Poignant, isn’t it, a young man dancing in a palace ballroom with his invisible princess? This is the Marukatayawan Palace at เพชรบุรี (Phetchaburi) province to the southwest of Bangkok. Now a museum, the palace faces the Gulf of Thailand and is visually stunning, expansive, balustraded, and deliciously open to the fresh sea breezes.
The palace is surrounded by lawns of verdant carpetgrass (Axonopus compressus), imposing Ficus trees, and fountained courtyards. The Marukatayawan Palace is commonly referred to as the “Palace of Love and Hope”. Why? Read about it here.