Floating Market tour and the Royal Palace

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early morning whilst waiting for our ride to the Floating Market

It really was a trip of touristy points, and in hindsight  (now that I write this review a good half a decade AFTER, and with so much more trip planning experience) I can say this was one of the worse planned trips of mine. I mean, 0 input from me which is a bit surprising seeing as I'm OCD. In any case, we began the morning early - same routine and our first stop was the Floating Market. Like the Pyramids in Egypt and the waters of Venecia, this is a must-see for those visiting Bangkok.

There's not much to talk about this place - the pictures say it all - you go on a little boat through narrow canals, lots of flowers and items for sale. But the highlight frm here was a snake farm they took us to.

Now this was the real deal! You know it's a tourist spot right at the entrance when you have a local with a python around his neck charging for pictures. We then saw a "show" where a man and a jungle python "just captured" (yeah, right) are let loose in a little stage. The man not only catches the python in front of all of us, but then extracts the venom from its mouth. It was thrilling to see though, especially when he said he had devenomised the snake and the grand venom was probably a teaspoon worth. Such dangerous animals with such "small" amount of poison. Nature is very interesting!

Anyway we finished our tour, and headed to another touristy shop - expensive prices and all. Didn't buy anything. Lunch was at a mum/pop kind of Thai rsnt (awful food) and then was our 2nd tour of the day, and another postcard moment.

a lady in the floating market
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The Grand Palace!

This is a complex of buildings in Bangkok, Thailand. It served as the official residence of the Kings of Thailand from the 18th century onwards. Construction of the Palace began in the late 18th century, during the reign of King Rama I, when he moved the capital across the river from Thonburi to Bangkok. The Palace has been constantly expanded and many additional structures were added over time.  The present King of Thailand; King Rama IX, however does not currently reside there but at the Chitralada Palace. The Palace is instead used for state occasions and special events. Another thing about this Palace: you can't wear shorts to this! You have to wear trousers, and you can actually 'rent' a pair of garrish trousers for a small fee right at the entrance (which for Thailand's weather means the entire population).

plying their wares....

The highlight of this place is the Wat Phra Kaew - Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and is regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple (wat) in Thailand. The main building is the central ubosoth, which houses the Emerald Buddha. There are three main doors used to enter the temple, however only the King and Queen are allowed to enter through the centre door. Even though it is small in size it is the most important icon for Thai people. Legends hold that the statue originated in India, but it first surfaced in the vassal Kingdom of Cambodia and was given as a gift to the King of Ayuttaya in the 15th century. The image disappeared when Burmese raiders sacked Ayuttaya and the image was feared lost. A century later, the 'Emerald' Buddha reappeared elsewhere and was eventually moved back here.

Wat Sai Floating Market
  The wall surrounding the temple area" from the outside only a plain white wall" is painted with scenes from the Thai version of the Ramayana mythology, the Ramakian. Several statues in the temple area resemble figures from this story, most notably the giants (yak), five-meter high statues. Also originating from the Ramayana are the monkey kings and giants which surround the golden chedis. The Temple also contains a model of Angkor Wat, added by King Nangklao (Rama III), as the Khmer empire of Cambodia and the Thais share cultural and religious roots.

Also here is the Chakri Mahaprasad Hall which is a building in a style influenced by the Italian Renaissance. You can't go in though, just watch from outside and admire! We wrapped up the evening at 6pm and went to Chinatown and India area for some window shopping.

WalterC says:
I have to start visiting this part of the world someday! :)
Posted on: Jun 03, 2014
YantiSoeparno says:
So you didn't eat well at the Thai Restaurant? What is your kind of lunch, Vikram?
Posted on: Jan 03, 2009
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early morning whilst waiting for o…
early morning whilst waiting for …
a lady in the floating market
a lady in the floating market
plying their wares....
plying their wares....
Wat Sai Floating Market
Wat Sai Floating Market
Wat Sai Floating Market
Wat Sai Floating Market
Thonburi Snake Farm (near Watsai f…
Thonburi Snake Farm (near Watsai …
This is after the venom had been e…
This is after the venom had been …
Outside the snake farm
Outside the snake farm
after our visit to the snake farm
after our visit to the snake farm
Temple of the Rising Sun
Temple of the Rising Sun
Bangkok arts and crafts centre
Bangkok arts and crafts centre
entrance to the Golden Temple and …
entrance to the Golden Temple and…
Our guide explaining the Ramayana …
Our guide explaining the Ramayana…
offering prayers to Buddha
offering prayers to Buddha
The Royal Palace
The Royal Palace
Chinatown, commercial Bangkok
Chinatown, commercial Bangkok
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photo by: Deats