When you’re heading for the Grand Palace or Wat Phra Kaeo, you may well be approached by someone, possibly pretending to be a student or an official, who will tell you that the sight is closed when it’s not, or some other lies to try to lead you away from the entrance, because they want to lead you on a shopping trip for souvenirs, tailored clothes or, if you seem really gullible, gems. The opening hours of the Grand Palace – but not Wat Pho – are indeed sometimes erratic because of state occasions, but you can check the details out on its website, wpalaces.thai.net – and even if it’s closed on the day you want to visit, that’s no reason to throw yourself at the mercy of these shysters.

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