|That's me excited to ride their Skytrain. |
Armed with our
foldable city maps and renewed energy even after a sleep-deprived night at the
airport, my friends and I went straight to Udee Bangkok—our dorm for our
four-day stay at the Thai capital. Since the check-in time is still 2PM, we
just asked the owners if we could leave our luggage at their storage room until
the check-in time and go on to our first destination. The owners gladly allowed
us to do so. And then we’re off. With the same clothes we wore the night
before. Yes, we ditched taking a bath because we thought we’ll still be okay.
When we got out, the sun
literally gave us a warm welcome. Hello, Bangkok heat. Despite the first signs
of sweat and greasy hair, Team Bangkok still carried on. Keber. Good thing, the
bus we rode was airconditioned.
Commuter tip: The
main modes of transportation in Bangkok are their public utility buses, tuktuks
(it’s a cross between our jeepney and a tryke), cabs and scooters. They also
have the MRT and the Skytrain system for more convenient rides. Tuktuks in the
metro are overly priced (might be because we’re tourists) so I suggest that you
take the buses as much as possible. If you can’t read Thai, don’t fret. Their
buses have number codes based on the routes that they take so you won’t really
get lost, not unless if you fall asleep. We haven’t tried riding their scooters
so I don’t know how those work. Cabs are advisable if you’re going home late or
if the place you are going to is a bit far from the place you are staying. Some
cab drivers speak and understand English (commonly used conversational statements) while a good number are not that
able to do so. Just make sure that the meter is working. It would also be good
to just write down the address of the place you are staying instead of
dictating it to them; the risks of getting lost are minimized. :D
|Khao San Road. While we're looking for breakfast.|
So there, we rode Bus
Number 524 and got down at Khao San Road to look for breakfast. We could have
opted for a fastfood like McDo, but when we saw their food prices (inflated ng bongga, hahaha), we backed
out. Across the street we found a diner that has a pretty appetizing menu. We
sat down and ordered a platter of banana pancakes, 3 American Breakfast plates
and 2 servings of sandwiches. There’s free coffee or tea that accompanied each
meal. In order to enjoy the food, we decided to split it to six and began
eating our hearty breakfast. In the background, their television was airing
their early morning talkshow. There was this guy that impersonates Lady Gaga
and was totally funny. Hahaha. What a great way to start our day.
|Inside the Complex. Told you, the ~guards are giants.|
After our breakfast,
we looked for a ride going to the Grand Palace Complex. An ~extra friendly taxi
driver was offering us a ride—for 150B (each of us), he’ll take us to a lot of
temples and a floating market. We refused his offer because we felt that we
could go to those temples and floating market without spending that much. He
told us he’s a huge fan of Pacman—as if that would change our mind. Anyways, we
walked towards the direction buses usually ply. I think we rode Bus Number 4 to
get to the Grand Palace Complex.
It was a little
before lunch when we entered the complex. Because the sun was shining so bright
that time and the fact that we were not able to take a quick shower before our
Palace visit, we were totally stoked. Oily face alert! Hahaha. And yes, there
are hundred more tourists visiting the temples along us. Wow. So there, after a
few minutes lining up, we were greeted by giant dragon warriors by the
entrance. Cameras started clicking again.
Tourist Tip: Foreign
tourists who are interested to see the Grand Palace would have to pay 400B.
This includes a chance to visit the temples inside the complex (i.e. Temple of
the Emerald Buddha and the _____), the Royal Money Museum right beside the
GPComplex ticket booth and the Vimanmek Mansion, which is a few blocks away
from the complex. We suggest you take a cab (40B meter rate) going there since
buses do not ply that route. Also, make sure you are not wearing shorts, sleeveless
shirts and open-toed footwear because these are not allowed inside the temples.
They would ask you to buy their malong/ loose trousers which cost 100-200B. To
avoid shedding precious Baht intended for pasalubong and to avoid any hassle on
your part, I suggest you wear pants and sleeved shirts and closed shoes (rubber
shoes are good enough) when visiting these places. The only consolation is that
the malongs sold have beautiful designs so keri lang din naman. Hahaha.
Finally, tourists are not allowed to take pictures inside the Temple of the
Emerald Buddha, the Royal Money Museum and the Vimanmek Mansion.
We postponed going to
the Vimanmek Mansion until our last day because we’re really tired. By 1.30PM
we’re done visiting the temples inside the Complex and the money museum. We had
a lot of fun visiting these temples—that’s very much evident in the pictures.
Keber sa oily at pawisang muka! Hahaha.
For more Bangkok photos, you may check my photoblog: www.kyemeruth.jux.com
Also, read my other posts on our Bangkok trip here and here.
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