Our second and third day were mostly spent discovering and exploring Thailand’s culture. We visited some of its popular temples such as the Grand Palace and Wat Pho, and also went to the old city of Ayutthaya. Part of our itinerary is to go to Wat Arun after dropping by to Wat Pho, however, because of the hot weather, we decided to just head over to Asiatique mall afterwards.
Going back, we started our day heading over to the Grand Palace. There was an entrance fee of 500 Baht and strict dress code is being implemented, as it is one of the most sacred places in Thailand: men must wear long pants and shirt with sleeves, while for women, see-through clothes, bare shoulders, shorts and short skirts are not allowed. On the other hand, if you are improperly dressed, there is a booth outside where you can rent clothes to cover you up properly, but I suggest that you just buy a pair of Bangkok’s pants at the stores across Grand Palace for only 100 baht.
So what to see at the Grand Palace?
Architecture wise, everything is perfectly and beautifully made with intricate details. Every corner is picturesque and indeed made creatively from its exterior to its interior. But what makes it more special is the fact that the Temple of the Emerald Buddha is located inside.
You will also see the Chakri Mahaprasat Throne Hall inside the Grand Palace. Its architecture-style is a combination of European structure and traditional Thai roof tiles and spires. Before, it used to be King Rama V’s residence and a major throne hall, but now, it is only a place for state functions and royal ceremonies.
After roaming around, we went straight to Wat Pho, which was only a five-minute walk from the Grand Palace. Similar with the Grand Palace, it has an entrance fee that costs 100 baht. Strict dress code also applies and you need to remove your shoes upon entering the temple – you do not have to worry about getting your shoes stolen, as there is a bag outside that you can carry inside the temple with your shoes in it.
The highlight of Wat Pho is the Reclining Buddha that measures 15 meters tall and 46 meters long. And if you wanted a good luck, you can purchase a bowl of coins at the entrance of the hall that you can drop in 108 bronze bowls inside the temple – aside from good luck, the money will be used to help the monks to renovate and preserve Wat Pho.
If you wanted to go to Wat Arun from Wat Pho, which was in our original itinerary, Tha Tien pier is right across the road from Wat Pho – maybe, a five-minute walk. From there, you can take the cross-river ferry that is heading over to Wat Arun.
But since we decided not to go to Wat Arun anymore, we went to Asiatique mall afterwards. From Wat Pho, you can walk to Tha Tien pier and took the Chao Phraya Express boat going to Sathorn Central Pier (Saphan Taksin) where you can catch a shuttle boat to Asiatique.
Asiatique is a night bazaar and mall with lots of boutiques and restaurants from Thai to Italian cuisines. To be honest, I do not recommend shopping here because of its expensive price or what they call as the “tourist price”. Nevertheless, some boutiques were on sale so I shopped a little bit (hehe).
Our second day ended at Sky Bar Rooftop at Lebua for Seph’s birthday celebration! Drinks here are super pricey so after 12 in the morning, we just went to Too Fast To Sleep for some desserts! By the way, it is difficult to find cafés in Bangkok that are still open after 8pm, good thing my friend who currently lives and works in BKK knows this place!
As I said before, on our third day, we went to Ayutthaya by taking the mini bus at the Victory Monument. Admittedly, I expected too much and I thought that Ayutthaya was a big old kingdom: no cars roaming around, not civilized and the temples were just nearby. Seph and I actually planned to roam around while riding a bike, good thing we did not because the temples are far from each other and there were a lot of cars passing by. So we just rented a car and a driver to bring us to different tourist spots: Wat Mahathat, Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon, Wat Phra Si Sanphet, Wat Chai Wattanaram and Wat Phutthaisawan.
Nonetheless, it was a fun and productive day considering how much we learned about Thai’s culture. Plus, every temple we visited really amazed me thinking how devoted these people to their Buddha and these stunning temples are proof of their respect and loyalty.
We capped off our third day at the Supanniga Eating Room that I just found on the Internet. Surprisingly, everything we ordered was great particularly the Son-in-law Eggs!!!
For dessert, we tried the Classic Shibuya Toast at the After You Dessert Café. Although it is a bit expensive, frankly, this toast is the best! You guys should try it!!!
That is it for our second and third day in Bangkok! Cannot wait to share with you what we did during our fourth and fifth days in Thailand!
If you missed my blog post about our first day and if you loved to check out things we did on our last two days, here are the links: