The Grand Palace
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
About
Established in 1782, this ceremonial residence of the Kings of Thailand features several magnificent buildings like the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Take your time to explore the imposing courtyards and visit the major landmarks within the Grand Palace complex. Visit the Queen Sirikit Museum, where you can view the stunning textiles on display. Don't miss Khon Performances—known as the Thailand's masked dance drama—at Sala Chalermkrung Royal Theatre. You can take a guided tour to learn more about the palace’s magnificent history. Visitors are expected to keep their legs and shoulders covered in the complex. – Tripadvisor
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  • Anamika T
    363 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly recommend to visit with a guide
    Beautiful architecture in the heart of the city. We went as part of the temple and palace tour and had a guide with us. Would highly recommend taking a guided tour. The dress code is very strict. The ticket for tourists is Baht500 per person.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 26, 2023
  • Anco M
    Aberdeen, United Kingdom690 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Shiny!
    We visited the Grand Palace and on our way there a lady convinced us in being our tour guide. We are glad she did. The visit made so much more sense. The Grand Palace itself is such a fantastic mix of buildings and statues, one nicer than the other in colour and decoration. The highlight is then the Emerald Buddha and the whole golden interior of the temple. We visited of the visit with a dance performance that is included in the ticket price, which is worth doing. Overall 2-3 hours well spent.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 3, 2023
  • Azriel_and_Smurf
    Murrumbateman, Australia826 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very busy tourist attraction but MUST see in Bangkok
    It was really busy when we went there. It’s King’s birthday celebration week. Some road closures and areas within the Grand Palace were also closed in preparation of the ceremony that evening. Unique building and construction to showcase Thailand iconic carvings and religious symbolic statues.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 3, 2023
  • Julie R
    34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A magnificent sight
    An immensely touristy attraction but still so beautiful. Go early morning if you can. You can learn a lot yourself without paying for a guide. Be aware people try to sell you cover up clothing! Men must have long trousers but flip flops are fine. No vest tops. Women can wear long dresses below the knee but shoulders must be covered and a scarf is not allowed to do so. Interesting place and allow at least two hours. Very busy at times. Tourist are charged 500 bharts but definitely worth visiting
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 8, 2023
  • SMW
    Albury, Australia345 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Bangkok Must See
    A Must See in Bangkok, The Royal Grand Palace & Wat Pho are amazing. The extensive temple complex cannot be seen in a hurry. Allow 2-3 hours. If you visit the Flower Market first, head to one of the cafes by the river for a drink in the refreshing breeze by the river. The Royal Grand Palace is an incredible monument to the history of Thailand. The various temples house an array of beautiful artefacts with one temple dedicated to the history of health massage in Thailand. Wander the grounds and take in the art, architecture and history of the smaller temples before viewing the main attraction - The Reclining Bhudda. This wonderful statue lies resplendent in the long hall but make sure you look at the wall paintings as well as the ceiling. As you leave take note of the detail at the back of the Bhudda's head - it is incredible.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 9, 2023
  • Pramod Singh
    National Capital Territory of Delhi, India21 contributions
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    Grand Palace -Grand experience.
    Visited Grand Palace on 21st September, 23. The best of Bangkok's attractions. It is a great and must place to visit with a large number of magnificent structures, and temples. Also a lot of history- mix of Hindu and Buddhist mythologies. Some persons tried to scam us by telling that the Palace was closed for an hour, but being already aware of such scams, we didn't fall for it. Thai Ramakien (Ramayana) show is included in the ticket price with free shuttle service from the exit for the show. But being short on time, we missed it. But it must be a experience. A guide will be helpful in explaining things. Unfortunately our lady guide had a very heavy Thai accent in English and was difficult to understand. So before hiring a guide, one must take care of this aspect.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 21, 2023
  • Chao H
    Bangkok, Thailand3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place
    It's beautiful. The entry ticket is 500 baht. Beautiful architecture in the heart of the city. We went as part of the temple and palace tour and had a guide with us. The textile museum is also nice.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 22, 2023
  • rojo306
    Hertford, United Kingdom576 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The grand Palace beautiful with lovely grounds.
    A big wonderful place to visit in Bankok. Now we have done this before years ago but our children haven't, so decided to go again. It is wonderful to see and a must if in Bankok. Now I didn't know about the scam going around but it happened to us today. 3 men approached us from opposite the palence and said it was only for thai people until 2pm, so we couldn't go in. Well don't mess with me as I'll have to check for myself! I don't trust anybody so I said ok great, Yhanks and walked off. Off we go and no such thing... the Palace is open to all. Such a shame if people belive this. Please do not listen and go to the entrance and check for yourselves. I have noticed some people really trying to get as much money from you as possible. This includes taxis as well as other things. I just say to please always check first and be well informed. Overall we had a lovely 2 hours taking photos and looking around. It was an awfully hot day though but we all thoroughly enjoyed it
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 22, 2023
  • Wang l
    4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must go place in Bangkok
    The ancient architecture is truly splendid, boasting breathtaking views that are perfect for photography. However, it is important to note that photography is prohibited in certain areas. The entrance fees are quite reasonable, making it a worthwhile visit. It is worth mentioning that if you prefer to avoid crowded places, it is advisable to avoid visiting during holidays.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 24, 2023
  • youhavethefun
    New York City, New York45 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth the $$
    Some of the reviews here saying it’s too expensive is ridiculous. It is about $15 US per person, which, yes, by Thai standards. It’s kind of pricey, but it’s well worth it. The palace grounds are gorgeous and huge. We went in the middle of the day and it was not too crowded. Yes, some people outside will try to tell you the hours are different or you have to buy long pants. But just go inside and if your parents are not correct or if you need to buy a scarf, then you can do it on the grounds of the Palace. What I really loved was the Extra event that is part of the ticket. They take you in a little outdoor shuttle to the Royal dance show, which is in a theater very well air-conditioned. It’s part of your grandpa’s ticket and it was a really cool half hour show very high-quality amazing costumes with live musicians as well.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 7, 2023
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Mom-azing
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Feb 2020 • Couples
We only had 2.5 days in Bangkok so we decided to prioritize the Grand Palace as one of the early morning activities. A cab ride from Siam sq area took about 25 min (cost 100baht). But not after the first cab driver tried to tell us that the Grand Palace is closed and doesn’t open until afternoon. We immediately asked him to pull over and we got out. Reading many reviews prepared us for it. The Grand Palace is open every day from 8:30am- 3:30pm. Sure there are exceptions, so good to double check on their site.
We arrived at the Grand Palace at 8am and were the second in line for the security check. By 8:30 (when they officially open), the line behind us was very long. Once we got through security, we crossed the street towards the palace. There, I was forced to buy a T-Shirt for 200baht (that I will never wear again) because a shawl isn’t approved (very frustrating). Also, men have to wear pants, not shorts. We saw many men walking around the palace with elephant printed pants...
About the palace: 500baht a ticket seemed high and while the palace is pretty and provides cute pic opportunities with the guards 💂, it didn’t seem all that entirely worth it. There were several sections closed so you couldn’t really go in and experience all the artistic elements. Also, some of the buildings seemed to need TLC. Net net, it’s a nice activity, but not a total must. We were done by 9:30.
Written February 14, 2020
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John M
Scottsdale, AZ62 contributions
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Dec 2019
My wife and I joined our tour guide, Tony, for the royal grand Palace tour. Tony has an excellent understanding of the history and is able to communicate and share that with the people on his tours. I recommend that you see the grounds, but not during holidays when they may be exceptionally crowded. The grounds of the palace are beautiful, but they are so congested by other tourists that it made it difficult to see anything there.
Other attractions on the six hour tour included the reclining golden Buddha, the golden Buddha, and a tour of the weekend market. I strongly recommend checking out the weekend market as it is incredible!
Written January 2, 2020
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cornwall15
Durham, NC228 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
My wife and I visited here during our trip to Bangkok. The tour is almost totally outside (and self guided) so you are subject to the weather and sun. Having said that you really should see this on a sunny day! The sun dazzles you off the finely detailed decorations and golden domes. Clearly this has been renovated in the last 50 years as it is extraordinarily colorful in fine detail! You can get a guided tour for extra money but the buildings themselves are really remarkable and can be greatly enjoyed without one.

Our tickets included two other places to visit alongside the palace but we skipped them due to the heat of the later morning. I recommend an early morning visit.
Written January 24, 2020
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DalinaSafuan
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia76 contributions
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Feb 2020 • Couples
It was my third time here with different group of people. As they say, if it is your first time to Bangkok and you have never been to any temple or wanting to appreciate the traditional architecture, this is a must place to go for the first time. As I frequented Bangkok with different groups of people in the span of several years and them not knowing how to get there by themselves, I have no choice but to show the way, nevertheless glad that I did when they appreciated the beauty of the grand palace. The grand palace is divided into two i.e. The Temple of Emerald Buddha which houses the ancient temples with intricate handcrafted statues and the grand Royal Residence.  

To Get There: 

1. Take the BTS Silom Line from Siam Centre  if you are interchanging from other line and alight at Saphan Taksin. 

2. From Saphan Taksin, go the dock to take a boat from Saphan Taksin. Take the public boat, do not take the other tourist boat if you don't plan to have a river tour or make several stops. The one I took was the "Orange Flag" boat. The fare at the time of writing is THB 20 per person. Alight at Stop No 9 which is the Tha Chang Pier.

3. Walk about 5 to 10 minutes to the entrance of he Grand Palace. Basically you will see a tall white wall which surrounds the Grand Palace. As I have frequented the palace three times already, the path to the entrance may differ based on their setup for the security check just before the entrance. Basically, just follow the crowd.

Be mindful to wear modest clothes. No short pants or skirt. Depending on the time and how much you appreciate history and architecture and photos you take, the tour may last about 2 hours or more. 

Would I go there again? - Not the fourth time I hope but for the first time visitor, why not, it's majestic. 
Written February 4, 2020
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Deanosaur89
Edmonton, Canada7,818 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
The Grand Palace is worth the money and admission to it will also allow you to see Wat Phra Kaew (Emerald Buddha) and surrounding complex. Tickets cost 500 baht per adult at the gate.

Please be warned that this attraction requires that you wear long pants and cover your shoulders. They sell long pants and skirts for 200 and 180 respectively before the ticket booths, but there are also street vendors along the way that also sell items to help you cover up for much less. Bring a water bottle for a sunny day - there are fountains to refill at this complex as it gets pretty hot inside!

There is a changing of the guard at the grand palace so it might be worth looking into the times if you would like to see it.
Written February 11, 2020
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amanda5805
Duncan, Canada7,057 contributions
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Dec 2019
The Grand Palace is a must see while in Bangkok. We figured we would get up and head to the grand palace first thing might be a little bit quieter how it seems most people come to party. We were wrong it was crazy busy. It cost 500B per adult and children under a specific height was free. It included the entrance fee to everything inside plus a shuttle bus to a show. We didn’t have time to see the show which was to bad. The one thing we would do next time is hire one of the private guides. The place is so big and busy it would have been nice to not feel lost at some points. There is also recorded devices you could rent. You must dress respectively. Shoulders, backs and ankles must be covered. I did notice the odd girl who had skirts about an inch above there ankles that were allowed in. If you show up not covered they can deny you or you can rent something to cover you up!

The Palace is stunning complex of buildings located in the older part of the city. The palace was the official residence of the Kings of Siam since 1782. The king, his court, and his royal government were based on the grounds of the palace until 1925. There is a wall that wraps the inside of the palace that tells a story. Some beautiful temples, museums. We spend about 3 hours at the palace grounds and could have probably spent another hour or two.

We did drive by again around 3pm and it was just as busy. So you might not be able to beat the crowds but you can try and beat the heat by going early!
Written May 19, 2020
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Jon W
Wallingford, PA54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Wear pants that cover your knees and have covered shoulders.

Pay inside (500 thb per person)

There is a free English tour once you get inside. It is much better with the guide.

Absolutely beautiful and super crowded
Written January 15, 2020
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Rajesh Deswal
21 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
A beautiful heritage building, famous for its carvings has to be on top of ones itinerary during a visit to Bangkok. On the banks of river Chao Phraya, this place was the resident of the kings of Thailand. The visitors are expected to dress up properly and they do have trousers, wraparounds and t shirts for the uninitiated, though a bit costly. The only minus is the cost of ticket which at 500 baht seems a bit high
Written January 3, 2020
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wendyeh333
London, UK620 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
A must do when in Bankok. Please note strick dress code (tshirt and long sarong/pants - no shorts and nothing figure hugging. Shoulders and knees must be covered) as they do turn people away if not appropriately dressed. Lovely way to while away a few hours. It would be good if they had more things to read as you go round to explain the history so if you want to know that sort of thing then a guide would be advisable. The ticket also includes entry to a khon masked dance show. The show is only about 30 mins and you do need to get on the complimentary bus (outside the exit) to get there as it is 10 mins away. Highly recommended.
Written January 19, 2020
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Wendy S
Norwich, UK495 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We had been to the Palace on a previous trip to Bangkok 6 years ago but decided to go again and so pleased we did! You cannot see this spectacular venue too many times.
We employed the services of a private tour guide which was invaluable as she gave us so much more information about the history and lives of the Royal Family and their ancestry. Equally, the history of the Palace and when and how it was built a well, as the detail and story around the beautiful mural which snakes around the Palace grounds, the architecture and much much more.
We were able to enjoy the beautiful sights in this amazing Palace. The ticket offers entry into the Batik and Clothing Museum on the same site. This shows the clothing worn at State Events by the current Queen Mother (similar to the Princess Diana Exhibition at Kensington Palace recently). Furthermore, the ticket also offers entry to a cultural dance show nearby with a free shuttle bus that takes you to and from the Palace.
In summary, an absolute must do attraction when visiting a Bangkok. It is a beautiful place!
Written February 22, 2020
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