover, you can also take photos of view along two sides of rivers. Most of all, it will provide travelers real atmosphere of travel.

Navigation Map http://www.chaophrayaexpressboat.com/th/services/index.aspx#routemap

Suggestion : When you visit a Buddhist temple, you should get dressed simply and politely. Please do not reveal your shoulders and legs to honor the place. Some temples may not allow you to enter inside if you get dressed impolitely.

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National Museum Bangkok

Sightseeing Museums

National Museum Bangkok
National Museum Bangkok.

National Museum Bangkok. It is situated on Na Phra That Road, Phra Nakhon District, between Thammasat University and National Theatre, opposite Royal Plaza (Sanam Luang). This museum is considered as the largest museum of South East Asia and it is also another place collecting the largest amount of Thai art materials. This museum has collected Thai history since pre-historical period.

The Jim Thompson House is a house of James H.W. Thompson, a rich American businessman who was successful with silk business and established Jim Thompson – The Thai Silk Company that was famous around the world. He had a reputation as the “American man who became one of Thai legends”. Currently, the condition of this house that has been “mentioned by several people” and “the center of Thailand’s celebrities” is almost the same without any changing.


Vimanmek Mansion
Vimanmek Mansion

Vimanmek Mansion. It is a throne hall constructed with the world’s largest golden teak wood consisted of beautiful and delicate architecture. Its construction was inspired by western construction and the building is divided into various palaces that are current used for holding different exhibitions. If you would like to visit each palace, you have to leave your belongings in lockers outside. You are allowed to take photograph of building’s exterior without leaving any belonging in locker. However, you are not allowed to take any photograph of its interior.


Suan Pakkad palace on a 6 Rai land on Sri Ayudhya road,
Suan Pakkad palace

It is located next to Suan Pakkad palace on a 6 Rai land on Sri Ayudhya road, Bangkok, comprises of 8 vintage Thai style houses. With his majesty personality and love for collecting arts and important antique pieces both from Thailand and the world, many of the pieces are displayed at the palace.

Bangkok Overview / Bangkok have the average temperature in low to medium level at 30-37 degrees Celsius throughout year. There will have heavy rain in July and September. However, it occurs with all parts of Thailand. Although it rains heavily but we can still see sunlight. If travelers would like to see the sunlight, Bangkok, a city of blue sky, will give you the nice experience throughout year, except in the mentioned two month period.

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Generally, shopping in Thailand is easy

Shopping Advice / Tips

Fixed prices are the norm in department stores and a number of shops in Bangkok, but at most other places bargaining are acceptable and expected. Generally you can obtain a final figure of between 10 to 30 percent lower than the original asking price. There are no hard-and-fast rules for bargaining, and much depends on your skills and the shopkeeper’s mood. But remember Thais appreciate god manners and a sense of humour, and they are put off by loud voices and loss of temper. With patience and a broad smile you will not only get a better price, you’ll also enjoy shopping as an art.

enjoy shopping as an art.

  • Generally, shopping in Thailand is easy, fun and very rewarding, but the following advice is useful especially when making gem and jewellery purchases:
  • Never let a tout or a new-found friend take you shopping. Stores give commissions to these people and that cost is reflected in the price you pay.
  • Choose a shop carefully. With gems, for example, make sure it is a specialist in that field and not simply a general souvenir store.
  • Shops in hotel arcades pay high rents and accordingly prices tend to be higher than at street shops. On the other hand, hotel arcades are very convenient if you have little time for shopping. Moreover, prestigious hotels generally attract quality shops.
  • Shop around to compare prices, though be sure to make comparisons between like items– this is especially important with gems and jewellery.
  • Assess the sales assistants. Do they appear knowledgeable? Are they willing to discuss an item’s bad as well as good points.
  • Take your time, never let a shop assistant pressure you into a purchase.
  • Reputable shops will give a written agreement to a full refund on any goods returned within 90 days. If a shop refuses to do this, go elsewhere.
  • Obtain a receipt for goods bought and check it is correct before leaving the shop.
  • Ultimately, your best guide is what you like. Don’t , for example, buy gems or jewellery for the purpose of re-sale or investment. They may have such appreciation potential, but there are no guarantees. Shop for pleasure not for profit.Reference : Originally published by Thai Bazaar Intertrade Co., Ltd,
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OTOP stands for ‘One Tambon (meaning sub-district) One Product’. It is a local


OTOP stands for ‘One Tambon (meaning sub-district) One Product’. It is a local entrepreneurship stimulus program which aims to support the unique locally made and marketed products of each Thai tambon all over Thailand.

OTOP drew its inspiration from Japan’s successful One Village One Product (OVOP) programme, and encourages village communities to improve local product quality and marketing. It selects one superior product from each tambon to receive formal branding as a “starred OTOP product”, and provides a local and international stage for the promotion of these products.

OTOP products cover a large array of local products, including handicrafts, cotton and silk garments, pottery, fashion accessories, household items, and foods. So far a number of product groups have been classified for promotion; these include food items and beverages, textiles and clothing, woven handicrafts, artistry items, gifts, household and decorative items, and non-edible herbal products. These cover traditional items made in village communities, each lovingly crafted with the inimitable flavours and style of their localities.

OTOP stands for ‘One Tambon (meaning sub-district) One Product’. It is a local

Different regions are noted for specific types of products. Highlights of products from different regions in Thailand include:

Superb handicrafts, particularly carved wood, silverware, specialty paper products, ceramics, bamboo baskets, cotton fabrics and silver jewellery from hill-tribe minorities.

It is a tradition in the Northeast for villagers to make two sets of clothes – everyday work clothes and high quality silk items created with outstanding skill for special occasions like weddings and festivals. These latter items are being selected as OTOP products. Silk and cotton fabrics, especially tie-dyed mudmee designs. The most famous are Lai Khid and Phrae Wa silks. Other items include reed mats, baskets woven from water hyacinth and triangular pillows.

Traditional handicrafts of bamboo and bai lan, great earthen pots, Dan Kwian and Koh Kred pottery and terra cotta items.

Famed for its fruits, fresh and processed, as well as bamboo and rattan baskets, reed mats and mudmee fabrics.

Batik fabrics, woven products from lipao, bulrush and panan pandanus, mother-of-pearl inlays and carved wood products.

Village-made OTOP products are selected for promotion because of their quality and export potential. Many of the silks and Benjarong ceramics, for instance, are works of art, intricately and lovingly crafted by hand.

The project has strong government support on many levels – identifying potential OTOP products, providing advice on production, quality control, packaging and designs that make them even more attractive to domestic and export markets. The entire OTOP product cycle comes under the supervision of a National OTOP Committee, with regional and provincial level committees to assist in identifying, developing and grading OTOP products.

Cr. Royal Thai Embassy Singapore.


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