One of the greatest places to visit and learn more about Thai history is Sanam Chandra Palace. It is located in Nakhon Pathom province which is only an hour away from Bangkok. Sanam Chandra Palace was built by the King Rama VI of the current Chakri dynasty. He decided to construct the Palace as a Royal retreat and stayed during his visits to the Phra Pathom Chedi which is only around 1 km away from the Palace.
Sanam Chandra Palace is set in a beautiful park with lush, beautiful trees and natural lakes, so it is very suitable for some relaxation. The architectural designs of the residences were influenced by a combination of English, French and Thai-style architecture. The central building is the Chaleemongkolasana Residence. It is the yellow castle with the French Renaissance style. There is the Yah Leh monument in front of the residence. Yah Leh is King Rama VI’s favorite dog that was accidentally shot to death. Moreover, you will see the main buildings, e.g. the Mareerajaratanabanlang Residence which has a bridge that links between it and the Chaleemongkolasana Residence. There’s also the Bhimarn Prathom Residence that was the first structure to be constructed in Sanam Chandra Palace and the Thab Kwan Residence, a pair of traditional Thai houses made of golden teak wood.
Sanam Chandra Palace is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 09.00 a.m. until 16.00 p.m. It can easily be visited as a day trip from Bangkok, you can easily take a private car ride with our Local Experts on the way there.
Sanam Chandra Palace is one of the most beautiful palace grounds and each one of the residences has its own story. Believe it or not, it still remains a hidden gem even for the locals. Only just an hour away from Bangkok, Sanam Chandra Palace is definitely worth a visit, so hurry before the world catches on!