Thailand : Bangkok diaries day 2 (Grand Palace, Wat Pho and Chinatown)
Grand Palace & Wat Prakeaw
Temples in Thailand are known as Wats which means “temple”. Expect to see a lot of Wats when you visit Thailand, with more than 4000 temples, chances are you will definitely find some whether you go in the suburbs, islands, or big cities. So, after a fruity buffet breakfast, we headed to the grand palace on foot, passing a beautiful minimalist park boarded by temples, I checked on Google maps I think it is Sanam Luang. The design of the temples is very different from Indonesia for example. It is more in the gold, green and red tones, with a serpent or a dragon shaped in the edge of the roof (for protection). Pictures speak more than words in magical places like that. I advise to go early in the morning, there is a very long queue in front of the palace. Don’t forget to cover knees and shoulders, otherwise you will have to wait in another queue to have a sarong, and have some small money for entrance fees (around 100 Baht/ 3 $). The grand palace is an architectural masterpiece built in the 18th century, by the royal family. You can reach this area on foot from Khao San Road, otherwise the taxi boat is the best way, look for Tha Chang pier.
Wat Pho & the reclining Buddha
There are many temples in Bangkok but since we were there for two days only we decided to go with the most famous and it is definitely Wat Pho.
The temple complex is divided into several sites such as the sacred main hall for rituals. There are a lot of bronze bowls along the corridor where visitors can drop and pray for good fortune. Also you can find in some corners a lot of pictures and art pieces of Buddha. The famous reclining Buddha statue represents the historical Buddha during his last days, his facial expression shows him about to enter Nirvana. The size of this golden statue is 15 meters high and 46 meters long.
Busy neighborhood with a widely choice of Chinese food and amazing decorations. The place is busy and a little bit messy. I love it! Expect to leave the place with some extra weight, it is a heaven made of street food, seafood, mooncake, fruits, ice coffee…
Sunset (with no sun) in the skygarden
Last day in Bangkok, we realized it is an interesting eclectic city with a mix of old and cosmopolitan. We were here for transit essentially, but it is definitely worth a comeback. We went to our friends Lebua hotel room for drinks, my husband ceased the opportunity to film a time-lapse from this same spot in this dramatic weather scenery. And yes it is the view from Lebua hotel. Spectacular!
Next destination: Koh Tao…
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