"The Grand Palace is NOT closed today" Bangkok Tourist Trap Tip by PBY

Bangkok Tourist Traps: 356 reviews and 183 photos

  S&P - Maharat Pier
by PBY

The Grand Palace is a must see attraction for all visitors to BKK (I've been a few times now). A popular trick by tuc tuc touts in the area is to stop tourists and tell them that the Palace is closed. I was told it was only open to Thai people until 2 pm. My "helpful" new friend (who claimed to work at the palace) suggested I could take a tuc tuc to some other sights (probably via some jewelry shops). He even offered to bargain with the driver for me.

They will be quite polite, so you should be also. Politely decline their kind offer suggesting that you feel like a little walk first.

Better still, tell them you are meeting a friend for a beer in S&P at Maharat Pier (where this photograph was taken). It is a nice place for a quiet beer after the heat of the palace.

Review Helpfulness: 2 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Mar 2, 2005
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