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Grand Palace

Grand Palace

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
Private Bangkok City Tour Full Day With The Grand Palace
$184.62 per adult
Traveler Favorite
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_T, Apr 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Bangkok

The grand palace was...
Meredith_T, May 2022
Amazing Bangkok Tour : Royal Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Arun (SHA Plus)
The grand palace was closed when we arrived unfortunately due to coronation. It would have been nice to know in advance so we would have the option to change to a different date however our guide Cindy did a good job changing our route. We saw the reclining Buddha instead which was very impressive. Good guide with good knowledge.
Private tour is a great investment
Edward_L, Apr 2022
Bangkok Landmark Tour with Grand Palace, Emerald Buddha and Temple of Dawn
Excellent tour, informative and very nice to have a private tour. The temples and Buddhas were beautiful, and the Grand Palace was lovely. Stopped for street food. Loved our guide and our driver.
A nice day in Bangkok
Manel_G, May 2022
Royal Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew and Emerald Buddha in Bangkok - Half Day Tour
We expected a guide in English and we were surprised that a Thai guide in Spanish came, Miss Natcha Plienmolee. A great professional, with a lot of knowledge of history. He has explained a lot to us and has been very kind.
A must see in Bangkok
Randy_M, Apr 2022
Amazing Bangkok Tour : Royal Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Arun (SHA Plus)
Had a great tour with Jui this afternoon. The tour was spectacular with such beautiful places to visit. A must see if you’re in Bangkok. Jui took lots of pictures for me since I was by myself. Door to door service from my hotel. Highly recommended!
It was a wonderful day...
Trenly_Y, Apr 2022
Royal Grand Palace and Bangkok Temples: Half Day Tour
It was a wonderful day touring the palace and grounds. Noka was a wonderful guide whose knowledge of the history of Thailand and Buddhism was greatly appreciated. The heat was oppressive but a fan and plenty of fluids helped.
Royal palace gem of Thailand
SANA_A, Mar 2022
Royal Grand Palace and Bangkok Temples: Half Day Tour
The Royal palace was the highlight of my tour today. If anyone visiting Bangkok it is a must to visit this fabulous place . The tour guide was very professional and caring.
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.
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!
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!
A great tour guide!
Marja_V, 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.
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.
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!

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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Frequently Asked Questions
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