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Bangkok Thailand: The Grand Royal Palace

I’ve been to a lot of Royal Palaces, like the daeksuk and gyeongbok palaces of Seoul and the Forbidden City and Summer Palace of Beijing; yet it doesn’t tire me to visit any royal palaces around the planet. Palaces appeal to me like a bee on flower buds. I’m attracted naturally, but I don’t know why? Maybe I’m a princess during my past life? :p Anyway, what made this experience in Bangkok’s Royal Palace different is that this palace still serves the monarchs of Thailand. Unlike the other palaces that I’ve been to, most of them are considered as a museum and are not used for royal events.

The three different architectures Thai, Khmer (forgot the other one) Burmese???
The three different architectures Thai, Khmer (forgot the other one) Burmese???

The Palace in Bangkok still serves the present Royal Family, however, it’s not the royal residence anymore, that’s why tourist (like me) are allowed entry, but sometimes royal gatherings are held there.

A guard standing firm
A guard standing firm, very detailed and exquisite

Bangkok Royal Palace is a popular tourist spot in Bangkok, hence, a lot of people flock to this place. The crowd here reminded me of my visit in Forbidden City during Spring— people are just everywhere, I almost can’t breathe! I can’t take a decent picture without a stranger sneaking in. So, my judgment: The royal palace in Bangkok is crowded. Period. So, if I’m going to choose whether to go here or Ayutthaya’s Bang Pa In Palace, I will choose the latter— Just because I like peace and quiet 🙂 But, the Bangkok Royal Palace is a different experience all together. Due to the pushing of the crowd (which made it interesting :p), the temples inside (big temples can be found here), as well as museums (that houses war artillery/ weapons during the ancient times) But if great landscaping and beautiful view is what you wanted then a visit to Ayutthaya is a must.

But, a must see here is the hand painted wall that depicts a story (though I forgot the story about it). 🙂

the beautifully and meticulously hand painted wall
the beautifully and meticulously hand painted wall

Like Ayutthaya’s Bang Pa In Palace (Summer Palace of Siam (Thailand) during the ancient times) you can see here various architecture from different cultures; hence you’ll see here buildings with Khmer (Cambodian) styles and European Style, however, the predominant here is Thai architecture. I also liked how the Western style kind of palace was made, I felt like I was in Disneyland!

Thai architecture is very detailed. What I like the most is the building which is made from hand crafted mirrors. They are cut with serious precision so that the sizes will be the same. I just love how detailed they do it.

Bangkok Grand Palace

Bangkok Grand/ Royal Palace

Khmer architecture had greatly influenced Thailand in the sense that they have almost the same style (this is only based from my observation), but just look at the picture below: they had a miniature version of the Angkor Wat, which according to our tour guide, they want to create something like the Angkor Wat in Thailand during the ancient times.

Angkor Wat replica in Bangkok's Grand Royal Palace
Angkor Wat replica in Bangkok’s Grand Royal Palace
Angkor Wat replica in Bangkok's Grand/Royal Palace
Angkor Wat replica in Bangkok’s Grand/Royal Palace

I suggest that anyone who will visit Thailand to visit at least once this Palace, since this is the symbol (icon) and the most popular tourist sight in Bangkok.


Entrance Fee: 500 BAHT

Operates Daily: 08.30 – 15.30

Address: Na Phra Lan Road, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok

Dress Code: Visitors are required to dress appropriately. Thus the following dress – code (applicable to both ladies and gentlemen):
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 culottes or quarter length trousers can not be worn.
3. Sleeveless shirts or vests can not be worn as outer garments.
4. Sandals (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.



Well, I wasn’t able to write anything for the past few months, it’s because I’m really (really) (really) LAZY! *sigh. Anyway, I really need to write something here since it is almost a year after I enjoyed Thailand thus, I need to write before I forget everything that I enjoyed about that vibrant city.

Since it was my first time to go to Thailand last May 2012, and since I will be coming with my mom, nephew, and sis-in-law I opted to get a tour guide, to lessen the load n my part (It’s hard to be the navigator!, I’m sweaty and stressed the whole time! So I opted to get a guide *sigh). It’s not a package tour though, (just like lots and lots and tons and tons of my trips, I usually do my itinerary, find a guide and let that guide work according to what I want (I’m a spoiled brat so I want everything to happen according to my plan! *evil laugh)).


BTW! Thailand is the second city we went after Singapore during my family’s mini Southeast Asia Adventure. Forgive me but I don’t have anything to write about Singapore. Singapore is just too hard to put in words! All I can say is that it is vibrant, lovely and very city-like! That’s all! 🙂

But, Thailand is different, there is history behind it. What I mean by history is that, there’s historical sights, beautiful landscapes and CRAZZZY SHOPPING! When I say crazy, it’s really crazy! Haggle to death and you’ll enjoy this experience.

Anyway, I’m not here to compare two countries, but give you my insights as well as itinerary for your Bangkok, Thailand Adventure

Note: This is my itinerary, this will only serve as your guide. Your preferences might be different to what I like so… it depends on you if you wanna copy this, and if you do, and if you have questions, feel free to ask me and contact me. 🙂

1ST DAY: May 15, 2012.

We arrived Bangkok at 2pm, aboard an Airasia Aircraft from Singapore, then we transfer towards our hotel, Prince Palace Hotel in Khaosan Road. 2pm is really late to tour around the city since the attractions closes at around 4 or 5pm.  so what we did is to look around the hotel area and we realized that the place where our hotel is located is one of the biggest wholesale shopping malls in Bangkok. So, we shopped and shopped during that time *just imagine how big is the grin in my face. I’ll write about my shopping experience some other time! 🙂


Bang Pa-In Summer Palace: is a palace complex formerly used by the Thai kings as a summer dwelling. King Prasat Thong originally constructed the complex in 1632, and though it lay empty and overgrown throughout the late 18th and early 19th century, King Mongkut began to restore the site. Most of the present buildings were constructed between 1872 and 1889 by King Chulalongkorn.

Ayutthaya Historical Park: When King U Thong built Ayutthaya as his island capital some 650 years ago, the city was to last for 417 years. Over its long history from 1350 to 1767 there were five Thai dynasties and a total of 33 kings. When people from other countries came to the kingdom they remarked on its’ size and wealth and the beauty of the place. See ruins which have survived from this once magnificent city. Visit the Royal Grand Palace and the Royal Temple (Wat Phra Si Sanphet)

Viharn Phra Mongkhon Bophit: The viharn holds a large image of Buddha subduring the Mara which is 12.45 meters high and has a knee span width of 9.55 meters. it was built with brick and plaster and was covered with bronze 3-4 inches thick

Wat Mahathat (Temple of the Great Relics): is located almost right in the center of Ayutthaya City and A typical of the Ayutthaya ruins, large crumbling Chedi or Stupa surrounded by low laterite walls and rows of Headless Buddha Images. One Buddha Image-head is in a tree trunk. This is one of the old city’s most impressive edifices

Wat Ratchaburana, It was built in 1424 and the early Ayutthaya Prang is still standing has a beautiful stucco work. Found inside the prang crypt large quantities of treasure and religious objects

Enjoy a Private Long-Tail Boat to explore of the island of the ancient city of Ayutthaya. It is not only reveal the beauty and lifestyle of the people but also reflect the life at the time of Ayutthaya Kingdom when the Chao Phraya River served as a channel for trade


Morning:      Visit The Royal Grand Palace & The Royal Temple are the perfect introduction

09:00AM     to Thailand’s Architecture, Culture and Tradition, You will visit the highlight attractions around this complex such as

The Royal Temple (Wat Phra Kaew, The Temple of the Emerald Buddha), The Golden Chedi, Pantheon of the Chakri’s Kings, A miniature replica of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Coronation Throne Hall and Royal Reception

Visit Wat Pho (The Temple of The Reclining Buddha) is the of the largest and oldest temple in Bangkok and still an important center for Traditional Thai Medicine and Traditional Thai Massages School

Afternoon:   Canal Tour, Take a long tail boat along the bustling Chao Phraya River and quiet Klongs (canals) Passing picturesque scenes of Thai River Life.

By the river see Wat Arun or the Temple of Dawnis an important landmark located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. The main shrine, decorated with glazed ornaments and ceramics, rises 67 meters towards the heavens. Built during the beginning of King Taksin era, the magnificent temple reflects the glory of the Thai culture. The highest Prang in Thailand symbolizing Hindu-Buddhist cosmology

4TH DAY: Flight going to MALAYSIA