Our last full day in Bangkok had arrived, and as much as I loved this chaotic city, I was so excited to head down to Phuket. We packed an extra pair of jeans in our day bag, and headed to the subway (Yes, I know that wearing jeans in the Bangkok heat is crazy, but there are rules that need to be followed when going to temples).
The subway doesn’t go all the way to the palace, so we needed to take our first tuk tuk to make the final leg of the journey.
When we got to the palace, we had to put on our jeans in order to enter. Please note, if you intend on going to any of the temples in the Far East, it is better to check up on the rules regarding clothing. Your legs and shoulders often need to be covered, and respectful clothing needs to be worn. If you aren’t dressed appropriately, you will need to use something from the lost and found box (I think that is what the box was). Be warned, you will be taking pictures, and nobody looks flattering in lold clothing ten sizes too big!
The palace was beautiful! the detailing on the buildings were exquisite. Each mosaic perfectly placed, each tapestry telling a detailed story.
Interestingly enough, this is where my fiancé took inspiration for his tattoo, a mythical bird called Sadayu. We walked around the grounds for a while, taking in the majestic temples, then briefly stopped to look at the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. It was a small Buddha, inside a room with many people praying. No photos were allowed, so sadly I can’t post anything here. I did get quite a lot of pictures of the outside of the temples, to me they were the most beautiful buildings I had ever seen.
Once we were done at the temples we took a short walk down to the river, and we were convinced to take a canal tour by a lady who looked alarmingly masculine (could have been a ladyboy?). The cruise on the grey water was a great way to end the day. There were plenty of catfish coming up to the surface, which we were close to in our little longtail boat. We cruised passed many houses built on stilts in the water, and a lady selling trinkets in a little wooden canoe. We even caught sight of a giant lizard on someone’s wooden staircase. What an interesting cruise!
Unfortunately my only Bangkok regret was not seeing Wat Arun lit up at night. It is the temple of dawn, and has a striking resemblance to the Eiffel Tower.