Palaces invoke thoughts of very extravagant and ostentatious homes for human beings to live within. Yet, it is quite different with Thai royal pavilions and palaces, which prefer functionality for tropical living over form, and tend to be much less furnished. On the grievous occasion of the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, L+T would be honoured to introduce you to His Majesty King Bhumibol’s palaces, where public visitors are welcome to enter and observe the simple surroundings in which H.M. the King resided and worked.
Chitralada Villa Royal Residence
Situated on the grounds of Dusit Palace, in the cultural centre of hectic Bangkok, Chitralada Villa was the unofficial permanent residence of H.M. King Bhumibol. In addition to the Western-style royal residences, 158 acres of land was allocated to His Majesty the King’s ‘office, laboratory and testing grounds’ for his various private projects – mainly focused on agriculture development including crop fields and dairy farms, factories and even a school. Visitors will need to request permission in advance, but be assured it is once in a lifetime experience that you will not regret. Please call +66(0) 2282 8200 for more information.
Klai Kangwon Palace
Klai Kangwon is literally translated as “Away from any worries”, and it is the apt name for the serene, seaside Klai Kangwon Palace in Hua Hin town of Prachuap Khiri Khan Province. It was His Majesty King Bhumibol’s honeymoon destination and thereafter the primary summer royal residence, subsequently becoming a popular seaside destination for city residents. Visitors will be entranced by the fascinating group of Thai wood pavilions set against a view of blue seawater and white long beach that lulls them ‘Away from any worries’.
Bhubing Rajanives Palace
Resting amidst the mountains overlooking Doi Buak Ha, this palace was built to accommodate the royal family during state visits to Chiang Mai and other northern provinces. It was designed in the central Thai architectural style called Ruean Mu or ‘Group of houses’, and is surrounded by famous rose gardens and other temperate plants, birds and insects that are not commonly found in other parts of Thailand. The palace is open to the public except when member of the royal family are in residence and popular spots to visit include the reservoir, Eucalyptus cottage and Buddhist House of Prayer.
Bhuban Rajanives Palace
Located on a site chosen by His Majesty King Bhumibol on Bhuban Mountain in Sakolnakorn Province, Bhuban Rajanives Palace was built to support efforts to save the ecology of North-eastern forests. The residential buildings are mixed in style with Thai and Western architecture, and the residences were constructed as log cabins. The gardens are arranged into five styles: Mixed Garden, Formal Style, Informal Style, Rock Garden and Stone Garden, and planted with species of wild flowers suitable for the local soil. There is also an elephant stable within the area.
Doi Tung Royal Villa
Doi Tung Royal Villa was an initiative by the late Royal Grandmother Srinagarindra, who preferred the peace of Chiang Rai later in life. Her Royal Highness was also passionate to support reforestation on the mountain peaks and to help elevate the quality of life of northern tribal villagers, by offering them professional and vocational knowledge. The residence and buildings here have a unique style with both Thai Lanna and Swiss architecture. The gardens are packed with temperate flowers, which bloom seasonally. Do not miss visiting Hall of HRH’s Fame and Phra That Doi Tung Temple, and you can also purchase ethically-produced Doi Tung Project items to take home.
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