Travel Tips — Grand Palace, Bangkok, Thailand

Posted by - August 17, 2011 | Category: Asia, Escapes, Thailand

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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).

Travel tips:

  • 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.

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23 comments - add one
  1. Good tips. I think it’s almost universal that taxi drivers, tuk tuk drivers, and any other form of non government run transport are not to be trusted.

    Shady operators all >_>

  2. I love that entire area. The price has really gone up. I think the last time I visited it was about 3.00 to get in.

    Great shot.

    I’m just back from Chiang Mai, and missing my tasty Thai food!

  3. Beautiful picture! I had to Google to find out who is a tuk-tuk driver. 😀 They are the only reason I bought a car in the Indian city I live with my expat wife who has white skin. Tuk-tuk drivers in my city looted me because of the color of my wife’s skin.

  4. You crack me up! Good to know you didn’t go to the Ping Pong tournament….LOL Thanks for the tips. I want to visit this when I am in Bangkok.

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