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

Friday

Bangkok, Thailand

 

 

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.

My first taste of Korean food in Bangkok.
Kaimo (her real name is soooo long I really can’t remember it) well, she told me that there is no need of transferring to another one since they will only be changing the rate to a lower price of B 1, 600 baht. 

 

 

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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.

 

 

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such a lovely view of the palace

 

 

Yep, I went to places in the grand palace alone under the heat of the sun.

I love this baby elephant - was just strolling along teh streets of Bangkok.
My, it was really hot! I was amazed to see the differences in how a Christian and a Buddhist pray. Back home, you will find devotees particularly Catholics praying before an image of Christ or Mama Mary or the saints. Here, in Bangkok, you will see people kneeling before their Buddha and before other statues.

 

 

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:-)

 

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.

 

 

 

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ah.

where we stayed in Ambassador's Hotel
. i miss this place :) 

 

 

I went to many kinds of museums inside the palace -  weapons, Buddha statues, etc.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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tuktuk

 

I then went to Thailand Cultural Center or attempted to thru the subway from Sukhumvit station (skyway-Asoke station).

in Grand Place
I wasn’t able to find the center ��" huhuhu. But I was able to buy shoes from some sidewalk stalls there. I then proceeded to MBK (from skyway Siam station) and had fun shopping. MBK is I then learned is less expensive than the stalls of Lumphini. I should have shopped here before.

 

I then went to Siam Paragon and watched IMAX 3D of Harry Potter 5. 

 

 

 

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IMAX

 

 

 

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)

Standing Buddha

Jewelry shop for rubies and sapphire (very expensive; one ruby ring was B35T bath)

Thailand Cultural Center (just around the train station)

MBK Mall

Siam Paragon Mall

 

 

I MISS THAILAND ALREADY :)

yheleen says:
thank you Chris ")
Posted on: May 26, 2008
yheleen says:
hello new.. yeah, hopefully when am back in Thailand - we'll be able to meet ")
Posted on: May 26, 2008
newtampo says:
Cheers for your birthday :) Glad you like here! Hope to meet you if you come back next time! :)
Posted on: May 26, 2008
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