Saving The Best For Last

20160229_104934The number one “must see” in Bangkok is the Grand 20160229_104214Palace, and it holds that position for good reason.  It is above and beyond opulent.  I had not toured it the first time I was in Bangkok as it was prime tourist season, and I knew it would be crazy busy.  I would be coming back to Bangkok so I postponed seeing it.  Within the walls of the Grand Palace is also Wat Prakeaw, the home of the Emerald Buddha, the most revered Buddha in Thailand.  The King changes the robes on this Buddha three times a year to note the change in seasons.   The whole complex is vast and there is a lot to see.  It opens at 8:30 am every day of the year, and my best advise is to be there before it opens.   Touts in the area a will try to convince you it is not open, and they can offer another tour until it opens.  My friend was approached 3 times over a couple of months with the same story.  The admission is 500 Baht ($15 U.S.) and there is a strict dress code.  No shorts, no tank tops, no mini skirts, no bare shoulders.  If you are not dressed appropriately, they have attire for rent just inside the gate.  I had read flip flops were not allowed, but I did not have a problem wearing mine.  The sheer grandeur is overwhelming.  Glitz and glitter in more shapes and forms than I ever thought possible.  By noon I was also overwhelmed by the crowds.  There are literally thousands of visitors each day.  It was a perfect way to end my tour of Thailand!20160229_104531

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