on July 10, 2006
If a person could only visit one site in Bangkok, then the Grand Palace would be the place to choose. It is a large complex of ornate temples, pagadas, pavilions, statues, gardens, and government buildings that has to be the city's number-one tourist stop and perhaps the most reliable place to pick up impressive photos because there is so much to work with. While there are guided tours, it is easy enough to pick up a map with your admission ticket learn about each structure from a guidebook. The Thai royal family no longer resides here, but there are still ceremonial guards and saffron-robed monks to be seen on the grounds, as well as a small army of groundskeepers who keep things looking good. Our favorite photo opportunities include the golden pagada and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, but there are many, many more. Make sure you have a lot of film or plenty of space on your digital card. Any taxi driver can take you there, and cabs are cheap in Bangkok, so save your money and skip the bus tour unless you really need the extra service.
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