Bangkok-Beautiful Temples & More

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Finally, we reached Bangkok after a great two weeks of exploring some insanely beautiful islands all across Thailand.

We had about 4 days to explore Bangkok & i was so excited to experience the following

Day 1

Day 1-Experienced the best food at China Town

We started our day with having a yummy delicious mouth watering meal at the famous China town-very famous for its 100 odd restaurants & insane traffic.We managed to get a cab from Khao san road where our hotel was.China town had A loud vibe to its never ending stretch of traffic & restaurants.

China Town

Yummy crabs in soy sauce

Visited the most famous Wat Arun.

Wat Arun for me was breathtaking- a never before experience.The temple was one of the most artistic creations we had ever witnessed .

Such pretty architecture, every stone was so pretty and it all looked so perfectly built.

We spent an entire afternoon till sunset ,before we crossed over the lovely Chao Phraya river -to the other side.

The sunset was the most magical evening we had experienced

We took the lovely boat ride across to the other end to visit the Asiactic Riverfront -which is a very famous shopping & eating complex.There are free jetty rides available at any dock.The boat ride was not more than a 20 min ride.

It was an evening well spent before we headed to vibrant streets of Khao San road- which was simply so intense with some thousand tourists dancing,drinking and singing on this one long stretch of road. The road had hundreds of local street pubs playing the craziest dance tunes,carts selling the cheapest alcohol & pad thai served hot.

We spent ur time at a local reggae pub,sipping on some vodka redbull

This quite evidently defines how we spent our time here.

Day 2

Day 2- was spent at the beautiful grand Palace & Wat Pho.Again our jaws dropped at this beautiful architecture

There was just so much history in each part of the complex.

The palace complex, like the rest of Ratanakosin Island, is laid out following the general outline of Ayutthaya palaces.

The Outer Court, near where you enter the complex today, housed the government departments in which the king was directly involved, such as civil administration, including the army, and the treasury.

TheTemple of the Emerald Buddha takes up one corner of the complex next to the outer court.

At the far right of the Middle Court is Borom Phiman Mansion, which was also constructed during the reign of King Rama V in neo-renaissance style to become the residence of the crown prince. This most modern architecture within the Grand Palace compound later became the occasional residence of three succeeding kings.

Important

Entrance fee: 500 Baht, inclusive of access to Wat Phra Kaeo, The Royal Thai Decorations & Coins Pavilion and Queen Sirikit Museum of Textile, which are located within the Grand Palace compound, and to Vimanmek Mansion Museum on Ratchawithi Road.

Dress code: Visitors are required to dress appropriately.

Wat Pho

Wat Pho (the Temple of the Reclining Buddha), or Wat Phra Chetuphon, is located behind the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and a must-do for any first-time visitor in Bangkok. It’s one of the largest temple complexes in the city and famed for its giant reclining Buddha that measures 46 metres long and is covered in gold leaf. It’s an easy ten minute walk between here and the Grand Palace, and we recommend coming to Wat Pho second, because even though the golden Buddha here is just as popular many people don’t take the time to wander around the rest of the complex so the experience tends to be far more relaxing.(http://www.bangkok.com/attraction-temple/wat-po.htm)

Recommend sites include four chapels that contain 394 gilded Buddha images, long lines of golden statues from different parts of Thailand sitting in the lotus position.

The intricately detailed murals that cover the walkways around Wat Pho will require a book or guide to decipher, the exquisite murals are so detailed and intricate that even if you don’t understand all the imagery you can still appreciate the artwork. Finally in the courtyards at Wat Pho Temple are some comical looking Chinese statutes that were once uses as ballasts on ships and 91 chedis (or stupas) decorated in ceramic pottery flowers and colourful tiles.

The entrance fee is 100 baht

Day 3

Day 3 & 4

We spent exploring the modern parts of Bangkok

Some great shopping experience at Siam Square, the famous MBK mall & Siam Paragon.There are huge buildings which you can view if you take the lovely sky train

Our last day was spent at one of the most beautiful & peaceful restaurants in Bangkok along the Chao Phraya river.

The food is simply delicious.A must visit when in Bangkok

Steve Cafe & Cuisine

The local carts selling sea food, the coconut water & local cold coffee were some of the food we really relished in Bangkok

Bangkok is a great city & a must visit for someone who loves both sides-historical,traditional yet very modern & has a great party vibe

There is so much more to see. Hopefully on my next visit.

Till then

Happy Exploring !

This post was originally published on 'Be Right Back'.

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