Thursday, November 28, 2013

Bangkok: The Grand Palace

On our third day, we went to the grand palace.

To get to the palace, one will need to take the Silom Line and get off at Saphan Taksin Station (or S6 Station) and go out through exit no 2. Then, take Chao Phraya Express Boat to Ta Chang Pier (N.9) and walk to the palace. When we arrived at the jetty, we saw many western foreigners had a ticket in their hand. Curious, I went to the counter at the jetty to enquire if there's any free boat service for tourists. The staff basically yelled at me by saying "no no no free service!". Bullshit. There's definitely a tourist boat but we didn't know how it looks like/arrival time etc.

Luckily I did my research before my trip and I remembered reading online about taking the Orange line boat. So when we saw one boat with orange flag, we knew that was the boat to take! 15 baht per ticket :)

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I forgot how long the journey was but one should enjoy the scenery along the river.

We got off at Ta Chang Pier and followed the crowd to the main road where you can see the white wall of palace. Of course, if you're hungry, feed your tummy before you enter the palace. There're plenty of stalls selling juices, snacks and handicrafts

For those who're planning to visit the palace, please remember to dress appropriately.

I brought my own sarong to wrap around my shorts ;p

NOT allowed:
1. Shorts, mini-skirts, short skirts, tight fitting trousers, and tights
2. See-through shirts and blouses, as well as culottes or quarter length trousers
3. Sleeveless shirts or vests
4. Sandals (without ankle or heel straps)
5. Rolled-up-sleeved shirts
6. Sweatshirts and sweatpants, wind-cheaters, pajamas and fisherman trousers

We arrived at about 10+am and we were lucky to witness this parade. I thought I had to be super early like around 830+am to see this.

Entrance fee is 500 baht for foreigners and free of charge for locals.

Alright, picture time!

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2. Big C Supercenter @ Rajdamri Rd
3. Mr. Jones' Orphanage
4. Terminal 21