Morning visit to the
most important and spectacular of all Thai monuments, the royal Grand Palace.
King Rama I began the
construction one of the most impressive palaces in Southeast Asia in 1782 after
he moved the capital from Thonburi to Bangkok. Formerly the residence of the
early Chakri Dynasty kings, the buildings are now used by the King only for certain
ceremonial occasions. The vast 94ha (233ac) grounds encompass more than 100
buildings including the Royal Residence and Throne Halls, government
offices and the renowned Wat Phra Kaew, home to the most revered
Buddha image in Thailand, the Emerald Buddha (which is actually made of jade or
jasper, rather than emerald).
Ranked the 4th best fresh market in
the world by a famous travel guide, Or Tor Kor Market is so much more
than a local market. Products displayed here are selected among the best found
in the entire country, with such an incredible range of beautiful fruits,
extremely fresh vegetables, meats and seafood.
Ready-to-eat meals come in all
varieties, types and servings. Steamed fish curry custard, Som tam,
Chili pastes, Chili dips, fresh herbs and spices, green
curry, red curry, vegetables stir-fried dishes, deep-fried
fish, and grilled prawns are all available at Or Tor Kor Market.
Other highlights include ready-cut
and custom-cut meats, seafood, fresh mackerel (plaa too), dried meats and the
various condiments used in Thai cooking. There is also a small food court
selling delicious Thai food, including braised duck noodles, fried
oyster pancakes, pad thai and various noodle soups, although
at a slightly higher price than most other places. Adjacent to the market, the
Doi Kham shop features organic vegetables, spa products and other dry
grocery items from the Royal Project.