The Grand Palace


The Grand Palace (Bangkok)


Thai/คนไทย: FREE
Foreigners/ชาวต่างชาติ: 500 Baht


Have you been to this place? Were you able to get the Thai price? Was it good value for money if you had to pay the “farang” price? Let us know in the comments…

10 responses to “The Grand Palace

  1. Grand Palace even worse as even if you have work permit and take, they still make you pay the more expensive price. Meanwhile Chinese tourists easily go down the Thai queue and pay no money.

  2. Michael Boddington

    Chinese tourists are supposed to pay just like everyone else (except Thais).

  3. Been to Grand Palace once. Showed my work permit and informed the ticket woman I paid taxes and wanted Thai price, which is free. Her response was I don’t care if you have a work permit and pay taxes. I suppose that says it all. I paid, but will not be back.

  4. Richard ten Brinke

    Been there once and sneaked in with my Thai family in law. Walked aroud for about 3 hours and went out the main exit by accident. The family was still inside and try to get back, but then they said i had to buy a ticket. For Thai it was free and for me it was back the 350 baht. I declined and called the family to come out. 🙂

  5. This dual pricing in Thailand drives me nuts. I’ve lived in Thailand for four years on an (OA) retirement visa and I often see this dual pricing at tourist attractions. The Grand Palace is probably the worst example with free admission for Thais (or those who can pass for Thais) and an extortionate 500 baht for we falangs.
    In what I call the “civilized” world (for Thailand is far from civilized), this kind of blatant discrimination is illegal. It may not be racially based in the strictest sense but is clearly an us and them ethos which doesn’t sit well with me or with any thinking person. But, there’s the rub. Thais don’t do much of that and try on a higher price for falangs because in this Country they can get away with it, for now anyway. Anti discrimination laws will get here eventually but for now, the Thais have no idea. It is so typical of the insularity of Thais. JMV

  6. Told me last year if I had a Thai ID card it would be free. She said I could apply for one like everyone else.

    • Well, for a start, I don’t believe there’s any chance that a falang could ever get a Thai ID card. My understanding is that Thai ID cards are for Thais only. The nearest we can get as falangs is a Thai drivers’ licence. I have a Thai car licence and also a motor-cycle licence and neither of them is any good at all at these places that discriminate against us on the basis that we’re foreigners; and discrimination it is, make no mistake.
      I would like to be one of those people who say to their partner and friends that they should go into the tourist attraction while I wait out here. In some cases though, I’ve driven a long way to get to some place, only to discover then that I and often my son might be charged some extortionate amount for admission. Not many people would walk away in that case although that’s clearly what we should all do.
      It seems to me that there is nothing we can do about this except wait for Thailand to catch up with the Western world and enact some anti-discrimination laws that have to be enforced. That would also involve a change to the way such things are “policed”. Neither of these things is going to happen any time soon. I sometimes say that Thailand is three/four hour and 60 years behind my own country Australia. I believe that’s true.

  7. Thailand is making a big mistake, and I believe that in the long run that this will stop many tourists. It really leaves a sour taste in your mouth, it’s not so much the money, it’s more of the principal, although I would like to visit a national park, I will not pay these higher prices just because of the color of my skin!

  8. Kjell Nordström

    I have lived continuously in Thailand for 20 years now. I work here, pay taxes for me and my staff of 30 people. I have 3 kids and wife.
    We NEVER use a single Baht in Thai tourist attractions or national parks. Every single holiday we take is out of Thailand.
    I simply hate Thailand for its racism, and I do everything I can to divert my friends and colleagues to other countries instead of here. They all know about this dual-price system, and I intend to continue advertising it.

    • I agree 100 per cent.
      The dual pricing system is just one of many many examples of where Thailand is deficient against modern moral codes and an example of very very clear discrimination based on race. It is therefore, by definition, racist. The problem is that the Thais are too fucking stupid to realize that it’s raciat, even if they had any fucking idea what racist meant. I’m from Australia and I always say, when someone asks me the time difference between Thailand and Australia, that it’s three hours and fifty years.
      I’ve lived in Thailand for five and a half years now. Oh, how I wish I could afford to go home. I’ve most unwisely invested all of my money here so I just can’t get out. This country drives me fucking mad.

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