The Grand Palace was the first sightseeing tour we had in Bangkok.
The palace has been the official residence of the Kings of Siam (and later Thailand) since 1782. The king, his court, and his royal government were based on the grounds of the palace until 1925.
The palace complex has a combined area of 218,400 square metres (2,351,000 sq ft), is situated on the banks of the Chao Phraya River and surrounded by four walls. It is made up of numerous buildings, halls, pavilions set around open lawns, gardens and courtyards.
The architecture and colors are beautiful and details of each building are just remarkable.
The peak tourist season in BKK begins in November and ends at the end of January. This year the peak time lasted until the first week of February due to the heavy tourists from China for Chinese New Year holidays.
Most group or private tours during this time of the year start as early as 7 am to avoid the city traffic and the afternoon heat. The Grand Palace certainly is the most popular place in BKK.