My very first time in Bangkok was about shopping. This time round, I decided to do some visiting to their palace and temple. We woke up at 0830 to prepare ourselves for breakfast at the lobby. The hotel breakfast wasn’t that fantastic. It was normal, edible. Suriwongse Hotel (Chiang Mai) breakfast tastes so much better. We took a cab to The Grand Palace after our breakfast. As usual, we asked the taxi uncle to on his meter before getting up onto the cab.
The journey to The Grand Palace was about 15-20 minutes and it cost us about 103 BAHT. There were lots of people waiting to enter the palace and they were mostly tourists. We got stopped by the security guard when we tried to walk pass the entrance because I was wearing a dress and Vivian was wearing short and sleeveless top. We were asked to proceed to the counter to rent their clothing and buy entrance ticket. Quite a lot of people were in the queue. While queuing, we saw the price of the entrance ticket. Guess how much was it? It’s 500 BAHT (SGD 22). We thought that was rather expensive just to enter the palace so we dropped the idea of going in. We decided to head to a famous temple (Wat Pho) which was just right behind the palace.
The Grand Palace
The entrance fee to Wat Pho was about 100 BAHT and they weren’t very strict with dressing. Wat Pho is quite a big temple which is divided into several parts. It is one of the largest and oldest temple in Bangkok which holds more then a 1000 Buddha images. One of the Buddha images has a length of 160ft, one of the largest Buddha images in Thailand. This buddha image is even bigger than the ones that we saw in Sukhothai. Before we entered to see this Buddha, we were required to put on a long gown (not sure what it is called) because our dressing weren’t very appropriate. The Buddha image was very beautiful and well maintained. Do head there if you have the time to do so.
From Wat Pho, we took a cap to the Siriraj Medical Museum which was some where around the area.It cost about 80 BAHT to get there. The medical museum is located inside the Siriraj Hospital. In the museum, it exhibits preserved bodies from accidents and fetuses with deformed body. Interesting.
Siriraj Medical Museum
Enough of touring and it’s time for some shopping. My friend recommended us to go Asiatique which is also located along the river. And so, we heed his advice. We took a ferry Wang Lang Pier to Wat Rajsingkorn Pier. It’s only 15 BAHT to take a ferry there!
On our way to Asiatique
Once we got down the ferry, we walked past a temple the keeps unidentified corpse. We headed to the left upon seeing the main road and continued walking down the street. After a 5 minutes walk, we saw Asiatique. We reached there at 1500 and all the stores were not open. The stores only open at 1700. So what did we do from 1300 – 1700? We went to have a good meal at MK restaurant! We had steamboat. It’s not bad and most importantly it’s cheap. For all the things we orders, it costs only 490 BAHT! You will never get this price in Singapore. Do order their fruit sobet if you happen to eat there. It’s very refreshing. Love it.
When we were done with eating, all the stores were already open. There’s a lot of things to shop there but it’s fairly expensive. So we only got ourselves some souvenirs. The clothes there were mostly more than 10 SGD. To me, more than 10 SGD is considered expensive in Thailand. People go Thailand to buy cheap clothing, isn’t it? Haha.
Shopped for half an hour and we decided to cab back to platinum to continue with our shopping. Clothes in Platinum and Pratunum much cheaper than Asiatique. Oh yes, massage in Asiatique is expensive too. It’s 150 BAHT for like 15 minutes or so.
Our whole evening was left for Platinum mall. Most of the store close at around 1830. The best time to go is in the early afternoon. When we reached Platinum mall, it’s already 1730. There’s was only 1 hour for us to shop. Not too bad, our 1 hour was well spent. Bought quite a lot of stuff but we only managed to shop one level. It’s just 1 hour and our legs were breaking so we decided to head back to the hotel. We requested to change room last night because the lower levels were all smoking rooms. We got a new room with a yellow theme at the 7th level. So much better. If you are a non-smoker, do remember to request for non-smoking level. Okay! That’s it for the day 🙂