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Beautiful Bangkok (Part 1)!

A Drive Through Tea Farms
November 24, 2017
(Let me start by apologising {In adavnce} for the length of this blog post... I suggest you sit down for this one...)

Breathe it all in. Love it all out.

 
Bangkok is one of the most beautiful cities I have ever been to šŸ˜... If it's not on your bucket list, I highly suggest you get a pen (have you added it yet? Yes? Great!) It was everything I imagined it would be.... I loved every aspect of it; the food was delicious, the people were friendly, the place is breathtakingly beautiful (gasps for air...), the Thai massages are the bee's knees, the weather is lovely, the nightlife is vibrant, the culture is intriguing, the religion is peaceful... ahhh it's definitely a place that should be on your "must visit" list at some point in your life. So without further ado, here are 6 reasons why you simply muuuuust visit Bangkok... Let's get started on part 1...
 

1. The Grand Palace & The Temples

 
There are more than 400 wats (or temples) around Bangkok; but everyone (myself included) rushes to the three most famous ones: Wat Pra Kaew (which is the temple of the Emerald Buddha; at the Grand Palace), Wat Arun (which is the temple of Dawn; and is found at the Banks of the Chao Phraya River), and Wat Pho (which is where the sleeping Buddha is found).
 
 
The Grand Palace
 
 
With it's manicured green laws, unique trees, and beautiful architecture, the grand palace makes for lovely afternoon strolls in the hot Thai sun. The Grand Palace Complex was established in 1782 and it consists of; the Royal Residence and throne halls, a number of government offices, and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. It covers an area of 218,000 square metres and is surrounded by four walls; 1900 meters tall.
 
Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha)
 
The most stunning sight is found in the Chapel of the Emerald Buddha; which is where the Emerald Buddha sits pretty... Words cannot even describe how beautiful that chapel is.
Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) was Established in 1782 by King Rama I. The temple is located in the same compound as the Grand Palace; towards the area of the Outer Palace. This temple houses the most beautiful structures and monuments; which all have the such beautiful stories and meanings.
 
Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha)
 
I have never seen a Buddha that is as chill as the Reclining Buddha (found at the Wat Pho Temple). The statue looks like he has found the key to happiness and the meaning of life... Apart from this cool buddha, there is so much more to see at this temple (the long lines of golden statues from different parts of Thailand sitting in the lotus position, the cute Chinese statutes that were once used as ballasts on ships, and the 91 chedis (or stupas) decorated in ceramic pottery flowers and colourful tiles). I loved looking at all the intricate details of the temple, everything was so well placed, vibrant, and beautiful hence adding so much life to the temple.
 

2. Shopping At The Markets

 
Bangkok's markets (especially the night markets) are all the rave.... and with good reason. With lots of street food, clothes, antiques, nik-naks, plants, household items, shoes, entertainment, (and so much more) to buy, it's hard not to enjoy what the Bangkok (night) markets have to offer.
 
Asiatique
 
Asiatique is the perfect blend of a night bazaar and a mall (it's a 2 in 1 shopping experience). With over 1,500 boutiques and 40 restaurants, this night bazaar is such a joy. It opens at exactly 17:00, so it's the perfect place to go to and spending an evening; browsing the boutiques (perhaps buy some gifts), watching the nightly performed: Calypso ladyboy cabaret show, or stuffing your face with delicious Thai cuisine.
 
Chatachuk
 
If you can dream it up, Chatuchak probably has it. Taking up a whopping 27 Acres, and has over 15,000 stalls, this weekend market is a must see while in Bangkok. Here, you will be amazed at the variety of stuff that one can buy; whether it's Moroccan lamp, an antique wooden chest, a pair of vintage Leviā€™s jeans, scarves, clothes... ooooh, let's not forget all the delicious (and weird interesting) street food that is available.
 
The damnoen saduak floating market
 
Imagine taking a long boat ride... as you enjoy the most delicious coconut ice cream... the wind is blowing through your hair as the sun gently kisses your skin... aaaah, it's the most relaxing experience ever. The best part is, this includes a unique shopping experience; shopping from right inside a boat. Most of the vendors are on the banks of the river, so, one has to take a boat down the river as they stop at the various vendors to buy whatever they want (don't worry, someone is steering it... your job is just to sit pretty). Other vendors also use boats to go up and down the river selling their goods and food to customers along the river. We ended our floating market tour with a visit to a place where we got to see Asian elephants; there was absolutely no way I was going to leave Thailand without seeing Asian elephants.
 
(PS: I promise Part 2 will be much shorter...Please don't give up on me...)

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12 Comments

  1. Wow! So beautiful! Def on my bucket list..twas a loong post no lie bt enjoyed it.. perhaps next time u cn make a part one and two? I know i would b back fr part two..plus gives you an excuse fr more content
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    • Lenana says:

      Faaaaam… I tried… I tried. imagine that is just part one… but Part two is waaay shorter. I opted to make part one longer so I cover the biggest part of Bangkok- Thailand. (Btw, I put a disclaimer; you went down this road by choice hahahaha…)

  2. Ah! Seen the title..weehh yani u took terabytes worth of photos?! Il be back (terminator’s voice)

  3. Stella says:

    Such beautiful pics Lenny! You are right. its definitely a must-visit destination.

  4. Grace says:

    Awww si someone pays for me I go thigh land.

  5. Maina says:

    Hey. Great pics!
    How much on average would you spend on shopping+food at the night markets? Any indication of price would be welcome, planning a trip there in 2 months or so. Thanks.

    • Lenana says:

      I used $50 and I was able to buy quite a few things… plus lots of great food. The street food is cheap so it barely costs much. Sorry for the late reply šŸ™

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