The Grand Palace
The Grand Palace has been the official residence of the Kings of Siam since 1782, until 1925. The Grand Palace is now used for official events.
Dress Code: Visitors are required to dress appropriately. Thus the following dress – code (applicable to both ladies and gentlemen) is requested:
1. Shorts, mini-skirts, short skirts, tight fitting trousers, as well as tights can not be worn as outer garments.
2. See-through shirts and blouses, as well as culottes or quarter length trousers can not be worn.
3. Sleeveless shirts or vests can not be worn as outer garments.
4. Sandals (without ankle or heel straps) can not be worn.
5. All shirt sleeves, whether long or short, can not be rolled up.
6. Sweat shirts and sweat pants, wind-cheaters, pajamas and fisherman trousers can not be worn.
If you show up at the front gate improperly dressed, there is a booth near the entrance that can provide clothes to cover you up properly (a deposit is required).
Opening Hours : 8.30am – 3.30pm Daily, except during special Royal Ceeremonies
Admission Fee : Free of charge for Thais and 500 baht for foreigners (includes admission to Wat Phra Kaeo, The Royal Thai Decorations & Coins Pavilion in the same compound and to Vimanmek Mansion Museum on Ratchawithi Road.
Baht 100. for rental of personal audio guide in English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Japanese or Mandarin.
How to Get There : The most enjoyable route is to take the BTS Skytrain on Silom Line and get off at Saphan Taksin Station (or S6 Station) and go out through Exit No. 2. Then, take the Chao Phraya Express Boat at Sathorn (Central Pier) to Ta Chang Pier (No.9). You can take the Orange Flag boat at 15 Baht or the Green Flag Boat. A 5-10 minute walk will bring you to the entrance gate of the Grand Palace.
Tip : Beware of people posing as tour guides and telling you that the palace is closed for ceremony (which is Not True). Their purpose is to take you on a tour to other temples elsewhere on a tuk-tuk or to shops where they can get commission.
Ignore them and walk to the main gate of the Grand Palace.