The Grand Palace

The Grand Palace

One of the places you can’t miss on your visit to Bangkok is the Grand Palace. Located at the heart of this amazing city, this unique piece of architecture was the official residence of the Kings of Thailand. From 1782 until the middle of the 20th century, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej decided to reside at Chitralada Palace instead.

The unique architecture exhibits an interesting combination of Western and Thai styles. Within its boundaries you will find a conglomerate of beautiful buildings that serve as government offices as well as the renowned Temple of the Emerald Buddha. 

The Grand Palace

designed by Wiroj Sidhisoradej –

From a traveler’s perspective, this place has eye-catching scenery with unique and beautiful paintings, sculptures and passages all around the place. Entering the distinctive buildings coated in golden paint gives a royalty feeling like no other. You can pre-book your visits here.

Visiting the Grand Palace, Bangkok

If this is your first time visiting this tourist spot, make sure you have at least 3 hours. The place is more than 218,000 square meters and like we mentioned before there are several instagrammable spots within the walls of the Grand Palace of Bangkok. There are some other things you must consider  when visiting the Grand Palace: 

  1. For the people of Thailand the entrance is completely free. On the other hand if you are a foreigner, you will have to prepare 500 THB to have access to the Grand Palace. 
  2. There is a dress code to enter the Grand Palace and even though it is not too strict on the type of clothes, let’s say that you should be appropriately covered. (No sleeveless shirts, vests,  short top, see through tops, short hot pants or short pants, torn pants, tight pants, bike pants, mini skirts)
  3. If you are not following the dress code, you can always buy some clothing in the surrounding areas for 100-200 THB, and get a nice souvenir. 
  4. Finally, you must be aware that The Grand Palace is open daily from 08.30 a.m. – 03.30 p.m. at Palais royal, Na Phra Lan Rd, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, 10200, Thaïlande

There are several ways to get to the Grand Palace, taking a taxi is always a convenient way to save some time and it is highly recommended for a party of 4 people. 

Stay at Novotel Bangkok on Siam Square

Our second option to reach this spot, from your Bangkok hotel – Novotel Bangkok on Siam is by taking a public bus from Siam Square number 15, 25, or 508 and getting off at Sanam Luang which is a famous public park near the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. The time it takes depends on the traffic but usually around 30 to 60-minute travel.

Our last option is by using the MRT to the station of Sanam Chai, from here the Grand Palace is at walking distance. Even though the Novotel Bangkok is not close to an MRT Station, MRT is one of the Best transportations after the BTS and has many different stations all around the city. Perfect if you find yourself close to one of their stations. 

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