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Grand Palace
Bangkok’s glittering Grand Palace is one of the most popular attractions in the Thai capital. Built in 1782, this sprawling 54-acre (21.8-hectare) complex served as the royal court and administrative seat of Thailand for 150 years. Today, while it continues to host royal Thai functions, the palace also impresses swathes of visitors with its intricate golden-spired architecture and cultural history. 
 
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.

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.
 
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).
 
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.
 
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 the chedi (Thai Buddhist stupa-like monument) and naga (multiheaded snakes) along the temple’s exterior.
Address: Na Phra Lan Road, Bangkok, Thailand
Hours: Daily 8:30am–3:30pm
Admission: 500 THB
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The Grand Palace Bangkok Entrance Ticket With Hotel Pick Up

The Grand Palace Bangkok Entrance Ticket With Hotel Pick Up

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Visit one of the top attractions in Bangkok with the ease of a private one-way transfer from your hotel to the Grand Palace. Your package includes morning pickup from your hotel, and your admission ticket to the Grand Palace complex, which includes Wat Phra Kaew, a temple that is home to a national treasure of Thailand, the Emerald Buddha. Afterward, continue to your next destination on your own.
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  • 3 hours
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$38.98
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$38.98
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Bangkok Temple & Palace Tour ( Wat Arun,wat Pho,grand Palace,emerald Buddha )

Bangkok Temple & Palace Tour ( Wat Arun,wat Pho,grand Palace,emerald Buddha )

Explore the sprawling Grand Palace complex and other key monuments in Bangkok with a guide who facilitates your visit to these popular destinations. See Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) which is located on the grounds of the Grand Palace, then continue to Wat Arun on the Chao Phraya River, and the massive Reclining Buddha statue at Wat Pho. Includes lunch, bottled water, cold towel, and transportation.
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  • 7 hours
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$164.11
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Bangkok's Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew Tour

Bangkok's Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew Tour

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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.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$48.15
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Half-Day Bangkok City Highlights Small-Group Tour with Lunch

Half-Day Bangkok City Highlights Small-Group Tour with Lunch

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See the top sights in Bangkok with a professional guide who shares key details about each place you visit along with the history of Thailand’s capital city. Your guide makes it easy to navigate popular sightseeing destinations including the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, the Golden Buddha Temple (Wat Traimit), and Chinatown. Stop for lunch at a scenic riverside restaurant, and have time to browse the shops in Chinatown.
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  • 6 hours
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$100.73
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$100.73
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Royal Grand Palace and Bangkok Temples: Half Day Tour

Royal Grand Palace and Bangkok Temples: Half Day Tour

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Explore Bangkok’s most important cultural sights on a half-day private tour of the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, and Wat Traimit. Learn about the country’s royal heritage as you explore the palace, whose elaborate stepped roofs are the height of Siamese design. Visit the funeral and coronation halls, and see the sacred Buddha carved from solid jade. Circle the reclining Buddha at Wat Pho then stroll cool halls lined with hundreds of Buddha images. Continue to Wat Traimit to see a centuries-old golden Buddha, and leave an offering in the gleaming sanctuary.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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$112.13
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$112.13
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Lonely Planet Experiences: Grand Palace, Wat Pho & Chao Phraya Canal Cruise

Lonely Planet Experiences: Grand Palace, Wat Pho & Chao Phraya Canal Cruise

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Board a longtail boat for a journey along the Chao Phraya River (River of Kings) and explore the canals of Bangkok. Your half-day tour includes cultural highlights of the Thai capital such as the majestic Grand Palace where you can view the Emerald Buddha at Wat Phra Kaew. You also visit Wat Pho, a temple that houses the Reclining Buddha. Numbers are limited to 12 for a small-group experience.
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  • 4 hours
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$81.95
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$81.95
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Bangkok’s Royal Realms of the Chakri Dynasty - Grand Palace

Bangkok’s Royal Realms of the Chakri Dynasty - Grand Palace

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Discover the ancient grandeur of royal Siam on a half-day, private tour of Bangkok’s Grand Palace. Stroll the paths of a dazzling compound that housed generations of Siamese kings, and step into the gleaming Coronation Hall. Take in the richly ornamental architecture and elaborately stepped roofs of the reception palace, and get a glimpse into daily life at the royal guest house. Duck under the silent dome of Thailand’s most sacred temple which shelters a solid jade Buddha that only a reigning king may touch.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$55.65
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Thailand's Ayutthaya Temples and River Cruise from Bangkok

Thailand's Ayutthaya Temples and River Cruise from Bangkok

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Combine a visit from Bangkok to Ayutthaya—the UNESCO-listed ancient capital of Siam—with a riverboat trip on the Chao Phraya River. An informative guide highlights Thailand’s fascinating history as you explore Ayutthaya temples, stone ruins and Buddha statues in the old capital of Thailand, which was ransacked by invading Burmese in the 18th century. This full-day tour includes lunch and returns you to Bangkok by boat.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$66.98
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$66.98
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Amazing Bangkok Tour Including Royal Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Arun

Amazing Bangkok Tour Including Royal Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Arun

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A great choice for first-time visitors to Bangkok, this tour touches on the city’s most revered temples. First, visit the Grand Palace, which was home to Thailand’s royal family until 1925. Next up: Wat Phra Kaew, (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), which is considered the most important temple in Thailand. You’ll also take a boat ride to the Temple of Dawn.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$81.71
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$81.71
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Bangkok Canals Cruise including Grand Palace and Wat Arun

Bangkok Canals Cruise including Grand Palace and Wat Arun

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Experience a half-day Bangkok canal tour along the Chao Phraya River, the city’s aquatic roadway, including stops at two of the city’s most famous sights and a chance to observe daily life of residents living near the Thai capital’s many canals (also called 'khlongs'). Admire the gorgeous decadence of Bangkok’s Grand Palace, home of the revered Emerald Buddha, and take in the incredible Wat Arun, one of Bangkok’s most iconic temples. The tour includes pick-up at select hotels, air-conditioned transport, river cruise, local guide and entrance fees.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$122.57
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Damnern Saduak Floating Market, Grand Palace and Wat Phra Keo Tour from Bangkok

Damnern Saduak Floating Market, Grand Palace and Wat Phra Keo Tour from Bangkok

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Experience vibrant Damnern Saduak floating market on this day-long private tour of Bangkok’s most memorable sights.  Pass through dramatic rice paddies and salt fields, and meet traditional artisans on your way to the market, where vendors in wooden boats sell the fruits and vegetables they’ve brought from the countryside. After dining in this atmospheric setting, immerse yourself in Bangkok’s vivid history.  Step aboard a river boat into the heart of the city, then explore the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, considered the most sacred in Thailand.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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$171.60
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Private Tour: Bangkok's Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew

Private Tour: Bangkok's Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew

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This private half-day tour of Bangkok’s Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew is an essential deal for anyone traveling to Thailand’s capital city. Explore some of Bangkok’s most famous landmarks with your expert guide, including the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, home to an image of Buddha made up entirely of jade.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$73.54
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Grand Palace and Main Temple Tour

Grand Palace and Main Temple Tour

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Walk Bangkok’s Grand Palace and main temples on a guided tour of the city’s history and heritage. You’ll explore Thailand’s unique architectural styles and traditions on this 4-hour tour, while taking in the the elegant proportions of the royal ceremonial palace, and the rich heritage of Bangkok’s most important temples. Walk beside monks as you light a candle beside the huge Golden Buddha at Wat Trai Mit, and listen to prayer bells as you circle the stupas at the magnificent Wat Pho.
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  • 4 hours
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Private Guide In and Around Bangkok: Custom Tour

Private Guide In and Around Bangkok: Custom Tour

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This customizable private tour showcases the best of Bangkok and beyond. Follow your personal guide through some of the city's top attractions, including Wat Arun Grand Palace, and the Floating Market. Explore some of Bangkok's most vibrant neighborhoods, sample local cuisine (own expense), and wander the shops and sites with a local who offers insight and information along the way.
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  • 8 hours
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$59.54
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Buddhist Landmarks and a Royal Visit

Buddhist Landmarks and a Royal Visit

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See Bangkok’s Buddhist temples and the Grand Palace on a half-day tour of the city’s historic highlights. Visit the Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit) and Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha) then explore the grounds that once housed the royal Siamese court. Your tour includes all entrance fees and round-trip transport from centrally-located hotels, and both morning and afternoon departures are available.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$68.34
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Private Tour: Half-day Grand Palace and Wat Arun by Boat

Private Tour: Half-day Grand Palace and Wat Arun by Boat

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See more of Bangkok on a private half-day tour that features important monuments and a glimpse of daily life along the Thonburi canals. Start early to beat the crowds at the Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew). After, board a longtail boat for a leisurely cruise through Thonburi, an old neighborhood with lush gardens, traditional wooden houses, and the magnificent Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun).
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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$152.12
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$152.12
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Half-Day Grand Palace and Temples Tour

Half-Day Grand Palace and Temples Tour

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Explore Bangkok’s Grand Palace and a Buddhist temple on a guided, half-day tour to the city’s most magnificent sites. Walk the manicured grounds of the 18th-century royal Palace, whose stepped roofs and golden spires are among Thailand’s most gorgeous. Join clusters of orange-draped monks in the sanctuary of Wat Pho, Wat Traimit or Wat Phra Kaew, three of the city’s distinctive temples; thread between rows of gleaming Buddhas, pass towering chedis and absorb the sounds and sites of Bangkok’s holiest places.
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  • 4 hours
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$102.89
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$102.89

Private Tour to the Grand Palace, Wat Po and the Flower Market

Private Tour to the Grand Palace, Wat Po and the Flower Market

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Get a comprehensive overview of Bangkok’s best attractions on a private tour. Stroll through the colorful flower market around the Chao Phraya River, visit the royal buildings at the Grand Palace, and admire the giant reclining Buddha at Wat Po. Learn about Bangkok’s history and traditions from your guide during this 4-hour tour.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$98.06
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$98.06
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Fullday Join Tour Bangkok temple & city tour + Lunch + Royal Grand Palace

Fullday Join Tour Bangkok temple & city tour + Lunch + Royal Grand Palace

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Don’t waste your time visiting attractions you don’t care about on a group tour, and instead spend your day at the sites you value most on this flexible tour of Bangkok. With a personal guide and sedan, you can mold this tour into whatever you want it to be or let your guide make the decisions for you and relax and enjoy the sites.
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  • 8 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$164.17
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$164.17
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Bangkok City Sightseeing Tour With Grand Palace Private

Bangkok City Sightseeing Tour With Grand Palace Private

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Benefit from a full-day tour led by your own private guide to see the top destinations in Bangkok with ease. Your guide leads you past the crowds as you visit popular attractions including Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit), The Grand Palace, and Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), and explore places like Chinatown and the Flower Market. Includes lunch, monument admission fees, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$184.62
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$184.62
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Typical of Bangkok: Full day Private Guide Tour With Grand Palace

Typical of Bangkok: Full day Private Guide Tour With Grand Palace

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Explore Bangkok’s cultural monuments on a full-day private tour. Visit key landmarks such as the Grand Palace, the giant Golden Buddha, and the Chinese Buddhist temple of Wat Mangkon. Stroll through Chinatown and Little India with your guide and learn about the history of the city and its landmarks throughout the day.
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  • 6 to 8 minutes
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$107.70
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$107.70
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Morning Buddhist Almsgiving, Grand Palace and Flower Market Tour in Bangkok

Morning Buddhist Almsgiving, Grand Palace and Flower Market Tour in Bangkok

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Experience the spiritual beauty of Thailand on this 5-hour Viator Exclusive tour that includes a visit to Bangkok’s biggest flower market and a behind-the-scenes tour of the famed Grand Palace. Wake with the sun and head to a local monastery—possibly the Marble Temple at Wat Benchamabophit) and participate in a beautiful almsgiving ceremony. Then pay a visit to the iconic Emerald Buddha at Wat Phra Kaew. With a group cap of 8 people, this Buddhist experience insures personalized attention from your friendly local guide.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$102.44
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$102.44
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White Orchid Dinner Cruise with Optional Return Transfers

White Orchid Dinner Cruise with Optional Return Transfers

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Get views of Bangkok illuminated for the evening while enjoying a buffet dinner on this evening cruise on the Chao Phraya River. You are able to view and photograph Bangkok landmarks such as the Grand Palace and the Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) from the vantage point of the river. Dig in to the buffet of Thai and international dishes while enjoying live music.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$34.69
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$34.69
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Flexi Walking Temple Tour: Grand Palace, Wat Pho & Wat Arun

Flexi Walking Temple Tour: Grand Palace, Wat Pho & Wat Arun

Immerse yourself in the cultural and historical heritage of Bangkok by exploring the Grand Palace, the Emerald Buddha Temple and the options for Wat Pho, local markets and Wat Arun. Enjoy this trip with an experienced, local tour guide. • Visit Bangkok’s must-see attractions with tickets to the Grand Palace, the Emerald Buddha Temple, Wat Pho & Wat Arun • Marvel at the Grand Palace, once the home of the kings of Siam and now a place of worship and big ceremonies • Explore the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and admire the brightly coloured buildings, golden spires and glittering mosaics • Admire the beauty of the Reclining Buddha and learn the history of Wat Pho, the oldest and largest temple complex in Bangkok • See Wat Arun, also known as the Temple of Dawn, to admire its pagoda, colorful porcelain tiles, bell tower and giant statues
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  • 2 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$71.80
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$71.80

Ayutthaya Ancient Capital Tour from Bangkok with Grand Pearl River Cruise

Ayutthaya Ancient Capital Tour from Bangkok with Grand Pearl River Cruise

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The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ayutthaya is a must-visit day trip destination from Bangkok. This tour is the easy way to get there as you won’t have to worry about catching a bus on your own. You’ll spend a whole day touring the archaeological sites, palaces, and temples of the former capital of Thailand. The tour includes a delicious lunch and a river cruise back to Bangkok.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$90.46
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$90.46
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Private Tour: Best of Bangkok in A Day

Private Tour: Best of Bangkok in A Day

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Discover the best that Bangkok has to offer on this full-day private tour of the city. Visit all of the must-see attractions such as the Grand Palace, Chinatown, the vibrant flower market, Wat Pho, Wat Arun, and much more. Learn about the city’s rich history, religion, and culture from your informative guide as you drive around Bangkok in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$197.00
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$197.00
Price varies by group size

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are Grand Palace hours of operation?
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Grand Palace hours of operation: Daily 8:30am–3:30pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Grand Palace tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Grand Palace can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 384 Grand Palace tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Grand Palace 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Grand Palace costs USD 38.98. Guided Grand Palace tours start around USD 38.98 per person. See all 384 Grand Palace tickets and tours on Viator.
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