i love the GRAND PaLaCE soooo much :)
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what i love the best in my one-week stay in Bangkok was my visit to the Grand Palace.. Here's an excerpt of my journal:
September 7, 2007
This is one of the most amazing days of my life. I had fun strolling around Bangkok and would you believe it - alone. Yep, all by myself, alone.
I was afraid that I’ll get lost and thank God I didn’t. Supposedly, I would have loved to start my day early so that I’ll be able to visit more places. Unfortunately, the days of coding the research data finally took of. I wake up late ��" almost 9 AM. Ewww, really unfortunate.
Before I took of to my first ever solo sight seeing tour abroad - no other than the Grand Palace of Thailand or what others may call the King’s palace who by the way is turning 80 years old this December 5th. Whew, what a coincidence! The KING and I have the same birthday.
After breakfast (it was a grand buffet and this is worth mentioning - lots of food, I really am becoming fat.) Okay, Yhen enough of the adlibs. Where was I again? Oh yeah, I inquired first whether I’ll be changing to another room since I will be extending one more night.
the GRAND Palace
the GRAND Palace
I finally reached the grand palace after paying the cab with a very talkative driver 200 baht (I learned later this was way too high). When I reached the entrance, I felt out of place. Most if not all are with their groups or if not, with at least somebody they can talk to, have pictures with. Ouch, I was beginning to feel the pain of being alone in a place far from home. But that’s okay. I can always be flexible. I just think of it as one big adventure and lots to discover while I am alone. Good to meet 6 or 7 Filipinas having a holiday and they were kind of enjoying the place. Ah, I miss our big group in Singapore. It was somewhat strange that after leading a group of 15 kids for 10 days, here I am in Thailand all alone.
So, how did I get those pictures with me in it? Well, I practiced the art of asking people (from different countries, English or no English) to please be kind and take a picture of me, haha. Gladly, most of them happily complied.
such a lovely view of the palace
Yep, I went to places in the grand palace alone under the heat of the sun.
I was also able to enter the place where the empire Buddha was placed. There were many people in there - " Thais and non-Thais. Anyway, you have to leave your shoes outside before getting in.
I went to many kinds of museums inside the palace - weapons, Buddha statues, etc.
smile or else.... LOL
After 2 hours of strolling around, I decided to heed back to Ambassador’s Hotel where I am staying. But then, fortunately, a woman claiming to be an officer of the palace guided me to the rest of the tour and introduced me to official tuktuk drivers. I then was able to visit the place of the standing Buddha. It was really huge. I chatted with a Thai doctor while waiting for the tuktuk driver. After which I rode a boat (I thought I was already lost) and then rode the skytrain to Nana station.
I then went to Thailand Cultural Center or attempted to thru the subway from Sukhumvit station (skyway-Asoke station).
I then went to Siam Paragon and watched IMAX 3D of Harry Potter 5.
Then, after the movie which finished at almost 1 AM, I rode a taxi back to Ambassador’s Hotel. I packed my clothes and get ready for my flight the next day. I wasn’t able sleep today.
Places I went to today:
Grand Palace (10-1:00 PM)
Jewelry shop for rubies and sapphire (very expensive; one ruby ring was B35T bath)
Thailand Cultural Center (just around the train station)
Siam Paragon Mall
I MISS THAILAND ALREADY :)