On the banks of the Chao Phraya River stands a 200 year old tribue to power and wealth of old Siam. The Grand Palace is a must see for any visit to the Thailand capital. First off, the Grand place is not simply one building, it is a entire village of palaces and temples.
Before you go:
Anyone planning on visiting the Grand Place must understand what The Grand Palace is and isn’t. First off, the grand place is a holy place held in reverence. Monks and priests live and work on the campus. Certain areas are held with extreme revence. People come to the Palace to worship from all over Asia. The Palace is also a ceremonial home to the Royal Family of Thailand. King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit Kitiyakara are the longest current serving monarchs in the world, and according to the Forbes list the King is one of the wealthiest individuals in the world. Thai’s revere the King and disrespect toward him or the royal family is a punishable offence. Needless to say, visitors to the Royal Palace should be prepared the conduct themselves in a proper manner. Here are a few of the requirements directoy from the official site of the Palace:
Proper Dress in The Grand Palace for Visitors
Visitors are requested to be dressed properly and appropriately upon entering the ground of the Bhubing Palace. Thus the following dress – code (applicable to both ladies and gentlemen) will be strictly enforced:
1. Shorts, mini-skirts, short skirts, tight fitting trousers, as well as tights can not be worn as outer garments.
2. See-through shirts and blouses, as well as culotters or quarter length trousers can not be worn.
3. Sleeveless shirts or vests can not be worn as outer garments.
4. Sandles (without ankle or heel straps) can not be worn.
5. All shirt sleeves, whether long or short, can not be rolled up.
6. Sweat shirts and sweat pants, wind-cheaters, pajamas and fisherman trousers can not be worn.
The point above saying “strictly” enforced is just that. You will be turned away of not dressed appropriately. Security is tight. Of the many sites we have visited, this is only rivaled by the Vatican. We are going to insert our opinion here, we are the Fighting Couple, it is our nature. We couldn’t help but overhear complaints about the rigid guidelines as we were in line to enter by other tourists. Frankly, this disappointed us. Showing respect by the clothes you wear is appropriate. The rules are clearly posted and advertised. Prepare ahead and you will be fine.
We recommend getting there early. The audio guide that is offered for a fee is actually very helpful in understanding all of the many structiures withing the compound. We are going to highlight some of the key things to see within the Palace. Frankly, there is so much to see and expiriance, this is just a few things that we found interesting.
The Grand Palace We made the mistake of only allowing a morning for our visit. very bad idea. There is so much to see and take in. Allow the better part of a day to really experience the Palace grounds. Photographers are going to find a new angle at ever turn. Thailand truly holds so many great adventures! There are many low cost airlines that fly into and out of Bangkok. Book yours today and enjoy your visit!
Wow. I love the Chinese statue in your photos! And your tips are so helpful, especially about the dress code. It’s far more detailed than other places, and we wouldn’t want to be turned away for something silly like being uninformed. Your tweet about this post popped out at just the right time on my feed, as we were researching for our upcoming Thailand trip! Thank you for bringing the Grand Palace alive to us, and making us all the more impatient to get there!
I agree, when I went to the Royal Palace, there were so many girls bitching and whining about why they couldn’t wear their tiny shorts and tank top with bra showing.. I just wanted to yell at them READ A BOOK or something, obviously they didn’t read a thing about the palace if they “didn’t know” there was a dress code, tourists in Bangkok drive me nuts sometimes :) Great post, glad you enjoyed it!
Dress code is a super big deal. Great place to visit for sure. Thanks for your comment. -Mike
The Palace was amazing. We just didn’t allow for enough time. I dont think we really captured all there was to see and learn. I guess there is always next time.-Mike
You will love palace and Bangkok for that matter. Just make sure that you budget enough time. Safe travels-Mike
Hello, i’m planning to go to Bangkok with my friend.
Is Bangkok a safe city to travel? especially for a woman.
Are we allowed to wear A-line skirt and the length is about on my knee?
Thanks for your attention.
Kartika-Very safe city to travel. A line knee length should be just fine. Enjoy the city! We are jealous!