Today was the day for sightseeing. We first visited Wat Pho, a temple that houses the famous reclining Buddha. This thing was humongous!! And the buildings in the area were beautiful.
Next was the Grand Palace. Unfortunately, the Chapel of the Emerald Buddha within the walls was already closed, but we caught a few distant glimpses of it — it was smaller than we expected! That tiny shiny thing in the above picture is the best shot we could get of it.
Unfortunately, throughout the day we encountered several tourist scam artists that Lonely Planet had warned us about. They all tried to tell us the places were closed, or not open til xx PM, or that we didn’t have the proper clothing to enter. Generally, the scam is to lead you away from these attractions to other locations where they receive commissions for sales, or charge outrageous prices for “tours”. Luckily, we were prepared for this and did a good job of declining or ignoring pushy scam artists.
Busing through Bangkok
After all the sightseeing, we were so hungry so we decided to bus back to MBK Centre for some food and to do some more shopping on our last day. First of all, the traffic in Bangkok is INSANE. Doesn’t matter what time of the day you go out, the main roads are always jammed. What could have been a 15 minute trip took us nearly an hour and that’s including the crazy driving by our bus driver. As you can see in the picture above, we were inches away from another bus at one point on the ride back.
After going back to our hotel and packing our luggage, we went out for one last dinner in Bangkok. We had always walked to the left of our hotel so this time we went to the opposite direction to look for some food. We found this place literally across our hotel and ordered our very last Pad Thai. Surprisingly it was quite delicious and we wished we had found it earlier. After dinner, we went back to our hotel to wind down and goto sleep since we had early flights out of Bangkok for Hong Kong. We couldn’t believe our trip was actually over. We had an amazing time and we would definitely do it again!