The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Keo
Grand Palace and Information Wat Phra Keo
These may be the most visited sites in Bangkok and sometimes overrun by tourists - but you still have to go there! The whole site is stunning, especially after some restoration work a few years ago.

The Palace is no longer the residence of the Royal Family; it is still used for some official occasions and is treated with respect. The adjoining temple contains the most sacred image in Thailand, the Emerald Buddha, and is the holiest of all the Thai temples. Because of this, this is the one site where you must wear long trousers or dresses, and have shoulders covered. A stall at the entrance will hire suitable coverings if you forget!

Both were built in the late 1700s. The pictures on this page are of the Wat Phra Keo - follow the links above for more of the Wat or some of the Grand Palace. You will need at least half a day to wander around to fully appreciate all that can be seen here. Remember sun cream and a hat!