Today we started our day with breakfast at the hostel. We then took a taxi to one of Bangkok’s most popular attractions, The Grand Palace. The Grand Palace (Phra Borom Maharatchawang)is a former royal residence which today is used by the king only for certain ceremonial occasions. We also visited The Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) which is in the same complex as the palace. It is regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand. We entered the complex through the third gate from the river pier and purchased our tickets inside. Our first stop was just past the gate in the courtyard where the central bòt (chapel) housed the Emerald Buddha. We were surprised to see that the Buddha was only 66 centimeters tall and was easily outshone by the beautiful temple that surrounded it. Adjoining the temple was the crowded palace. We explored the many buildings and wings and then decided to head to Khao San Road for lunch. Khao San Road is a crowded, smelly road with many shops, restaurants, food carts and bars. After going around looking at the food carts deciding on what we wanted to eat we learnt that there are a few basic street foods that are popular in Thailand:
- Pad Thai
- Rad Naa, flat noodles with beef, pork, or chicken and vegetables, topped with a light gravy
- Pad See Iw, flat noodles dry-fried (no gravy) with a dark soy sauce, vegetables, meat, and chili
- Tom Yum Kung (soup)
- Khao Pad (fried rice)
After lunch we looked in some of the shops. We stopped at a tailors to see how they made clothes, a popular souvenir for many tourists in the area. All of the clothes are made for the person so they were the perfect fit. Other tourists in the area that we talked to advised us to purchase VIP bus tickets for our journey to Chiang Mai. We found a travel agency and purchased tickets for 400 THB. We ended up spending the rest of the afternoon on Khao San Road and purchased different street food to eat for dinner. After dinner we hailed a taxi to go to the Patpong Night Market. The market, open every day from 6pm to 1am was bustling with tourists trying to get a bargain on brand name fakes, t shirts and other souvenirs. After an evening of bartering we were looking forward to a good sleep.