Visitors to Bangkok will be impressed by the royal residences to which the public has access. With careful planning, corporate groups can arrange to explore them when meetings are not in session.
Varadis Palace, which was the residence of Prince Damrong Rachanupab from 1862–1943, is guaranteed to please antique lovers.
To see Srapratum Palace, the former residence of the Queen Savang Vadhana, the Queen Grandmother, it is important to plan well ahead as only a limited number of visitors are given access on Friday and Saturday. It has been converted into a museum
In Bangkok, remnants of the ancient kingdom of Siam are evident at the Grand Palace, the official residence for the Kings of Siam since 1782. The best way to arrive is by boat. You'll see the royal barge and get a great view of the complex.
From towering spires with gold plated exteriors that glimmered in the sunlight to the imposing statues, a visit to the Grand Palace is one of those experiences that leave you pinching yourself to ensure that you are not dreaming.
I visited the Grand Palace on the birthday of Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhor. There were special parades, celebrations and dignitaries were visiting from around the world.
Admission to the Grand Palace also gives visitors access to Vimanmek Palace, a truly unique, 72 room royal residence that is not to be missed.
Vimanmek, the world's largest golden teakwood mansion, was the residence of King Rama V from 1901 - 1906. Today it is a museum that commemorates King Rama V.
There is traditional Thai dancing on the lawn daily. Visitors can tour the royal gardens and then go inside to see the throne room, the royal chamber with its original crystal chamber pot and the many photos and exhibits. Taking photos of the interior is strictly prohibited but you can get a glimpse inside through this video.
For a list of other royal residences that corporate groups can visit, also read Pleasures and Palaces on the Cvent Event Blog.
Photo Credits: Team Building in Asia, Executive Oasis International