Once we arrived in Bangkok after a lovely 3 hour nap/flight, we were greeted by two Thai greeters right at our gate. They escorted us to our cart that took us directly to the premium customs line, where we didn’t have to wait at all. Talk about royal treatment!
After customs we met our Bangkok tour guide, Jeed. Luckily, he spelled it out for us because we thought it was Deet, like the bug spray, for the majority of the ride to the hotel. He seemed very nice and are excited to spend the day on Monday seeing Bangkok with him!
We finally got to the hotel around 2:30am last night and were both pretty wired and also astonished by the fact that we just had a 24 hour travel day and felt completely fine!
Our hotel was great, but since it was pitch black we might as well have been in America minus the Thai condoms that they graciously left in our room. I don’t think we will be using those LOL!
We finally got to sleep around 3:30am. Surprisingly, I naturally woke up at 9:15am before Auntie Missy. We took our time getting ready for the day and went downstairs for breakfast around 10:30am. Clearly we misunderstood the Thai-English at the hotel since breakfast was done at 10:30am, oops! We ordered some omlettes from the hotel Cafe, ate very quickly and started our day with Jeed!
Our first journey began with a river boat ride around Bangkok. It was crazy to see shacks lined up on the river bank along with huge fancy hotels. Even the shacks, Jeed told us, were expensive for Bangkok.
It was also becoming quite clear that our tour guide may be in love with me. We quickly learned the word “sway” which means beautiful. Jeed, the Samsung user (woo hoo go Samsung!) sent me some photos from his own phone…
Once we crossed the river we made it to the ultimate Bangkok attraction, the Grand Palace. I really had no idea what to expect but the amazing detail and architecture of every building within the grounds was breathtaking. Jeed was a Buddhist so we really got a feel for how truly sacred the palace was. He then showed us a celebration hall where kings would have parties and I asked if I could have my next birthday party there. You would have thought I told the most hysterical joke in the world since Jeed nearly cried of laughter.
At the Grand Palace, there is a special part that is the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Inside, you must take off your shoes as you look up at the emerald Buddha. He is dressed based on the season and the entire building was gorgeous and the inside was filled with gold with the Buddha on the top in his winter outfit. You are not allowed to take photos inside so here are a few from outside. I am holding a special flower that I dipped in water then tapped onto my head to cleanse before going in to see the Buddha.
After the Grand Palace the true sightseeing of the day came to an end. Jeed took us to some scam of a Gem Factory that talked about ruby and sapphire exports and then brought us to a massive jewelry store that was filled with jewelry that a grandma in the 70’s would wear. Needless to say, this was not our highlight of the day.
After our trip to the Gem place, we went over to a massive spa called Health Land for a 2 hour Thai massage. For two 2-hour Thai massages it was 1,000 bhat. A total of $30… Can you believe it?! I would get my own personal massage therapist if I lived here!!
Afterwards, we head back to the hotel to change for the evening. We ended up walking from our hotel to the Dome to have a drink overlooking all of Bangkok. Taking a sip of the Singha beer was probably the tastiest thing ever. We were both dying for a drink, and some food!
Then we went to this restaurant Eat Me that honestly could have been in LA or Chicago. It was super trendy and hip and the food was amazing, but we were still dying for some straight up Thai food. Hopefully we will have some today!
It is now the morning here and we are off to see more of Bangkok before our flight to Chang Mai!