The Grand Palace
The elaborate Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaeo are the most photographed sights in Bangkok. Work began on the Grand Palace under King Rama I in 1782 to provide a home for the King and a resting place for the Emerald Buddha. The Royal Family no longer lives in the Grand Palace, having moved to the Dusit area, but tourists visit this spectacular site to see Thailand’s holiest temple, Wat Phra Kaeo. Stroll around, and give in to the urge to take a hundred pictures. Doesn't matter that each one of those angles has been clicked before -- you deserve one all of your own.
Next on the list for this day was a quick visit to the Victory Monument and to the street markets around it. The monument is a monolithic structure at the junction of several roads. It is simple and yet effective. The street markets in this area is where the locals shop. While one may not want to buy much here(the endless display of shoes and clothes gets tiring), it is an interesting place to just walk around and see the city for what it is, beyond the tourist trappings.Dinner was at Terminal 21 near MRT Asok, the food court is huge with every cuisine one can think of(Sushi, burgers, pasta, Thai food, Malay, Indonesian! How does one pick?), it can be a little chaotic, like the city itself but it is interesting and fun, just like the city!I only had until 2 pm on day 5, after which I had to leave for the airport. I spent the time just walking around Riverside and then at Terminal 21(the shopping mall). I also found time to buy ten packs of Wrigleys 5 gum(it costs 25% of what it does in Bangalore!). I left for the airport an hour earlier(around 2) so I could pick my seats and explore the stores at the airport. Bangkok is an extremely interesting city, and is a convenient gateway to Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Myanmar. There is also Ayuththaya, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Phuket that are easily accessible from here. This city is worth visiting several times just to relax(and shop). The one thing I have taken back with me is how pleasant and cheerful people are. So book your tickets and say Sawasdee to Bangkok!#SwipeRightToTravel