Grand Palace

The historic residence of Thai kings before Rama IX which is still used for state ceremonies

Nearby Attractions

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Wat Phra Kaeo
A majestic temple complex with the holiest figure of the Buddha in Thailand
Wat Pho
Bangkok’s oldest temple with a stupendous reclining Buddha
National Museum
Vast trove of treasures from across Thailand, this wonderful museum has something for everyone
Bangkok National Art Gallery
Housed in the old Royal Mint, this gallery is well-known for its excellent temporary shows
Wat Arun
Old temple, also known as Temple of Dawn, with an impressive 67m prang
Chao Phraya River
A crucially important artery in Thai history, a cruise on it is one of the best ways to see Bangkok and the country beyond

Related Tours

Meet the Old City
·        Step inside the main throne room of the Grand Palace
·        See the Emerald Buddha at the Wat Phra Kaeo
·        Look at the best of Thai archaeological finds at the National Museum

The Old City of Bangkok is where the city’s past and cultural hegemony strike you in the face. Going around it in the company of your private guide will bring you face-to-face with its charm, and acquainted with its legends. 

The Splendour of Past Monarchs

Walking in the Grand Palace complex, you will be shown into the Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall; an 18th century reproduction of one of the old capital Ayutthara’s most impressive buildings, the Prasat Phra Narai. Going around the room where Thai monarchs are crowned, your guide will tell you about its history and how the building is used in other ceremonial occasions. Be sure to keep an eye out for the room’s treasures, especially the mother-in-pearl covered furniture, and ask your guide about the parts of the Palace which you are unable to see. 

Thailand’s Secret Center

The Wat Phra Kaeo is actually part of the Grand Palace, but the holiest site in Thailand still has a great deal to offer curious visitors. After a trip to see the Emerald Buddha, which can only be dressed by only the monarch or crown prince, your guide will be happy to show you the quirks of the site and its fascinating past. 

A Panoply of Thai Art and History

Stepping across the threshold into the National Museum, you will find yourself within one of the great museums of the world. Though not as widely known – at least among non-Asians – as the British Museum or the Smithsonian, it possesses a vase collection of artefacts that stretch across Thai history. Other cultures, especially those in Asia, are also covered and the Museum also provides a home to Thailand’s second holiest figurine: the Phra Buddha Sihing. 


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