Bangkok - Thailand



Places I've visited in Bangkok, Thailand


Grand Palace - is a complex of buildings in Bangkok, Thailand. It served as the official residence of the Kings of Thailand from the 18th century onwards. Construction of the Palace began in 1782, during the reign of King Rama I, when he moved the capital across the river from Thonburi to Bangkok. The Palace has been constantly expanded and many additional structures were added over time. The present King of Thailand, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, however, resides at the Chitralada Palace. 

A very good place to start my journey is to go to a very popular tourist attraction in Bangkok, the Grand Palace. The place looks really “Grand” and the temples are outstanding. They are open from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. It’s better to go there early in the morning to fully enjoy the place as there are only quite a few people at that time. It may be a big place and getting tired is inevitable, but seeing the breathtaking temples and statues, it’s worth it and enjoyable even you are alone. So don’t forget the cameras for pictures . You can ask someone to take you a picture, just approach them nicely.

How to get there:


From Nana Station (BTS) to Taksin Station - cost 35 BAHT
Go down and walk straight until you reach the Ferry Boat Pier.
From Tha Satorn Pier to Tha Chang Pier - cost 13 BAHT
Entrance fee is 250 BAHT.





Wat Pho - also known as The Temple of the Reclining Buddha, is a Buddhist temple in Phra Nakhon district, Bangkok, Thailand, located in the Rattanakosin district directly adjacent to the Grand Palace. Its official full name is Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklararm Rajwaramahaviharn. The temple is also known as the birthplace of traditional Thai massage.

How to get there:


From Nana Station (BTS) to Taksin Station - cost 35 BAHT
Go down and walk straight until you reach the Ferry Boat Pier.
From Tha Satorn Pier to Tha Thien Pier - cost 13 BAHT


Ayutthaya Sightseeing Tour






The ancient city of Ayutthaya, The Thai capital for 417 years, is one of Thailand's major tourist attractions. Sightseeing with elephant tour guide.

Ayutthaya is a former capital of Thailand (1350-1767) and offers magnificent: ruins of early splendour some of which have been restored and some of which are still undergoing archaeological excavations.

Ayutthaya is situated about 76 km. north of Bangkok. The driver goes through paddy fields and orchards, the most valuable assets of Thailand. 






Visit Wat Yai Chai Mongkol is situated to the southeast and opposite to Ayutthaya city. A large Chedi of this Wat can be seen from a far distance. This monastery was built by King U-Thong in 1357 A .D. for the use of the monks who had returned from Ceylon after studying under Phra Vanarat Maha Thera.

Before we started walking around, our tour guide gave us a brief history of the place. All are listening to him and some are asking questions as well. In this place, you will see a giant gold, Buddha. I also remember, I saw a very small pagoda with stuffed toys (Winnie the Pooh and Doraemon) and I don’t know why? 


 

Visit Wihan Phra Mongkhon Bophit. Phra Mongkhon Bophit, a large bronze cast Buddha image was originally enshrined in the open area outside the Grand Palace and later covered by a building in the reign of king Songtham. During the fall of Ayutthaya, the building was badly destroyed by fire. The one currently seen was reconstructed, but does not have as beautiful craftsmanship as the previous one. The open area east of the sanctuary was where the royal cremation ceremonies took place. 



In this place, you are required to remove your shoes or slippers when entering the temple.
 

Visit Wat Phra Si Sanphet. This is the most important temple within the Royal Palace compound and the original from which the Temple of the Emerald Buddha in Bangkok has been copied. Three outstanding Ceylonese style pagodas were built during the 15th century to enshrine the ashes of three Ayutthaya kings. 



Visit Wat Maha That - The Heart and Soul of City From Artifacts and the style of the Pagoda, we believe that Wat Maha That was built before the Ayutthaya Period or around the 14th Century. One of the images which were excavated by the Fine Art Department was a Buddha Image in the Sitting Attitude (sitting with drop down legs). This image belonged to the Lopburi Period. The Pagodas are from the Bayon Style or Bayon Period (compared to Khmer culture) which are built with laterite.


 

  
Visit Wat Na Phra Mane Visit Wat Nah Phramane. See The Principal Buddha statue wearing The Royal Attire. This temple was once used by the Burmese as their headquarters when they besieged Ayutthaya in 1767. The Chapel Hall of Wat Na Phra Mane is one of the largest in Ayutthaya, which contains a total of 9 rooms (most Wats were only 3 or 5 rooms).      


                            
 
Where to get a cheaper Ayutthaya day tour package? Go to Khaosan Road where all backpackers are staying.

After my visit to Grand Palace and Wat Pho, I went to Khaosan Road to seek for a travel agency that offers a cheaper price. From there I got a tour package to Ayutthaya for only 450 BAHT! In my trip to Ayutthaya, I met lots of people from different countries. The first was an Indian Lady, wearing her traditional Indian outfit. The first time I saw her, I never taught that she was from India because of her complexity. The next one was the Korean Family, 5 kids travelling to Bangkok with their Dad. To start my conversation with them, I asked them if they knew the song "Nobody" by Wonder Girls and they said "Yes we know it” and I told them that song was very popular in my country. They all looked shocked because they did not know until I've informed them. But then, they looked happy to hear that. They even sang the song "Nobody"! I also told them that their Korean Drama’s are also very popular in the Philippines. The next people that I met were Chinese. A woman with her Dad and it's also their first time in Bangkok. Lastly, I met my two Kababayans namely B1 and B2 (girls). That's the name that they told me when I asked them, then I said "ah ok" with a smile.

I had the opportunity to talk to one of our guides and asked some questions about Thai cultures and others. We had a free lunch. All food was prepared like Filipino food and it's nice and delicious. I've also tried their own version of ice cream on a stick and it tastes good, even the other tourists liked it. After the tour, they dropped us off at the Khaosan Road. My two Kababayan and I walked around the Khaosan road to check if there’s sweet tamarind candy available on that place for Pasalubong. But we are not lucky enough to have it at a cheaper price so we’ve decided to buy tomorrow at the Chatuchak Market. We end up buying their Pad thai Chicken Noodles and Shake for snacks only, hehe hehe. After that, they accompanied me to the Pier station to go back to my place.


Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm and Zoo

 

The World's largest Crocodile Farm, located 10 km from Bangkok founded in 1950 by the famous Crocodile King, Mr. Utai Youngprapakorn. Mr. Utai has been the pioneer not only to preserve the endangered species from extinction but also to provide a continuing flow of crocodile skins and related products to the world market. Here at Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm and Zoo. we are dedicated to the education, preservation, research and the conservation of wildlife, while reminding all-extinction lasts forever. The largest crocodile ever held in captivity is an Estuarine/Siamese hybrid named "Yai" (b. 10 June 1972) at the famous Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm & Zoo, Thailand. He measures 6m 19ft 8 in length and weighs 1114.27 kg 2465 lb. 



They are open from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM daily. That was my first time to witness a crocodile show. I was nervous and hoping that no one will get hurt. The show was very suspense and everyone have no idea what will happen. After the show, I was thankful that no one was hurt. Then, I went to the other side to witness the elephant show. I saw an elephant playing the harmonica (musical instrument) and some are touring around the court/gym to get money from the audience.

To check for the videos, kindly please click the following link below.

Link 1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEkW6uF30W8
Link 2 -  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrDxUG9xUtc
Link 3 -  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbyfDLRLevM
Link 4 -  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWNpPgaJJ_8
Link 5 -  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5VzFIa-Rck

How to get there:


Take the air conditioned buses no. 7, 8, 11, 102, 142, 145. (Always ask the bus driver just to be sure). The entrance fee is 300BAHT if you’re a Thai, if not; you need to pay 500 BAHT.



Chatuchak (Jajutak) Market




They call it the “weekend market”. Before getting to the market, you can also visit their park. The market is very big and there are lots of things you can buy in this market like bag, shoes, foods, dogs and more. In the entrance of the market, you can get their map so that you will not get lost. 




How to get there:


Take the sky train BTS Mo Chit station.



Bangkok airport is very beautiful compared to my home country airport :). In my arrival to the place, I took the Airport Bus for 150 BAHT to the place where I will be staying. The hostel was affordable and the employees were all very kind. Then going back to the airport from where I stayed, I took a taxi, which costs 350 BAHT. It was kind of expensive, but I don't have time to go to the bus terminal because I was very tired. Nevertheless, I had a good trip on my 4 days stay in Bangkok.

Conclusion, Thai people are very kind and helpful. Amazing Thailand "Always Amazes You"

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3 comments:

  1. my first time to visit this country, at first I scared because I'm thinking that there's a lot of notorious people here but I was wrong.

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  2. my first time to visit this country, at first At first I’m scared but I was wrong.
    People here are very kind and helpful.

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    1. thanks true, people from Thailand are very helpful and kind.

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