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Monday, December 22, 2014

Thailand Trip Itinerary 2014 - Part 12 Grand Palace, Wat Arun Bangkok

Day 14 – Grand Palace,  Wat Arun, Lumphini Park– Bangkok
We requested for early breakfast at 7.00 am as we are visiting the Grand Palace [Emerald Buddha] and Wat Arun.
To get there, 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
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.
In total, there are about 35 places with the palace ground for you to see but the must see are:
The Grand Palace
The Temple of  Emerald Buddha
The Hor Phra Monthian Dharma
The Royal Pantheon
Model of Angkor Wat
Phra Siratana Chedi

There is a visitor’s  guide to the Grand Palace
After visiting Grand Palace, you can visit the Reclining Buddha which is just walking distance from Grand Palace. We skipped this place and walked 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.

As the weather wasn’t that good, we spent little time here.  We took the same tugboat ferry back to Tha Thien Pier.  From here we took the Orange Flag ferry  and got off at Chinatown Pier [Rachawong].
Here, you can walk around Chinatown for late lunch and do some shopping if you still have the energy to do so after visiting the Grand Palace.
Lumphini Park, Lumphini, Bangkok
For dinner, we went to Lumphini for the popular Soi Polo Fried Chicken.  To get there, take MRT to Lumphini Station, from the station turn right to Wittayu Road, pass by Embassy of Japan, Police Station on the right side [opposite Lumphini Park].  You will come to a side lane [Soi Polo Football Club] where there is a 7-Eleven outlet.  The restaurant is just next to 7-Eleven.
Soi Polo Fried Chicken
Soi Polo Football Club
Off Wittayu Road, Lumphini

Dinner food here is good and prices are reasonable. Service is fast too.
We had Tom Yam Gradoog Moo [80THB], SomTam with Salted Crabs and Dried Prawns [50THB], Fried Chicken [1/2 bird][120THB], rice for 2 and drinks. This meal costs 285THB.

Worthy place to have a nice dinner in Bangkok. 
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