Monthly Archives: February 2010

Thailand 3 – Grand Palace

After Wat Pho we wandered over to The Grand Palace next door. Along the way we walked into the middle of a huge Red Party (pro-Thaksin) rally taking place just outside its gates. Unfortunately, we didn’t take any pics. They let us walk right through the rally, and we only received friendly smiles along the way, but the scene was pretty intense, and we were a bit nervous until we popped out the other side.

After wading through that, and then past the usual scammers trying to tell us it was closed (for lunch, or for a Buddhist holiday, or whatever – and despite people clearly walking in and out at will) we made it inside The Grand Palace and took a look around.

It was around 90 degrees and very humid, so we only lasted a couple hours before giving up. We did discover the popular chilled coconut (they chill it and then cut it open for you and you drink the coconut water and eat the rest with a spoon) in the snack bar, which was awesome.

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Thailand 2 – Wat Pho

 On our first full day in Bangkok, we went to Wat Pho and The Grand Palace.

Wat Pho is a very cool temple, next door to the Grand Palace, and home to one of the largest reclining Buddha statues in the world.

This was the coolest time of year in Bangkok, and it still got into the low 90s, with high humidity. On top of that, Thai temples require long pants or skirts. We were drinking plenty of bottled water, and discovered a great refreshment: chilled coconuts.

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