Friday, March 28, 2014

Rattanakosin District, Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok is a popular city in Asia for shopping. My family and I were too excited to get in the plane to see the place. My bro and I were merely fifth wheelers on this trip because my parents only chose to visit since they were looking for a business opportunity on auto parts. Anyway, the airport in Suvharnabhumi was amazing. Consists of 7 floors. The design has its Thai signature like a classic edgy structure.  
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We spent quite sometime in the airport since some of the tour deals, sim cards and car rental booths are also stowed just before you pass by the Exit marquee. I grabbed the opportunity of listening to the old man in a suit showing me a booklet of tour packages. I chose the Floating market and the Grand Palace; Wat Prakeaw in the Old City, I thought it was the safest for my parents since we only have 2 days to roam around. The two tours we got was accompanied by a tour guide.  



Anyway, the real bad news here is the traffic, its horrific! I feel its twice as bad as Manila, but maybe its just the same. The only difference is I know where I can ditch the traffic jam but here, I have nowhere to go than just sit, wait and complain to myself.

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We were on our way to the Paragon Mall when we experienced the horrible traffic. I noticed, Bangkok streets are accommodating tons of cars, even in car parks. You won't even see a path with less than 10 cars in your peripheral view.

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I'm starting off these Bangkok posts with the exquisite temples located in the city. I adored all the temples we've seen. All of them are palace-like but is intended for devoted Buddhists who wants a solemn prayer, the tour guide said 90% of the Thai population are Buddhists. 

The grounds are peaceful except for the one side near the entrace where the stores are. The quite place is well respected even for tourists. The people managing this tourist area is of conservative of nature and lends tourists shawl to cover up before entering the pantheon.

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Within the grounds of the Grand Palace, the Wat Phra Kaew or Emerald Buddha is located.

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Wat Pho Temple is where the gigantic reclining Buddha is housed and where the birthplace of Thai Massage is. I had a terrible experience getting a Thai Massage in the streets of KL, I should've gotten it where the experts are. The tour guide said the golden buddha was built of golden leaf and decorated with pearls. Inside this compound are small temples that have their own names that I pretty much forgot about. 

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Outside the temples are the ground with 91 mounds and a central shrine. These mounds contains the ashes of the royal family, and the large ones are said to contain the ashes of Buddha.

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