The Grand Palace in Bangkok is one of those gotta, have-to, must-see sites when you visit Thailand. But it’s not cheap, at least by Thai standards. At 350 Baht (around 12 dollars), it’s probably the most expensive site in the country. Unless, you attend one of those infamous ping pong shows. (For the record, I did not).
- Do not listen to those tuk-tuk drivers. It is not closed. And today is not a special day. They are only trying to get you on one of those infamous ‘gasoline coupon’ trips where you are taken to an overpriced suit factory, an overpriced jewelry store, and the ‘official’ TAT (Tourism Authority of Thailand) office where they sell overpriced trips. Scam alert my friends. The offical hours of operation are 8:30 to 3:30.
- Do not listen to the well-dressed gentleman outside who appears to work there. It is open. That is the entrance. And the cost is only 350 Baht. He is trying to direct you to a tuk-tuk driver. See above.
- Do listen to that lady outside that says you cannot enter in shorts. But don’t ‘rent’ those pants from her. There are pants available for free inside.
- Do cover your shoulders and wear long pants if you are a woman. If you are a man, do wear long pants and cover your feet (no flip flops). If you are unsure if you are a man or woman, best to cover it all.
- Get there early to allow time to see it all and to beat the hordes.
- Wat Pho (the Reclining Buddha) is another must-see and it’s just across the street. Since that’s open until 9:00 PM, it’s best to see the Golden Palace first. Wat Pho is also a very reasonable 50 Baht to enter.