If this is your first trip to Bangkok, make sure you include the Grand Palace, the city’s most remembered landmark in to your travelling plan.
The Grand Palace stands alongside the Chao Phraya River on Bangkok’s old town area, built in 1782 by King Rama I when he founded this new capital city and Chakri dynasty at the same time.
The Grand Palace is a complex of residences, pavilions and temples. Within the palace’s middle court is a royal residence as well as throne hall, their architectural styles a blend of Thai traditions and European influences, its elegant and beauty are beyond words. The outer court is a home to the Temple of Emerald Buddha, also known as Wat Phra Kaeo, Thailand’s most sacred site. It remained an official royal residence for centuries but, now is used for state and royal ceremonies only.
The Grand Palace is open daily from 8.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. Entrance fee is THB 500 per person. Dress code strictly enforced.
From Pullman Bangkok Grande Sukhumvit, the easiest way to get to the Grand Palace is via BTS SkyTrain from Asok station to Saphan Taksin station, and from there taking a Chao Phraya express boat. Travel by car takes about 30 to 40 minutes depending on traffic.