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“A 'must do'” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Grand Palace

The Grand Palace
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Half Day City and Temples Tour including Grand Palace in Bangkok
Ranked #8 of 524 things to do in Bangkok
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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.
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“A 'must do'”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2013

A busy place with lots of buildings to see. Stunning architecture and sites, and a unique venue.
Lots of 'con men' outside the palace trying to tell you that the Palace is closed and to go with them for a tour, or offering to sell you tickets. Avoid them and make sure to get your tickets from the official entrance. We booked a guide for the 2 of us at the main entrance. She was brilliant, and took us to the good photo points as well as getting us around quickly and to the front of the queues. There are strict dress restrictions for ladies which are enforced, so make sure shoulders are covered with a shirt ( scarfs /pashminas are not acceptable) They do though 'loan ' shirts to ladies who have come incorrectly dressed
We combined with visits to the Reclining Buddha, the Main Temple and a river cruise , all of which are within the same area of the city. In total we did it all in about 5 , which was ideal for us. I'd strongly recommend a guide.

Visited November 2013
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2013

The Grand Palace was beautiful and definitely worth visiting. I was really hot though as we visited in January.

Visited January 2013
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“a must try place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2013

The palace was wonderful! It's worth the effort of getting to the Grand Palace; a spectacular place. Take shoes that are easy to take off and you MUST wear long trousers (not leggings) and have shoulders covered.
One advice that you should watch out for the touts outside though, they will tell you that the palace is closed and try to bundle you into a tuk-tuk to go somewhere else. Don't fall for it.

Visited August 2013
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“Amazing architecture but crowded”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2013

It is reachable by taking Chao Phraya express boat to Tha Chang (Chang Pier - pier number 9). There are boats with 2 different colours of flag, orange flag - public express boat (15 Baht per trip) or blue flag - tourist express boat (40 Baht per trip / 150 Baht for one day pass, there will be a guide to introduce the landmark as you travel along the river).

A foreigner required to pay 500 Baht while it's free for Thai resident to enter Grand Palace. Grand Palace is also known as Wat Phra Kaew among locals. Dress code is simple, as long as you are covered up, then should be good - don't show armpit / shoulder, don't show legs, don't show toes, don't show butt shape, don't show any part of body by wearing torn clothing and don't wear hat in any hall.

The buildings are amazing with theirs stunning architectural structure. Grand Palace is an open area, so, it will be terribly hot in a sunny day, it is wise to go in the morning. It can be very crowded especially in the Temple of Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew). There's no re-entry, so, you have to finish exploring one zone before going into another.

I noticed there are many touts or scammers standing near the entrance / exits, you should ignore them at all course, they will convince you that the Grand Palace is closed for some reasons and pursue you to go to tourist traps, these scammers looked genuine with fake ID card and dressed up nicely. Make you inquiry at the information counter inside the Grand Palace compound all the time.

Visited November 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2013

I really recommend visiting here. It really is a `Grand` Palace. It is very touristy but it is such a large place that it didn`t seem too congested. It is forbidden to have shoulder`s and legs on show, so we had to get a skirt and trousers to wear from near the entrance, but it wasn`t a problem. There is a lot to see here and it does get very hot and humid. I used an umbrella some of the time to cool me down a little with some shade. The building`s and statue`s are very big and ornate and just amazing to see. There are some places where you have to take your shoe`s off, but it wasn`t a problem. The gardens and ground`s around some of the building`s are also very beautiful and very well kept. It certainly is well worth a visit.

Visited October 2013
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