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The Grand Palace, Bangkok
(4.2/5 based on 22,000+ reviews on the web)
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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  • The Grand palace is very much a need to see attraction. Lush grounds and incredible buildings! Being there when the country is grieving for the king was a amzing family feel within the grounds. For la...  more »
  • The buildings and sites are beautiful! Easy to walk thru and view. This is a must see when you come to Bangkok! 
  • nice place, very chaotic now because of the mourning period for the death of the King, is full of local people visiting both inside and out. pleasant and interesting. need shirt up to the elbow and long pants.
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  • I really loved the Grand Palace is in the centre of Bangkok and there are many other attractions to it. It is very big and it gives you a full idea of the Thai culture so i recommend it to be your first stop in Bangkok. The price is 500 thai baht to visit it and YOU HAVE TO WEAR PANTS and close shoes no sandals. because it is a temple as well. The only thing that i did not like about the grand temple is that is very crowded and the water in April in Thailand is very humid and hot so be prepared with water and sunblock but above this is an amazing place. Prepare to spend around 90 to 120 minutes in your visit
  • Truly amazing place with lots to see. Be mindful it gets really crowded and with heat it can be troublesome for some people. Best to get there early and enjoy every corner of this magnificent place.
  • The Grand Palace is... GRAND! Over the years, it has never lost its appeal, in fact, each visit, I seem to fall in love with the place all over again! The Grand Palace is in fact, a cluster of buildings and pavilions, set amidst numerous gardens and courtyards and is a sight to behold! The architecture is magnificent in its beauty and its intricacy, you’ll be in awe of the exquisite detail on the facades of all the structures within the grounds. This is where the famous Temple of the Emerald Buddha is. The Grand Palace is pretty strict on dress code, unlike some of the temples. No shorts and no sleeveless tops for both men and women. And I noticed that women with jeans, especially skinny jeans, were asked to wrap a long scarf or sarong over. If you cannot be bothered to cover yourself because of the heat, you can borrow the necessary long trousers, shirts or robes near the front entrance for a returnable deposit of 200 baht.
  • Beautiful palace complex with classic Thai gold leaf roofs, portico adorned with frescos and Wats. No shorts and no uncovered shoulders allowed but you can borrow (yes borrow!) Long pants for a minimal fee. The lines are ridiculous and tour groups tend to walk all over you but definitely worth visiting.
  • It tells you about the Thai Royal Family history. It’s nice place to visit (although not a must) while in Bangkok. Be aware it’s outdoors. So it can be very hot and crowded. Have water bottles and sunscreens, sunglasses. Or try avoid noon-afternoons hours. Also, dress code applies. If you came with shorts, mini skirts, or sleeveless tops, they will give you cloth to cover up in exchange for a refundable deposit. Be careful of guides. Some are hard to understand due to their accent. And they charge so much money for no or minimum value in return. A guide offered me to walk me through. And when I asked about the price she replied it was 500 baht. That was a communication problem as she thought I was asking about the ticket price. I knew the ticket was priced at 500. But I was asking about her price to guide me. So once she replied 500, I was confused whether she meant to pay her extra 500 for her guidance or she meant that the guide is included in the 500 ticket. Either way I agreed to the price. But neither of my two interpretations were correct. She answered the ticket price so that she kept quiet about the guide fee. Out of common sense or courtesy to tourists, she should have told me how much it will cost me to hire her as a guide rather than telling me the ticket price. After the tour was over she asked for1000 baht. If I knew the price I would not have hired her. For cranky English and a very quick tour she charges that much. After that Grand palace tour, she annoyingly insisted on me to take a 3000-baht private boat tour. I said no way. (Not in your dreams.) She insisted in strange manner that made me uncomfortable. Then I started bargaining. I was very assertive when I told her I am not paying more than 1000 baht for that boat trip. She kept desperately begging until I thought she was about to cry and kiss my feet. She started giving out discount after the other, until it was 1500 baht. I refused. Then she said “go back to your country. Make more money and come spend in Thailand.” I didn’t like what she said. As tourist I felt in many parts of Thailand I was looked at (perceived in their eyes) as a walking money bag, with legs and arms, and each one wanted to stick their hand inside pull out of the bag. Don’t be a hesitant shaky fool who everyone takes advantage of your naïveness. Always ask about price including minimum tip and every other possible and hidden cost associated before agreeing on anything and don’t agree if you are not convinced. Just keep a smile on your face, be polite, and assertively refuse (this applies to guides, taxis, TukTuks, bars, restaurants, tours office, and everything.) Back to the Grand Palace review. Close to it, there are nearby attractions (mainly temples) so it’s NOT like you’re visiting one place only. If you get there, at least take a look at the Wat Phra Kaew (Emerald Buddha) because it’s located within the same grounds. Also, have a look at the Temple of Reclining Buddha because it’s close by (short drive/walk). The latter was great and I enjoyed the most.