The Grand Palace is the most popular tourist destination in Bangkok. As well as the magnificant royal palace grounds, home to the Kings of Siam since 1782.
Inside the grounds of the Grand Palace is Wat Phra Kaew temple which is famous for the emerald Buddha. You are not allowed to enter the temple but there is a small window where you can look inside and see the small emerald Buddha at the far end of the temple. Crowds at Wat Phra Kaew are very pushy. Be prepared to be pushed and shoved (mostly by Chinese tourists).
The Grand Palace is open to visitors everyday from 8.30am - 3.30pm. The entrance fee to the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew is 400 Baht. Last tickets are sold at 3.30pm and you can stay inside the grounds until 5pm.
One of the biggest scams around the Grand Palace, is men walking up to you before you go inside and tell you that the Grand Palace is closed today and then they offer to take you on a ride to another Bangkok Tourist attraction. These are just taxi driver or private car guides trying to make money. If you jump in a taxi Bangkok and ask to be taken to the Grand Palace they may tell you the same thing, that the Grand Palace is closed today.
Attractions Close to Grand Palace Bangkok
Right next door to the Grand Palace is the Wat Pho also know as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha.
Also a short taxi ride away from the Grand Palace are Khao San Road and the Chao Phraya River.