Book a Tour
There are three ways to tour the Grand Palace.
1. Guided tour
2. Audio guide
3. Smartphone based audio-visual guide.
Guided tours in English are available at 10:00, 10:30, 1:30 and 2:00. However, they are over crowded, hard to listen to and very fast moving without giving you time to absorb the story of each structure. You may or may not enjoy them as much.
Audio Guide Instrument
You can rent an audio guide instrument for 100 Baht (2.56 USD) with a two hour limit. You will need to hand over your passport or credit card as security deposit for a timely returns. The difficulty of this option is the two hour limit is very stressful as it is not possible to see the whole place in two hours. Also, without a visual aid and a map, it is difficult to get proper navigational help. There are times, when people end up standing in front of one structure while listening to a story of a completely different structure!
Smart Phone based Audio Visual tour guide app
You can download The Grand Palace app (Apple and Android )on your own smartphone for 100 Bhat ($2.56 USD). This is a much better alternative since there is no time limit, you don’t have to hand over a credit card or passport and you can take the stories and images home with you. It offers 3D maps for navigation, easy-to-understand narration, accurate stories and works totally offline. With its beautiful pictures, audio transcripts, social media sharing capabilities and your ability to take the story home, this is the our recommended option.