Hello my a few audiences,
I was thinking when should I start writing the Day 3 trip? And here it came. This post will be about the Day 3 in Thailand of Jenny’s vacation in December 2015. It’s been totally more than 6 months since she went to Thailand. It took me for a while to build and have a good mood of writing the day 3. I was first lazy, second busy, third picky on pictures (which one to show on this post) and I needed some professional edits (I don’t have this skill at all, so skip this part. It’s the hardest part!!!). Ok. Let’s get started from here.
Day 3 Bangkok-Rattanakosin Island (Grand Palace, the Emerald Buddha, the Reclining Buddha (Sleeping Buddha), the Golden Temple, and Ratchadumnern Rd.)
Thailand is well-known about its heat and humid, so the Day 3 was very sticky and easily to get pissed off. I mean I become so moody when it’s so burning outside.
We started the day by taking BTS Bangkok Sky Train to the last stop on Silom line at Taksin stop. This stop is a hub where it connects sky train and water transportation (Chaopraya River boat) together. I wanted Jen to experience and see the life of people on the river side, I decided to take her on the boat. And of course, using public transportation is cheaper and it saves a lot of time, especially in rush hour. If I happened to drive on that day? Hell no! There was no way I would commit myself to drive in a crazy traffic in Bangkok. Also, parking space availability would also drive me nut!
Eventually, we got on a boat at Taksin BTS station and got off at Tha Chang pier. We arrived at the first destination of today’s trip, the Grand Palace.
Jen was supposed to pay for the entrance fees to every place we went, but I didn’t let her spend money although she should have. Because Jenny looked Asian and definitely like Thai woman with a tanned skin ,we didn’t have any problem of passing the entrance as a Thai citizen. Here is the trick I did to her, so we could pass the Thai citizen entrance easily. When we approached the entrance, I started talking in Thai to her. I told Jenn before we reached the entrance that whatever I said in Thai, all she needed to do was taking a plastic bag from my hand. When we were at the line to get in, I then said it in Thai asking her to hold the plastic bag for me. The gate-keeper even noticed us, so we got inside safe and sound lol. After we got inside, as usual, million of Chinese and a decent amount of European tourists packed in one square place.
The Grand Palace and the Emerald Buddha Temple are located in the same area or I will say it’s next to each other. There is a path you follow and it links you from one place to another. You will see the temple first then the palace.
So now here we are!!! Thai Buddhism Temple!!!!
I forgot to say that my university, Thammasat University, is located in Rattanakosin area and close to most of many main Bangkok tourist attractions. It’s located just right in the heart of Bangkok and please let me show off. My university is one of the well-known and best top 3 universities of Thailand. Hahahaha. Although I don’t know if this still holds on true, I’m sure more than 90% of high school students want to get in my university. My university is like Cornell or Princeton or something like that. Like your family will be so proud of you if you get accepted. But my case, I got in because of luck. I prayed and make a wish everyday that I would pass the exam and got into an interview section. Also, yes, I studied very hard! I said I was lucky cuz the year I applied didn’t have that many students interested in this particular major. I think because applying to this specific major, you really have to choose from the beginning that you will only focus on this major. It’s not like the US that you can decide later what you want to do and pick, re-pick, and do double majors along your 4 years in college. Anyway, back then my major, Southeast Asian studies, was not popular. Now it is popular, putting more concerns to this subject generally. As the countries in Southeast Asia unite, it’s important to have more scholars in this field. They need to produce more scholars really. Well, I don’t know an exactly number but I guess maybe 3,000 to 5,000 students applied and 60 students got selected. The chance of getting accepted was high compare to other majors. And it was 6 hours written exam. It means I could write whatever I had in my head instead of making a guess on multiple choices. I was lucky that I didn’t have to fight with another hundred of thousand students. Yeahhhh!!!! Hahahaha.
My 4 years in college made me sorta know the area very well and I know what to see and where to eat. So, after we finished from the Grand Palace and the Emerald Buddha Temple, I took Jen to one of my favorite restaurants where I normally ate when I was in college. The name of this local restaurant is “Nong Nut”. The good thing of this place is it has AC! That’s the point!
Of course, after we ate, we continued the trip. We were too lazy to walk, in which, we should have to, so our food could digest. Too bad the weather was extremely hot and humid, we decided to take “Tuk Tuk”. It’s one of Bangkok signature transportation. Easy to get around with cuz the size of the vehicle is smaller than a car. Even you’re stuck in traffic, there will be some room that this Tuk Tuk can pass through. Every tourist must try Thai Tuk Tuk although in Lao, Cambodia, and Myanmar have these Tuk Tuk kinda thing but I’m sure Bangkok Tuk Tuk will give you a different experience.
Now, we were moving to another temple called “Reclining Buddha or Wat Pho”. Wat means temple, so when you see something that has “wat” as part of the name, you can firstly make a guess that it has something related with temple.
Wat Pho is huge. To be honest, I never walked around the temple. I mean I never explored the whole place yet. Same as this time, we didn’t walk that much. And again, damn hot weather, Thailand! We resisted to stay out in the sun that long.
Now we arrived at another temple. “Golden Mount Temple”. For me this temple is good for evening visit because you can enjoy the evening atmosphere from the top floor of this temple. Foremost, we can enjoy the sunset from there and of course it’s cooler than the afternoon. A cool wind blows touching your face and a nice view looking top down angle is a spectacular and remarkable moment.
That are not all the pictures I have chosen to show. I have more but I think that’s enough to tell Jen’s 3rd day in Bangkok.
I will keep our trip in Cambodia posted very soon. I hope for not getting lazy.
With Love YOU,