Monday, May 1, 2017

Bangkok - The old city

A statue in the Grand Palace


Bangkok is probably more known for its bars and partying but the city also contains a rich history with many temples and other historic buildings. 

At the heart of the old city is the Grand Palace.

Pagodas in the Grand Palace

The grand palace is an extremely popular tourist attraction and is extremely crowded. It also costs 500 Baht entry which is quite steep for Thailand. Another thing to keep in mind is that you cannot enter the complex in shorts or uncovered shoulders, so dress appropriately if you want to enter and enjoy the spectacular architecture.

Another Pagoda


Statues around the pagoda


Decorative artwork on the main temple


Inside the main temple.

Near to the Grand palace is the temple Wat Pho which is almost as impressive as the palace - and a lot less crowded.

Wat Pho


The reclining Buddha

Within the temple complex is a large market with a huge variety of delicious food and drinks.

The market

From Wat Pho you can either take a taxi or (overpriced) Tuk-tuk to see the other sights in the old city.

The big standing Buddha is a large statue of the Buddha within walking distance of Wat Pho.

The big standing Buddha


Also in the Old City is the temple of Wat Saket which is on top of a small hill which gives views across the city.

Bangkok from Wat Saket

The pagoda at Wat Saket


Accros the river is the temple of Wat Arun, which unfortunately was under repairs when I was there.

Houses on the river

Wat Arun from the river

A statue at Wat Arun

Wat Arun

Just outside of the Old City is Jim Thompson house. This historic house and museum tells the story of Jim Thompson, an American, who came to Thailand and revitalised the silk industry. The house is filled with interesting antiques and art (unfortunately they don't allow photos inside).

Jim Thompson house


The gardens at Jim Thompson house

After the old city, I you can head into central Bangkok for the bars - some of which are better than others....

No Thailand....just no