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Monday, December 22, 2014

Bangkok - Grand Palace and Wat Arun

Grand Palace [Wat Phra Kaew] - Temple of Emerald Buddha

To get here, we took MRT from Suthisan Station which is 5 minutes walk from the hotel we stayed [SidaRe Bed and Breakfast] to Silom MRT Station then to the BTS Sala Daeng Interchange Station to BTS Saphan Taksin Station. 
The Central Pier Station at Sathorn Pier is just beneath the Saphan Taksin Station.  Here, you can catch the Orange Flag Ferry to Tha Chang Pier for 15THB.  Out of the pier within a short distance walk is the Grand Palace.  Around the vicinity there are numerous food stalls and a Flea Market which has lots of Amulets for sale.
Grand Palace
Entrance Fee – 500THB
Open Daily: 8.30 am to 3.30 pm
Notes: The ticket is valid for 7 days and can be used to visit other places such as Vimanmek Mansion Museum, Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall, Sanam Chandra Palace, Anantam Samakhom Throne Hall etc.
Dress Code – Appropriate dressing [covered shoulders and long pants or skirts] otherwise you have to borrow from them with a refundable 200THB deposit.
The palace ground is widespread and you may need 2-3 hours to see through the area and also to visit the Queen Sirikit Musuem of Textiles and The Pavilion of Regalia, Royal Decorations and Coins.
The Grand Palace complex was established in 1782 and consists of not only the royal residence and throne halls but also a number of government offices and the renowned Temple of  Emerald Buddha.

It covers an area of 218,000 square metres and is surrounded by 4 walls of 1900 metres in length.
After King Rama I ascended to the throne in 1782, the palace was built.  The 2 earliest structures erected within the palace ground were the Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall and the Phra Maha Monthian.

After visiting the Grand Palace, walk to Tha Thien Pier to take a tugboat ferry to Wat Arun which is the opposite side of the river.  The fare is 3 THB.
Wat Arun [Temple of Dawn] is one of Bangkok's most famous and spectacular sights, especially during sunset.
Opens daily from 8.30 am to 5.00 pm
Entrance Fee - 50 THB
You can climb up the narrow steps but it isn't easy and don't try it if you are afraid of height.

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