Grand Palace - temple area 8

Grand Palace, a must visit landmark in Bangkok, some says that one will not be considered visited Bangkok if he/she never been to Grand Palace.

Grand Palace is located at Na Phra Lan Road, Old City (Rattanakosin), open daily from  08.30 – 15.30 with entrance fee of 500 baht. Visitors have to follow the dress code strictly, long pants, long sleeve and no slipper (no exposed shoulder and skin above knees), else need to buy at entrance. My advice is to visit in early morning so that wont be too hot and crowded.

Getting to Grand Palace

There are several ways getting to Grand Palace, we took Chao Phraya Express Boat service at Chao Phraya Express Boat Central Pier which located near  Saphan Taksin BTS Station, the pier started to get crowded when we reach around 930am.

Chao Phraya Express Boat - Central Pier 1

Chao Phraya Express Boat Central Pier already quite crowded when we reach around 930am…

Chao Phraya Express Boat - service sign board

Sign board at the entrance which you can find information of all boat services!

Chao Phraya Express Boat Service selling normal and Tourist Boat tickets, normal ticket is for 1 way while Tourist Boat tickets is valid for unlimited service for that day. Here are some information for Chao Phraya Tourist Boat ticket, and the website:

Route : Sathorn pier (Central) -Phra Arthit Pier (N13)

Services : Daily 09:30 hrs. – 16:00 hrs.

Every 30 minutes from Sathorn Pier.

Ticket : ฿150

Boats with different flags have different route and stations, make sure to plan ahead and check properly before taking any boat, also always to confirm with the staff for next boat’s heading direction. Normal ticket service was cheaper for our itinerary, so we followed locals taking orange flag boat to every destination, which cost us 15 baht per ticket per way, regardless of your destination.

Chao Phraya Express Boat - Central Pier 4

The Flag on top of boat enables passengers always take the correct service.

Chao Phraya Express Boat - on board 1

A staff was collecting fare on board.

Chao Phraya Express Boat - on board 2

Boat full of local and foreign passengers.

We got off at Ta Chang Pier (No.9), there was an open air market just outside of the pier, followed the crowd and walked for 5mins to reach Grand Palace right across the street.

Chao Phraya Express Boat - Ta Chang Pier 1

Ta Chang Pier (No.9) where Grand Palace is located.

Chao Phraya Express Boat - Ta Chang Pier exit

Open market selling variety of local foods at Ta Chang Pier.

Grand Palace - exterior 1

Grand Palace.

Grand Palace - map

Map available at the entrance, grab one so that you won’t be lost inside.

It was around 1030am and considered late, the place was getting crowded and hot. Without any further delay, we got camera and map ready, and started exploring that spectacular master piece of art which filled with intricate details and magnificent architectural!

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Grand Palace - temple area 1

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Walls with painting that telling epic stories of Thailand.


Grand Palace - office and hall area 2

Grand Palace - office and hall area 3

Guard shifts changing ceremony.

Plan for half a day visiting the Grand Palace, to explore that great landmark of Bangkok, and to see the breath taking architectural for yourself, you won’t regret it!

Next, We headed to Wang Lang Street for a quick visit and lunch, follow by Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn).

=> Read on here to follow us to the sacred temple of Wat Arun



Alec Chan

Alec Chan is an intrepid traveler, travel writer, author, speaker, serial entrepreneur and self professed Asia travel ambassador. Traveling all around Asia since 2003, and still traveling, Alec is an accomplished and passionate traveler seeking to bridge the cultural gaps in Asia. Through his unique perspective as a Canadian born Chinese, Alec shares his special insights on Asia to help others around the world to have a better understanding on Asian culture so that they can have a more meaningful, fun, and stress free trip to Asia. Alec has written numerous travel guides on several destinations in Asia and is the editor in chief of

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