On the 2nd day of our trip, we went to the Grand Palace/the Emerald Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Kaew) and the Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho).
Our taxi had left us in front of the information desk right outside of the Grand Palace. We had a very nice man there who told us that the Palace was closed until noon and that we should take a tuk-tuk to the pier and visit Wat Arun and the Floating market first before coming back to the Grand Palace when it opens.
Other people might get tricked but I wasn’t falling for that ish cause I knew the Grand Palace is open every day. That same man became very aggressive once I thanked him and told him we’d prefer to walk. So little tip for anyone visiting Bangkok: if somebody tells you to take a tuk-tuk, it’s usually a scam.
The Grand Palace is the most visited site in Thailand and it is worth the trip. We knew beforehand that our shoulders and legs had to be covered and so my friends and I were well prepared to go in. Or at least that’s what we thought: one of my friends whose shoulders were covered by a very thick scarf had to go rent some shirt after all before heading in.
Another hint when visiting the Wat Phra Kaew: wear a T-shirt and pants or a long skirt or dress, it’ll save you time.
Before we headed to Wat Pho, it was time for lunch at the Sala Rattanakosin Eatery & Bar. I’d describe the food as Thai dishes presented in a Western style. The food was good but what made the whole thing worth a trip was the magnificent view we had of Wat Arun.
We didn’t get to visit the Temple of Dawn cause it was under construction but the view from the restaurant made up for it big time.
After our late lunch (it was almost evening), we still had time for Wat Pho and its 46 metre long reclining Buddha. I also wanted to get a massage with my friends but since we were there fairly late, the school of traditional massage was closed already.
We left for Phuket the next day but the next post will be about the last 2 days of our visit: Thailand – Malaysia 2015: Bangkok Part IV.