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