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The Grand Palace, Bangkok

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Explore the famous complex of ornate buildings at The Grand Palace, a gem in the country's architectural and political heritage. Established in 1782, the palace grounds have been added to over the centuries with eclectically designed buildings, halls, and pavilions. The official home of Thai monarchs until the abolishment of the absolute monarchy in 1932, the site remains open to visitors, with its well-maintained grounds and monumental architecture providing great photo ops and an immersive cultural experience. Work out when and for how long to visit The Grand Palace and other Bangkok attractions using our handy Bangkok vacation planner.
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  • There is free tour at the following timings. 10.30am n 1.30pm. I think. The tour guide is someone who is working at the grand palace. The guide knows that some pronunciation of his words is not correc...  more »
  • Must see in bangkok but crowded! Humid and stifling heat. Passing in front of the grand Palace express. A lot of people to pray and make a last tribute to the late King.
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  • We last moment decided to visit the grand palace.. it ws like 1 30 we reach there ..it ws a weekday and still crowded .. but a good trip.. not that good fr kids like 8 yr of age..there ws also free en...  more »
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  • This place is well known for a strict dress code. Their country, their rules. But when I visited, I ended up acting as an impromptu interpreter between one of the guards and a prospective visitor. She was turned away for wearing full length jeans. The guard stated that jeans are fine for men, but not for women who should wear a skirt. Not cool, Thailand. I'm calling you out. Respect for your culture does not extend to tolerating sexism. While I was engaged in this conversation, many white women wearing jeans were allowed to enter. Not cool, Thailand. I'm calling you out. Respect for your culture does not extend to tolerating racism. In further discussion with the guard, she admitted to me that the reason she was turning away women in full length jeans was that she got a kick back from the skirt vendors outside. She seemed quite proud of this. Not cool, Thailand. I'm calling you out. Respect for your culture does not extend to tolerating corruption. So there you have it. Sexism, racism and corruption. And an extortionate entry fee, but only for foreigners. I suggest you skip this "attraction".
  • Absolutely beautiful but attracts crowds. Much like all tourist trap destinations - this should be a must see. If you are planning to visit The Grand Palace in Bangkok then be prepared for the following: 1. The price is unreasonable. It costs 1000B to enter the The Grand Palace which you would think you get to walk in the interior of the palace. Nope. This is only access to the temples, museum and inner sanctum. 2. The crowds. When we visited early in the morning the crowds were already overwhelming. You will struggle to take pictures. 3. Getting there is no easy feat. Make sure you do you planning before hand. There is a pier nearby. Whilst The Grand Palace is a must see destination I didn't leave it feeling like I would recommend it. It is beautiful and a one of a kind but for the price and the annoyances of tourist locations I would suggest people on tighter budgets to avoid.
  • The place where the history and beauty of Thailand is located. Prepare for a lot of walks in this place. Also prepare to get thirsty. Wear clothes that does not show much skin. No shorts and sleeveless. Entrance fee of 500baht.
  • This place, who was once the living place of Thailand king, is certainly a magnificent and grand, but there is a reason why I hated it. The Chinese tourists. They come in huge waves. They are here already ever since the opening time. There are literally thousands of them. This doesn't happen in any other Thailand tourist spots. I don't know why too. Anyway, these Chinese tourists are extraordinary, they are unlike tourists from any other country. They have no respect for other people. Good luck avoiding their umbrellas and selfie sticks. It doesn't end there. These people also talk loudly and scream a lot. Their tour guides scream all the time using megaphones, as if they own the place. Also be prepared to be bumped around, and packed into dried sardines. Avoid this place.
  • Very beautiful area, very grand. Always have water with you and maybe shoes that are easy to slip off. When there are signs saying 'no photos' then don't even try it - the guards will grab your camera from you, as I saw numerous times. If you don't do well in crowds, this is not the place for you. Also, please remember to dress respectfully. Leggings on anyone = no entry.

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