Known as the palace of love and hope, Mrigadayavan Palace is a must-see spot in Hua Hin. Go for the architecture, go for the history, go for the gardens, go for the tranquility. There are many reasons to visit this historical and beautiful palace in Hua Hin.
If you’re into history, architecture and gardens, you’ll love this destination in Hua Hin. Get a glimpse into royal life. See how the royal family lived in their summer palace. It’s easy to imagine as not much has changed.
The grounds and the buildings are the same as what they were when the king and his family rested and relaxed there for the summer in the 1920s.
The palace itself is one of the longest teak buildings in the world. It was designed by the king who brought in an Italian architect to complete the designs. The king was also a poet and had an area where he would write in the palace. Be inspired.
Take a notebook and let your inner poet out just as the king did in this beautiful and tranquil spot in Hua Hin.
Pastel candy colours give this palace its unique feel and atmosphere, which contrast stunningly with the lush green lawns. Creamy gold pillars support the elevated walkway that connects all the teak buildings of the palace. Aqua-blue window shutters match the ocean in the distance. A row of bonsai frangipanis weave along a path leading to a statue of the king. Majestic trees softly droop over manicured lawns.
Most of the explanation about the palace and its history is in Thai, but don’t let that deter you. Go. Roam. Take in the fresh sea air. See some amazing architecture. Read up on the history of the palace before you go.
Wander the stunning gardens and take some beautiful photos at this summer palace by the sea.
To eat and drink:
There’s a tearoom located within the grounds of the palace. Sit on wicker chairs, as you look out over manicured lawns that roll into the sand and then the sea. Sip tea, drink coffee and eat a Thai-inspired high tea at Mrigadayavan Palace Tearoom open from 10AM – 4PM.
Catch a taxi or organise a private car to take you. You can easily do this through your hotel. There is a bus that will take you, but you have to organise with the driver to be dropped off there. The palace is located between Hua Hin and Cha-Am on Bang Kra Beach.
The palace is open every day from 8AM – 4PM but is closed on Wednesdays. On weekends it stays open till 5PM.
When to go:
The palace never feels crowded or busy. Go when it suits you. The only thing to think about is the heat. It can get pretty hot in Hua Hin during the middle of the day. So, early morning or late afternoon might be better to visit the palace. You can always stop and take a break at the palace’s tearoom. You can easily spend a few hours in total at the palace.
The entrance fee is very reasonable at 30 baht to enter and an additional 30 baht to wander the fist floor of the interconnected buildings. Due to renovations, some have skipped visiting the first floor. However, the entrance fee is subject to change. There are sarongs for hire for people who need to cover up, long pants and skirts are recommended and it is also important to cover shoulders when visiting palaces and temples in Thailand. There’s a deposit of 100 baht for the sarong, which you’ll get back when you return it. You can also make a donation for using it.
Before you go:
Just be aware that many people confuse Mrigadayavan Palace with Klai Kang Won Palace, which is still used by the royal family. It is not open to the public.
Get out of the city for a weekend or longer and escape to Hua Hin. Be healed by the sea, feel calm and at peace as the royals did many years ago at this seaside retreat. Step back in time and get a unique historical perspective in Hua Hin at Mrigadaygavan Palace.
Other attractions in Hua Hin to explore:
- The night markets — there’s lots to see and buy at all the night markets in Hua Hin, find the one that suits what you’re looking for in our night market guide.
- Vana Nava Water Jungle — take the whole family and have a fun day at this new water jungle in Hua Hin.
- Monsoon Valley Vineyard — spend a day wine tasting and dining in Hua Hin.
- Set sail in Hua Hin — learn how to sail at the only and first sailing club in Hua Hin.