Here it goes! The sole reason I wanted to start a blog was to post about my trips yet that’s the one thing I haven’t done in a while. Better late than never right?
My trip to Bangkok, Thailand with my cousin, Isa, was back in July 2015 yet it doesn’t feel like it was that long ago. The kind people, delicious food, astounding palaces (whether it be grand or relics) have left a permanent mark.
Key things to bring to Bangkok in the summer time: sarong or skirt (a clothing article you can cover your knees with), sunscreen, cap, fan (it gets HOT), and a water bottle.
We signed up for a day tour to Ayutthaya (about a 2 hour drive from Bangkok) with the hotel concierge, but I know there are buses and trains you for cheaper that bring you there.
Bang Pa In Palace / Royal Palace
It’s also known as the summer palaces because it’s where the royal families and visitors stayed over the … well, summer. It was built in 1632 by King Rama IV but was expanded in 1870s. It has a mix of Thai, Chinese, and Gothic architecture.
Take note, you have to cover your shoulders and knees when you enter, so bring a sarong and cardigan! We had a tour guide explain the history of each palace to us but you can rent an audio guide by the entrance. It’s a huge palace, you could take around 1.5 hours just walking around. We kept finding shelter from the sweltering hot sun in the palaces, bonus that it was nice inside too!
Wat Maha That
The royal and sacred temples are found in the east of the grand palace. It was built in 1374 by Phra Borom Rajathirat I. The monastary was destroyed and burnt down in the war between Ayuttya and Burma in 1767 A.D. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.
|Buddha head in tree roots|
There is still no exact history of how thebecame entwined in the roots of the tree. Among many theories, one theory suggests that the tree grew around the head of the when the temple was left abandoned. Similarly, another theory also states that a thief moved the away from the main temple in Ayutthaya to hide it. But after moving the stone away from the ruined main temple, it is believed that the thief could not move the head beyond the walls surrounding the temple. Instead of that, the was left by the wall where it got nestled in the tree roots which have grown and entwined around it.
|Wat Lokaya Sutha: Temple of the Reclining Buddha|
Our tour ended with a river cruise along Chao Phraya River back to Bangkok. It wasn’t a scenic cruise, but I’d rather do that than take a bus back to the city.