Grand Palace, Bangkok
Guys mus say "Sawadikap" n Girl mus say "Sawadikar" mean a greeting words 2 anyone. Thai ppls is very warmest 2 welcome u to there... Thr was a lot of nice foods n culture in tis country. So go n 5 out ba...
Fondest memory: I miss d shoppin cause tat was 2 big n cant finish shop shop n d thing is damn cheap n nice. Tht is gud quality n nice. Wish u can 5 ur favourite thing in Thailand!!! :P
if you're on a limited time to visit Bangkok like I did, better do without a guide..don't worry about getting lost coz u won't..there are a lot of tourist police around...also you could see a lot of tourists around...so u won't feel like you're out of place...as long as you won't hesitate to ask and you have a map( that has the name of the places written in thai), you won't get lost....if you're going to somewhere that is not no clear in the map, have a thai write it in thai before you venture out coz the taxi drivers cannot read english alphabets...maps are freely given in the airports..take one or two and ur all set for your escapade in bangkok...you could go to every tourist attraction most recommended in just 3 days, we did..well im talking about bangkok, we haven't gone to pattaya or any other city...but if you need to prioritize, go to GRAND PALACE(that's a compound of temples), WAT PHO(located behind grand palace),CHATUCHAK weekend market(cheap pet accessories, tshirt souvenirs, n crafts), PRATUNAM(cheap women's clothes, wholesale price), SIAM square and TEMPLE of DAWN(that's the one u always see in the postcard)
Fondest memory: i love the Thais....i love the shopping........if there would be another chance to go back, i would...
Favorite thing: When my daughter and I were in Bangkok last year, it was really hot, and we tried to work out the most efficient way to dress appropriately to visit the Grand Palace, and be comfortable for the rest of the day. We had been given sarongs as gifts, and decied that they would be perfect! Put them over your shorts - and off you go. Well, firstly, the thong footwear attire of my daughter did not pass scrutiny (our oversight), and she had to wear some "borrowed" little items from the complex - which were at least 3 sizes too small for her petite little size 8 Aussie tootsie - and we felt like Geisha girls must, taking little steps all arund the palace, and were so hot underneath. So, anyone considering this - forget it! Seems the best attire is to go the whole hog and wear trousers, or zipper leg shorts>trousers, or skirts - which I don't enjoy for the rest of the sweaty chafing day! And - I did consider taking separate trousers, but how would I carry the inevitible day's purchases if my backpack was all crowded with pants!
Visit the Grand palace, with its gardens.
To go there you should not wear short shirts or pants.Anyway if you do not have long shirts or pants, they can rent you some clothes to cover you up.
Fondest memory: Grand palace is in the centre of the city, but you would not say that because it is full gardens and colours
Bangkok s people are friendly and there skill is unbelievable. From creating a suit to guilding gold onto there Grand Palace.
The shopping is FAB! The food great.
The Grand palace is a must to visit.
when we were we were lucky enough to see there royal family. There culture is amazing. Its worth a return visit.
Fondest memory: Feeding the Elephants in the Rose Gardens.
In fact the feeding was'nt intentional but they stole my packet of pizza flavour crisps.
Also riding on them. they are not what i expected. They have hair like needles very prickley. But very friendly.
There is enough to keep the traveler busy for long stays, but if time is short, I’d say the Grand Palace is the must see attraction here.
Fondest memory: It’s funny; my only strong memory of this place is walking around eating seemingly all day. There were no set meals, just seeing things, and eating them. I rarely knew what it was, but everything; literally everything, I ate here was great. Fruits like you’d see in Malaysia and even cheaper. The food stalls were the best. You just looked and pointed, and if it looked good, it pretty much tasted good too. And they all seemed clean and healthy. I never got sick. What made it even harder to not overeat were the prices. You could eat well for under $4 and snacks were all too plentiful and even cheaper. Sweets, let’s not talk about. But my favorites were the beverage stands. They had a variety of beverages like I’ve never seen anywhere. You’d walk up and there’d invariably be a crowd huddled around, sipping precariously from little silver cups. For little more than a few pennies, you could enjoy this little ritual, and beat the heat. Seemed to always be under a big umbrella, and they were fairly well watered-down with ice, but tasty and refreshing just the same. Lumps of gelatin or beans were just some of the exotic ingredients in these drinks but a favorite was one with tealeaves floating innocuously enough on top. So, you’d sip, a giant amongst your new companions, and join in the laughter and camaraderie that was the bustling Bangkok streets. (This is an old memory from 1993)
This trip, despite being a business trip was quite successful on the pleasure front too! I managed to do everything I planned to except to check out the Cabbages & Condoms restaurant and the floating market, since I didn't have the early mornings free.
Where I Stayed:
The Dusit Thani
Most Memorable Sightseeing:
1. Took a couple of trips up and down the mighty Chao Prya river
2. Went to the Chatuchak Market and bought my moh eng cushions (thanks Rachelynn! - it was a real task heaving them all the way to the hotel by myself - !!! - after the salesguy dropped them off at the Metro station)
3. Went to Patpong Market with my team members to check out the girly bars and the fake designer goods (even Tiffany chain bracelets for c-h-e-a-ppp...!!!)
4. Did my pilgrimage to Khao San Road to buy more hammocks
5. Did the Grand Palace/Wat Phra Kaew round (AMAZZZING!!)..
6. Had a Thai massage every night, there are parlours on every street!
Most Memorable Restaurant:
1. Cyan Restaurant in the Metropolitan Hotel
2. Cheapo Thai restaurant on Khao San Road which name I didn't get but had brilliant Tom Yam Gung and Banana Fritters... nyummmy!!
When you do be sure to say "hello" to these two guys :) The one on the right is a Chinese sage at the stairs to the Royal Library. The other gold one is, as far as I can ascertain, guarding one of the temples to one of the King Ramas.
Be sure to have a good map/short guide with you or you will have trouble knowing where you are and what wat you're seeing ;)
Fondest memory: I was standing by infront of this board waiting for the opening of the Grand Palace. At first we were only about 5 persons lined but 15 minutes before opening there was a tourist bus arrived, so the entrance gate become too busy with tourist!
The Grand Palace is a must for any tourist in Bangkok. It's a huge area so reserve at least one whole morning for it: palaces, temples, gardens.... What impressed me most was the highly decorated buildings and the thousands of statues all around. Take a look at impressive Thai-style roofs...
Tickets for B200 (includes a ticket to Vimanmek Royal Mansion). Visitors must wear shoes, long pants / skirts (some ugly ones are available at entrance) and have the shoulders covered. Open daily from 8:30 to 15:30.
Favorite thing: I just wanna write a little note informing you that if you decide to go to The Grand Palace, make sure you dress properly, no shorts or sleeveless shirts. The first time I was there, I thought I had an appropriate shirt on...the sleeves were about 2 inches long and that wasn't enough either so I had to wear this really big ugly shirt that they provided there. I was with my boyfriend and hoping to take some nice pictures together but nah I had to try avoiding the camera because I looked so stupid with that damn shirt!
This guy was pretty friendly as I had asked him if it was ok for a photo and he said "sure" he was even smiling a little! I expected him to be like the guards of Buckingham Palace! Well I guess that's why they call this the land of smiles!
Fondest memory: My son still talks about the time he posed for the photo.
Favorite thing: You will find a series of Paintings under a covered hall. I'm sure they tell some kind of story and they look cool but I don't know what the story is even though I have seen them several times. They are certainly worth a look.
The most important site for me was the Great Palace, wonderful budha temples with royal palaces, still used for some ceremonies by the king.
You have to be aware of the dress code to get into the Palace, they are very strict about that and I had to buy socks because the back of my feet was appearing !
This is the view when you get in from the fist entrance into the Grand Palace, clean and greeny green big trees.
Fondest memory: They say that without seeing the grand palace while you are in Bangkok is.....you've never been to Bangkok.