Friday, 25 November 2011

GRAND PALACE, BANGKOK, THAILAND

Firstly, many thanks for all the good wishes in the previous post. I am back from Bangkok and everything was good there.

Bangkok was hot and dry as the desert. The Government did a great job protecting the city from flood and despite the flood scare, clearance at Immigration took more than an hour - normal by Bangkok airport standard. This shows how many people are still travelling to Bangkok for holidays. Top hotels are booked full in advance and despite the flood scare, it's still was a very busy city.

We all had a great time in Bangkok. This was my 9th or 10th trip and I have another trip back to Bangkok again early next year. I have always travelled for business and with friends, so this time was the first for the whole family and we had so much fun.  It was a great shopping (for the children) and eating trip!  I am posting on the Grand Palace this round, my 4th trip this time, but still loving it. Here's sharing the photos:

Instead of taking a local tour, we booked a MPV for the whole family. It's cheaper and allowed us to travel to places we wanted only and at our own pace. Took a photo of their local taxi from the MPV...you'll see lots of this pink taxis everywhere. Tip: when in Bangkok, ensure that you take a taxi with meter, otherwise, you are at the mercy of the taxi driver and they charge 20 times more than the metered fare.





The Grand Palace is a must visit place for all travelling to Bangkok.  It used to be the King's palace and it's always fun to be there..I find those architecture absolutely stunning.


The Phra Sri Rattana Chedi, a chedi or spire is supposed to contain religious Buddist artifact, also most photographed chedi by all visitors.


Mythical golden figures everywhere within the Grand Palace.


Close up!




A miniature Angkor Wat! I am planning to go to Siem Reap again next year to see the real Angkor. I overheard a guide explaining that the previous Thai King was so impressed with Angkor when he visited then, that he built this Grand Palace and lived here, a long time ago.



Another building in the Palace, love this one in blue!  Look at all the details.









Another Chedi.  There are plenty of information about the Grand Palace, so if you are interested, please read them online.


Let's see some details, isn't it amazing :)





At another entrance. You'll find similar figures at the airport as well and it's almost as huge as this!

More close up on the details..



There are many buildings within the Palace, each for a specific purpose.




Even the paintings on the walls were elaborate.



Some part of the ceilings which were hand painted.

Other shots within the Palace.


Finally, the most sacred place in Bangkok and probably Thailand. The Temple of the Emerald Buddha or Wat Phra Kaew, read more here. In the past, you can get up close within the temple but photos allowed inside.  This time, there were so many people praying so the temple was closed.



Hope you have enjoyed the tour, still more to post about Bangkok and now I have so many people to visit.

Cheers and have a great weekend....