One Night in Bangkok

Anime Movie Bus
Anime Movie Bus outside the Grand Palace

Ok, ok, it was actually two nights in Bangkok but I wanted to get that Chess lyric in as my title for this post.  As the weeks led up to our SE Asia trip it was the topic of many (inane) conversations, which often went something like this –

  • “What will two nights do?”
  • “What does it do to a woman?”
  • “What if I’m not a hard man?”

As you can see, we are easily amused.

We had two days sightseeing in Bangkok, the first on our own where we just acclimatised, re-time zoned and walked around the area near Khao San Road.  On the second day, we had an organised tour where we visited Wat Pho and The Grand Palace which are right next to each other.  Both of these are pretty much “must dos” when in Bangkok and depending on time of year will be hot, sweaty and crowded.

The Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho
The Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho

Wat Pho is one of the oldest and largest in Bangkok.  Its primarily known for having one of the largest single Buddha images, he is reclining and is apparently 15m high and 43m long.

The Grand Palace is a complex with a number of different buildings.  Its used for royal and state functions.  The main attraction here is the Emerald Buddha which is held within the most sacred temple in all of Thailand.  The Emerald Buddha is made of a single piece of Jade and is only 66cm tall and he’s way up high.  Over the centuries this statue has moved around a bit, it was in Cambodia in the 15th century, Laos in the 16th where it remained until the 18th century, when it was captured by the Thai.

Guard of the temple complex
Guard of the temple complex

One thing to note for visitors is that The Grand Palace has a very strict dress code for men and women, so you might want to rethink what you are wearing and/or take something to cover up.

Think very modest and tidy clothing so no shorts or 3/4 length pants, skirts, tight fitting clothing, see-through anything, sleeveless tops, rolled up sleeves or sandals.  Also no exercise or lounge wear.

If you aren’t wearing appropriate clothing, you will have to wear a “dressing gown” which you will need to pay a deposit for.

One tip I have for those travelling through Asia and visiting temples is to wear easy slip on/off shoes.  You may also like to wear old socks as they will be filthy after a temple or two.  I typically take old ones and throw them out at the end of the day.

Pig Stone statue in the garden at Wat Pho
Boar statue in the garden at Wat Pho
Naga on the steps of the temple
Naga on the steps of the temple
Garuda figures around the edge of the building
Garuda figures around the edge of the building
Cool Dr Seuss style trees at the Grand Palace
Cool Dr Seuss style trees at the Grand Palace
The colours at the temples are vibrant
The colours at the temples are vibrant
Part of a fresco on a wall
Part of a fresco on a wall

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