Bangkok Day One: Gempling

Of all the places I had visited Bangkok has the most glamourous temples I have ever seen. The intricate details of tiles and gemstones are opulent without being gaudy. On our first day in Bangkok, we had the luxury of being chauffeured by our Thai friend. Our first stop was Grand Palace.

Before our trip, I had done enough research to know that we had to cover up in order to get entry to temples. It means no shorts are allowed, but flipflops okay, since you are required to take off shoes before you go indoor. It was a very hot day, we packed our jeans and planned to change before we go in. However, outside the temple there were plenty of stores selling comfy and fashionable looking long pants. The thin fabric was perfect for the weather, so we happily parted with 300 baht for two pair of pants.

A short line later (even shorter for our Thai friend since they have a special entry way, which doesn’t require tickets), we were in! There were so many photo ops, and, perhaps because we went on a Sunday, so many people. Nevertheless, we snapped a ton of pictures. Here are a few of them.

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Now, Grand Palace does look like a giant Gemple, doesn’t it?

Afterwards, we took a tuk-tuk to see the reclining Buddha. At the entry way we could only see the gold-plated Buddha head. To get a full shot of the statue, we briskly walked towards the feet. You can even see the Buddha’s toe prints. The attention to detail was marvelous.

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At last, we took a short ferry ride to Wat Arun. It is structured like a pyramid, which tourists are allowed to climb up. The steps were steep, so cowardly, we didn’t make it all the way to the top. Even the view from the mid-level was beautiful, however.

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It was well worth the climb!

Afterwards, our Thai friend took us to a Thai massage place she frequents. We had local food by the river for dinner. It was outright the best Thai food I have ever had. Everything taste so fresh and perfectly spiced. And, because I enjoyed the dinner so much I didn’t take picture of it.

That concludes our perfect first day in Thailand. Tomorrow, we will join a day tour with Sun River Cruise to Ayutthaya, the former capital of Thailand.

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