You shouldn’t go to Bangkok if you don’t have time for The Grand Palace. It is not only the number 1 attraction in the city but it is also a good introduction to Thailand as a country with rich history, traditions, and culture. This article will give you tips for visiting The Grand Palace, Bangkok.
Brief historical background
The kings and his people who are members of the government resided in the palace for almost 130 years, from 1782 to 1925. After the abolition of Thailand’s absolute monarchy however, the next successors moved to other residences in Bangkok which means the palace has had no residents for almost 100 years. From time to time though, there are important events held in the palace throughout the year.
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We have been there last 2012 and came back again after 5 years in 2017. The first time we visited, we were not on tour. We just bought tickets and went in. The second time around though, we were with a group on a guided tour.
Which one do we recommend? Here are the differences.
- ride a public transport to reach the palace
- on your own time
- freely hop to temples that interest you
- spend more time for photographs
- navigate your way through the palace
- pick up and drop you off back to the hotel
- limited time, approximately 1.5 hours in the palace
- extra information and history for each temple
- guide brings you to temples with more historical value
- guide that can answer your questions
- before heading back to the hotel, you have an extra stop over at a jewellery shop in case you want to purchase a piece of jewellery
Tips for visiting The Grand Palace, Bangkok
Having tried both, we recommend first timers to join a tour for a complete Grand Palace experience. The temples have much more meaning when history and stories are added. Yes, they are pretty on the outside but they are a lot prettier on the inside. Imagine, seeing a golden reclining Buddha but you have no idea why it is positioned that way, and taking nice photos of the architecture but you don’t know the differences of each design.
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Apart from recommending you guys to visit the Grand Palace, there are also a lot more things to do in Bangkok. Need a little help with planning? You can check out this Bangkok Guide.
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