Phrarachanivet Mrigadayavan

A golden teak summer palace

Photo of Phrarachanivet Mrigadayavan, , Cha-am

What we say: 3 stars

Head south on Petchakasem Road and look for the signs. It's about nine kilometres from Cha-am, on the left. It's a complex of golden teak houses on stilts with louvered windows and a maze of walkways connecting them. The airy rooms were designed to beat the heat in the days before air-con, and the raised walkways enabled the royals and their guests to get around without getting their tootsies wet during flash floods.

It's well-maintained and the architectural design somehow evokes both the austerity of a life devoted to contemplating the Buddha and a summer of fun on the beach. Several rooms feature exhibits depicting how the inhabitants and their servants lived. There isn't a lot of English language information, so if you want to know what you are looking at, you'll have to hire an English-speaking guide.

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9km from Cha-am
Last updated: 7th September, 2013

About the author:
Stuart McDonald co-founded with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton and he spends most of his time in Bali, Indonesia.
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