- Type: Castles/Palaces, Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
|About these ratings|
The Grand Palace will be on the itineraries of most first-time travelers to Bangkok. And as the complex is the former home of the Kings of Siam, it's no wonder why. The palace complex, which was built in 1782, contains a number of wonders—from its architecture (a mix of Thai and European styles) to its nearly 18-inch Emerald Buddha. Many visitors recommend visiting the Grand Palace, but they warn potential tourists of very heavy crowds, hot weather, scam artists, and an enforced dress code. One TripAdvisor user recommends, "Get there early. Take clothing to cover up." If you aren't properly dressed, you'll have to take loaner article of clothing from the staff.
The complex is open from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily, but if there are special events, the palace buildings will close to the public. Ask your hotel concierge to confirm that the palace is open before you visit. Admission is 350 THB (about $11 USD). You'll find the Grand Palace in the Old City near the Temple of the Reclining Buddha.