Grand Palace Now Open for Tourists Again
Bangkok’s Grand Palace reopened it’s doors to tourists and visitors yesterday, 1 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. The Bureau of the Royal Household as well as related authorities including the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the Ministry of Transport’s Marine Department, and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration have announced the following advice for tourists who would like to visit the Grand Palace.
Entrance and exit - For tourists, the Grand Palace is open every day from 08.30 – 15.30. Tourists and visitors are advised to enter and exit at the Wiset Chaisri Gate only and will need to show their passport at the checkpoints around the palace before entering.
Drop-off and pick-up locations - Individuals using the BTS need to get off at the Saphan Taksin Station and take a boat to the Tha Chang Pier or the Tha Maharaj Pier. if you are travelling by MRT then you should use the Hua Lamphong Station and take a bus to the Grand Palace.
There are three drop-off and pick-up locations for tour companies taking tour groups to visit the Grand Palace, namely, if travelling by car then the drop-off and pick-up point is at the Royal Rattanakosin Hotel. If travelling by car and boat then arrivals by car should use the drop-off point at the Royal Rattanakosin Hotel and returns boat will be via the Tha Chang Pier. Travel by boat only should use the Asiatique at The Riverfront to access 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.
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 help 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. The Department of Tourism in collaboration with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has arranged to set up signage for the drop-off and pick-up locations in English and Chinese. The Marine Department will deploy Tourist Assistance officers at three piers: Tha Chang, Tha Maharaj and Asiatique The Riverfront.