We hired a private driver and tour guide we booked through our travel agent before we left home. It turned out to be a great idea. Birt really knows his homeland and Noon was great driver.
Our first stop was The Grand Palace
There were beautiful etchings built in to the walls that if you brought charcoal and paper you could do them
A 2000 baht fine equals about $66 US
And they take the dress code and no Buddha tattoos very seriously. My knees and ankles were covered and I still had to buy a skirt for $3 US to cover the little bit of skin that was showing.
A few more videos around the Grand Palace and outside of it