Day 3-5 was spent in Cambodia, the Kingdom of wonders where the royal civilization of Angkor flourished. Related entry can be found in below link:
Day 5 from Siem Reap to Bangkok…
Fifth day is basically spent on the road as we travel back from Siem Reap, Cambodia to Bangkok, Thailand. Got some dinner then off to another road travel going back to Bangsaen, Chon Buri.
We travelled back to Bangkok since this day is planned as the Grand Palace and Reclining Buddha day. We rode on a BTS Sky Train (MRT/LRT in the Philippines and Singapore, KL Monorail in Kuala Lumpur) and alighted at Saphan Taksin station. The station is situated a few walk from a river taxi terminal beside the mighty Chao Phraya River.
This river is the countries main, it flows through Bangkok and exits the Gulf of Thailand in the south. Riding the ferry or a river taxi is fun. The water current and the river waves are strong that you can feel they can really move a small ferry off its course. In just a few minutes, we stopped in a river taxi terminal a few steps away from the Grand Palace.
I can’t find my own words to narrate about this palace. I’m just in awe remembering the printed design on that childhood shirt I used to wear. I am standing right in front of that landmark. Anyway, below is how the “Guide to the Grand Palace” describes it.
“The Grand Palace” complex was established in 1782 and it consists of not only the royal residence and throne halls, but also a number of government offices as well as the renowned Temple of the Emerald Buddha. It covers an area of 218,000 square meters in length.
After King Rama I ascended to the throne in 1782, the palace was built. Prior to this, the royal palace and center of administration had been located in Thonburi, on the west side of Chao Phraya River. For various reasons, the new king considered the former capital to be unsuitable and decided to establish a new capital on the other side of the river. By his royal command, a new palace was built to serve not only as his royal residence but also as a site of administrative offices. The royal compound has been known since as the Grand Palace.”
Not far from the Grand Palace is the “Wat Pho” or the Temple of the Reclining Buddha”. You can ride a tuk-tuk or just walk from the Grand Palace to get to this temple as it is situated just near beside the palace complex. The temple observes some rules. Visitors must be dressed properly and appropriately. Ladies wearing sleeveless are not permitted to enter unless they wear a shirt or at least wrap around a cloth. You must remove your footwear before entering the temple. Bags are provided in the entrance for you to put your foot wears and carry them along with you. Going in with socks is just fine.What I like the most is that, fruit and fresh fruit extract vendors abound in the area.
After that we went to Siam (Sayάm) Center, took some lunch at Siam Paragon and went shopping at the Central World. Great buys are almost everywhere.