Bangkok Adventures

I booked for the flight and a one-night stay in Bangkok. I’ve been thinking we can extend our stay to the hotel if we get to like the service. We’re lucky to stay at Sathorn Terrace in Silom, Bangrak, Bangkok as it is conveniently located next to shopping malls, tourist spot area, and it is just a few minutes walk to the Sky Train Station (Taksin Station). The warm hospitality of the hotel staff is also commendable. Thor, who is the owner of the hotel, became our friend and our instant tour guide. He explained to us what we have to do and where we have to go. He’s a nice gentleman! Then there’s Tukhta, one of our favourite staff. She offers good Thai massage and speaks good English than the others. She was also kind enough to go out with us just to show a good dining place for authentic Thai Food – of course we enjoyed the traditional Sea Food Tom Yum and the Pad Thai which is now my favourite.
souvenir photo with Tukhta :)

souvenir photo with Tukhta 🙂

having a good Thai "hotpot" meal plus my hubby exaggerating his post :)

having a good Thai “hotpot” meal plus my hubby exaggerating his post 🙂

feasting on delicious Thai food.

feasting on delicious Thai food.

Going back to our Bangkok tour, Thor explained to us it is best to reach the tourist area via Chao Phraya River Cruise. We started our tour in Wat Pho or The Temple of Reclining Buddha. Just like other religious site, one must remove the shoes before entering. Inside you will find a huge golden image of the reclining Buddha, his right arm supporting his head. Just before the exit area you will find 108 bronze bowls. I have noticed some tourists dropping coins on  each bowl. Only then I came to know that this symbolizes 18 auspicious characters of Buddha and it is believed that it brings good luck to anyone who drops the coin in each and every bowl.
 
view of Wat Arun accross the Chao Phraya River

view of Wat Arun accross the Chao Phraya River

 

another view of Buddhist Temple accross the river

another view of Buddhist Temple accross the river

 

entrance to the temple

entrance to the temple

tourists resembling the pose of the reclining Buddha

tourists resembling the pose of the reclining Buddha

 

capturing Buddha on a different angle

capturing Buddha on a different angle

saw this outside the temple

saw this outside the temple

hoping for some good fortune

hoping for some good fortune

 

the friendly Thai dog

the friendly Thai dog

 

sleeping Buddhist kids display captures my attention

sleeping Buddhist kids display captures my attention

Next stop is The Grand Palace. Grand Palace used to be the official residence of
the kings in Thailand. We did not go inside the Palace as they prohibit shorts and sleeveless clothing. I was at that time wearing a knee length sleeveless dress. We just managed to get some photos outside the Palace and to the nearby temples.
 
 an invitation at the Grand Palace
royal guards  resting

royal guards resting

After The Grand Palace, we went to Chinatown to do some souvenir shopping. We went far off the Chao Phraya River Cruise so went back to the hotel using a Tuk-tuk (similar to a tricycle in the Philippines).
Tuk-tuk

Tuk-tuk

Our last day in Bangkok was mall touring – from MBK Siam to Paragon Mall down to Siam Centre. Bangkok offers beautiful yet affordable RTW garments, especially for ladies. So I enjoyed enjoyed shopping the most!
 
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enjoyed shopping at Bangrak Bazaar

enjoyed shopping at Bangrak Bazaar

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