Despite the heavy traffic, intense heat, severe pollution and over-the-top nightlife; Bangkok is never in my blacklist. One way or another, they are the magnet of world’s travelers to dwell in joy from dawn to dusk for whatever it may be.
Personally, the food and people are 2 main reasons for my annual stay. Who can forget the spicy tom yum soup or the sweet mango sticky rice? Believe it or not, I’m salivating now. Thailand has always been highly regarded as the friendliest nation on earth, and I couldn’t agree more. The label “Land of Smile” is a perfect definition for Thailand. But of course, experience is unique to each, whether good or bad.
This brief escape reminds me of my very first overseas trip almost 22 years ago, when I was still too young to narrate in detail. So, I recounted all my past memories within a day during my trip on the motorbike taxi around Ko Ratanakosin and Thonburi area. Generally, shorts and singlets are the most comfortable daily wear in Bangkok. But if you are flashing too much of skin at the temples, be prepared to be escorted away to cover up in a piece of Sarong.
What about Ko Ratanakosin and Thonburi? These 3 places are the must-visit because of its impeccable architecture and history:
1. Wat Phra Kaew & Grand Palace – THB 500
The entrance fee is very steep for tourists, but it is very much redeemed with what you are about to see inside. Going to Grand Palace without a bottle of water is suicidal in daylight. Apart from the glaring sun and sea of tourists, Grand Palace easily takes you half a day with its decorated temples and palaces. Try to visit as early as morning before all tour buses started pouring in!
2. Wat Arun – THB 50
With just a ferry ride of THB 3 across the river, the Temple of Dawn is often overlooked by tourist. This distinctive design of the missile-shaped temple is worth the wait till night. Once the sun sets in and the illumining lights up, Chao Phraya River is simply spectacular with its presence.
3. Wat Pho – THB 100
Wat Pho is nothing less impressive than the two above, next to the Grand Palace, lies the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. At 15 meters in height, 46 meters in length, it is the largest reclining Buddha in Thailand. I even had difficulty finding the perfect spot to fit the entire scene into the frame of my camera.
How to get to Ko Ratanakosin and Thonburi?
– Take skytrain to Saphan Taksin
– Take the Chao Phraya Tourist Boat from Sathorn to Tha Tien
Lucky me, I have a spare T-shirt in my sling bag to survive the relentless heat of Thailand. Just about a few hours in the city, I was all drenched in sweat. But nothing could change the fact that, I still love Bangkok.