THE GRAND PALACE AND TEMPLES
26.06.2009 36 °C
We headed towards The Grand Palace complex, the ultimate must-see for all first-time visitors in Bangkok. The weather was crazy-hot as usual it was unbearable while wearing long sleeves and long trousers in order to be admitted to the temples. From Khao San Rd. its pretty close but you can get a tuk-tuk for around 30B (if you bargain hard) or 40B for those who just don't want to feel like losers but bargain less. You should try to cut the price every time or you'll pay double price otherwise plus it gives satisfaction when succeeding.
The entry to The Grand Palace costs 350B, but it is worth the price and you can spent hours wandering around. It's beautiful, with its richness of decoration. gold shiny elements and intensive colours. Seriously you feel overwhelmed and don't know where to look at first. There are no visiting paths, so you're the master of your way. It was so picturesque that I cannot describe it with words so just check on our photos. We did not have a choice but I would recommend to start a visit early in the morning when the sun is more bearable. The opening time is 8:30am and they're closing at 3:30pm. Although there might be more visitors at the early hours. After that we came back to our guesthouse to get some rest from the heat. We've been also approached by a group of the school kids who interviewed us about our trip to Thailand and impressions for their school project (see photo). It was very nice. Later today we went to see Wat Pho famous for its huge reclining Buddha and 9 wonders of Wat Pho.
It's much different in comparison with Wat Pra Kheo and The Grand Palace as it's less touristic and full of life inside the walls: school kids plying football, lots of monks prying. The entrance fee is only 50B and it's just a stone throw from Grand Place. It's open until 6pm so you can see it straight after or have a nice break for a meal from one of many cheap food stalls located everywhere. After coming back to our hotel we've managed to buy train tickets to Chiang Mai for tomorrow from local travel agent. So tomorrow - Goodbye Bangkok! Welcome North!