King Chulalongkorn and his family lived in this carved golden teak structure during the early 20th century. Its East-meets-West luxurious domesticity and modern advancements, like the kingdom’s first indoor bathtub, reflect key interests of its royal owner. Surprising to learn, then, that Rama V only resided here five years.
To see the mansion and all of the antiques and royal family collections inside (silverware, rare porcelain, a room full of antique typewriters), visitors must take the guided tour. It might be difficult to understand the khaki-clad guide at times, especially when your group inevitably crosses paths with another tour that is perhaps in a different language.
Still, there isn’t any other place like Vimanmek. Schedule time to visit the surrounding grounds before and after seeing the palace, too. This is a royal residence, so if visitors come wearing sleeveless shirts or skirts or shorts above knee-length, they will be loaned unattractive tops and wraps to use.
100 baht entry or free with Grand Palace ticket
9:30am-4pm, closed Mon, ticket booth closes 3:15pm, closed on public holidays