Walking Around in Bangkok

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Walking down the street, I saw this pretty elephant

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.

Near the entrance to the Grand Palace
I also walked around the Amulet market. Some of the stuff people were selling looked like junk to me. I wondered who would ever buy any of it. But the locals were setting up their stuff like they were planning on selling a lot of this stuff.

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.

Welcome sign
The temple complex is known to be the spiritual core of Thai Buddhism and the monarchy, united by the Emerald Buddha. The Grand Palace, which is the former royal residence, is located here and it was absolutely stunning. The gold on the rooftops and the level of detail in the décor of the buildings was just marvelous. I could sit and stare at the buildings all day and be perfectly content soaking up the sun doing so.

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.

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Walking down the street, I saw thi…
Walking down the street, I saw th…
Near the entrance to the Grand Pal…
Near the entrance to the Grand Pa…
Welcome sign
Welcome sign
At the Grand Palace
At the Grand Palace
At the Grand Palace
At the Grand Palace
This was beautiful (looks better i…
This was beautiful (looks better …
Using my tripod - I was hot... I w…
Using my tripod - I was hot... I …
These were cool looking
These were cool looking
Entrance to one of the temple buil…
Entrance to one of the temple bui…
There were certain areas marked of…
There were certain areas marked o…
In front of the palace
In front of the palace
photo by: rintjez