Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand
I feel that my vocabulary is not good enough to describe Grand Palace. I feel that my photos did not do justice to this gorgeous architectures.
I was ecstatic to visit Grand Palace with my husband and our girls because I have always wanted to visit Grand Palace since I was in high school. I waited for all these years!! I absolutely loved it.
The entrance fee was 350 Bahts (about US$12). We did not pay for our 6-year-old and 3-year-old.
HOW TO GET THERE
We took a Sky Train and went to Saphan Taksin Station. We got on a Water Taxi from there. I will write a separate post about Water Taxi later. Water taxi stops right by all the major sites along the Chao Phraya River for example Grand Palace, Wat Arun, and Wat Pho. It was fun and we loved it!
I hardly take pictures with my kids unless my husband offers, but I asked him to take this photo because I wanted to tell you about the strict dress code at the Grand Palace to pay respect to the most sacred site in Thailand.
DRESS CODE AT GRAND PALACE
For men, long pants and shirt with sleeves are required and no flip flops. For wearing open toe shoes, it says here to wear socks, so my husband wore his sneakers, but we did see some men wearing sandals without socks. For women, it is required to wear at least knee-length skirt, pants or longer, and shirts that covers shoulders (no camisoles or tank tops) and no see through material. Sandals are fine for women. The dress code seems to not apply to young children.
IF YOU DON’T WEAR APPROPRIATE CLOTHES
There is a changing room right by the front gate. You leave 200 Bahts as a deposit to check out their rental clothes and you get the money back when you return the piece you borrowed. It’s nice that they allow visitors to check out clothes for free. The pain part is having to wait in a loooong line to check out and you have to wear something that someone else just wore.
I had to check out a sarong because I wore a tunic dress like this with leggings. There were two people sitting at the front gate and the guy was yelling “No tight pants. No sexy pants!” You’re kidding! Leggings are considered sexy??? Apparently so. Now I know. Women with skinny jeans were fine. I saw a few young ladies who somehow got away and wore dresses shorter than knee length inside the Grand Palace. If you want to wear a skirt or a dress, it is safer to wear a skirt at least knee length.
If you go visit Grand Palace, bringing a sarong or scarf is an idea and just put on a sarong around your waist or a scarf to cover your shoulders as you enter. It is so hot in Thailand most of a year that you would be tempted to wear something light and not cover legs and shoulders. If so, just put in your purse or bag something to put on at the Grand Palace.