THE GRAND PALACE IS BANGKOK'S MOST MAGNIFICENT, SUBLIME AND LEGENDARY TOURIST ATTRACTION. IT HAS REOPENED SINCE 1 NOVEMBER 2016 AFTER THE DEMISE OF THE BELOVED KING OF THAILAND WHO IS LYING IN STATE THERE. SINCE THAILAND IS IN MOURNING, HERE ARE TIPS TO SHOW YOUR RESPECT TO THAILAND AND ITS PEOPLE.
Advice for all
visitors to Bangkok's Grand Palace from 1 November 2016
Bangkok, 1 November, 2016 – Bangkok’s
Grand Palace is reopening its doors to tourists and visitors from 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
Hrs. Tourists and visitors are advised to enter and exit at the Wiset
Chaisri Gate only.
Drop-off and pick-up locations
For group tours
There are three drop-off and pick-up locations for tour companies taking
foreign group visitors to visit the Grand Palace.
1. Travel by car only: drop-off and pick-up at the Royal Rattanakosin
2. Travel by car and boat: arrival by car, drop-off at the Royal
Rattanakosin Hotel; return by boarding the boat at the Tha Chang Pier.
3. Travel by boat only: boarding the boat (maximum capacity: 400
passengers) both ways at Asiatique The Riverfront, and access via 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
1. Travel by BTS Sky Train: get off at the Saphan Taksin Station and take
a boat to the Tha Chang Pier or the Tha Maharaj Pier.
2. Travel by MRT Bangkok Metro: get off at the Hua Lamphong Station
(Bangkok Railway Station) and take a bus to the Grand Palace.
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 facilitate 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 Hrs., or call +66 (0) 2642 2767
(Chinese language) and +66 (0) 84 651 5549.
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
Tourists must show their passport at the checkpoints
before entering the Grand Palace, and It is advised not to bring much
Overview images of The Grand Palace, Bangkok on 1
November 2016. See more
Grand Palace to
reopen to visitors from 1 November 2016
The Grand Palace has reopened its doors to tourists and visitors from 1 November, 2016. As this
is a Royal Palace, all visitors are expected to dress respectfully, and
to be aware that Thailand is currently in an official period of mourning
for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Visitors should wear
sombre-coloured attire as a mark of respect during this period when
visiting the Palace:
• Male: a shirt or T-shirt, long dark coloured
trousers or jeans (without any holes), and covered footwear.
• Female: blouse or T-shirt that covers the shoulders, long skirt or
dress, and covered footwear.
The Grand Palace is open every day from 08.00 – 16.00
Hrs., Tourists can enter at the Wiset Chaisri Gate as normal, except
during royal ceremonies. The entrance fee includes access to the Temple
of the Emerald Buddha or Wat Phra Kaeo, the Royal Thai Decorations and
Coins Pavilion, and the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles. See more at: TATNewsroom
for business as usual with tourists events and attractions going ahead
While Thailand is officially in
a mourning period in remembrance of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej,
the Ministry of Tourism and sports (MOTs) along with the Tourism
Authority of Thailand (TAT) and the Thai people want to assure foreign
visitors and tourists that Thai people remain as warm and hospitable as
ever, with cultural attractions and facilities for tourists all in place. Furthermore, most cultural, traditional and MICE events will still go on
with some adjustments for appropriateness. Otherwise, it is business as
usual with the mourning period having no impact on travel plans and
tours. As part of the strategy to get the message out, Mrs.
Kobkarn welcomed ambassadors and diplomats from 34 countries as well as
representatives from 10 chambers of commerce to “The Afternoon Tea with
the Minister of Tourism and Sports.” This was aimed at spreading the word
that “life goes on” in Thailand and that visitors will be welcomed with
open arms and all events and festivals are going ahead. Loi
Krathong Festival 2016 will show respect to His Majesty King Bhumibol
Adulyadej Here is
the updated list of the Loi Krathong Festival and any changes to planned
festivals up and down the country.
Bangkok – At Santi
Chaiprakarn Park in the heart of the old city, visitors will learn about
the history of Loi Krathong and see performers and characters in
traditional Thai costumes taking part in traditional activities against
the glorious backdrop of the Rattanakosin temples. There is the chance to
make krathongs, try traditional food and enjoy the atmosphere of the
charming riverside park. The event will take place on 14 November, 2016,
from 17.00-22.00 Hrs.
Chiang Mai – The
Chiang Mai Yi Peng Festival 2016 will be held from 12-15 November with
the old Tha Phae Gate being the centre of action. This year, there will
be a giant krathong parade contest to win the trophy of the Prime
Minister. Other activities include floating krathong contests,
krathong-making contests, religious rituals, and several other traditional
Lanna-style ceremonies as you would expect to see in Chiang Mai.
Sukhothai – In many
ways this is the spiritual home of the Loi Krathong Festival in Thailand.
The Sukhothai Loi Krathong and Candle Festival 2016 takes place annually
in the Sukhothai Historical Park. This year, the Park will light up the
historical ruins of old Sukhothai, allowing visitors to enter and float
their krathongs on 10-14 November, from 09.30-24.00 Hrs. and there are
9,999 censer candles at 18.00 Hrs. daily.
Tak – This year,
Tak will organise “Loi Krathong Sai Floating 9,999 Lanterns in
Remembrance of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej” by floating a thread
of glittering krathongs made from coconut shells on the river from the
banks of the Ping River on 14 November.