When in Bangkok, if you would like to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, definitely plan a visit to the Grand Palace. This place is the perfect location to get the 411 on Thai history, architecture and culture in one convenient location. What is interesting about this complex structure is that it’s made up of multiple buildings most of which are operating as an official hub for royal events. However, there are a couple of things you should know and keep in mind before visiting.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
We would suggest visiting early in the morning, right when the palace opens up at 8:30am. At this time it is not yet as busy, and the heat is still bearable. From 12pm- 3:30pm, there are many tours which visit around this time making the palace more crowded. Additionally, it is much hotter during this time of day. Temperatures can rise up to 40+ degrees celsius!
For respectful reasons, there is a fairly strict dress code that needs to be followed when entering the palace and temples. It is very important to follow these rules, or you will be denied entry.
Here are the rules to follow:
No sleeveless shirts
No short or cropped tops
No see through tops
No torn pants
No tight pants
No bike pants
No mini skirts
(Taken from https://www.royalgrandpalace.th/en/home : visit their website for more information about the Palace)
If you forgot to pack a pair of long pants, you can buy a pair of loose and light pants at any market in Bangkok. We bought a pair of Thai-inspired pants in MBK mall the previous day, that worked perfectly for the palace. They were light and flowy, perfect for the Thai heat.
We found the best option to get to the palace was by Grab (local ride sharing app in Asia). However, keep in mind, you will have to walk about 5-10 minutes, since it is illegal for the Grab drivers to drop you off right at the palace. If you are travelling in a group it is definitely still worth the significantly cheaper prices that’s offered in comparison to the taxis and tuk-tuks. Many local transportation services like to raise prices for tourists. If you are a solo traveller, taking the local metro system might be a better option. Google maps is a great tool to help you find your way around Bangkok.
In addition, when ordering your Grab ride home, you must walk 500m-1km outside of the Palace area. There are restrictions on where drivers can meet you. Even with the short walk we would still suggest ordering a Grab to save the extra Baht.
Instagram Worthy Photos
To get the perfect shot at the palace, make sure to take the photo from afar to capture all the beautiful architecture. We would also recommend visiting the palace earlier in the day as it is far less crowded, lowering the chance of getting any photobombs :)
Stunning gold architecture everywhere
Gorgeous golden stairs at multiple corners
xox Four Broads