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Grand Palace

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5,995 Reviews
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

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Private Bangkok City Tour Full Day With The Grand Palace
star-4.5
$184.62 per adult
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

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!
star-5
Wonderful Bangkok Tour
Richard G, Oct 2019
Private Tour to the Grand Palace, Wat Po and the Flower Market
We loved our tour of the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, the Klongs, and the Flower Market! Our guide was punctual, and very knowledgeable! Highly recommend!
star-5
A memorable experience!
wilhelm_p, Mar 2020
Bangkok's Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew Tour
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!
star-5
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!
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Bangkok ancient city tour
Paul_B, Mar 2020
Amazing Bangkok Tour Including Royal Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Arun
We had an excellent morning with our guide Deev , who was very impressive with her knowledge of the sites we visited , picked up on time and returned to our hotel in a nice air conditioned van , if you are after value for money book this excursion
star-5
A great tour guide!
marjaveskimets, Feb 2020
Private Tour: Half-day Grand Palace and Wat Arun by Boat
Everything was well organized and put together. The guide kas very interested and knowledgeable in the topic and had an answer to all our questions. The tour lasted about 1.5 hours over the given time. It was said that drinking water was included, but it wasn't and sitting in a boat during a hot day and not getting any water got a little exhausting.
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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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Incredible Dat!
jrm34997, Feb 2020
Bangkok's Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew Tour
An incredible site and our guide was very personable, knowledgeable and interesting. A must see for anybody visiting Bangkok!
star-5
Highly informative tour and a must when visiting Bangkok.
exportdai, Feb 2020
Private Bangkok City Tour Full Day With The Grand Palace
A must tour of Bangkok cultural sites and pagodas. Notwithstanding the crowds, and confusion at the sites, this tour is a must.
star-5
Gimao is a fantastic tour guide.
chrisbowman1, Feb 2020
Private Half-Day Bangkok City Tour with The Grand Palace
Wow. This was our first tour in Thailand and our tour guide, Gimao, was amazing. She met us promptly at the hotel in the morning and didn't waste anytime is showing us the sites, getting there by bus, boat and feet. She shared so much with us and graciously took a whole bunch of pictures on her cell phone that she shared with us before the day was over. THANK YOU for a very special tour. Chris and David
star-5
The great Jimmy
martarosetti, Jan 2020
Bangkok Shore Excursion: Private Grand Palace and Buddhist Temples Tour
First met Jimmy on our first trip to Thailand three years ago, what a surprise to see her there waiting for us as we disembarked the ship on this trip. Having taken us to all the usual places last time, we opted for an off the wall, all local sites tour and had a great time. She was warm, friendly and hospitable. We had great fun and appreciated her flexibility. Highly recommend her!!

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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