Sawatdee! (“Greetings” in thai.) And of course if that was written in thai, you wouldn’t be able to read it because their script is 100% different from English. But if you were to spell out the way it sounds in person, “sawatdee” is what it would look like! :) We have been having such a great time. Our days in Bangkok are coming to an end and I feel like we have done more in 3 days than I thought humanly possible, but here is a little snippet of the things we saw and did on our first day in Thailand.
Marble Temple (Wat Benchamabophit)
The pictures above were taken at the Marble Temple which I was really looking forward to seeing. Being that is made of entirely carrara marble, you can clearly see how beautiful it was. Husband thinks the orange roof was built in honor of the gators…
We took a river boat taxi which stopped at most of the touristy spots such as the temples and the Grand Palace. This was a great way to see some of the sights and was a really inexpensive way to get around. It was only about $2 per person for a one way ticket. As you can see in the picture above, a lot of locals use this as a quick way to get around town as well.
^^ Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) ^^
The Grand Palace was well…. majestic! It honestly looked like something out of a disney movie. Everything was dripping in gold which is a common theme here in Thailand. The opulence of everything is definitely undeniable. To visit any temples here in Bangkok (or anywhere probably) they request that everyone cover their shoulders and wear long pants or cover your legs. So no tank tops and shorts is the bottom line. For every temple we went to I would wear a scarf over my shoulders. Well, at the grand palace that was not good enough… they had guards at the entrance with megaphones calling people out to turn around! I got turned away 2 times! I had to walk across the street into some creepy tourist shop and purchase a six dollar white (and sheer, which sheer is not allowed either!!) tunic looking thing with elephants on it, put it over my dress, and then they would allow me in. Talk about a trap! Anyway, you can see the lovely tunic in all of my pics around the palace…
Oh! And another thing, you have to take your shoes off before walking into a temple. I find this to be a little unsanitary but you HAVE to… The inside of some of these temples were breathtaking. They go to such lengths to make them so grand!
The Lounging Buddha (Wat Pho)
This temple was probably my favorite. The massive size of the lounging Buddha is a sight to be seen in itself.
My favorite photo of the day! Someone asked me why I wasn’t tired the first day in Bangkok on Instagram the other day and I did think about this before we left for our trip. When Husband & I arrived on Friday night at 7 PM, we were exhausted. We didn’t sleep a whole lot on the planes over, so after dinner we went right to sleep and slept for about 8 hours. When we got up on Saturday we were so excited to start our exploration, there wasn’t even a thought about being tired. Towards the evening Husband started feeling a little sleepy, but he was a trooper and we made it to our 8:30 reservation at this great spot called Vertigo. Its a rooftop, open-air bar and grill with 360 degree views of the city. Absolutely amazing! I wouldn’t go for the food but for the atmosphere and views! Wow! Oh, and did I mention it’s 62 stories high?!?