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Grand Palace Bangkok

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Overview
The Grand Palace is one of the most beautiful samples of an ancient Siamese court and It used to be the residence of the Kings of Thailand.
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    The Grand Palace
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    This half day tour starts either in the morning or in the afternoon. We will pick you up from your hotel in Bangkok and guided by your professional guide, transfer to the entrance of the Grand Palace in the old part of the capital. Situated close to the Chao Phraya, Bangkok’s River of Kings, the Grand Palace occupies nearly one square mile. The former royal residence of the Chakri Kings, the palace is the perfect example of an ancient Siamese court. Built in 1782 by King Rama I, it was the centre of power for more than 150 years. Today, the palace is Bangkok's major landmark and most popular tourist attraction and is often used for the occasional ceremony. The interiors of most of the buildings in the Grand Palace are closed to the public Wat Phra Kaew adjoins the Grand Palace in a common compound and is the home of the country's most famous Buddha statue (also known as the Emerald Buddha). This important figure has a long and interesting history that is tied to the royal family and once resided in nearby Wat Arun. It is relatively small (about 66 centimetres) and is situated in a high position in the Wat to signify its important status in the Thai kingdom. Dating back to 1782 (when Bangkok was founded), the entire compound consists of over 100 brightly coloured buildings, golden spires and glittering mosaics. Together, these two sites form what many consider the greatest spectacle for visitors to Bangkok. After this visit, we drive you back to your hotel in Bangkok.
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Duration
3h 30m
Inclusions
  • An English-speaking guide.Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by car / mini-van / coach with professional driver.
  • All entrance and donation fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Entry/Admission - The Grand Palace
Exclusions
  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • Transfers to and from apartment complexes, local guest houses, or private apartments
  • Transfers from and to airport, sea/river ports, train stations that are located inside or outside of the city center and others are NOT included in the service and supplements will applied
  • Transfers from and to hotels and resorts that are located outside of the city center are NOT included in the service and supplements will applied
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities,
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • This tour is operated both on private basis as well as on joint / Seat-In-Coach basis.
  • Private tours are operated with an English-speaking guide only with other languages for joint operation on selected days of the week only.
  • Transfers are only operated within the downtown Bangkok areas and restricted to main hotels only. Regions outside the central business district such as Khao San Road, Rattanakosin, Nonthaburi, Thonburi, Minburi, both International Airports, Ratchadapisek and upper Sukhumvit (Soi 55 and further) are excluded and supplementary charges apply.
  • We regret that are unable to provide pick-up and drop-off transfer services from and to apartment complexes, local guest houses or private apartments. We advise you kindly to head on your own arrangement to the nearest hotel inside the downtown Bangkok area.
  • Should you have booked a joint / Seat-In-Coach excursion, we are unable to communicate with you with accurate participation numbers, as these may change until the very last moment.
  • Royal temples and palaces uphold a very strict dress code: it is essential that you dress appropriately during this excursion by wearing clothes that cover shoulders and fall below the knees. Customers wearing shirts with obscene and disrespectful prints and pictures and brightly-coloured clothing may be refused entrance.
  • To respect local customs and respecting the religious sites and temples on this tour, it is customary for guests to take off their shoes before allowed entrance. Your guide will inform you in advance for which of these sites this is applicable.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Certain sights in this excursion may not be photographed for specific reasons. We kindly ask for your understanding by following local regulations
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • The Grand Palace will be closed at noon and the Chapel of the Emerald Buddha will be closed all day on 28 November 2019
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Robert C wrote a review Yesterday
16 contributions
Wow , you will need a couple of days for this one. 500 Baht to get in but such a lot to see. Once you have "run the gauntlet" of all the hoards of businesses and long tail boat owners all wanting your trade , not always honestly. One told ur that the Palace did not open until
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Date of experience: November 2019
Response from Niels S, Manager at Grand Palace Bangkok
Responded 2 days ago
Dear Robadina We really appreciate your review of our operated excursion into the realm of the Grand Palace and the Wat Phra Keo. It has been a pleasure reading that you enjoyed the awe and splendour of the former residence of the Rama King and the religious home of one of Thailand's most revered Buddha statues. With kind regards Asian Trails Thailand
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Sofia C wrote a review Nov 2019
3 contributions
The historical location is a must-seen and the guide was very available to explain, clarify and even take multiple pictures of us in the very best locations! Recommended!
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Date of experience: November 2019
Response from Niels S, Manager at Grand Palace Bangkok
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear Sofia C We really appreciate your review of our operated excursion into the realm of the Grand Palace and the Wat Phra Keo. It has been a pleasure reading that you enjoyed the awe and splendour of the former residence of the Rama King and the religious home of one of Thailand's most revered Buddha statues. We are certain that your images will remain as wonderful mementos for your Bangkok stay! With kind regards Asian Trails Thailand
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Susan B wrote a review Nov 2019
5 contributions1 helpful vote
Be sure to follow guidelines for dress code....shawls won't work, ladies. You must have sleeves!! Other than that snag, it is a beautiful place to visit. The architecture is very impressive!
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Date of experience: October 2019
Response from Niels S, Manager at Grand Palace Bangkok
Responded 5 Nov 2019
Dear Susan B We really appreciate your review of our operated excursion into the realm of the Grand Palace and the Wat Phra Keo. It has been a pleasure reading that you enjoyed the awe and splendour of the former residence of the Rama King and the religious home of one of Thailand's most revered Buddha statues. The comments you made about the dress code are absolutely spot on! Not honouring the strict dress code as outlined by Palace officials may result in denied entry or purchasing additional clothing. Once again, we appreciate reviewing our Grand Palace tour in a positive light and to highlight taking the dress code seriously for future visitors. With kind regards Asian Trails Thailand
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johnsamlucy wrote a review Nov 2019
54 contributions17 helpful votes
This is a very interesting place lots of history and you will need to take your camera.. a really good place to spend a couple of hours at least
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Response from Niels S, Manager at Grand Palace Bangkok
Responded 5 weeks ago
Dear Johnsa We really appreciate your review of our operated excursion into the realm of the Grand Palace and the Wat Phra Keo. It has been a pleasure reading that you enjoyed the awe and splendour of the former residence of the Rama King and the religious home of one of Thailand's most revered Buddha statues. The comments you made about the dress code are absolutely spot on! You certainly can get lost here and for photo enthusiasts, it is paradise! Once again, we appreciate reviewing our Grand Palace tour in a positive light for future visitors. With kind regards Asian Trails Thailand
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PoornimaNataraja wrote a review Oct 2019
45 contributions11 helpful votes
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During my visit here the first time in 2016, minutes re places were kept open for tourists. This time I see you only get to visit the periphery of the grand palace and emerald Buddha temple. There is a strict vigil for dress code. No short pants and sleeveless tops. You will be
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Date of experience: August 2019
Response from Niels S, Manager at Grand Palace Bangkok
Responded 9 Oct 2019
Dear Poorni Many thanks for your honest review of your visit to the Grand Palace. The overall review is primarily focused on the Grand Palace stringent dress code and pricing policy to get a glimpse of the former residence of the Rama Kings. We truly hope you and your travel companions enjoyed our guidance as you revisited this not-to-miss landmark in the Thai capital! With kind regards Asian Trails Thailand
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