The Yaya’s experience begins from the moment you walk in. You are immediately struck by the bamboo booths, plastic chairs, and colourful Christmas lights – a different world from the gray building exterior.
The best thing about Yaya’s was definitely the atmosphere, complete with bird sounds and thunderstorm effects that transport you to a tropical rainforest. The food is above average; the Pad Thai was good but slightly too sweet and the Paneng curry was flavourful but not outstanding. The spicy level is adjusted to Norwegian standards but you can get extra chili on the side if you ask for a higher spicy level.
If you are looking to get away from the cold Oslo weather, come to Yaya’s and experience flavourful Thai food in the midst of bamboos and Christmas lights reminiscent of a beach restaurant in Thailand.
The Royal Palace (Det kongelige slott) sits atop Karl Johans gate in Oslo and has been the primary residence of the royal family of Norway since its completion in 1849. It is also where foreign heads of state stay when they visit Oslo for official business. In front of the Palace is a statue of Karl Johan, who reigned as King of Sweden and Norway from 1818 until his death in 1844.
Four different flags fly over the Royal Palace
The building is in neo-classical style and is relatively small and simple for European standards. During the summer, guided tours of several important state rooms are offered to the public. This includes the Bird Room (where visitors wait to be received by the King), Mirror Hall (where Queen Maud once played piano for her friends), and the Banqueting Hall (where the royal family holds grand festivities).
If you are planning on visiting Oslo in July and August, going on a guided tour of the Royal Palace is definitely worthwhile because it will let you see how different Norway’s royals are from their European counterparts. Make sure you book ahead of time on Ticketmaster as few tickets are available on-site. I also recommend coming at 1:30 PM for the changing of the guards and setting aside some time after the tour to venture around the surrounding Royal Palace Park, which features small lakes, sculptures, and a picturesque view of Karl Johans gate.