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HOW TO GET TO THE GRAND PALACE, AND OTHER IMPORTANT TOURIST SIGHTS
The Grand Palace is on the riverside; Wat Pho (which houses the most famous Reclining Buddha) is right behind it, and Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn) is across the river from Wat Pho.
1. From Sukhumvit, Sathorn, Silom, Siam, Ploenchit, Phayathai, Victory Monument and other areas on the BTS skytrain line:
Ride the BTS from your nearest station to Saphan Taksin station. You may need to change trains at Siam depending on where you are coming from. At Saphan Taksin, go down to Sathorn pier under the station, which is also known as Central pier. Do not buy a ticket at the desk, and do not buy a 150 baht ticket for the tourist boat. Get on the Chao Phraya Express Boat coming from your left. Take a boat with no flag, an orange flag, or a green flag. You pay the fare on board to the ticket seller, tell her "Tha Chang" (pier N9). The fare is 13 or 14 baht depending on the boat. Get off at Tha Chang (pier N9), and walk out from the pier area until you see a high white wall. Follow it to the left and then around to the right, so that Sanam Luang (a large open green space) is on your left and the palace wall is on your right. Walk about 200 meters until you get to the main entrance.
You may be approached by a polite, well dressed man (or woman), even in some kind of uniform, advising you that the palace is closed for some special occasion, and offering to take you to another temple, or on a cheap tuktuk tour. Do NOT believe them as they are out to scam you.
Wat Pho is right behind the Grand Palace, so you will need to go back out the way you came in, and go around the block to enter Wat Pho. After visiting Wat Pho, you may have time to visit Wat Arun. From Wat Pho entrance it is a very short walk to Tha Tien pier where you can cross the river by ferry for 3 baht to see Wat Arun.
2. From Khao San Road and Phra Athit, you can catch the Chao Phraya express boat coming from your right at Tha Phra Athit (pier N13) and get off at Tha Chang pier (pier N9). Its also possible to walk from that area to the Grand Palace passing Sanam Luang in about 30 minutes.
3. From other areas (unless on the riverside) a taxi is often the best option.