Yes,Bangkok is Metro Manila five years forward but embedded in this urban jungle are wonderful pagodas,Buddha statues,temples and palaces that makes Thailand deserving to use the word "amazing" in its tourism campaigns.
The GRAND PALACE is only the introduction.
The official residence of the kinf of Thailand since 1925, thr Grand Palace actually refers to a complex of buildings ---halls, pavilions and courtyards.
Entrance to the Grand palace is quite pricey at 500baht per pax. Only a certain sections are open to thr public and I remember entering only one of the buildings.You have to content yourself therefore at marveling on thr intricate architecture and exterior of the buildings in the complex.Even so,it will not disappoint you.Lovely lovely.
Take the Silom Line and get off at Saphan Taksin Station (or S6 Station) and go out through Exit No. 2. Then, take the Chao Phraya Express Boat to Ta Chang Pier (No.9). A 5-10 minute walk will bring you to the entrance gate of the Grand Palace.
In our case, since we stayed in Khao San Road, we only walked to here.It only took us around 15 minutes and we were already in the complex.
A strict dress code for visitors is observed.No tank tops/sleeveless shirts, skirts.In short, no showing of skin.Toinks.
No worries if you are in your skimpiest shorts though.You can borrow a long skirt (with a nice Thai accent) at the entrance.There are also trousers for men in shorts.They will ask you to deposit a particular amount which will refunded to you once you return the fabric so it's basically free.Lines could be long though so it could get inconvenient.Still, the best thing to do is dress accordingly before going here.
The Temple of the Emerald Buddha
Phra Thinang Chakri Maha Prasat Group
On our way out, we saw a couple more interesting buildings. The Phra Thinang Chakri Maha Prasat Group-which is composed of nine major and minor halls.Talk about "grandeur" again.
Our visit at the Grand Palace was brief but really satisfying. The place realy is deserving of the word "Grand" in its name.
Open Daily from 8.30 AM till 3.30 PM.
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