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Bangkok: Grand Palace Self-Guided Walking Tour

4.3 / 5

7 reviews

Activity provider: Action Tour Guide

Bangkok: Grand Palace Self-Guided Walking Tour

Activity provider: Action Tour Guide

From US$ 8 per person

Explore the spacious grounds of the Grand Palace, unearth the thrilling mysteries of the Emerald Buddha, and discover the significance of this royal and religious site on this self-guided tour.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Valid 365 days
from first activation
Audio guide included
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the Grand Palace in the heart of Bangkok, Thailand
  • See the famous Emerald Buddha statue up close and personal
  • Uncover the history behind this unique complex
  • Admire stunning, ancient architecture
  • Learn the significance of the palace’s most famous sights
Full description
Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Once downloaded, your tour begins at the Grand Palace gates, in the heart of bustling Bangkok. From there, you’ll enter the spacious grounds and get your first good look at this ancient, storied complex. One of the first things you’ll see on your route is the famous Emerald Buddha. This incredible statue is perhaps the most well known of the Palace’s many wonders, and for good reason. There’s plenty of history (and mystery) behind this statue, all of which you’ll soon uncover! Next, you’ll see other intricate statues, including one depicting a terrifying demon that holds an important place in Thai legends. Then you’ll follow a route through the rest of the Palace, taking in sights such as the shimmering Golden Chedi and the deeply sacred Hor Phra Monthian temple. While you explore, you’ll be learning all about the history, culture, and mythology behind the plentiful works of art which decorate the palace. At last, you’ll see the extravagant Borom Phiman Mansion before continuing to a pair of fascinating museums. Then you’ll complete your circuit of the Palace. Your tour will conclude back at the main gate, right near where it began.
Includes
  • Mission: Join us to explore the world and its stories. Let us start with this area.
  • Discover at your own pace using a mobile app.
  • An audio guide, map, and tour book - all in one app on your phone.
  • A link to download the Action Tour Guide app. Password for your tours.
  • Easy to use - auto-play based on your GPS location. Hands-free.
  • Live Offline GPS map- works without a cell signal. Gives stop-by-stop directions.
  • All-day support line: Call, Chat, or Email.
  • Don’t miss a thing: Full itinerary, travel tips, and professionally narrated audio.
  • Visit key & hidden points. Enrich your experience with historical images/videos/text.
  • Start when there is less crowd, stop to take pictures, break for hikes, or go for lunch.
  • Valid for life - Listen to it before, during, and after the tour. Use it on multiple days.
  • Transportation, parking fee, food/drinks.
  • National Park/attraction passes, entry tickets, or reservations.

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Meeting point

This is a self-guided experience and not an entrance ticket. It begins at The Grand Palace, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand. Be sure to check your email before you begin to download the Action Tour Guide app, enter your unique password, and access your tour. These steps require good data/wifi. From there, simply follow the audio instructions and the route. Have questions? Visit Action Tour Guide’s Help page: https://actiontourguide.com/faq/

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sun hat
  • Headphones
  • Long pants
  • Charged Smartphone

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • This tour is a self-guided mobile app with a map, audio stories, and a guide.
  • Buy one tour per couple. Use a phone speaker or share the headsets.
  • The app offers a full itinerary, tips, professional audio stories, scripts, images, videos, deep dives, hidden gems, hikes, and offline directions.
  • Flexible Schedule: Use it on any day and at any time- over multiple days.
  • Use it on your next trip here. This tour never expires.
  • Go at your own pace.
  • It auto starts based on you reaching the starting point GPS.
  • All stories play based on your GPS location. Requires no buttons to press.
  • Get HELP by calling, chatting, or emailing - all day long.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 7 reviews

Review summary

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You can also buy a self guided tour at the palace for less money. Be aware that neither includes the entry fee which is 500 bhaat each. The palace audio tour allows two people to use it. The get your guide audio allows for more. So it’s a better deal if you have more people in your group.

August 29, 2022

Interesting explanation. Lots of info divided into chapters. Mail with password was sent long in advance so I had to search on the spot and download the app. That was a bit annoying. Better yet, send a reminder the day before.

July 17, 2022

This was a great way to get a good picture of the historical context and significance of everything we saw. I sometimes have problems understanding and hearing a live guide, and this is clear, informative and we could go at our own pace. Definitely recommend.

April 21, 2022

Product ID: 397927