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.