The Grand Palace!!!
This is the view that greets you, as you enter the outer courtyard of the palace grounds. Oooh shiny.
Luckily, all of this business is easy to get to and requires zero bargaining with taxi or tuk tuk drivers. A short hop on the MRT, followed by a pleasant ride on a boat down the Chao Phraya River, and far too many food and trinket stalls later, and you’re there.
Once inside the palace grounds, you have to make sure you’re dressed appropriately. Helen was much smarter than me and wore long pants. My shorts, no matter how comfortable and utilitarian with oodles of pockets, were deemed Unworthy. So I had to rent a covering garment for 200 baht. And since I’m a girl (no one in Bangkok has called me sir yet!), I got the ever-so-fashionable skirt.
Needless to say, it was beautiful. The temple-ish area nicely contrasted the more European style palace portion.
After perusing the palace grounds to our hearts’ content, we hopped back on the boat toward Khao San Rd, the backpacker capital of Bangkok. Many things were bought, curries were consumed, and strange people were watched.
Since we got such a late start, it was almost 8pm by the time we caught the ferry back to the BTS. The views along the river were gorgeous. Unfortunately, my poor camera couldn’t capture them on the rocky boat, but take my word for it.