Go green and tour the palace
The most important of all Thai monuments, the beautiful Grand Palace, has to be the one must-see item on your Bangkok agenda. The Palace was the residence of the early Chakri dynasty kings built some 210 years ago. The architecture is so stunning and breathtaking that you will need to have your camera ready at all times as you walk around.
Within the extensive palace grounds is the most sacred and important of all Thai temples, the Wat Phra Kaew, containing the most revered Buddha image in the country, the Emerald Buddha, made from one solid piece of translucent green jade. To round off the tour you call in at a local lapidary factory and showroom where you will be able to buy locally made jewellery, handicrafts and silk at competitive prices.
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