We’ve been keeping pretty busy in Bangkok! Dave arrived on Thursday afternoon, and we went to an aquarium on Thursday evening. The aquarium is in a shopping mall near our hotel. We weren’t expecting much, but it turned out to be a good aquarium! They have penguins, sharks, otters, etc.
The next day we decided to hit a couple of wats (temples). We visited Wat Phra Kaew and the Grand Palace. The Grand Palace is one of the king’s residences. It was built in 1782, when the capitol of Thailand was moved from Ayuttaya to Bangkok. Wat Phra Kaew is the temple inside the palace grounds. It has many beautiful buildings and sculptures. One of the buildings houses the emerald Buddha, which is a small buddha sculpture made of jade.
From Wat Phra Kaew, we walked through the amulet market in search of a restaurant. We turned our noses up at every one! Finally we found an indoor, air conditioned restaurant that looked clean. We ordered som tam because I really wanted Dave to try it. Unfortunately, the som tam had A LOT of shrimp in it. Dave hates shrimp.
We also visited Wat Pho, a temple that has a very large reclining Buddha. Dave & I agree that Wat Pho was the best part of our Bangkok trip so far. Wat Phra Kaew and the Grand Palace were very busy. There were tourists everywhere and it was a little stressful. There weren’t many people at Wat Pho. It was very peaceful. Also, there was a large group of Buddhist nuns outside singing.
The next day we visited Viman mek Mansion, which is a huge golden teak mansion. It is also one of the king’s residences. It sounds like the king & queen still use it. The guide told us that the queen was there the night before we visited. The grounds of Viman Mek also had an elephant museum, a cloth museum, photographs, a clock museum, etc. The elephant museum wasn’t as interesting as it sounds. Still, Viman Mek was beautiful, and it was a really nice day.
You can see pictures of our Bangkok adventures here: http://www.munra.net/photos/main.php?g2_itemId=2104