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.
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.
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.
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).
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!