PM’s plush pad revealed: Exclusive peek into Srettha Thavisin’s swanky Government House makeover

Photo courtesy of KhaoSod English

Exclusive images of Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin‘s revamped residence at Government House have just hit the headlines, giving us a sneak peek into the luxurious second-floor haven.

In a move echoing historical significance, the 61 year old prime minister is set to follow in the footsteps of the legendary Field Marshal Plaek Phibunsongkhram, aka Marshal P. The swanky abode, set to be ready on January 7, promises to redefine high-profile living in the heart of Thai politics.

Government officials have finally pulled back the curtains on PM Srettha’s highly anticipated residence on the second floor of the iconic Thai Khu Fa Building. The opulent space, meticulously renovated by a private business and completed last month, is slated to become the prime minister’s official abode.

The Bangkok-born politician, making history as the second prime minister to take up residence at Government House, shared his rationale for the move. His current home in bustling Bangkok posed a logistical nightmare, causing traffic chaos during his commute. By shifting to the revamped Government House, he aims to streamline his journey and minimise disruptions.

The interior decor of the PM’s new digs is a visual feast dominated by calming blue and white hues. A king-size bed in a creamy palette takes centre stage, adorned with four plush pillows and pristine white bed linen. The room boasts modern amenities, including a TV, bedside light, sofa, and cream-coloured curtains that complement the sophisticated aesthetic. A strategically placed mirror affords a picturesque view of the lush lawn in front of Government House.

To maintain efficiency, a separate bedroom section houses the prime minister’s traditional Thai attire, neatly arranged on a rack. This practical touch ensures a smooth transition between official duties and personal downtime.

The bathroom features a state-of-the-art hot water system, seamlessly blending convenience with luxury. Additionally, the dining and leisure areas are thoughtfully connected, making it a short stroll to the meeting room tucked away in the corner of the Thai Khu Fah building, reported KhaoSod English.

Historical background

Delving into the rich history of Government House, formerly known as Baan Norasingha, it’s revealed that King Rama VI initially intended it as a family residence for General Chao Phraya Ram Rakop. The building’s construction, initiated in 1923 by Italian architect Annibale Rigotti, saw completion under the guidance of Marshal P. in 1941.

Since Marshal P.’s overthrow in 1957, no prime minister has chosen to reside within these historic walls. However, PM Srettha is boldly breaking tradition, bringing renewed vitality to this iconic space.

In a riveting historical flashback, Government House weathered political storms during the 2008 Thai political crisis and the 2013 to 2014 Thai political crisis, standing as a resilient symbol of Thailand’s political landscape.

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Puntid Tantivangphaisal

Originally from Hong Kong, Puntid moved to Bangkok in 2020 to pursue further studies in translation. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Hong Kong. Puntid spent 8 years living in Manchester, UK. Before joining The Thaiger, Puntid has been a freelance translator for 2 years. In her free time, she enjoys swimming and listening to music, as well as writing short fiction and poetry.

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