This delightful half-day tour visits one of the most popular and lovely attractions in Bangkok, the Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha Temple. Considered by many to be one of the most beautiful examples of an ancient Siamese court, the Palace was built at the beginning of the Chakri Dynasty in 1782 by King Rama I. Covering nearly one square mile, it continued to serve as the residence of the Thai Kings until 1949. Today, it is still used for Royal ceremonies and state occasions. Within the Palace compound is a collection of lavishly decorated buildings, bejeweled with gilt and multi-colored glass mosaics, and soaring finials topped with glittering spires. The highlight of your guided tour of the palace grounds is the Wat Phra Keo, also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. One of the most celebrated sites in all Thailand, the temple houses one of the country's most sacred objects, a splendid Buddha statue carved from a single piece of emerald-green jasper.
A final stop is made on the way back to the pier that affords the opportunity to do some shopping for quality souvenirs, local Thai handicrafts, textiles and jewelry.
Please note: This tour includes moderate walking and is not considered suitable for wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Comfortable, flat-heeled, closed-toe walking shoes are recommended. Suitable attire is required for the palace and temple visit. Shorts, culottes, tight trousers and leggings are not permitted. Trousers must cover the ankle and women must have their shoulders and knees covered. No tight or see-through blouses are permitted, even if a jacket is worn over them. All footwear must be removed before entering the temple.
Video and still cameras are allowed in the Royal Palace Grounds and in the compound of the Emerald Buddha Temple, but not inside the buildings.
The actual tour duration may vary due to traffic conditions in Bangkok.