Mareukathayawan Palace (“the palace of love and hope”) was the summer residence of Rama VI. Built midway between Cha am and Hua Hin, this grand golden teak building was designed by an Italian architect and constructed in just 16 days in 1923. However, it was abandoned when Rama VI died two years later and stood neglected for decades. The palace has undergone restoration since the 1970s and is now close to its original appearance. The building is cool and airy; its wooden halls, verandas, and royal chambers are decorated simply and painted in pastel shades. Although the palace is easily accessible, it is rarely visited by tourists.