Bangkok’s most iconic site is a massive palace complex that served as the royal residence until 1925. Of its many buildings, the one with the most architectural interest is Chakri Mahaprasat. It was designed in 1882 by British architects, in a style that could be described as traditional Thai meets Italian Renaissance. Nearby is the 1784 Wat Phra Kaeo, or Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Thailand’s most sacred Buddhist place of worship. Go inside to see the Emerald Buddha, carved not of emerald but of semiprecious green stone, robed in gold and just 66 centimeters (26 inches) high.
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It is incredibly uplifting and extremely warm, while you're in the complex. Enjoy a day exploring the palace but be sure to hydrate and wear sunscreen.
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Near the Palace, you'll find loads of little shops and restaurants serving noodles, sweets, fresh fruit and other snacks. Be wary of peddlers and scam artists-- there are signs everywhere advising tourists from engaging with local hucksters surrounding the area. (As a solo female traveler-- I had no problem-- just be smart!)
Admission: about 15.00 USD