The Royal Barge Museum, on the banks of the Bangkok Noi Canal off the Chao Phraya River, is a huge boathouse that displays eight royal barges that are the product of the finest Thai craftsmanship.
Start your tour of the museum by viewing the four-part video clip which will give you an overview of the history of the royal barges.
There are various types of barges and the designs depend on the function of the vessel. The actual royal barges are the vessels for the monarchs. There are four such Royal Barges in the museum:
The Suphannahongsa or golden swan, the personal barge of the King is by far the most majestic. This royal barge, which was carved out of a single teak tree trunk, was completed in 1911.
With the exception of the Ekachai class escorts all the other escort barges have a cannon at the bow. The hulls of the escort barges are lacquered in black and gold.
Please see the types of royal barges for details on the barges and crew.
There are two other locations where the barges are kept, the Royal Thai Navy Royal Barge dock near the Arun Amarin Bridge and the Royal Motorboat Dock at the Vasukri Pier.
The majestic splendor of the Royal Barges can only be fully appreciated when viewed in the Royal Barge Procession during which up to 50 barges are assembled in a regal flotilla to sail down the Chao Phraya River.
One such procession was the Royal Barge Procession at the APEC closing ceremony in 2003.
The grandest procession was Royal Barge Procession 2006 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the reign of His majesty the King.
For the latest Royal Barge Procession on 5 November 2007, please see theRoyal Barge Procession 2007 to celebrate the 80th birthday of HM King Bhumipol Adulyadej.
The Royal Barge Museum by the Bangkok Noi is a legacy of Kings for generations to come.
To go to the Royal Barge Museum, please see map to the Royal Barge Museum.