Thailand has not been ravaged by war, unlike most of its neighbours and therefore has a rich heritage of palaces and mansions, all in their original state.
Bangkok boasts a number of these and they make a great day's outing. The Grand Palace, Vimanmek Mansion and Jim Thompson's House all feature.
08:30 Pick up from your Hotel We'll pick you up from your hotel. Please wait in the lobby.
09:30 Grand Palace This is no longer the residence of the King, but is still used for coronations, royal funerals, marriages and state banquets.
Within the walls is Wat Phra Kaew which is the kingdom's most revered and important temple as it houses the Emerald Buddha.More...
12:00 Lunch in a Thai Restaurant We'll stop for lunch in a local Thai restaurant alongside the Chao Phraya River.
13:00 Vimanmek Palace This is the largest teak residence in the world and was the home of King Rama V during the latter stages of his life.
A resident guide will take you through the mansion and after there is a traditional Thai dance show to enjoy.More...
15:15 Jim Thompson's House This was the private home of American silk expert Jim Thompson and is the finest example of traditional Thai architecture in the city. There is also an exquisite collection of antiques in every room of the house. Tours are guided by language groups.More...
16:30 Return to your Hotel You can expect to be back at your hotel by about 4:30pm depending on where you are staying, and of course, the traffic.
Important Information The Grand Palace with The Temple of the Emerald Buddha is Thailand's most sacred site. Visitors must be properly dressed before being allowed entry to the temple. Men must wear long pants and shirts with sleeves. No tank tops or singlets. Women must be similarly modestly dressed. No see-through clothes or bare shoulders. No shorts or tights. Proper shoes must be worn. No flip flops.