The Grand Palace

The Grand Palace, Bangkok: Hours, Address, The Grand Palace Reviews: 4/5

The Grand Palace
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8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
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Bangkok's famous palace complex was built in 1782 and features several magnificent buildings including Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), which contains a beautiful Emerald Buddha that dates back to the 14th century.
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J&S_Singapore
Singapore, Singapore3,588 contributions
A must-see attraction in Bangkok! The sprawling complex is a sight to behold – the famous palace complex was built in 1782 and features several magnificent buildings including Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), which contains a beautiful Emerald Buddha that dates back to the 14th century. We came early around 10am before the main crowd arrives. There is some simple check at the entrance and we entered after paying 500 THB (includes a Museum visit too). Be awe by the grandiose and coulorful architectural wonder once inside. Previously the residence of royalty, they are different venues for different occasions and these include the Reception Palace, the Throne Hall, the Coronation Hall, the Royal Guest House and the beautiful Emerald Buddha Temple and more. Lotsa nice photos taken of the gleaming palace adorned with exquisite artwork, simply marvellous. Take your time to wonder around the complex to look at the renowned Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the Reclining Buddha, the imperial residence, and the administrative offices. This heritage site follows a strict dress code, so do be mindful.
There is a nice café near the entrance where we chill over cuppa, and a neighbouring small currency Exchange that offers good rate. We spent easily 2 hours plus just moving around and taking beautiful photos of amazing spots within the temple complex.. The most common route to reach is by taking the BTS Skytrain to Saphan Taksin Station, Exit 2. then take the Chao Phraya Express Boat (costs 16 THB) at Sathorn Pier, which will take you to Tha Chang Pier. The palace is just a minutes’ walk away. Love the ferry ride! From the map actually one similarly take BTS to nearest MRT Station to the palace is Sanam Chai Station, it will take you about 15 minutes’ walk to the palace from the station. We left via the rear gate and as we walked along the street to take a glance back, the View from the Outer Court of the Grand Palace is equally marvellous!
Written 2 August 2022
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Young Suk
Carol Stream, IL746 contributions
During my several visits to Bangkok, I didn't visit because it was always crowded. When I visited during the pandemic, there were no people, so I was able to walk around comfortably and slowly. The only disappointment was that the entrance was under construction, so it was hard to find. If you haven't been to the Grand Palace yet, I recommend that you visit it before it's too late.
Written 31 July 2022
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Crystal
Waynesville, Missouri, United States21 contributions
This is a large complex so make sure you have good walking shoes on!! Many of these buildings are beautiful and you will not see anything like this anywhere else in the world (and I have traveled a lot!) Also a lot of historical artifacts and art, as well. Guards are very strict especially with entry into the area and certain places where you cannot take pictures, so just follow their instructions!
Written 31 July 2022
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Qian ik
Malaysia11 contributions
Family
We paid 7000 baht for a boat ride we never planned.

The whole scam were pre-planed with many parties involved.
1) After we booked a GRAB taxi, driver called us and told us a different car plate number.

2) In the car, he told us the grand palace (our destination) was closed.

3) He dropped us somewhere close to the grand palace but not the entrance of grand palace.

4) After he dropped us, a guy came to approach us (his partner), acting as a helpful person and told us the grand palace is closed and there’s a place we can get a boat tour to Wat Arun.

5) He asked us to take tuk tuk with 20 baht, tuk tuk driver (another partner) take us to the unknown pier and con us 7000 baht for taking boat which normally take 800 baht. They talked fast, asked for money, and would not give you time to think.

6) They talked about the trip included boat ride to floating market and Wat Arun but they just roaming around at the back of people houses. No views, no floating market, just craps.

7) They dropped you to a different pier so you wouldn’t be able to get your money back.
Written 31 July 2022
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Naomi M
Nigeria6 contributions
Family
If you’re ever in Bangkok Thailand, it’s definitely a must see. There’s so much history and culture with intricate architecture like none I’ve ever seen before.
Written 29 July 2022
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manalfawzyelsayed
Kamala, Thailand29 contributions
Couples
It is a clean lovely place, comfortable place , friendly staff,breakfast is well served..near to down town . We were well served
Written 26 July 2022
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David
Oxford, UK1,210 contributions
Solo
It cost 500 baht to enter the Grand Palace complex, of which the key attraction is most certainly the temple of the emerald buddha.

Two points to note about the site.

FIRSTLY - you will need to cover your legs. So be sure to wear trousers. Otherwise, I guess you will have to buy some at the site - probably for quite excessive prices.

SECONDLY - There are scammers all around, particular concentrated at the road approaching the entrance. These will masquerade as helpful, telling you that the Palace is currently closed, "only for Thai people", "to pray" and that during this time they can offer you a tuk-tuk tour of certain key tourist sites, and a visit to a "Thai factory" (where you will presumably have some goods hawked to you).

Various devices will support the air of sincerity. A couple had a barriered off area with a pavilion tent, which vibed official. However, sure enough, our conversation turned to an offer of a tuk-tuk ride and boat ride.

The phrase "where are you from?" is telling of someone you should be wary of. One guy warning me of pickpockets in the area even had a "Royal Thai Police" badge and leather warrant card holder which he showed me. Until in the next breath he asked me "where are you from?".
Written 25 July 2022
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Anthon Demars T
2 contributions
Solo
Beautiful Place. It is one of the wonders everyone must visit while they can. Worth spending for your money. I will personally recommend to friends or family.
Written 24 July 2022
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651lindsayj
Edinburgh18 contributions
Family
I wish we hadn’t wasted our time with the Palace and had just gone to the lovely temple Wat Pho next door.

Probably 100 scammers approached before we even go to the Palace, telling us it was shut or trying to sell long trousers . We had to buy trousers for all of us to get in, whereas the temple next door lent out trousers.

Once we were in - it was equally awful, the staff were rude and still were saying our trousers weren’t the right length, yet the staff themselves and other tourists had knee length dresses on. Also Thai’s we’re free, while tourists had to pay. This would be illegal in other countries. The final straw was when we stood in front of a fan and a staff member pulled out the plug…..

Don’t bother.
Written 22 July 2022
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ingridg996
Vienna, Austria5 contributions
Couples
You will be overwhelmed by the beauty of Wat Phra Kaew and the Royal Palace. If you are really lucky you will find great tourgide Sam at the entrace to be provided with lots of fascinating informations.
Written 20 July 2022
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