Grand Palace, Bangkok
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 ;)
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!
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!
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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
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 !
visit the Royal Palace. Remember that clothing plays a very significant part of the culture. Females must wnot wear short dresses or open toed sandals to enter the Palace compound. You will be turned back by the palace guards. They will provide you with the appropriate apparel in the lodge at the entrance, for a smallish fee. The guards outside the actual Palace building do not like people getting too close to them for photos, and carry guns that are loaded. Don't embarrass yourself or your country of origin by annoying them.
Fondest memory: Riding the river in a longboat. An experience not to be missed. Hair raising and exhilarating to say the least. An interesting comparison to the more affluent areas of Bangkok. The aroma of the city has to be smelled to be believed.
Fondest memory: Wow think the most exciting moment was standing in the Grand Palace. So many colors, gold and mirrors, this architecture was so amazing. Spend some time inside and enjoy all the nice sculpture and carvings.
- Go to royal Palace, of course. Gaudy but stunning all the same.
- Take a river taxi. Great way to see untouristy parts of Bangkok.
- Go to the Weekend Market, the largest market in Thailand.
- See a movie. The cinemas in Bangkok are paragons of luxury...
Go to see the WAT PAKOW
The Royal Tempel.
Fondest memory: Staying in a Tempel and praying and walking each early morning with the budhist monks to collect food for the only meal the monks are allowed to have in a day the PINNAPATHA. This is a old sanscrit word meaning. Collecting food donations.
I use to go behind the monks and collect food parcles in a sack to take to te tample.
In Thailand every male person must atleast for three months become a monk by law.
Even the Royals have been monks some time in thier life.
It's a great training, I would recommend any one planning a stressful job to train in this meditation and mind focusing excercise. It will certainly help to clam any one down.
Enjoy your visit to Thailand and have a great time.