Thailand: Giant Swing & The Grand Palace & Wat Pho

December 23, 2017

Before my flight to Brunei, I have a full day to tour the city and temple hop. Since the places I am going to visit are just a walk away from the accommodation, my transportation budget was saved. How was that? Well, that is solo traveling in budget. By the way, I forgot to tell you that during the day before my visit to Bangkok, it was the King Bhumibol Aduljadej of Thailand burial. During the days of my trip, all were in black that I thought it is mandatory not realizing that it is the King’s burial and almost every corner, there are Thai police. Their security was so tight that time that all entrances before entering the boundary of the Grand Palace, they have a checkpoint for everyone looking for your passport and bags. Fun fact: After researching about the King, I found out we have the same birthdate.

The Giant Swing

The photos may not look like it is a swing but centuries ago, it is really a swing which the young Thai men used for ceremonies but it was discontinued after the death of the participants. Now, it is a tourist spot attraction between the Bangkok city hall and Wat Suthat.

The Grand Palace

This is not only the royal residence but also it is where a number of government/administrative offices and the renowned temple of the Emerald Buddha is located. Photography is prohibited inside the Temple of the Emerald Buddha hence the no picture of the colored Buddha. In going inside the Emerald Buddha temple, shoes should be taken off and leave in the shoe racks provided outside the temple. I was afraid at first that my shoes be taken but fortunately it wasn’t. Good point for that Thailand. The place is so wide and huge by the way and a massive crowd will be joining you. Be prepared in visiting the place. Entrance fee is 500THB (includes a ticket that can be used in Ayutthaya) and you should be in modest attire covering your shoulders and knees or else, you can’t enter the place. It is open daily during 8:30-15:30.

Wat Pho

This is the temple of the Reclining Buddha that is covered in gold leaf. This is a must-do for every first timer in Bangkok and should be included in your temple hopping itinerary. Since this is just a walking distance from the Grand Palace, it is easy to locate. In entering the temple, your shoes should be taken off and put inside a plastic bag just outside the entrance and again, be in modest attire without showing the shoulders and skin above the knee. You can queue in to take a picture with the reclining Buddha. I suggest you take the last line in order to capture the whole reclined Buddha. Just like what I did, just don’t mind the oily and haggard selfie. LOL. Upon exiting, they say, if you want a little luck, you can purchase a bowl of coins, make a wish and drop each in the 108 bronze bowls. Wat Pho is also famous and is a good place to experience their traditional Thai massage. Better book a spot before your treatment as this is popular in Wat Pho. Entrance fee is 100THB (included a bottle of mineral water) and they are open daily from 8:00-15:00.

After Wat Pho, I wanted to go to Wat Arun but because of the heavy line in the boat terminal crossing the Chao Phraya river and by looking at the time, I wasn’t able to go. Since, transportation in Thailand has no definite time, I need to allot of time to wait and catch a bus ride going to Don Muang airport and catch my flight to BSB. So guys, after this post, see you in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam.

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