Bangkok Travel Blog› entry 6 of 21 › view all entries
I'm pretty lucky to be living in Asia, because there are so many beautiful places where I can visit - with just (whew!) three hours of painful moments on the plane.
On day two of our Thailand get away. Michi and I started with buffet breakfast in the hotel then we took a cab to our first destination. The Wat Pho is one of the popular temples in Bangkok, just a short distance away from the Grand Palace. It is home of scenic architecture and the biggest reclining buddha.
Michiko and I arrived a few minutes before a tour group arrive. After purchasing our entrance tickets, we walked just behind the tour group so we're able to get some free travel trivia.
Like the entire Wat Pho compound took 17 years to complete (If you see its magnificent facade, you wouldn't wonder why) and that the 46m buddha has feet made of mother-of-pearl and that they signify some sort of heaven.
After Wat Pho, while walking towards the Grand Palace we were greeted by a nice gentleman -- unfortunately, my poor memory lost his name... he was working for the Grand Palace, he asked us if we intend to visit the Palace and informed us that it will be opened by 1 pm. It was only 11 am then so he called a tuktuk driver and arranged a mini tour for us.... and all we had to pay was 20 Baht each!!! - I love Thai hospitality ;) He was especially compassionate when he learned that we were the same age as his daughter.
Our first stop was the Temple of the White buddha, it wasn't very interesting to be frank. What's more interesting is the Belgian diver we met there, Michele. He's well travelled and he's got a lot of stories to tell about his dive excursions and the jewelry and precious stones of Thailand. It's just so fun to be a tourist, it's so easy to make friends.
Our next stop was the Jewelry store, apparently the were on sale during this time of the month... mental note to self... go back to Bangkok for jewelry shopping in March! Being a girl, I can't help but be in awe
Next we went to Wat Benchamabophit, otherwise known as the Temple of the Black Buddha. It is located just outside the Chitlada Palace where the royal family lives. The Temple is the second most grand (the first being - the Grand Palace) temples in Bangkok. It was originally intended for the royal family's use but was then later opened to the public.
Trivia: each buddha's pose has a unique symbol.
So after the photo session at the temple, Mr Thomsai, our tuk tuk driver took us back to the Grand Palace. It was getting late, about 3 pm and we had to go catch our transfers to Huahin so we just took some photos and flew.
We went to the Jim Thompson Museum after, we had a very late lunch at the cafe, toured his house and shopped for some more souvenirs.
Jim Thompson was an American businessman and he was responsible for the Thai silk industry. He had a passion for collecting antiques and his house became one of the popular tourist places because of its extensive antique furniture and artwork.
We did some more souvenir shopping but nothing relevant... This was pretty much the end of the Bangkok trip... from here, we hop on to the next minivan to the beautiful beaches of Hua Hin...