The Grand Palace, Bangkok

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If there is one place synonymous with Thailand, and one place visitors must see when in Bangkok, it is The Grand Palace. Located in amongst a glittering array of temples, statues and buildings, the Palace remains one of the most wonderful spectacles of the country

To get to the Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the easiest way is by express boat from one of the landing stages near Sathon Thaksin BTS station. There are tour boats operating, but for a small fare, an independent traveler can take the trip for a few Baht up river.

There is an entrance fee for the Palace, but this covers everything, and is a small price to pay for seeing such architectural delights.

Inside the temples (Wat Phra Kaew) are festooned with coloured stones, the roofs are tiled in orange and green, whilst gilt and gold figures look on.

Guarding it all are the huge 5 metre high "Yaks", Lotus flowers in ponds, burning incense sticks from worshippers and galleries of pictures are all within the walls of this magnificent collection of Thai culture.

Visitors should be aware that this is a place of historical and religious significance. Men will not be allowed in wearing shorts of any description, and ladies should dress conservatively.

It is advisable to have sandals or at least shoes which can be taken off easily, because all the temples require visitors to remove footwear. It should also be remembered that this is a place where Thai people come to make prayers and worship, so total respect for the Buddhist ways should be exercised whilst there.

Pictures of The Grand Palace that is connected to Wat Phra Kaew. Nowadays The Grand Palace is no longer the place of the Royal residence.
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