Photo: A retreat by the sea.

Mrigadayavan Palace

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Located 12 kilometres south of Cha-am on the way to Hua Hin, Phra Ratchaniwet Mrigadayavan is a seaside palace featuring airy halls and long walkways built of golden teak in the early 20th century.

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The structure was first built by order of King Rama VI up on Chao Samran Beach in 1916, then dismantled and rebuilt at its current location in 1923, just two years before Rama VI’s death. Serving as a hot-season getaway for the royal family, the complex includes three spacious sections for living and working quarters and a performance space for the plays that Rama VI was passionate about. There’s also a cottage built directly over the coast where the king went to swim and relax.

They don’t make ’em like they used to. Photo taken in or around Mrigadayavan Palace, Cha-am, Thailand by David Luekens.

They don’t make ’em like they used to. Photo: David Luekens

Featuring mostly Colonial-period European styles complimented by Siamese touches, the three-floor palace is more elegant than extravagant. Painted powder blue and cream with broad louvered shutters, spiral staircases, gingerbread carvings and chandeliers, the partially open rooms were designed to beat the heat in the days before air-con. Raised walkways enabled the royals to stroll around without getting their tootsies wet during flash floods.

When interiors aren’t being renovated, visitors can wander inside to check out a statue of Rama VI and some antiques used by the royals. There’s also a lovely English garden near a giant rain tree and souvenir shop. Thai-language tours are held every half-hour; we suggest hanging well behind these to glimpse the palace without too many other people getting ... Travelfish members only (Around 300 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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How to get there
Mrigadayavan Palace is located on a Thai military base about halfway between Cha-am and Hua Hin. From Cha-am, take Phetkasem Road (Route 4) south and look for a white sign pointing left to the palace. You’ll then pass through a checkpoint and go for another km before reaching the car park. Most foreigners who visit the palace come on package day tours.

Mrigadayavan Palace
12km from Cha-am
Th–Tu: 08:30–16:00
Admission: 30 baht for adults, 15 baht for kids

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