This was my third visit to Thailand and the first time I regretted why I didn’t go sooner.
Without a doubt, it is the most prestigious and gorgeous royal palace in Thailand.
It was such a wonderful space that I kept taking pictures of it when I went there.
Although the entrance fee is expensive, I confidently recommend this spot for sightseeing in Bangkok.
In this article, I have compiled a list of what to see at the Royal Palace including Wat Phra Kaew, how to get there, and information on sightseeing in the area.
- Emerald Temple and the gorgeous palace are the highlights
- Take the train for an easy ride! How to get to the Royal Palace in Thailand
- Visiting the Royal Palace in Thailand! Why I fell in love with it as soon as I went there!
- Points to note when visiting the Royal Palace of Thailand
- Tourist Information around the Royal Thai Palace
- Don’t miss the highlight of Bangkok sightseeing
Emerald Temple and the gorgeous palace are the highlights
The Royal Palace in Thailand is one of the three major temples in Bangkok, built in 1782, and is a building with a long history.
Within its vast grounds, there is the Emerald Temple with its emerald Buddha, and the Chuckley Palace where the King used to live.
The site is really large and full of beautiful buildings, but these two are the typical highlights.
Highlight 1: The gorgeous Emerald Temple to match the green Buddha
The Emerald Temple (Wat Phra Kaew) is surrounded by gorgeous decorations because of the emerald Buddha.
It’s a pity I couldn’t take any pictures because they don’t allow photos, but there was a green Buddha in the main hall.
This Buddha seems to be the most revered Buddha in Thailand.
The temple itself shone with emerald color, and all the decorations were so beautiful that it made me sigh.
Highlight 2: Chakri Palace, a beautiful combination of Thai and Western styles
Chakri Palace used to be the home of the King of Thailand and his official duties.
Although the King no longer lives here, national events are still held at this palace.
The main attraction is the beauty of the building, which is a combination of Thai and Western styles.
It is said to be one of the most prestigious palaces in Thailand.
Basic Information on the Royal Thai Palace
・Opening hours: 8:30am to 4:30pm (tickets available at 3:30pm).
・Closed: Closed on days when there are national events.
・Entrance Fee: 500 Baht ($17.57)
・Address: Phra Nakhon Bangkok
Take the train for an easy ride! How to get to the Royal Palace in Thailand
Until now, there was no train service near the Royal Palace, and it could only be reached by boat or cab.
However, starting in September 2019, a new MRT station will open and you can now take a train to the Royal Palace!
Nearest station: Sanam Chai MRT station
From the closest station: 11 minutes walk
This makes access to the Royal Palace much more convenient.
Sanam Chai station is quite glamorous as it is the closest station to the Royal Palace.
Visiting the Royal Palace in Thailand! Why I fell in love with it as soon as I went there!
For the third time in Thailand, I was finally able to visit the Royal Palace.
This is a detailed report of the actual visit.
By the way, this time I had booked a tour with round-trip hotel pick-up and drop-off at a website called KKday.
It’s very easy to get to the palace from your hotel.
Entrance to the Royal Palace
The Royal Palace is a vast area, all surrounded by white walls.
There is only one entrance to the palace. Don’t miss it.
We passed through the security check and proceeded.
Incidentally, there was also a clothing check here as well.
I was wearing a tank top dress, so I was told to wear long sleeves.
After receiving our tickets, we finally proceeded through the Royal Palace.
To the emerald-colored main hall
As we nervously walked forward, we quickly found a temple that shone brightly. This is the Emerald Temple.
This Emerald Temple is so beautiful, even the individual pillars… I was immediately captivated.
Honestly, no matter where I take the photo, it’s so beautiful that I can’t stop pressing the shutter.
I’ve visited many temples in Thailand, but this one is breathtaking. .
I can’t post a picture of the emerald Buddha because I wasn’t allowed to, but you should definitely see it in person.
The Garuda, the sacred divine bird that Lord Vishu rides, is all over the place.
In Thailand, the Garuda is the emblem of the royal family, and all facilities related to the royal family have Garuda emblems on them.
The beautiful decorations made it hard to move my feet. I regretted why I didn’t come here sooner…
The back side of the temple is also beautiful.
The decoration is completely comparable to what you see on the front.
Walking around the terrace consisting of four buildings
The terrace where the Emerald Temple is located has other large buildings that are very powerful.
These statues are Yak, the demon god, and Mok, the monkey god, from the Ramayana, an ancient Indian epic.
In Thailand, they are popular as allies of justice who protect the king at all costs.
There were also yaks and moks supporting the stupa. It seems that they are meant to protect the temple from bad luck.
A monk was also there as we strolled around the terrace.
Everyone was taking pictures on this beautiful wall.
The patterns and colors were so beautiful that I could look at them forever.
There was also a golden chedi, which is very Thai.
I’ve often seen them in Chiang Mai, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen them anywhere else in Bangkok.
There was also an elephant under the chedi.
And behind the palace, a model of Angkor Wat!
The architectural style of Thailand is said to be strongly influenced by Khmer culture.
To Chakri Palace
After enjoying a stroll around the terrace, we proceeded towards the Chakri Palace.
The combination of the exotic Thai style and the sophisticated Western style made it a magical and fascinating place.
At first glance, it looks like a western palace, but looking at the details, it also has a full Thai feel.
This is where the King of Thailand used to live.
The guards were there and everyone was taking pictures with them.
Next door is the Doosuit Palace, with its detailed decoration.
This is the place where the coronation ceremonies of past kings have been held.
It was really a beautiful place. Although we couldn’t go inside the palace, we were very satisfied to see the prestigious palace of Thailand.
This was the end of our visit to the Royal Palace. We really had a great time!
Points to note when visiting the Royal Palace of Thailand
Precautions 1: Don’t wear clothes that show your body lines or are too revealing
The Royal Palace in Thailand is a prestigious place, and there is a dress and security check before entry.
・Tank tops and camisoles
・Clothing that clearly shows the lines of the body.
Short sleeves and long skirts are fine for women, and short sleeves and long pants for men.
If you are wearing a skirt, as long as it is long enough to cover your knees, you should be fine.
To be honest, I felt that the clothing check at the Royal Palace was stricter than at other temples in Thailand.
Note 2: The Royal Palace is closed on days when there are state events
The Royal Palace is still closed on certain days for state events.
You can check the schedule for 2019 below.
Tourist Information around the Royal Thai Palace
The Three Great Temples of Bangkok: Wat Pho and Wat Arun
Wat Pho and Wat Arun, the three major temples in Bangkok, are located near the Royal Palace.
Must see at least once! Wat Pho with its huge Reclining Buddha
Wat Pho is where you can see the huge reclining Buddha.
If you are in Bangkok, this is a must-see spot with a lot of power.
Basic information about Wat Pho
・Opening hours: 8:00 – 18:30
・Entrance fee: 100 baht ($3.52)
・Closed days: Basically none
・Address: 2 Sanam Chai Rd, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200
・Access: 4 minutes walk from Sanam Chai MRT station
Temple of Dawn Wat Arun
Wat Arun is also a beautiful temple with detailed decorations.
It is called the temple of the dawn, and the best time to visit is at sunset.
Basic information about Wat Arun
・Opening hours: 7:30am – 5:30pm
・Entrance fee: 50 baht ($1.75)
・Closed: Basically, no days
・Address: 158 Thanon Wang Doem, Wat Arun, Bangkok Yai, Bangkok 10600
・Access: Take a ferry from the boat pier near Wat Pho.
How to visit the 3 major temples in Bangkok
If you want to visit the three major temples in Bangkok in one day, we recommend starting from the Royal Palace.
1. Walk from Sanam Chai MRT station to the Royal Palace (11 minutes walk).
2. Walk from the Royal Palace to Wat Pho (11 minutes walk)
3. Take a ferry from the boat pier near Wat Pho to Wat Arun on the other side of the river.
It is recommended to watch the sunset near Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn, or on the other side of the river.
The sunset is best seen near Wat Arun, also known as the Temple of Dawn, or on the other side of the river, so make sure to go around the Royal Palace first so that you can be near Wat Arun in the evening.
Also, it’s hot in Bangkok and sometimes it’s hard to walk even 10 minutes. In that case, don’t hesitate to take a cab or Grab.
Khao San Road, a backpacker town at night
After watching the sunset at Wat Arun, if you are still in good spirits, take a trip to Khao San Road.
Khao San Road is about a 15-minute walk from the Royal Palace.
If you are near Wat Arun, it would be better to take a cab there.
Khao San Road itself is open during the day, but at night, it gets crowded with people and food stalls.
Don’t miss the highlight of Bangkok sightseeing
The Royal Palace in Thailand is a spot that I definitely recommend for sightseeing in Bangkok.
I myself regretted that I had never been here before.
There is so much to see and do, so please take your time to visit.
We booked our tour through KKday, a website that offers tours from over 60 countries around the world.
・Plan to visit the Royal Palace with a guide
Half day walking tour of Bangkok! Royal Palace + Wat Phra Kaew + Khon (Masked Dance Theater)
There are many things about the Royal Palace that you can’t understand just by walking around on your own, so I thought it would be nice to tour it with a guide.
Please try to make your trip more fulfilling.
Have a great trip!