The Grand Palace Bangkok is without a doubt one of the most spectacular and dazzling sights in the city. It is definitely the most popular and famous of all of the landmarks. If you’re planning on visiting, you will need to have a few pieces of information handy, specifically: the type of tours available, the hours and the dress code.
The Grand Palace Bangkok Tour – The tour begins with you arriving and entering through the Outer Court. This is the beginning of the palace, which is more like a complex maze of routes. You will see many government departments where the king frequented. The treasury, army and all types of civil administration issues occurred here.
Next is the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, which sits in the corner of the Outer Court taking you to the next part of the tour, the Central Court. This is the king’s residence. There are also several business halls.
The Inner Court comes next and this is the area that the consorts to the king and his daughters resided. It’s more like a city. Unfortunately, this part of the Palace is closed to public viewing. Although this is one of the top Thailand tourist attractions, many are let down once they find they cannot see the entire palace area. Still, the other areas will more than make up for missing this one small part.
Grand Palace Bangkok Hours of Operation – With the exception of state functions, the palace is open for public tours 7 days a week, between the hours of 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. It is not rare to come across people called ‘touts’ who are similar to American scalpers. They may try to entice you into purchasing their personal tour.
Grand Palace Bangkok Dress Code – The dress code is extremely strict and you must adhere to their guidelines. Failure to do so will result in you not gaining entry. This is one of Thailand’s top sacred sites and they expect your utmost respect.
In reality, the dress code makes the palace one of the best things to do in Bangkok, because you do have to dress accordingly. Most of the other attractions allow casual attire, but this one really helps you to remember where you are and just how privileged you should be to have this opportunity.
Men are expected to have on long pants, sleeved shirts and closed-toe shoes. Women should also have moderate attire, including nothing see through or too revealing. There must not be any bare shoulders, midriffs or short skirts. If you plan to wear sandals, you cannot arrive with bare feet if you wish to enter Grand Palace Bangkok. You must wear socks if you are male and stockings if you are female.
Making your way to the palace is very easy because many tours are available as part of a package deal, especially when you book your accommodations with one of the best hotels in Bangkok. They will arrange a boat ride, usually, the Chaophraya Express to Chang Pier.