Traveling to Bangkok was such an adventure! We took a bus from Chiangrai back to Chiangmai. Our bus was delayed and we almost missed our overnight train to Bangkok! Luckily, we reached the station 10 minutes before the train departed.
Upon arriving, we visited the two famous temples in Bangkok, Wat Pho and Wat Arun.
Known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, it is first on the list of six temples in Thailand classed as the highest grade of the first-class royal temples. It is associated with King Rama I who rebuilt the temple complex on an earlier temple site, and became his main temple where some of his ashes are enshrined. The temple was later expanded and extensively renovated by Rama III. The temple complex houses the largest collection of Buddha images in Thailand, including a 46 m long reclining Buddha. The temple is considered the earliest centre for public education in Thailand, and the marble illustrations and inscriptions placed in the temple for public instructions has been recognised by UNESCO in its Memory of the World Programme.
Known as “Temple of Dawn”, Wat Arun is a Buddhist Temple in Bangkok Yai district, on the Thon buri west bank of the Chao Phraya River. The temple derived its name from the Hindu God Aruna, often personified as the radiations of the rising sun.
Among the best known of Thailand’s landmarks, the first light of the morning reflects off the surface of the temple with pearly iridescence.
Although the temple has existed since at least the 17th century, its distinctive spires were built in the early 19th century, during the reign of King Rama II.
When you’re in Bangkok, you definitely can’t miss the famous weekend market! Its sheer size and diverse collections of merchandise will bring any seasoned shoppers to their knees – this is where you can literally shop ‘till you drop’, which I’m proud to say I did of course!
With over more than 8000 stalls, you’ll be spoilt for choices; clothes, shoes, bags, food, souvenirs, etc.
Although it’s impossible to name all, the selection of goods being offered at Chatuchak can be roughly divided into 11 categories:
- Clothing & Accessories (sections 2-6, 10-26)
- Handicrafts (sections 8-11) Ceramics (sections 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 25)
- Furniture and Home Decoration (sections 1,3,4,7,8)
- Food and Beverage (sections 2, 3, 4, 23, 24, 26, 27)
- Plants and Gardening tools (sections 3, 4)
- Art and Gallery (section 7)
- Pets and Pet Accessories (sections 8, 9, 11, 13)
- Books (sections 1, 27)
- Antiques and Collectibles (sections 1, 26)
- Miscellaneous and Used Clothing (sections 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 22, 25, 26)
When you’re there, don’t forget to try the famous duck noodles, which sadly I forgot to take a pic of! Just be prepared to queue awhile!
This is one cafe that keeps popping up on my Instagram feed and I thought to why not give it a visit.
However, I have to say I was underwhelm by the decor and more so, the food! I’ve been to quite a few ‘cutesie’ cafe and I’ve noticed that most of the time, the food is mediocre. Unicorn cafe sadly has one of the worse tasting food of all these cafes I’ve visited.
Let’s just say I went for the pictures and it’s worth only visiting once. I definitely recommend going to the husky cafe (which I visited a couple years back) than this one, where they’re basically sucking the money out of your wallet.
If you wanna spend an evening relaxing and having some drinks, Lebua Skybar is a place to be seen! Although be prepared to spend major ka-ching!
Let me tell you a hilarious story that happened. My mother ordered half a dozen oysters thinking it only cost her SGD10. When I calculated again just to double check, turns out she missed a “0” at the back! Yes, it cost us SGD100! And another SGD60++ for a lobster roll the size of my palm. I have really small hands by the way!
But hey, at least we had an awesome time there!
This museum is a hidden gem within Bangkok!
A huge, three-headed elephant statue standing upon an equally gargantuan pedestal is the first, and last, thing you see when visiting Samut Prakan’s Erawan Museum. It’s a splendid, towering beast: 250 tons in weight, 29 metres high, 39 metres long, and cast in a pure green-hued copper. From conception to completion it took almost ten years to construct. With a proud, war-like demeanor and trunks the size of ancient Banyan Trees, this is an epic image of Hindu mythology’s Airavata.
Maeklong Railway Market is a traditional Thai market selling fresh vegetables, food and fruit. What makes it special is that the market is located on a train line where, a few times a day, the train runs directly through the market. When the train comes, vendors lower their umbrellas and move some of their produce further back off the train tracks. Some of the vegetables are laying on the ground and the train goes right over them. Amazingly, nothing is damaged or broken, and as soon as the train passes, vendors continue as normal.
You’ll be greeted by the odour of raw seafood while walking along the market, but hey, that’s the beauty of experiencing something you don’t get to see in your own country.
One of the city’s famous landmark, the Grand Palace is known as one of the must-see places in Bangkok. It was built in 1782 and was the home of the Thai King for 150 years!Thai Kings stopped living in the palace around the turn of the twentieth century, but the palace complex is still used to mark all kinds of other ceremonial and auspicious happenings.
I hope you enjoyed reading my 3-part Thailand series!
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