Thailand, Day Two: The Grand Palace, Emerald Buddha, and The Siam Niramit Show

July 2, 2017

My day started earlier than the rest of my family’s. I woke up at 4 a.m. for no particular reason, checked my phone, and couldn’t go back to sleep. There’s the one lesson that I can never learn: not checking any electronic device in between groggy stirs. Oh wells, the damage has been done.

I got out of bed at 5:30 to shower, and by 6:30 I was ready for our hotel’s buffet breakfast. Our tour guide wouldn’t be arriving until 7:30 to pick us up for our day’s trip around Bangkok, so I took my precious time in the restaurant.

There was no such thing as Filipino Time in Bangkok, as our tour guide was already waiting outside with our van, even before the scheduled pick up time. I say this because, regardless if I have been exposed to countless cultures, I still falsely believe that it is a South East Asian thing to be late for a couple of minutes. But I digress.

So all 11 of us – me, my family, plus the tour guide and the driver – hopped on the van and proceeded to interject into Thailand’s traffic. Our destination for the day was the Grand Palace, where the body of Thailand’s Late King is still housed, and where the Temple of the Emerald Budhha is conveniently adjacent to.

things-to-do-in-Thailand

The palace doesn’t open to guests until 8:30 a.m. Since we were early, we had to wait together with a big crowd.

Grand-palace-Thailand-BangkokGrand-Palace-Thailand-Bangkok

This is the entrance to see the Palace itself, but we needed to see the Emerald Buddha first so we turned left just right before the gate.

Emerald-Buddha-Thailand-Bangkok

Taking of pictures inside the Temple of the Emerald Buddha is not allowed. This is the only picture I have with regard to it. But look at the intricacy of those walls. 

Grand-Palace-Thailand-BangkokThailand-BangkokThailand-BangkokThailand-Bangkok

Now here are some pictures of the palace itself

Grand-Palace-Thailand-BangkokGrand-Palace-Thailand-BangkokGrand Palace Thailand BangkokGrand-Palace-Thai-Mourners

If you didn’t already know, the entire country is still mourning for their King who died in October 2016. Thousands of Thai still line up amidst the heat, just to get into the palace and pay their respects to the Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

After seeing these glorious structures and that majestic green god, I was surprised to hear that there was one more place we needed to go to. We stopped by a jewelry manufacturing company to see how Thailand assembles their most prized gems into necklaces and rings.

thailand-bangkok-jewelry-makingThailand-Bangkok-Jewelry-MakingThailand-Bangkok-Jewelry-Making

A Jeweler meticulously inspects the rubies

We were then herd into a room full of displays, in the company’s hopes that we would buy a few shiny things. No such purchases were made. Thankfully, we didn’t have to stay long in such a tempting place. We needed to hurry back to the hotel, for a few hours rest, before our next activity that was to happen at 7 that evening – of which events you will hopefully read in my next post.

Love,

Signature


4 thoughts on “Thailand, Day Two: The Grand Palace, Emerald Buddha, and The Siam Niramit Show

    1. Thank you! It takes so much time to process them, i appreciate it when people notice. hahaha. Sometimes it gets annoying to edit though because its always back and forth with the colors. I can never decide if i like them. Always excited for you! lol

      Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s