Bangkok – Grand Palace (take 2)

Our next day in Bangkok we decided would be a lazy day and we did very little other than chill out and go out to eat (back to May Kaidees for lunch)

On the Monday we headed out to the Grand Palace for a second go at getting in, this time without the need to borrow any cool clothes!

Inside it was a hugely colourful place with all the buildings and statues covered in gold, jewels and shiny coloured tiles.
Mo at the Grand Palace Close up of one of the buildings The building that held the Emerald Buddha Martin on the steps at the Grand Palace

One of the most impressive sights is the Emerald Buddha which is the centre piece of a large hall filled with buddhas and other statues. The Emerald Buddha, as the name suggests is encrusted with emeralds and was amazing to see. Unfortunately, as this is a very sacred statue in Thailand, no photos were allowed.

We strolled around the rest of the Grand Palace before heading up the road to see the Reclining Buddha. This is a huge gold statue, 15metres tall and 43metres long! It’s hard to get a view of all of it inside the building in which it’s housed but we managed to get a few angles
Wat Pho Mo next to the feet Martin with the Reclining Buddha in the background

The bases of its feet are covered in mother of pearl panels
The feet of the Reclining Buddha

We had then planned to get a taxi back to the hotel but all the drivers were out to scam the tourists and quoted us ridiculous prices to take us there, so we walked! And saw a well loaded jeep on the way home
Well loaded jeep in Bangkok

For our final evening we headed out to May Kaidees for a 3rd time so Mo could have her favourite dish one more time!
Mo at May Kaidees

We didn’t leave Bangkok on our final day until the evening so we killed time by going back to Khao San Road for a couple of drinks before getting a taxi to the train station, for our journey to Koh Samui…
Mo getting ready for bed on the sleeper train to Surat Thani

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