A must see on any visit to Bangkok is the spectacular Royal Grand Palace, and within its grounds, the most important of all Thai Monuments, the Wat Phra Kaew, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. The Grand Palace is Bangkok's most famous landmark built in 1782. For 150 years it was the home of the Siamese Kings, the Royal court and the administrative seat of government. The Temple of the Emerald Buddha is regarded as the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand. The highly revered Emerald Buddha image was carved from a single block of jade. Next door to the Grand Palace is Wat Pho, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha with the Chedis of the Kings and the original Thai Massage School. It's the largest temple in Bangkok and famed for its huge 46 metre long reclining Buddha image which is covered in gold leaf. The Buddha's feet are 3 metres long and exquisitely decorated with mother-of-pearl illustrations. We will also visit Wat Traimit which has a huge 15 ton solid gold Buddha image.
For tours using our own transportation, we will round off our tour with a brief visit to a local lapidary factory and showroom