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* <see name="Baiyoke Tower II Observatory and Revolving Roofdeck" alt="ตึกใบหยก 2" address="77-84F, Baiyoke Tower II, 222 Ratchaprarop Rd" directions="ARL Ratchaprarop" phone="+66-2-656-3000" url="http://www.baiyokehotel.com/" hours="M-F 10:30AM-1AM, Sa-Su 9:30AM-1AM" price="200 baht, includes one (alcoholic) drink and popcorn" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Currently the tallest tower in Thailand (though not for long as a taller building is in the works in Pattaya), the 304-meter-tall Baiyoke Tower II mainly has a residential purpose. There's an observatory behind a huge window at the 77th floor and a revolving roofdeck outside at the 84th floor. The revolving roofdeck is practical for viewing different parts of the city, but not so handy if you're trying to make some quality pictures of the city's skyline. It is best to visit right before dusk and watch the sun go down from the tower. Afterwards, you can visit the '''Rooftop Bar''' at the 83rd floor, which has a very romantic atmosphere and can best be recommended for couples or those in love. You can sit beside a huge window that gives a good view over the city, and professional bands perform nightly. Be early as the seats fill up quickly after dark.</see>
* <see name="Bangkok Dolls Museum" alt="บ้านบางกอกดอลส์และตุ๊กตานานาชาติ" address="85 Soi Ratchataphan (Soi Mo Leng)" directions="ARL Ratchaprarop" phone="+66-2-245-3008" email="" fax="" url="" hours="M-Sa 8AM-5PM, Su closed" price="Free">This museum was established by Khunying Tongkorn Chandavimol in 1956 after completing a course on doll making at the Osawa Doll School in Tokyo. Her intention with this project was to establish a workshop where hand-made dolls could be created using local materials, and to establish a museum that would promote the Thai doll industry. The museum's dolls are internationally recognized, winning the first prize at the International Folklore Dolls Competition in Poland in 1978. A part of the workshop is devoted to a private collection of about 400 dolls from around the world. These can be grouped in several categories, including Khon dolls, hill tribe dolls, Thai rural dolls and Khon mask miniatures.</see>
* <see name="Phaya Thai Palace" alt="วังพญาไท" address="315 Ratchawithi Rd" directions="BTS Victory Monument" phone="+66-2-354-7660(-93698 on Saturdays, -93646 on weekdays)" url="" hours="Sa 9:30AM and 1:30PM, M-F on appointment only" price="Free" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">The Phaya Thai Palace has been built by King Rama VI, who lived here from 1919 for he last years of his reign. After his death, the palace turned into one of the most luxurious hotels in Southeast Asia, a radio station and a military hospital. The palace is worth seeing, as there is a lot to take in. The most important building, the Phiman Chakri Hall, is made in a beautiful Art Nouveau style with silk wallpapers and ornate murals. Every Saturday, volunteers give two free guided tours through the palace that take about two hours. Technically it is also possible to visit the palace on weekdays, but you must call to make an appointment and pay 500 baht. Or just go for a coffee at '''Café de Norasingh''', which is housed in the royal reception room and open every day.</see>
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