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Bangkok's Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew Tour

Bangkok, Thailand

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  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Visit the Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok on a tour that 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.
  • Explore the Grand Palace, Bangkok's main tourist attraction
  • Visit Thailand's holiest religious statue carved from jade at the Wat Phra Kaew, the temple of the Emerald Buddha
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Hotel pickup included (selected hotels only)

What's Included

  • Admissions to the Grand Palace, the temple (wat Phra Kaew) and the chapel (Emerald Buddha)
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Hotel pickup
  • Local English Spoken Guide
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities

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Please Note

Please be aware that the pick-up for this tour is included and covers all the hotel located in the following areas: (Silom Road, Thai Cultural Centre, Phaya Thai, Huai Khang, Bang Rak, Sathorn, Surawong Road, Rajdamri Road, Ram Buttri Chana Songkhram, Luangsuan Road, Khaosan Road) For hotel pick-ups outside of this area, an additional charge may be applied or a closer meeting point pick-up may be suggested to you by our Team upon reception of your booking.

What To Expect

Meet your driver and bus at your central Bangkok hotel then set off to explore Bangkok’s Grand Palace Complex, which is known for its blend of traditional Thai and European architecture.

Once home to the Kings of Siam, the destination is now one of Thailand’s top attractions. Marvel at the complex’s regal flavor as you tour its enormous grounds with your expert local guide. Wander through the Royal Funeral Hall and the Royal Coronation Hall as your friendly guide shares insight, history and information about this impressive structure.

Learn about the most famous part of this grand complex, the Emerald Buddha, which is housed in Wat Phra Kaew and carved from a single piece of jade. Your guide explains how this 17.5-inch (45-centimeter) piece is recognized by locals as the holiest object in the nation.

Your tour concludes at the Gems Gallery.

Pa'jin cockle texas yaowarat (Pass By)

Passing through Chinatown, you will see street food, Chinese herbs and goods. This town is the mix of Chinese and Thai cultures.

Pak Khlong Talat (Flower Market) (Pass By)

Pak Klong Talad Bangkok or Flower Market, it is the biggest wholesale fresh flowers of Bangkok.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Dress Code: There are strict dress codes for visiting the Grand Palace. The Temple of the Emerald Buddha is Thailand's most sacred site. Visitors must be properly dressed before being allowed entry to the temple. Men must wear long pants and shirts with sleeves - no sleeveless tops. If you're wearing sandals or flip-flops you must wear socks (in other words, no bare feet.) Women must be similarly modestly dressed. No see-through clothes, bare shoulders, etc. It is also recommended to avoid bright colors
  • Restroom facilities available
  • You must provide your hotel details at time of booking, failure to do so may result in cancellation
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • At least 2 people are required for this activity to take place. Single traveler may book this product, but is subject to availability and cancellation if minimum number of people is not met on the activity day.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 99 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Bangkok's Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew Tour?

A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Bangkok's Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew Tour?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Bangkok's Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew Tour?

A:The policy on social distancing is:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Bangkok's Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew Tour?

A:The policies on staff health & safety are:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

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Traveler Tips


The Wat Phra Kaew can be very crowded with multiple tour groups if you don't go early in the morning.
If you’re limited on time and want to see a lot in one day, this would not be the tour for you.
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Great way to see the Grand Palace!
James_V, Jan 2021
I had a personal tour with Tum so I got to spend time with her as we journeyed through the Temple and Grand Palace areas in Bangkok. There is no doubt that Tum went above-and-beyond to make sure the tour was a good experience for me, including little things being sensitive to when I needed to take a break and making sure I was able to stay out of the sun as much as possible. Tum also had all the facts and points of interest ready to communicate clearly in an easy-to-understand English. I sure appreciated Tum's professional manner and always being ready to answer a question I might have! Awesome tour!!
A memorable experience!
wilhelm_p, Mar 2020
Both the guide and the driver worked well together. The driver was punctual and professional. We were a little early arriving at the Royal Palace so he gave us a little sightseeing tour of Bangkok. Our guide was interesting, inciteful and had a great sense of humor. Thank you again!
This is actually the Wat Phra Kaew Tour
Ananth_P, Feb 2020
Only the front of the Grand Palace can be viewed from a distance. The Wat Phra Kaew can be very crowded with multiple tour groups if you don't go early in the morning. The Viator guide did an excellent job because I happened to be the only person in the group.
Incredible Dat!
jrm34997, Feb 2020
An incredible site and our guide was very personable, knowledgeable and interesting. A must see for anybody visiting Bangkok!
Grand Palace Tour
SegundoJr_G, Dec 2019
Our tour guide arrived early at our Hotel. He was supposed to be at the hotel by 7:30 but as early as 6:30 he was already on the hotel lobby. So up and we go as we pick up another couple at a nearby hotel and there we go to our destination The Grand Palace Tour. On our way Vichai our guide tell us the storied origin of the Grand Palaces. from the time of King Rama I up to the reigning King Rama 10. Overall we have a grand time for this tour as Vichai gamely answer all our querries about the site. We will surely return and this time with our kids in tow. Thank you.
Good tour...not great.
Connector34434662786, Jan 2019
The grand palace complex was very beautiful but very crowded. You don’t get to go inside the palace. Tour guide didn’t speak great English, but she did her best. If you’re limited on time and want to see a lot in one day, this would not be the tour for you. It was only the complex.
I will not give any stars for this...
Baskar_M, Jul 2018
I will not give any stars for this tour. I absolutely hated this tour. The guide had heavy accent and were not answering our question, probably was not able to understand. They were changing cars at every location we were stopped and were very annoying. We had to wait for driver in the car, after I asked many times what's taking so long, i am here to sit in the car and paid so much money...they were just not nice and chit chatting outside without communicating to us that whats taking long. Tour guide will disappear here and there. She will tell us I will see you in the lobby when you are done, but when we get there, we had to wait for her. I am never booking any tours from this site again. Hence NO STARS
Fantastic tour guide and wonderful...
Nneka M, Jun 2018
Fantastic tour guide and wonderful tour. Money well spent.
Our guide was ok. Not a lot of...
Marit_B, Apr 2018
Our guide was ok. Not a lot of information about the actual sites. We could have purchased tickets on our own and walked around. This is a beautiful site and definitely worth seeing! Next time I visit, it will be on my own, however.
This was a really good tour, the...
Helen S, Apr 2018
This was a really good tour, the guide was very informative and easy to understand and the palace was beautiful.
So disappointed with this tour. Our...
Richard_L, Mar 2018
So disappointed with this tour. Our guide seemed totally disinterested and didn’t give us much info on what we were seeing. But what really bothered me was that they took us 45 min out of our way on the way home to a horrible touristy gem shop, one of those huge tour bus stops.
Palace itself was great, even though...
Mareike G, Feb 2018
Palace itself was great, even though it was over 30 degrees. The tour only gets 3 stars because the tour shuttle and the guide were only so so. It took ages from the hotel to the palace and back and the tour guide was not friendly at all.
A great experience of such a large...
Sandra W, Feb 2018
A great experience of such a large facility.... disappointed in the size of the Emerald Buddha... somehow I expected something larger.... perhaps that's why photos were not permitted... very crowded but that's to be expected... the decoration of the Halls was awesome..... the cement ballast figures were interesting.... loved the colorful pagodas and guards... Sandra L.
This was marveloues. All those...
Mikael K, Jan 2018
This was marveloues. All those beatyfull buildings, and a guide who knew all about it. We were lucky to be only 2 on the trip, so I would advise people to get a privat tour.
Great tour, guide was very...
Steve_R, Jan 2018
Great tour, guide was very knowledgeable with excellent English.
v opted for morning time n it was so...
Hitesh, Dec 2017
v opted for morning time n it was so perfect, cool n breezy morning with sunshine 3 lovely n mesmerizing view's ... its incomparable to see photos n in real ... a must see ... enjoyed a lot ... guide n her service was very good :
My tour guide was knowledgable and...
markjwoodward, Dec 2017
My tour guide was knowledgable and able to share with me quite a bit about the history of the capital and country. Good value for a half day tour. I combined this morning tour with the afternoon private tour of the Bangkok temples including the reclining buddha, and had a comprehensive, yet not overwhelming full day of sightseeing. The pickup site for the afternoon tour was at the Narai Hotel, so this morning tour guide dropped me off at that location. He recommended lunch at the hotel restaurant, Pepperoni. It was bit bit pricey for lunch in Bangkok, and the food was more western than hoped for. I'd recommend that the guide also suggest an alternative location for more traditional Thai food at a better value.
Extremely crowded but that goes without...
Don A, Nov 2017
Extremely crowded but that goes without saying. Great experience!
The sight-seeing-tour was much too...
Andrea K, Nov 2017
The sight-seeing-tour was much too short for this beautiful and very large temple area. After a very long drive in the bus to collect all the sightseers, there was only half an hour ! left for the visit in the temple, which is much too short! Also the guide spoke an unintelligible English - very quickly with a terrible accent nearly everything with wrong accentuations, that it was hardly possible to understand him. According to the short time, there were also not many explanations about what we could see there. After this experience it seems better to go to the temple area by yourself, which is no problem, and stay as long as you want - maybe with a travel book.
I guess no one else wanted to do...
ShamrockSandy, Nov 2017
I guess no one else wanted to do this tour on the afternoon that I chose, because I had my own private tour with my guide Gift. She was very personable and did a great job of teaching me about the history of the Grand Palace and all its elements. She also was happy to take photos of me in front of the attractions. Thai architecture is so beautiful and this tour was a must-do. Getting around Bangkok can be a challenge with the traffic, so it was nice to leave the transportation to someone else. The tour as many other Bangkok tours concludes at the Gems Gallery where you learn about mining precious gems and crafting gemstone jewelry in Thailand. You are not required to buy anything, but make no mistake - this is a shopping tour stop.
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