If you've hired a long-tail boat on the Chao Phraya, stop by this unique museum housing the sumptuous royal barges. These elaborately decorated sailing vessels -- the largest measures over 46m (50 yd.) -- are used by the royal family on state occasions or for religious ceremonies. The king's personal barge, the Suphannahong, has a swan-like neck and central chamber; the boat itself is decorated with scarlet and gold carvings of fearsome mythological beasts.
If you can't make it to the royal barges, there is a smaller display of barges at the National Museum .
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- Very Highly Recommended 2010
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- tel: +66 2 424 0004
- 80/1 Rim Klong Bangkok Noi, Arun Amarin Road
- On the west bank of the river, on Klong Bangkok Noi (canal), north of the Phra Pinklao Bridge
- Bangkok, Bangkok 10700
- Daily 9am-5pm
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