This was a pretty hectic but great day. After a lovely breakfast of fruits, scrambled eggs, toast and tea, I went out. The manager advised me to walk till my destination – Grand Palace which was 2.2 kms away – and not take boat or cab. Thailand can be quite hot even in January but thankfully, it was early in the morning and climate was pleasant. I hence went to the Palace on foot, admiring the Phra Sumen Fort and the public park nearby. Being Sunday, the palace was crowded but I managed to have a gala time. I liked the idea of giving plastic bags to tourists outside the Buddha temple in the complex. Tourists are asked to put their shoes in the bag, take it inside and then wear once they are out. The entry fee is a steep THB 500 but is worth it.
My next stop was Wat Pho, which is at a walkable distance. I had delicious coconut water at THB 40 on the way. Wat Pho is known for the sleeping Buddha idol. The complex might seem small but it isn’t. After exploring each and every nook and corner, I came out. Too tired to go to Wat Arun, I found a spot near Blue Whale Café to click a picture of this iconic monument. I then headed back to Ratchaprarop, but this time had lunch at Chotivala’s.
Post-lunch, I decided to fulfil all my shopping obligations, mostly of those who had asked me to shop. I started from Indra Square, which is bang opposite Chotivala. After going through Indra and Pratunam, I finally entered Platinum Fashion Mall. It was mostly dedicated to clothes and out of 5 floors, 4 ½ floors are reserved for women’s clothing! I bought a T-shirt from here for just THB 100.
At the recommendation of dear friend Akshaye Rathi, I decided to go try After You Ice-cream parlour at a mall called The Market, walkable from Platinum. In fact, most places in this area are connected by a skywalk called R-Walk. You need not even get down! After roaming around here and again getting lost, I reached Siam Center, to buy Godiva chocolates for Goral.
After returning back to hotel and doing timepass, I went to explore nearby places. I first had beer at Mad Monkey Hostel. It has a pub and I fulfilled my desire to socialize a bit. Interacting with an Israeli youth and a British middle-aged gentleman (who blurted ‘Kingfisher’ the moment I said India) was lovely! The next stop was Khao San Road and here, I finally got my foot massage done, at THB 150. It happens on the street and is quite an experience.
My eyes popped up when I read that Veg Spring Roll was available at a food stall. It was very tasty and was a steal at THB 50.