Bangkok’s Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha as re-opened its doors to tourists and visitors from 1st November 2016. However, as Thailand is still in an official mourning period for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, visitors to the Palace should wear appropriate and respectable attire.
Entrance and exit
- For tourists, the Grand Palace is open every day from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tourists and visitors are advised to enter and exit at the Wiset Chaisri Gate only.
Drop-off and pick-up locations
For group tours
There are three drop-off and pick-up locations for tour companies taking foreign group visitors to visit the Grand Palace.
- Travel by car only: drop-off and pick-up at the Royal Rattanakosin Hotel.
- Travel by car and boat: arrival by car, drop-off at the Royal Rattanakosin Hotel; return by boarding the boat at the Tha Chang Pier.
- Travel by boat only: boarding the boat (maximum capacity: 400 passengers) both ways at Asiatique The Riverfront, and access via the Tha Maharaj Pier. However, there is an extra cost of 130 Baht per person.
Tour buses can park at the Rama VIII Bridge, the Old Southern Bus Terminal (about 1 km past Central Pinklao), Wat Dusidaram (at the foot of Phra Pinklao Bridge on the Thon Buri side). For smaller tour vehicles or private cars, the drop-off and pick-up is at the Chang Rongsi Bridge.
- Travel by BTS Sky Train: get off at the Saphan Taksin Station and take a boat to the Tha Chang Pier or the Tha Maharaj Pier.
- Travel by MRT Bangkok Metro: get off at the Hua Lamphong Station (Bangkok Railway Station) and take a bus to the Grand Palace.
Tourist facilitation and assistance
The Department of Tourism in collaboration with the Tourist Police has deployed special-task officers and volunteers as well as Tourist Police officers with the ability to communicate in foreign languages to facilitate tourists and provide assistance. The six officers and volunteers are stationed at the Tourist Assistance tent opposite the Wiset Chaisri Gate from 08.30-16.30 Hrs., or call +66 (0) 2642 2767 (Chinese language) and +66 (0) 84 651 5549.
Tourists may be asked to show their passport, or a copy, at the checkpoints before entering the Grand Palace, and it is advised not to bring too many belongings.