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!
There are soo much to see and to discover in Grand Palace aside from the main highlight of the common ground which is the Golden phrang and the Emerald Buddha(across) as the colours in every Wat are just lovely as it gets! I took these photo just as a simple click in my digi...and it turned out to be just pretty!
Fondest memory: In visiting Bangkok, it's not complete without visiting the Grand Palace!
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.
I never realized how lot's of tourist Bangkok have..being one of it is really such a great memory, I think. When I first enter the Grand Palace, I thought there are a few tourist in there but wheew...lot's of it...I can just never imagine how much money they could have in a day for that (sorry for the Thai people), it seems that they comercialised the place but who wouldn't? It's just that I was amazed of how past things is really a very worth one...(until next time)
Fondest memory: Is it really GOLD?
Its had to have a favorite thing about bangkok because there is so much to see and do, But the Reclining Buddha stays in my memory, the sound of the clinking pots as you try to drop one coin onto each and the sheer size of the budhu
Fondest memory: I think i miss the people most of all, Their hospitality and sheer warmth will stay with me
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 !
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 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.
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.
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