Don’t get scammed at the Grand Palace

HK Magazine - - TRAVEL -

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.

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