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Grand Palace

Daily 8:30am–3:30pm
Na Phra Lan Road, Bangkok

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.

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Private Bangkok City Tour Full Day With The Grand Palace
Private Bangkok City Tour Full Day With The Grand Palace
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US$184.62 per adult
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Beautiful temples
We loved our tour and and guide. She was fantastic. Due to Covid-19 we stayed away from crowded areas, but still feel like we saw much of the city and its beauty. Still hoping to receive the pictures that she took of our family~
Hope_W, Apr 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Bangkok

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Tour guide Peter was prompt, funny...
Veronica O, Mar 2015
Bangkok's Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew Tour
Tour guide Peter was prompt, funny and informative. We joined a bigger group in a bus, tour ended in a gem factory. It was ok, venue was at least air conditioned on a very hot day and allowed us time to use clean facilities or take a breather. We were then shepherded to various vans to send us off to our next preferred desitnation. Sunday at the Grand Palace and temples were very crowded, suggest to go on a weekday.
star-5
Superb private morning tour
Teresa, Feb 2020
Private Tour: Bangkok's Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew
Excellent private tour, from start to finish. Having an English-speaking tour guide meant that we were first in line, and did not miss anything. She guided us around and told us all about the Grand Palace Complex, and Wat Phra Kaew. Stunning sights, and excellent tour guide.
star-5
Loved our private tour
elsinorealexander, Jan 2020
Private Half-Day Bangkok City Tour with The Grand Palace
Had a great tour of the grand palace and its grounds. I would recommend this tour to anyone who goes to Bangkok!
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Great guide
JennyB412, Jan 2019
Private Tour: Bangkok Temples and Grand Palace
This was a really good half day tour. Our guide was informative and friendly. We visited the grand palace, temples and Buddhas and finished with a lovely lunch in a local restaurant. We also saw the Kings Son during our visit to the palace. Highly recommend. It’s great having a private tour.
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Grand Palace is quite popular and...
Ricky L, Dec 2017
Small Group Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha Temple Tour
Grand Palace is quite popular and very crowded... but it is still a must see and it was very convenient to go with this tour group with the knowledgeable guide. Very convenient being picked up and dropped off at my hotel.
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Bangkok tour
dljohnson, Jan 2020
Bangkok Shore Excursion: Private Grand Palace and Buddhist Temples Tour
This was an excellent tour of the Grand Palace and several temples, including the Reclining Buddha. Our guide was Vanda. Her English was excellent and she gave us a wealth of information. She offered lots of information about her country's culture and history.
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The Grand Palace tour was amazing...
Peter L, Nov 2016
Bangkok Shore Excursion: Private Grand Palace and Shopping Tour
The Grand Palace tour was amazing. What added to the memory of this visit was the fact that the entire country was in mourning over the recent death of their king. All citizens were in black, showing their respect. We will never forget this experience.
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Private tour, Guide was very...
Srikar S, Nov 2016
Grand Palace and Main Temple Tour
Private tour, Guide was very knowledgeable and accommodating. Grand Palace itself was a beauty in itself with endless temples, great architectural designs and more.
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The tour of the Grand Palace and Wat...
Harold L, Feb 2018
Private Tour: Bangkok's Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew
The tour of the Grand Palace and Wat Phra was absolutely amazing. Our guide was knowledgeable and accommodating. A must do tour.
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Great tour and excellent guide! Tiny...
Vikram S., Mar 2018
Private Tour: Bangkok's Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew
Great tour and excellent guide! Tiny was extremely knowledgeable about Bangkok and of course the Grand Palace. Efficient tour guide, knows all the shortcuts and picture spots. She is friendly, professional and funny! Thank you again for a wonderful tour! I really enjoyed it!
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bangkok temples
P3678MPjosepht, Mar 2019
Private Tour: Bangkok Temples and Grand Palace
arrived on time car was clean we were waiting for others and then found out it was a private tour service was 10/10 temples are worth the visit lunch was very good great time had
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Awesome city tour guide
antero_j, Mar 2020
Private Bangkok City Tour Full Day With The Grand Palace
We had a wonderful time on the city tour! Our guide Aey was very knowledgeable and very accommodating . She made sure everyone was comfortable and gave us ample time to appreciate the different places we visited. She truly made our stay in Bangkok unforgettable!

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.

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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).

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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.

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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 thechedi (Thai Buddhist stupa-like monument) andnaga (multiheaded snakes) along the temple’s exterior.

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