The Grand Palace is open every day from 08:30 to 16:30, with the last tickets (500 baht) sold at 15:30; it cannot be said enough, do not believe any scammers who attempt to convince you otherwise. They will tell you, even your tuk-tuk driver, “today it’s closed because of a national holiday”, or something else!!! DON’T TRUST THEM!
In order to get to Grand Palace from Khao San Road, we recommend you to board the Chaophraya Express Boat from Phra Arthit to Tha Chang, it will be cheap, fast and safe.
Combined entry is a steep 500 baht (as of October, 2013), plus an optional 200 baht for a two-hour audio guide; Thais get in for free. Your ticket includes entry into the Dusit Palace in Dusit (valid for seven days). It is best to attend the Grand Palace during weekdays, as some throne halls are closed in the weekends for ceremonial purposes. Be aware that a strict dress code applies for visitors to the palace. Ladies must cover their upper arms and legs down to the thigh, while men must wear long trousers and at least a t-shirt. Ladies can borrow sarongs at the entrance for free, but must leave a 200 baht deposit. On some holidays the dressing room may be closed, in which case you can rent clothes across the street for a fee. Thais seem to follow even tighter dressing regulations, such as wearing black during royal funeral ceremonies, but they understand it when foreigners do not follow those.
Bangkok’s most popular tourist attraction, the Grand Palace is the former residence of the King and is built adjacent to, and more or less integrated with Wat Phra Kaew (also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha). The palace was originally built together with the establishment of Bangkok by King Rama I and has been expanded ever since. It covers a wide range of architectural styles, ranging from the pure Ayutthayan style of the temples to a blend of Thai and Western styles for later structures. While the King no longer lives here, a large part of the complex is used for royal residences and ceremonies and is off-limits to tourists.
It can get very crowded (and hot) once the tour buses start to roll in, so getting an early start might be a good idea! There are free English tours four times a day, just look for the sign after you pass the ticket gate. The palace grounds can easily be explored on your own though. Visitors are corralled along a set route. First you’ll walk through Wat Phra Kaew with the palace buildings coming right after.
Grand Palace Map
More info at WikiTravel
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