Don’t get scammed at the Grand Palace
A staple on every Bangkok first-timer’s itinerary, the 232-year-old Grand Palace ($112 entrance fee) is a mix of ornate temples, throne halls and government offices. Swing by for a glimpse of the magnificent residence of eight kings of Thailand, before King Rama IX moved the royal residence to Dusit Palace in 1901. What the postcards don’t warn you about is the sea of umbrellas and tour guide flags you’re likely to get lost in: don’t forget to grab a map at the entrance. The palace is open every day from 8:30am to 3:30pm except on special occasions.
Scam Alert! When we were there, a kind-looking “policeman” offered to flag down a tuk tuk to take us to a temple that opens only once a year. Long story short, we were coerced into purchasing jewelry that we later found out was part of a rip-off jewelry scam. Take it from us! Don’t fall for chummy strangers outside the palace. Na Phra Lan Rd., Phra Nakhon, Bangkok.