Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Pattaya highlights: Baan Sukhawadee

Having been hard at work planning our wedding, we recently decided to take a day off and do a bit of sightseeing. The attraction that we chose visit was Baan Sukhawadee.

Baan is the Thai word for "house" or "home" and sukhawadee means purity and happiness.

The estate was built in 2001 and was formerly the private home of Dr. Panya Choititawan, who is a well known farming mogul here in Thailand. It has since been opened to the public and is now used as a venue for weddings and social functions and as a setting for films and television programmes.

I don't think Bernard Matthews can boast such a grand residence.....ahhh bootiful!!!

















As you can see from the pictures, it's s a hotch potch of architectural and design styles with Baroque, Neo-classical, Moorish and traditional Thai elements. I immediately thought of the Palace of Versailles when I saw the landscaped gardens and interior decoration, although a much gauider version!!!

It is certainly a nice place to while away a couple of hours and for those of you that would like to visit, their address is 219 Moo 2, Sukhumwit Road, Na Klua, Banglamung, Chonburi 20150 and their website can be accessed by following the link below.....

http://www.sukhawadee.com/Eng/about.php

My one complaint, however, is the double pricing that's in operation. Double pricing is a common problem in Thailand, where attractions charge one price for Thais and a higher price for foreign visitors. The entrance fees at Baan Sukhawadeee are 100 baht for Thai citizens and 200 baht for non-Thai visitors.

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