Purchase the tickets at the booth and a small useful guidebook with all the attractions and stations listed. It’s a great travel-friendly transport for tourist especially if you want to enjoy the beautiful view of the Chao Phraya River.
These ferries also works somewhat like their Skytrain stations where they’ve got different coloured lines or routes. The direction and different routes were represented by the colour flags found at the tail end of the boat. Refer to the map on the guidebook or the charts with the different coloured routes on the interior sides of the boat.
|Wat Arun, Temple of Dawn|
Unfortunately, I did not get to visit this magnificient place. But I will make it a point to visit there and hop on the river cruise in the evening where this temple is beautifully lited against the night sky, with a warm yellow glow.
Before entering any temples here, you got to make sure that you’re well-covered. No shorts, bermudas or sleeveless tops. It’s a form of a respect whenever we enter these sacred grounds. Luckily, there’s a booth to rent out Sarongs or long-sleeve shirts to both men and women for a deposit of 200 baht per clothing. This deposit will be fuly refunded after you’ve returned the clothing at the booth located right at the entrance of the Grand Palace.
This place is huge and even though it’s my second time here, the exsiquite patterned glass tiles, structures and architect never fails to amaze me each time I’m here. The gold linings of the rooftop tiles and statues would shimmer and glistens in the sun, sending piercing rays of light into my eyes. I don’t know why but it always seems to sunny and bright at the Grand Palace.
The Grand Palace also houses the temple of the Emerald Buddha but photo-taking is forbidden inside this temple.
This Buddha statue is plated with real gold! We’ve got a chance to touch the gold flakes with our bare hands. This metal is soft and slippery. Suddenly all the properties of metal I’ve learnt in secondary school had started flooding into my mind.
This is the building where the King of Thailand resides. The image of this palace is now of more significance to me after watching the video of Thailand’s National Anthem screened in the movie theatres before the movie begins. It was quite an experience when we were told to get up from our seats in the cinema as the country’s national anthem is played. The video speaks of the Thais honour and respect for their much revered King. I would have never forgotten that movie experience I had especially when the anthem was played before the movie, ‘Hotel Trannsylvia’.