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Bangkok’s glittering Grand Palace is one of the most popular attractions in the Thai capital. Built in 1782, this sprawling 54-acre (21.8-hectare) complex served as the royal court and administrative seat of Thailand for 150 years. Today, while it continues to host royal Thai functions, the palace also impresses swathes of visitors with its intricate golden-spired architecture and cultural history. 
 
The Basics
The complex grounds, right off the Chao Phraya River, feature several visitable buildings and courtyards. Popular sites within the palace walls are the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew); Phra Maha Monthian, where ceremonies of the court still take place; the throne room in Dusit Hall (only two of three throne halls are open to the public); a museum covering the palace’s history; and the buildings of the former royal residences. Though the palace is no longer used as a royal residence, the inner court remains closed to the public. In-depth day tours with private guides explain the art, traditions, and architecture of the Grand Palace.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • A strict dress code applies for entry: long pants or skirts, shirts with sleeves (no bare shoulders), and socks—even with sandals. If you come unprepared, a booth near the entrance may offer extra cover-ups with a deposit.
  • Most half-day Bangkok tours couple a visit to the Grand Palace with other top activities like canal cruises or stops at the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho), or Wat Arun.
  • The grounds feature a cafe and three restrooms.
 
When to Get There
The Grand Palace is open daily from 8:30am to 3:30pm. The temples can get crowded and, with the requisite dress code, can also get quite hot. To beat the heat and the crowds, visit in the early morning on weekdays during the peak tourist (but cooler, drier) months of November to February, or in the rainy season (July through October).
 
How to Get There
The Grand Palace is sandwiched between the Chao Phraya River, Sanam Luang Park, and Wat Pho in the government district of downtown Bangkok. To get there, take the Chao Phraya Express to the Tha Chang Pier. Alternatively, take a taxi or tuk tuk from the city center—although Bangkok’s notoriously heavy traffic is very likely to slow you down.
 
Making the Most of Your Grand Palace Visit
There are many sites to see within the Grand Palace. If you arrive early, head straight to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, to the left of the entrance, before crowds form. If you visit later in the day, head to the right past the ticket booth to see the palace and formal halls before circling back around by Buddha Ratana Starn Hall and Sidhala Phirom Hall, behind the Emerald Buddha complex. Take your time exploring the chedi (Thai Buddhist stupa-like monument) and naga (multiheaded snakes) along the temple’s exterior.
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Address: Na Phra Lan Road, Bangkok, Thailand
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Hours: Daily 8:30am–3:30pm
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Admission: 500 THB
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Half-Day City and Temples Tour, Including Grand Palace in Bangkok

See Bangkok’s Buddhist temples and the Grand Palace on a 3.5-hour tour of the city’s historic highlights. Visit the Temple of the Golden Buddha, or Wat Traimit, and Wat Pho, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, then explore the grounds that once housed the royal Siamese court. This 3.5-hour tour includes all entrance fees and round-trip transport from centrally-located hotels, and both morning and afternoon departures are available.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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$53.30 USD
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Bangkok Dinner Cruise on the Chao Phraya River

A Bangkok river cruise is a luxurious way to view main attractions — including the Grand Palace and Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) — illuminated at night. During your Chao Phraya River dinner cruise, feast on a buffet of authentic Thai dishes while watching the lit-up city skyline pass by. Relax as the live band provides the ambiance. Hotel transport is included from select locations on this 2.5- to 3-hour excursion.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$40.77 USD
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Bangkok Dinner Cruise by Loy Nava River Cruise

Glide through the heart of Bangkok aboard a converted rice barge during a 2-hour dinner cruise. From your seat on the Chao Praya River, get clear views of famous monuments including Wat Arun and the the Grand Palace as you enjoy a meal of Thai fare and listen to traditional music. Includes hotel pickup and drop-off from centrally located hotels.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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$66.20 USD
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Bangkok Grand Palace and River of Kings Canal Cruise Small-Group Tour

Board a longtail boat for a journey along the Chao Phraya River (River of Kings) and explore the canals of Bangkok. Your half-day tour includes cultural highlights of the Thai capital such as the majestic Grand Palace where you can view the Emerald Buddha at Wat Phra Kaew. You’ll also visit Wat Pho, a temple that houses the Reclining Buddha. Numbers are limited to 12 for a small-group experience.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$88.75 USD
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Half-Day Tour to Royal Grand Palace and Bangkok Temples

Explore Bangkok’s most important cultural sights with a half-day tour of the Grand Palace, Wat Pho and Wat Traimit. Learn about the country’s royal heritage as you explore the palace, whose elaborate stepped roofs are the height of Siamese design. Visit the funeral and coronation halls, and see the sacred Buddha carved from solid jade. Circle the reclining Buddha at Wat Pho then stroll cool halls lined with hundreds of Buddha images. Continue to Wat Traimit to see a centuries-old golden Buddha, and leave an offering in the gleaming sanctuary.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$71.93 USD
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Private Tour: Bangkok's Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew

This private half-day tour of Bangkok’s Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew is an essential deal for anyone traveling to Thailand’s capital city. Explore some of Bangkok’s most famous landmarks with your expert guide, including the Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew, which is home to the iconic Emerald Buddha.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$56.87 USD
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Bangkok's Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew Tour

This Bangkok’s Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew Tour showcases the best of travelers’ ‘must see’ list for the capital city. Taken in the morning or afternoon, this one-of-a-kind experience allows time to explore the best-known landmarks with an expert local guide. Highlights include the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, located in the Grand Palace Complex.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Bangkok Canals Cruise including Grand Palace and Wat Arun

Experience a half-day Bangkok canal tour along the Chao Phraya River, the city’s aquatic roadway, including stops at two of the city’s most famous sights and a chance to observe daily life of residents living near the Thai capital’s many canals (also called 'khlongs'). Admire the gorgeous decadence of Bangkok’s Grand Palace, home of the revered Emerald Buddha, and take in the incredible Wat Arun, one of Bangkok’s most iconic temples. The tour includes pick-up at select hotels, air-conditioned transport, river cruise, local guide and entrance fees.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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$109.77 USD
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Half-Day Thonburi Klongs and Grand Palace of Bangkok

Experience the glory and grandeur of royal Bangkok on a half-day tour to the Grand Palace and the Thonburi Klongs. First, cruise the scenic ‘klongs’ (canal ways) of Thonburi, see waterfront landmarks like the Royal Barges Museum and Wat Arun, and get a glimpse of everyday life in the former capital district. Then, explore the Grand Palace of Bangkok and admire the Emerald Buddha in Wat Phra Kaew, one of Thailand’s most precious religious icons. Choose from a private or small-group tour, with hotel pick-up and entrance fees included.
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
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$56.50 USD
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Half-Day Grand Palace Tour Including Emerald Buddha from Bangkok

Prepare to be mesmerized by the elegant architecture of the Grand Palace during this half-day tour in Bangkok. Visit the royal complex, home to the kings of Siam, and see its gardens, courtyards, golden spires and elaborate mosaics. Learn about the Thai and European influences of its design from a knowledgeable guide. You’ll also visit the Gems Gallery and Wat Phra Kaew, home to the Emerald Buddha.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Grand Palace Bangkok

Discover the ancient grandeur of royal Siam on a half-day, private tour of Bangkok’s Grand Palace. Stroll the paths of a dazzling compound that housed generations of Siamese kings, and step into the gleaming Coronation Hall. Take in the richly ornamental architecture and elaborately stepped roofs of the reception palace, and get a glimpse into daily life at the royal guest house. Duck under the silent dome of Thailand’s most sacred temple which shelters a solid jade Buddha that only a reigning king may touch.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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$36.30 USD
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Backwaters of Bangkok Longtail Boat Cruise with Optional Temples Tour

Tour Bangkok’s ‘khlongs’ or small canals and get a glimpse of local life. This 4-hour guided excursion takes place aboard a longtail boat, giving you easy access to hard-to-reach sites such as the Artist’s House, a community center located within a restored wooden home. As your float down Bangkok’s backwaters, your onboard guide will fill you in on the city’s vast history and how it became the frenetic metropolis it is today. You can also extend your day trip with an optional guided tour of some of Bangkok’s most impressive temples.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Bangkok Evening Dinner Cruise by Wan Fah

Board a traditional wooden boat for a dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya River. This 2-hour experience features Thai cuisine during an intimate dinner that will not disappoint. Absorb the beauty of the capital city at night while you glide past the sights. A private hotel transfer to the pier is available as an upgrade.
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$45.70 USD
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Private Tour: 4-Hour Grand Royal Palace Tour from Bangkok

Walk in the footsteps of royalty on a private, half-day tour of Bangkok’s Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew. Duck beneath the elaborately stepped roofs of the throne hall and wind around a gleaming, gold chedi that holds relics of the Buddha. Glimpse the sacred Emerald Buddha, which was carved centuries ago from a single piece of jade, and only a reigning king may touch. Experience the serenity of the manicured Siwalai garden, and explore the pinnacle of classic Thai art, architecture and craftsmanship.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Small Group Tour to Royal Grand Palace in Bangkok

Take a small group tour of Bangkok's top attractions on this visit to the Royal Grand Palace. You'll follow an expert local guide to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and Temple Wat Pho. Round-trip hotel transport is included in this tour, which offers morning or afternoon departures.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Shore Excursion: Full-day Bangkok City Tour from Laem Chabang Port

Immerse yourself in Bangkok’s royal architecture, temples, and canals on a shore excursion from Laem Chabang Port. With all transport by comfortable minivan, you’ll see some of Thailand’s countryside on your way to the capital, where you’ll visit the Grand Palace, see a gleaming Buddha at Wat Pho, then cruise Bangkok’s historic canals in a longtail boat. This full-day Bangkok tour includes entrance fees, pickup and drop-off at the cruise terminal, as well as free time for lunch and souvenir shopping.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Bangkok Private Customizable Tour

See the sights of Bangkok with your own guide on this private city tour. You can customize your itinerary to visit the attractions that interest you, such as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho), the Grand Palace, markets, or museums.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$120.00 USD
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Bangkok By Night From TUK-TUK

This 4-hour cultural night tour by TUK – TUK, Taxi, Speed Boat and Metro Train—all in one. We will also explore Bangkok's markets, Royal Grand Palace, temples, The Famous China Town and food, under the night lights. Seeing the sites at night brings out the true excitement, beauty and mystery of the city. We combine both famous sights & local secrets and mode of different transportation local people are using on day to day life. 4-hour tuk-tuk tour of Bangkok at nightFamous Sights & local secrets and mode of different transportationBest food experience in the cityEnglish-speaking local guideDiscover the bustling capital city by skytrain, tuk tuk and on footTravel the backstreets of Bangkok by Tuk Tuk as you explore the great sights of Bangkok
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$54.88 USD
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Bangkok in Motion: City Tour by Skytrain, Boat, and Tuk Tuk

Discover Bangkok via its public transportation system as you travel with a guide throughout the city by skytrain, 'tuk-tuk' (motorized rickshaw), public boat and shuttle boat — and on foot. You’ll make stops at Wat Pho, the Grand Palace and the Jim Thompson House, and float down the Chao Phraya River and one of its ‘klongs’ (canals). Opt for an additional early morning stroll in Lumpini Park on this small-group tour, limited to 10 people to ensure personalized attention.
  • Duration: 2 days
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$83.21 USD
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Private Tour Guide Services in and around Bangkok

This customizable private tour showcases the best of Bangkok and beyond. Follow your personal guide through some of the city's top attractions, including the Summer Palace, Grand Palace, and Floating Market. Explore some of Bangkok's most vibrant neighborhoods, sample local cuisine (own expense), and wander the shops and sites with a local who offers insight and information along the way.
  • Duration: 1 to 8 hours
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$13.39 USD
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Amazing Bangkok Tour Including Royal Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Arun

This half-day tour of Bangkok’s Grand Palace Complex, Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Arun is an essential deal for anyone traveling to Thailand’s capital city. Explore some of Bangkok’s most famous landmarks with your expert guide, including the Grand Palace Complex, Wat Phra Kaew, which is home to the iconic Emerald Buddha and Wat Arun, which is a Buddhist temple in Bangkok Yai district of Bangkok, Thailand, on the Thonburi west bank of the Chao Phraya River. Visit Royal Grand Palace & Emerald Buddha.Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) the magnificent Royal Chapel.Cross Chao Phraya River by boat to visit Wat Arun.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$70.31 USD
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Private Tour: Bangkok Evening Experience with Thai Dinner by Chao Phraya River

Explore Bangkok by night on this 4-hour tour with your own private guide. Enjoy a Thai dinner on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, set against the backdrop of Wat Arun; see the famous Ratchadamnoen Avenue; and enter the Buddhist temple complex of Wat Pho. Top off your evening with a stop at Pak Klong Talad, one of the biggest markets in the region, to browse displays of orchids, fresh vegetables, Thai herbs and more. Private return transportation to your hotel is also included (return drop-off only).
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$126.28 USD
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Bangkok Rice Barge Canal Tour

Explore Bangkok’s vibrant Chao Phraya River and neighborhood canals aboard a beautifully restored teak rice barge. Travel through the heart of the city on a half-day tour, and drift past riverside orchid gardens and historical landmarks while enjoying a sumptuous afternoon tea. Nibble fresh fruit, nuts and Thai desserts while slipping beneath the iconic Monument Bridge, and pull alongside the elegant walls of the Grand Palace. Get a canal side glimpse of thriving the Khlong Bangkok Noi neighborhood, where locals live, work and play on the moving water.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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$31.00 USD
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Bangkok Canal Tour by Boat and Bike

See Bangkok on a bicycle and boat tour with a professional guide who shares a new perspective on the vibrant city. Pedal through alleyways to discover atmospheric neighborhoods, lesser-known Buddhist temples and important sites like the Grand Palace. Board a boat on the Chao Phraya River to explore hidden canals and find golden temples and historic landmarks en route. Stop for a delicious lunch at a waterside Thai restaurant, see a traditional puppet show and learn about Bangkok's history and culture on this small-group tour limited to 10 participants.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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$75.27 USD
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