The Grand Palace and the breathtaking series of buildings surrounding it is now over 200 years old, and remains perhaps the most famous, recognisable destination in Bangkok.
Yes, it can feel like a tourist trap at times, but the complex's vast history and gold-dripping grandeur is palpable: since 1782, it has been the official residence of the Kings of Siam (and later Thailand).
While you're exploring the Grand Palace, don't miss the Emerald Buddha and nearby Wat Pho, which is home to the largest reclining Buddha in Thailand. Another must see is Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn, which is stunning from a distance and intriguing close up, with its mosaic detailing, as you climb to the top.
Sunset is a particularly attractive, if busy, time to admire the palace. As the sky darkens, the Grand Palace is illuminated, and although you'll likely still encounter the crowds even into the night, it's a very romantic experience.