Overview Prepare to be mesmerized by the elegant architecture of the Grand Palace during this half-day tour in Bangkok. Visit the royal complex, home to the kings of Siam, and see its gardens, courtyards, golden spires and elaborate mosaics. Learn about the Thai and European influences of its design from a knowledgeable guide. You’ll also visit the Gems Gallery and Wat Phra Kaew, home to the Emerald Buddha. Set off from your Bangkok hotel in the morning or afternoon for a half-day tour of the magnificent Grand Palace, situated near the banks of the Chao Phraya River. On arrival, follow your guide on foot through the iconic complex, which has served as the residence for much of Thailand's royalty. Get an up-close look at colorful murals and glittering mosaics along with more than 100 jaw-dropping structures topped with golden spires. Stroll through courtyards and gardens to Wat Phra Kaew, considered Thailand’s most emblematic Buddhist temple. Here, set your gaze on the Emerald Buddha. Your guide shares the rich history behind the Grand Palace, whose walls were built in 1782. Learn about the European-inspired design of the various halls, and hear of state functions and royal ceremonies held at the palace. Leaving the premises, you’ll make a stop at the Gems Gallery for the opportunity to purchase a variety of precious stones before return coach transport to your hotel.