Bangkok is a modern city, but it keeps a strong connection to its history.
Nowhere is that connection stronger than in the historic district, Rattanakosin.
This is where you can visit the Grand Palace that was once home to the royal family.
The palace and its grounds are massive, with architecture that incorporates both Thai and Western styles.
Inside the Grand Palace is Wat Phra Kaew, Thailand’s most important Buddhist temple.
This is the first thing you’ll see in a guided tour of the palace. This temple is easily one of the most lavishly decorated, due to its importance.
Wat Phra Kaew houses the sacred Emerald Buddha. Though it isn’t very big, it’s the most important of Thailand’s Buddha images.
After visiting Wat Phra Kaew, you’ll get to see more of the buildings that make up the palace complex. Highlights include the uniquely designed Chakri Maha Prasat Hall and the Dusit Maha Prasat Hall.
To enter the palace, you have to follow the dress code: no open-toed shoes, and only long-sleeved shirts and long pants or skirts. You’ll also have to take off your shoes when you go into the temple.
Make sure you take some time to see one of Bangkok’s most important sites.