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  • Address: Na Phra Lan Road, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Hours: Daily 8:30am–3:30pm
  • Admission: 500 THB
Bangkok’s most spectacular landmark, the dazzling Grand Palace is a must-see on any trip to the Thai capital. Built in 1782, this sprawling complex served as the royal seat for 150 years and continues to impress swathes of visitors with its intricate architecture and fascinating cultural history. 

The palace complex features a number of impressive buildings, including the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), which contains the striking and much-revered Emerald Buddha dating back to the 14th century. Then there are the royal reception halls—take a look inside the European-style Grand Palace Hall; marvel at the fine architectural detail of Dusit Hall; and explore a museum of numerous Buddha images while charting the restoration of the complex.

As Bangkok’s top attraction, there are a multitude of ways to visit the Grand Palace. As it is situated along the Chao Phraya River, a number of tours include it as part of a larger river cruise or in combination with a historic tour of Thonburi’s klongs (canals). A visit can also be combined with dry-land activities, such as a tour of Bangkok’s flower market and a visit to a local monastery to participate in an almsgiving ceremony. For an in-depth personalized tour of the the Grand Palace complex, book a private, half-day tour with a dedicated guide.

Insider's Tip: All visitors must adhere to a strict dress code at the Grand Palace. Both men and women should cover their arms and legs, in addition to wearing socks, even with sandals or flip-flops, as feet must also be covered.

Practical Info

Travelers can take the Chao Phraya Express to the Tha Chang Pier to see the Grand Palace, set in the Banglamphu area of the city. It’s also possible to take a taxi or tuk tuk from the city center for about 80 Baht, although Bangkok’s notoriously heavy traffic is very likely to slow you down. A strict dress code applies for entry to the complex.

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