Monday, July 30, 2012

THAILAND: Bangkok - City Tour


2011 Holy Week SEA Trip  


Last day in Bangkok, Jas, Jane and I availed the hotel's free half day city tour while Mars and her sister prefer to go shopping.  We chose the Grand and Dusit Palaces from the three tour choices, it was originally part of our itinerary until we got the Ayutthaya package.

We came to the Grand Palace first, I know this place was huge and it will really take us a lot of time.  There are numerous people too so change of plan, we decided and told our tour guide that we don't have plans of going inside; at least we have a reason to go back hehe... We want to squeeze our time schedule coz we still have plans of going to MBK Center :-P


From the outside the Palace really looks fabulous and majestic, what more inside.  This has been the official residence of the King of Thailand since 1782 but the present monarch King currently resides at Chitralada Palace.  The Palace is still used for official events yearly. 




She was our tour guide, she's cool but most of the time we can't hardly understand her.


Wat Phra Kaew or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha as seen from the Outer Court.





Top right picture is The Phimanchaisri gate, the main entrance from the Outer to Middle Court.  





The busy street of Bangkok, outside the Palace. 



Resting Tuk-Tuk (Samlo).  This is a three-wheeled taxi without a meter and air condition.  Fares must be negotiated before hand, a little cheaper than ordinary taxis and are suitable for short trips only.  A widely used form of urban transport in Bangkok and other Thai cities.




Entering the Dusit Palace. 


This is the north facade of the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall, built in 1908 as an audience hall for the palace.   Dusit Palace, a compound of royal residences in Bangkok. One of the main edifices in Dusit Palace. 



Roaming around the city.



End of the tour, before dropping us to MBK we went to their office where there is a Jewelry store.  We were told to get in but we just stayed outside and asked these lovely ladies wearing their colorful traditional costume to have a photo taken with them.

After MBK (Shopping in Bangkok), we hurried back to our hotel to changed and packed the things we bought before flying back home. 



Again, we availed the hotel's airport service since some of us are carrying 2 luggage's.  It's the first time from all of our trips that a driver is a girl, so when we reached the airport for almost an hour we carried our own luggages from the van.



Tax refund counter for Tourists. 



The line from the checked-in counter is not that long compare to the security check after immigration.




It's not as big as the other Asian airports but the structural design of Suvarnhabumi impressed me.  Appreciate it more while walking until we reached our gate.  I must say that this is one of my favorite airport now, will wait until it become one of the world's best airport.


Finally, it's time to go back home.  Tiring but fun, expensive but it's all worth it, lots of laughter and a few clashes, friendship and memories.  All in 1 memorable trip, 3 different nations, 5 trippers and 8 days of adventure.  

Terimah Kasih Malaysia, Xie xie ni Singapore and Kob kun kha Thailand for a wonderful stay.  Would definitely go back and stay longer.  It was always nice to discover different culture and meeting people.  Admiring its beauty and satiating the power of their food.

SALAMAT PO!

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More Thailand Trip here:

Amazing Thailand
Citin Pratunam Hotel
Shopping in Bangkok
Sirocco Sky Bar
Ayutthaya - Bang Pa-In Summer Palace
Ayutthaya - Wat Maha That
Ayutthaya - Wat Na Phra Men
Ayutthaya - Wat Lokayasutharam
Ayutthaya - River Sun Cruise



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