Bangkok: Exploring The Grand Palace and Temples in the City

Bangkok Temples are all Gold and Grand.

To continue of with a more detailed itinerary of our Bangkok trip, here’s a bawat kibo’t galaw documentation of what we did on our official Day 1. Hahaha.

Arival @ Suvarnabhumi Airport

Due to Cebu Pacific’s delayed flights that day, we actually arrived @ 3:45AM (which was supposed to be 1AM) in our hotel all exhausted and tired. So to start up with our 1st night, we just slept. Hahaha.

  • From Suvarnabhumi Airport, we rode an Uber (because we don’t have any more choice) going to our hotel which is AIM House Bangkok. Cost: 375 Baht = 187 Baht / person
AIM House Hotel’s Lobby

No more photos of our hotel room because… PAGOD at ANTOK! But below is how our hotel looks like on broad day light.

Entrance to AIM House Bangkok
AIM House’s Facade

Zzzzzzzzz…. Croo… Croo… Hahaha!

So our Day 1 officially starts! I woke up at 8AM all excited about what’s going to happen that day. All I have in mind is that, I NEED TO DO EVERYTHING THAT IS LISTED ON MY ITINERARY.

Sooo…

Bangkok… Let’s get it on! Hahaha! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • From our hotel, we walked for almost 15 minutes to Khlong Ton Sai where we took a Public Ferry that literally just took us across to Central Pier: Sathorn. Cost: 5 Baht / person
Hello! While waiting for other passengers inside the Public Ferry ๐Ÿ™‚
We will literally just cross the river to the other side to load on to another ferry.
Chao Phraya River. This river is mainly used to transport people using ferries to get to one pier to the other. Very convenient.
  • After crossing the river, we loaded to another ferry from Central Pier: Sathorn to No.9 Tha Chang where the Grand Palace is. Cost: 15 Baht / person
Central Pier: Sathorn
Snap a photo of the map. It will help you A LOT!
Different color of flags on each ferry indicates what to ride and where you will be dropped off. So make sure to refer to the map.
Public Ferry going No.9 Tha Chang where the Grand Palace is.

After we unloaded in No.9 Tha Chang Pier, we walked for about 5-10 minutes to the Grand Palace. But because we are starving to death (OA. Hahaha), we looked for a restaurant where we can munch on some legit Thai food before we start our tour around the Grand Palace.

Flat lay-ing a legit Thai Food! Haha.
I just have to say… L-O-V-E.
  • Now that we are all charged and full, off we went to the Grand Palace. There is an entrance fee, of course. Cost: 500 Baht / person
Thai people, all lined up and wearing all black under the scorching heat of the sun, still mourning for their late King just outside of the Grand Palace.
Entrance ticket to the Grand Palace

Another thing to take note of, if you’re planning to go to the Grand Palace, they are VERY strict when it comes to the dress-code. Because this place is sacred for the Thai people, I suggest, WAIT, hindi suggest, I OBLIGE you to wear pants and top with sleeves. This is applicable for both men and women. If you don’t follow this, you will be forced to buy clothes from the stalls outside of the Palace. You don’t want this to add up to your expenses, do you? Kaya, sumunod na lang ๐Ÿ™‚ and this is also a way to pay respect to their culture. We are just visitors to their homeland, so we need to abide by their rules. ๐Ÿ™‚ don’t tell me I did not warn you ๐Ÿ™‚

Hereย  are some of the photos I took inside the Grand Palace.

It’s so rare that you see a spot without people on it. So when you find one, strike a pose! Hahaha. #BloggerMe
This is where the King lived. I think his corpse is still inside because the people who were lined up outside are directed here.

Everything inside the Grand Palace looks so majestic. With all the gold-ish temples — really, it deserves to be called Grand. After almost an hour or so, we have decided to leave and go to our next stop — the ever famous: Temple of the Reclining Buddha.

Back when I was still fixing our itinerary, I read through that we needed to ride a ferry going to No.8 Tha Tien Pier which is one pier apart from where we are. But with the help of Google Maps, we saw that it was only 10 minutes away if we choose to walk from the Grand Palace to the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. I was kind of hesitant at first because I was too tired from all the walking we did inside the Grand Palace. But, fine! Para makatipid. Hahaha! Instead of the 10 minutes that Google Maps estimated us, it took us 20 minutes to get to the Reclining Buddha. Liar, Google Maps! LOL. Hahaha!

If you go to Thailand, there are fresh fruits everywhere. So it’s a must to try it! Bought mangoes prior to entering the Temple of the Reclining Buddha.
  • There is also an entrance fee if you plan to go inside the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. Cost: 100 Baht / person
Upon entering, of course, I just had to know what my fortune is. Hihihi ๐Ÿ™‚
The Golden Reclining Buddha chillin’ behind me while I am too tired to function. Haha. Hiiii ๐Ÿ™‚
A place where people can worship the Golden Buddhas.
It’s such a beauty.

It was in time for the Chinese New Year when we went to BKK so almost all temples are crowded. I don’t have any photos of it but was able to capture it through video… WHICH… I still need to edit. And will maybe take a while for me to upload. Hihihi. I was also lucky enough to be prayed over by a monk during the time we visited the Reclining Buddha. I guess this is truly a blessed trip. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • In no time, we walked a few steps going to No.8 Tha Tien Pier to ride a crossover ferry. A crossover ferry are the ferries that just literally bring tourists / locals from one pier to the other side. Like… uhm… really… crossing over. HAHAHAHA! Cost: 4 Baht / person

We actually had no plans to go to Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn) anymore because we were too tired from all the walking that we did. But little did we know, the crossover ferry will just dock right at the entrance of Wat Arun. So I guess it was really meant for us to visit it. Hehe ๐Ÿ™‚

Entrance to Wat Arun
Suuuuper layo shot para payat. HAHAHA.
Kath always helping me on how to do the perfect blogger pose. It comes out to her naturally while me having a hard time. Hahaha.
Every temple has its unique kind of beauty. And everything looks so beautiful.

 

It didn’t take long for us to roam around Wat Arun because as I’ve said… TIRED. Hahaha. So we headed to the pier which is also just a few steps away from Wat Arun. From the pier, we will need to get to No.6 Memorial Bridge. It took us quite a few minutes lining up while waiting for the ferries to arrive. We still opted to wait for the Orange-Flagged ferry as it was cheaper. But some have a choice too to ride the Blue-flagged. BUT! As mentioned prior, always refer to the map to know what ferry to ride and where to unload.

  • From Wat Arun’s pier to No.6 Memorial Bridge (Orange-Flagged ferry), we did not pay anything at all. I am not sure if it really was free or if we just missed where to pay. If it was the latter, apologies! I’ll get back soon and pay double. Hehehe ๐Ÿ™‚ But, THANK YOU! <3

After we unloaded atย No.6 Memorial Bridge station, our next stop is THIP SAMAI, theย home of the BEST Pad Thai in Bangkok. Read more about where to find and what to expect here: THIP SAMAI: Best Pad Thai in Bangkok

After devouring those great Pad Thai’s, we thought it was still too early to go back to our hotel. So we went straight to Platinum Mall, one of Bangkok’s known malls, which caters cheap and great finds from clothing, shoes, accessories, and all you could ever think of. If Philippines have Divisoria, Bangkok have Platinum Mall.

Since it is not on our plan (yet) to shop that night, all we did was do window shopping. Hehehe. And because of what we did, I can’t wait for our last night! Which is dedicated for pasalubong buying and shopping! And we’ll get to that later on. ๐Ÿ˜€

Overpass right in front of Platinum Mall.

 

After all the walking, exploring, eating, and all the other -ing… It was a great day after all. I am starting to love Bangkok just the way it is. <3

 

MORE OF MY BANGKOK ADVENTURE:

A First Timer’s Bangkok Itinerary

THIP SAMAI: Best Pad Thai in Bangkok

Exploring Ayutthaya, Thailand

Dining in Chocolate Ville