Bangkok - Grand Palace & Wat Po
Trip Start Jan 23, 2013
181Trip End Jul 23, 2013
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After breakfast we took a Tuk Tuk to the Grand Palace and my, it was GRAND! Every which way you turned the views were breathtaking; wonderful mosaic tiled walls that glistened in the sun, amazing architecture, gilded statues and the majesty of the temples within. The highlight of the Grand Palace is the Emerald Buddha; Thailands most sacred Buddhist relic that dates back to 1434.
Walking around the Palace in the midday heat (!) we were pleased to find a Haagen Daas Ice Cream cafe within the palace grounds, which we hastily found retreat within
After the Palace we hailed a Tuk Tuk to Wat Po, to see the Reclining Buddha. What Po is the largest and oldest temple in Bangkok and its not hard to see why. I don't think any amount of research can prepare you for the sight. The 45m long statue depicts the Buddha entering Nirvana.
The Chao Phraya River was easily reached from Wat Po so we decided to walk to the nearest pier, (Tha Tientsin ) and boarded a Tourist Boat heading South to Saphan Taksin.
Getting on and off the boats takes some skilful timing; they didn't like hanging around and I had to jump from the boat to the shore as was the last to disembark. The captain had blown his whistle and the boat would have left with me on it had I not made the leap.
After a long walk North through the Main Street we stopped for a coffee in a cafe with Wifi and made contact through Skype with Terry's Dad, John, as it was his 71st birthday
Absolutely shattered but starving, we freshened up and walked to a local Thai Resturant we had looked up in Trip advisor. It was a beautiful restaurant situated in a grand Hotel; no sign of any backpackers! As we were starving we ordered a starter each and various dishes to compliment our Green and Red curries. As the food was served it became obvious that we had over ordered. The food was absolutely delicious and the service spot on and we managed to get
through most of it.
We returned to the Hotel, downloaded some photos and watched a little Aljazeera TV, then went to bed.