Saturday, 17 July 2010

Access to Maruekatayawan Palace

January 31, 2010. The Palace of love and hope, Hua Hin.

During our first visit to Hua Hin, Thailand we have visited this Palace. And we were astonished by its beauty. It is located halfway Hua Hin and Cha-am. You could roam around freely on the Palace grounds and even in the Palace. You just had to take your shoes off and leave them. Since then a few things have changed.

There is a ticket boot at the entrance of the Palace grounds. Different prices for Thai and foreign people. An information centre was built with an exposition of the building. Only limited number of people can enter the Palace at the same time. You still have to take your shoes off but now you can put them in a shoe bag and take them with you. So you dont have to walk back to get them. Rooms are protectet with cords.

Now about the accessiblitly. The open plan Palace and the Palace Garden are beautiful and definitely worth a visit. The Palace garden and the information centre are wheelchair accessible. They have renewed the restrooms for handicapped people. The Palace itself is not accessible. Unless you have yourself and your manual wheelchair lifted to the second floor or are still able to walk stairs with some help. When you are in a wheelchair you can look into the Hall from the outside which is located at the ground floor. And afterwards look to the pictures and listen to the experience of your travel companions.

This visit will take about two hours. Afterwards it is very nice to visit Cha-am beach. Have some food, a few (soft)drinks and watch what is happening on the beach. A perfect lazy afternoon.

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