Day 8: Grand Palace Complex

The highlight of a Thailand visit is to eat an authentic Pad Thai of course to see the Grand Palace complex.

For directions, the map can clearly make you understand your route. It's so easy (and cheap) to get to Grand Palace the Do-It-Yourself way.

ride the BTS from Ratchathewi station (our hotel location) to Saphan Taksin.
take the Chao Phraya Express Boat to get to Ta Chang. that's how simple it is.

Btw, you need to be very careful. Avoid the cab and tuktuk drivers. They'll tell you there's an ongoing holiday or celebration so you can't come. Wag kayo magpauto ha. Madaming scammers sa Bangkok!

Sol, my travel buddy, and I just followed where the people are heading to. And there, we're in front of the gate.

welcome to Grand Palace

Operation: 8:30am-3:30pm
Entrance Fee: 350baht
Attire: Dress Up Properly

where should we go first?

a mythological giant guarding the gate

Sol, my travel buddy

Our eyes explored around and we both agreed that the place is so grand indeed. Every structure, image, and figure are very detailed and obviously well maintained. Super kahanga-hanga.

Wat Phra Kaeo / Temple of the Emerald Buddha. This is Thailand's most important and sacred temple, so you're expected to act with due respect inside it. It houses the tiny Emerald Buddha, which is located high above the heads of the worshipers and tourists.

Wat Phra Kaeo / Temple of the Emerald Buddha

two demon figures guarding the gates

gold and glittering protectors

see how detailed these images are done

Im simply impressed.
It's prohibited to take pictures inside. We complied. I really find it disrespectful to walk inside a worship hall.

blue, red, and white = colors of Thailand flag
gold = abundance

Kinnon (mythological creature, half bird, half man) on top

Btw, I found a glittering white structure beside it.

unnamed white structure

Chakri Maha Prasat / the Grand Palace. A complex of buildings in Bangkok, Thailand. It served as the official residence of the Kings of Thailand from the 18th century onwards.

first glimpse of the grand palace

Chakri Maha Prasat Hall

day 8 of my backpacking SEA trip: Grand Palace Complex
(mukha na kong may karamdaman jan)

a stunning corner view

Very near to Grand Palace Hall is the Dusit Maha Prasat. An audience hall, where affairs of the state were con duct ed and royal ceremonies performed.

Dusit Maha Prasat

I really believe this complex is being cleaned everyday

everything is shiny and well maintained

Temple of the Reclining Buddha / Wat Pho or Wat Phra. Mainly famous for the huge Reclining Buddha. The highly impressive gold plated reclining Buddha is 46m long and 15m high.

huge golden Buddha with its feet

in Nirvana position

a portrait shot

Temple of the Dawn / Wat Arun. Best viewed as the sun sets. You need to cross the river to see this place up close.

the Temple of the Dawn

the guards at Wat Arun

the very steep way up

the detailed temple walls

the battalion

the soloist

the view from top

It's been a hot and tiring day. Dagdag pa yung nakapants ka dahil bawal magshorts.

Luckily, we found this rewarding food in the market.
Told you, this is the highlight of every visit to Thailand.

best tasting pad thai ever

50baht lang. Totoo nga na yung yummiest food in Thailand are just found in the streets.

28 responses:

Chyng said...

dahil wala ako sa weekend, kelangan na magblog ng mabilis!

Roninkotwo said...

Ang pinaka aantay kong Grand Palace blog mo..hehehe..Miss ko talaga ang Thailand..Ang ganda...

yayyadanda said...

ganda naman!

JeffZ said...

whoah so that sums it up na?.. awww. great great adventure chyng!.. inspiration to all who love to travel..
EUROPEAN TRIP naman!.. sama kami!.. :)

JeffZ said...

ooops.. 2 more days pa pala.. di nakikinig.. haha :P my bad.. :)

Meedge said...

ANG GANDA! thailand na ang next destination ko after singapore dahil nakaka enganyo ang entry mo! hahaha.

gillboard said...

pangarap kong makapunta ng thailand.


khantotantra said...

Pad thai na natikman ko ung sa kalsada lang ng khao san, pero oki naman lasa. :D

Di na namin napasok loob ng grand palace :D tipid mode

kg said...

ang ganda at laki talaga ng grand palace ano! pwedeng pwede kang mawala! he he!

favorite ko yung reclining buddah. :)

jimbo said...

hay tagal naman ng mga epic blogs mo e. hehe talagang parang tv series na every week or 2weeks ung labas ng blog. :P

KUMAGCOW said...


wow... I hope I could do the same thing... kaso napakadami kong trabaho di pwede magliban hehe =)

Photo Cache said...

there is just too much to see. sensory overload. buti di nagreklamo camera mo. this is outstanding post.

pengeng pad thai - fave ko yan eh.

Rizalenio said...

Wow! Astig ng adventures. As usual, ang ganda ng mga photos. Stay safe in Coron. :)

Robbie said...

Thailand definitely has one of the most intricately designed infrastructures in Asia. Ang ganda ng mga details!

One of my goals next year would be to visit Thailand. babalikan ko tong mga post mo! Hahaha.

Happy Trails said...

GRAND indeed ;-)

Anonymous said...

honestly,super inggit ako chyng!
gabby's bangkok-made back in january 2004 when tina and i had our honeymoon there; but it was so swift (i mean the trip! what were you thinking?!) that we failed to visit the grand palace. i swear i wont die without visiting bangkok and this place again. you got eye-candy photos, as usual. everything there is picturesque, ano?!

pamatayhomesick said...

chyng, isa sa pinkmagandang structure ang lugar ng of architecture. sarap dyan sa lugar ng complex!

dong ho said...

this post gave me a hard time choosing for a great photo as almost all are really great. havent seen a post about the grand palace this nice. so upclose.

i saw my mother's photos of this when she went there but was so limited.

im really impressed with the golden items but believe what captured my most attention is the unnamed white temple. simplicity makes it beautiful.

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

Kahangahanga talaga. Every temple seemed to poke at the skies with their pointed roofs.

The only setback I remembered was the unforgiving heat. Nakapayong ka ulit ano?

pusang kalye said...

talaga namang grand---mas na-appreciate ko this time na nakita ko yung mga pictures mo...kasi namna, ang dami ko nang nakitang pics dati ng same place kaso parang di ka gaganahan sa labo ng mga pictures, dito pati details kitang kita kaya naman masasabi kong impressive talaga. can't wait to see BKK talaga!!!!

RON | said...

did you visit the "PORN HOUSE" right behind the temple of the reclining Buddha? it's actually a souvenir shop named "PORN" manned by the three sweetest ladies in bkk.

we featured them in our site.

carlotta1924 said...

wow great photos of the grand palace! very amazing! :)

Sendo said...

naman talaga ang cambodia adventure...san na naman susunod mong gala????

Anonymous said...

Hi Ms Chyng, I've been running through your blog since the first time I read about your Sagada trip and since then I've become a follower together with my fiancee..
when are you planning your next backpacking, I would love to be your travel buddy!!..Pm me please @ me atleast 2 weeks notice..and I will surely join you..cheers!

lechua said...

ahh i recall the glitter of the grand palace. didn't get to visit the temple of dawn though.. but i get to see it here :)

Allen said...

at hinding hindi mawawala ang picture ng pagkain sa huli. takaw! wahahaha!

adventurousfeet said...

ganda naman pics girl, planning ako sa dec. looking forward sa thailand, eto reading your blogs :D

Adventure Accountant said...

Hello Chyng! I used your blog to plan my DIY Indochina trip. Loads of useful info here. I hope you don't it is okay if I link some of the entries to my Indochina posts. Cheers! :)

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