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The Grand Palace
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Bangkok's Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew...
Ranked #6 of 612 things to do in Bangkok
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 7 April 2012

The sheer size of the palace complex is impressive. You will need half a day to see it properly. On some days they close certain buildings due to the visits from the royal family but they tell you up front if this is to happen, like it was the case with me. To enter you need to wear respectable clother (long trousers for men and long skirt and long sleeve top for women, trousers are not allowed for women). If you don't have it, they will rent the clothes to you. You need to leave a refundable deposit but those clothes are so damn uncomfortable and you will be hot in it. The entry tickets are a bit expensive (if you compare it to other things in Thailand), about $14 each. You are only allowed to enter a few temples and all other buildings are off limits. You can only walk around and look from outside. The place is still worth seeing as you do not see things like that every day. Photographing isn't allowed inside the emerald budhha temple as people are doing their rituals and we tourists just walk around and look silly with our cameras :)

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Reviewed 7 April 2012

Just make sure you have a good guide or guidebook so you know what you're looking at - and wear long trousers/skirts and cover your arms or you'll be stopped at the gate by armed guards and given lost property clothes!

Thank Hollyloveswilky
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Reviewed 7 April 2012

Grounds were very clean and the temples inside were well kept, not may places in the shade sit down. Go early as the grand palace is very popular. Easy to get to from the river

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Reviewed 6 April 2012

i liked the budda temples, did not like taxis near by. ensure meter is always on.

Thank Marcel G
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Reviewed 6 April 2012

The Grand Palace is a must see and should be #1 in your landmark visit list. After consulting with colleagues that worked in BKK for years I prepared accordingly: floor length sleeveless casual dress (temps were 100F) and a generously sized shawl to cover shoulders, back and upper arms. This was insufficient. I was initially denied admission and they tried to send me to the "borrow" line. Fortunately I had an extra SS shirt so I donned this over my dress and went in. Open toed shoes were ok for men and women though (was previously told this was a no-no). Wear short sleeved shirts or better. Dedicate at least two hours to this landmark as the grounds and sites aree extensive. One bit of caution: leaving this area around 3:30-7 is a major problem M-F if you are heading to the Sukhumvit area in particular. Many cabbies turned us away or tried to negotiate the fare price despite being meter taxis. Some wanted hundreds of baht to take us back home. After nearly an hour of this we settled for a tuktuk and paid a generous sum by local standards. Get out by 2pm or go on the weekend if you are staying anywhere near the Sukhumvit area.

Thank delaneV
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