Grand Palace, travel tip in Bangkok, Thailand

Grand Palace, travel tip in Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok's most popular tourist attraction, the Grand Palace (??????????????? Phra Borom Maha Ratcha Wang) is the former residence of the King and built adjacent to and more or less integrated with the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew). Combined entry is a steep 350 baht, plus an optional 200 baht for an audio guide (for two hours) in English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Mandarin, Japanese or Thai; Thais get in for free. Your ticket also includes entry into the Vimanmek Mansion and Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall (outside the compound) and the Royal Pavilion (on palace grounds). The palace is open every day from 8:30AM to 3:30PM (some parts stay open until 4:00PM); do not believe any scammers who attempts to convince you otherwise. It can get very crowded (and hot) once the tour buses start to roll in, so getting an early or a very late start is a very good idea!

There are free English tours four times a day. Look for the sign just after you pass the ticket gate.

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. Feet must be covered, which means either proper shoes or socks if wearing sandals or flip-flops. Sarongs can be borrowed for free at the entrance, but you must leave a deposit. On some holidays the dressing room may be closed (but check first, don't believe what anyone outside says), in which case you can rent clothes across the street.

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