Tour Level: Moderate
Tour Comfort: Superior
Tour Period: Afternoon / Morning
A thrilling visit to the dazzlingly ornate Grand Palace, the former seat of the king, his court, and the entire government administration. The palace, official residence of the kings of Thailand from the 18th to the mid-20th century, is brilliantly coloured and gilded, a glorious expression of Thai art. In the palace grounds stands Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), the most sacred temple in Thailand. Construction of the temple began in 1785 when King Rama 1 moved the capital from Thonburi to Bangkok. The Emerald Buddha (actually carved from a single piece of jade) is only 17 inches tall, but it is the most revered object in Thailand. The Royal Reception halls are still used for important ceremonial occasions, like coronations, and are magnificent examples of Thai architecture.