Walking Around in Bangkok
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The next morning, Sunday morning, I ventured out on my own. I was able to get the bell boy to help me get a cab to the Ko Ratanakosin area where I wanted to start my walking. The cab ran the meter after the bell boy insisted he do so. The cab driver initially tried to negotiate a price for the cab ride to the Ko Ratanakosin area. I’m glad I insisted on him using the meter as the fare was about half of what he had initially quoted.
I walked around through the area where I saw the Defence Ministry, Silpakorn University, the Democracy monument, Thamnasat University and many street vendors catering to tourists. I window shopped mostly at some of the shops, just kind of getting an idea of what they sell at all the stands. I saw many monks walking around and kneeling to pray near Sanamluang.
I finally entered into the Royal Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) after several hours of walking around. Of course when I entered, there were locals at the entrance asking if I needed a tour guide. I went in on my own after ignoring all of the locals. The Grand Palace was large and very beautiful. There were many tourists there, and it was sticky hot out. I loved the weather. Just how I like it - nice and hot! It must have been at least 90 degrees out.
The palace and complex was very well built and very well laid out.
I observed the people praying and “people watched” all the tourists. After taking tons of pictures and walking in the heat for a few hours, I decided to go back to the hotel area to freshen up and grab a bite to eat. Of course, I had to turn away two cab drivers that were asking for more money than I thought I should pay to get back to the hotel. I finally found one that ran the meter.
I wound up eating near the hotel at a local place recommended by the hotel. I had chicken Pad Thai, which I’ve always loved at Thai restaurants back home. This place’s Pad Thai however was a little bland.
After that I walked around the hotel neighborhood for a while with no other goal than to just walk and see what was around the area. I think the fact that I had not slept well the night before and had been in the heat all day was wearing me down. I went to bed early that night.