We took a much-needed vacation to Bangkok over Thanksgiving. Our trip was two travel days and three sight-seeing day, so it was a quick one, but we also met up with some friends so it was worth it! We were able to see a lot of sights in a short amount of time, and all four of us were wiped by the time we got home. The weather was very hot and sunny, which made the pool at our hotel very relaxing in the afternoons.
Our first day we toured The Grand Palace which is a huge complex with lots of different buildings and temples to see. By the time we arrived it was nearing 11 and the place was jam packed with tourists. It was by far the shiniest place I’ve ever visited, which made our sunny day even brighter. The gold painted and elaborately jeweled buildings were stunning and we enjoyed our time walking around. Don’t forget to wear appropriate clothing because they were very strict. Hubby had to go buy some cloth pants before entering so he wasn’t baring his white legs in the complex. We found a delicious street vendor serving up some yummy chicken rice and many, many coca cola bottles before heading back to swim at the hotel.
Our second day we went to Wat Pho, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. This temple is the oldest and largest in Thailand, housing the largest buddha in the country as well. We enjoyed walking around the different stupas (structure containing someone’s remains) and looking at the temple. The Reclining Buddha is very large, taking up the entire temple space. It was hard to get a good photo because of the size. Next, we went to the Jim Thompson house. Jim Thompson was an American businessman who helped revitalize the silk industry in Thailand in the 1950’s. He disappeared in 1967 and now his house is open for tours. Our last stop was to get food at CentralWorld mall, famed for it’s food court, and the food did not disappoint.
Our third and final day was spent shopping and relaxing by the pool. We finally tried out the metro system and we wish we would have done it sooner. It was a much easier way to get around the highly trafficked city. The BTS dropped us off right at the Chatuchak weekend market where we happily shopped until we dropped. Hopefully we can make it back to Thailand soon to see more of this beautiful country.