Bangkok: A Glimpse of Siam

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This is the second part of my post about Bangkok, Thailand. In here, I want to share all the must see tourist spots around Bangkok.

As mentioned on my previous post, The Fairy Flies to Bangkok, three days is somewhat short for first timers in Bangkok who also plans to do shopping.

For us, (MJ , Tonette and I), we decided to do both shopping and sight seeing which meant less rest for us. Our hotel room was really just used for sleeping and taking baths.  Nevertheless, we are really happy with what we were able to see and experience without having to go through long hours on the road.

Below’s a view of old Thailand (Siam) within the busy Bangkok city.

Note: You will notice though, that some photos displayed us with colorful coats. Yes, it is due to rain during our tour days. It was bit difficult as we were not prepared of the rainfall. We had to hurriedly buy coats and take a look around before we become soaked.

  • Grand Palace

One of the nearest temple near our hotel. This has a huge area and  is located at the heart of the city which boasts of majestically crafted temples. It also has the famous Wat Phra Kaew or Temple of the Emerald  Buddha.

Inside Grand Palace

at the Grand Palace

  • Wat PhoTemple of Reclining Buddha

Temple in Phra Nakhon where the huge reclining Buddha is housed. It is so huge that one will have a   hard time taking a photo of the whole stretch of  Buddha as it won’t fit the normal digital camera.

Ticket to Wat Pho with free bottle of water

At Wat Pho entrance

A closer view of The Reclining Buddha

at the end of The Reclining Buddha

  • Wat Arun – The Temple of Dawn

This is another interesting temple where getting there starts with embarking through a ferry. I believe  that it really should be called Temple of Dawn because when you witness the sunrise through this towering temple, you will truly admire it’s magnificence.

At the ferry dock going to Wat Arun

The Wat Arun temple

Buddha inside Wat Arun

Ferry port , Wat Arun side

  • Muang BoranAncient City 

The Ancient City is indeed a living picture of Siam. We had to travel around 40 minutes by  taxi to get to the Ancient City. We were so amazed by many temples and palace that depicts the  olden times and rich culture of Thailand. We had to rent a golf cart in order to go around the massive  land area of the  Ancient City. There are too many photos taken here  but I can only show you so much.

            The Ancient city is a spectacle to behold.

A Map of Ancient City

  • Patpong Night Market

Patpong is an entertainment district which is more internationally known as a red light district.  We went there by BTS mainly to walk around and see the night market ( shopping-as always).  But of course, we can’t help but also be curious of how this famous red light district really is.

Upon arriving there at around 6PM, the streets are lined up with both women and transgender clad in revealing clothes and even wearing sexy costumes. Pamphlets for the night shows are being aggressively offered to tourists and locals alike. Pingpong shows are offered minute by minute as you walk along the street.

Words of caution:Once you decided to go inside a night club, beware as most will lure you to buying drinks after drinks with unbelievably high bill in the end. Also, taking photos here is actually not acceptable and be very discreet should one wish to shoot photos.

Since we are not really there for the show, we decided to go through the night market and eat along the street of Patpong.

Dining at Patpong

Since this post had been picture heavy, I will have to separate photos of food and other interesting sights of Bangkok in another entry.

There were just too many memories gathered in three days of being in this city.♣

 

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