After pretty much doing nothing on day 1, we decided we’d step it up a gear on Monday and check out the temples. We originally planned to wake up at 7am to get to the Grand Palace when it opened at 8.30am, but unfortunately jet lag got the better of me…. I couldn’t get myself out of bed at 7. Kyle had been awake for several hours by this point (different time zones and all). Anyway I eventually pulled myself out of bed and we made our way to the Grand Palace.
The Grand Palace, home to the Emerald Buddha, was pretty cool. The buildings surrounding the temple were decorated with intricate garudas. The Garuda is the national emblem of Thailand and symbolises divine power and authority of the king. The actual temple of the Emerald Buddha was a little disappointing. When you see pictures of it online, it looks huge but it was actually tiny (oh and no pics allowed!). The Grand Palace buildings were more interesting than the temple itself.
Around the corner from the Grand Palace is Wat Pho, home to the reclining Buddha. I really liked Wat Pho – the Buddha here is like 43m long and alongside it there were 108 bronze bowls with different characters of Buddha. Thais put money in each bowl as they believe it brings them good fortune.
After Wat Pho we were getting a bit sick of temples but decided to see one last temple in Bangkok – Wat Arun. They were doing some construction on it, but boy was it an amazing wat. It was very different to the Grand Palace and Wat Pho as it was encrusted in porcelain and not bronze. Plus, we had to climb all the way to the top! It was pretty steep!!
It’s pretty hot and humid in Bangkok at the moment, it’s about 35 degrees. This city is absolutely insane, there are no driving rules here!! You can really feel and taste the pollution in the air. Time for the beach soon me thinks.