Bangkok Bling

Grand Palace glitter

Grand Palace glitter!

I took a ferry from my hotel to the other side of the river to get to the Grand Palace.  The only bad thing about travel is the crowd of people, and I’m not good with lines.  There were numerous buses and tons of people, and I almost wished that I was somewhere else at that moment.  But somehow I endured the masses and entered the Grand Palace, and after a few minutes I was busy like a child because I was trying to figure out how to best use the selfie stick I bought from the night prior.  I recorded a video and was pretty happy about it as if I had mastered a new toy.  Oh, and the beauty of the Palace was stellar!  There were lots of gold and jeweled ornamentation, and it was in contrast to the simple, natural beauty of Angkor Wat.

Next came Wat Pho, or the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, which was high on my list.  The Buddha statue, golden, of course, is 15 meters high and 43 meters long!  The statue barely fits inside the building, and with close quarters one has to walk along each side of the Buddha to get the entire length view.  As there were coins being dropped into the 108 alms bows along the wall, you could hear the gentle noise upon entering, and the  continuous noise stayed with me throughout the entire experience.  Should you ever decide to go, make sure to drop a coin or two into the bronze bowl for good luck.

I stopped for a fresh coconut juice before heading toward Wat Arun.  Oh, how I miss the fresh coconuts!  I was excited to climb the steep tower of the temple, but it wasn’t high enough, I thought.  The views were nice, but in my mind I was being unfair by comparing it the views of Istanbul.  In my humble opinion, nothing compares to Istanbul in terms of rooftop views.    So I accepted this fact and enjoyed the almost sunset.  It was time to get back to my hotel to change to go out for dinner.

I ended up at the Octave Sky Bar which is on the 45th floor of the Bangkok Marriott.  The spectacular views would have been better at just before sunset, but as usual, time always runs out when you’re having fun.  The music was cool, my sushi and wine along with it.  The view was uber cool with a panoramic view of the skyline of Bangkok.  It was marvelous!  When my second glass of wine kicked in, I was too exhausted from the day’s sightseeing to explore the night life further.  My last night of blissful sleep was in order as I had to fly back home the next day.  I went to sleep a bit sad, of course, as the next day meant that my trip was over.  But I still had a half a day left in Bangkok.  Yes…

Luxurious!

Luxurious!

Trying my best to capture the full length view of the Reclining Buddha

Trying my best to capture the full length view of the Reclining Buddha.  The swirls are his toes. 

Happy at the Grand Palace!

Happy at the Grand Palace!

The view after climbing Wat Arun

The view after climbing Wat Arun

The view from Octave Sky Bar

The view from Octave Sky Bar

About Blogatrixx

I took a solo trip to Istanbul in May, 2012 that changed me forever. It started my passion for travel, and it also ignited my passion for photography. This blog was created to express and appreciate the beauty of life through my travels.
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