Bangkok, Thailand

It’s 7:30am and I’ve already sweat through my t-shirt. Welcome to Bangkok.

Thankful for a brief break from the torrential rain that’s plagued our trip to Southeast Asia, we got up early to take advantage of the blue skies and see the Grand Palace and all the glittering Wats. The Palace is a massive complex and the hordes of tourists gave me flashbacks to visiting the Vatican. But the gleaming gold and colored mirrors sparkling in the morning sun was absolutely spectacular, and I wish we had more time to explore all the nooks and crannies of this beautiful, sweltering place.

With more rain forecasted for the afternoon, we zipped through the palace, neighboring Wat Pho, and a boat ride across the river to Wat Arun. After the morning crowds at the Grand Palace, both Wat Pho & Arun felt like a breath of fresh air, so peaceful and seemingly empty by comparison.

Golden stupa Phra Siratana Chedi and Wat Phra Sri Rattana Satsadaram (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), inside the Grand Palace

Golden stupa Phra Siratana Chedi and Wat Phra Sri Rattana Satsadaram (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), inside the Grand Palace

A Demon Guardian stands watch, protecting the Emerald Buddha from evil spirits, inside the Grand Palace

A Demon Guardian stands watch, protecting the Emerald Buddha from evil spirits, inside the Grand Palace

Entrance to Phra Mondop, the Buddhist Library, inside the Grand Palace

Entrance to Phra Mondop, the Buddhist Library, inside the Grand Palace

Hor Phra Naga and Phra Wiharn Yod, inside the Grand Palace

Hor Phra Naga and Phra Wiharn Yod, inside the Grand Palace

Mural paintings depicting the story of the Ramakien, inside the Grand Palace

Mural paintings depicting the story of the Ramakien, inside the Grand Palace

 Bangkok, Thailand
Outside of the Prasat Phra Dhepbidorn/The Royal Pantheon

Outside of the Prasat Phra Dhepbidorn/The Royal Pantheon

Hor Phra Gandhararat, a chapel dedicated to the Buddha of rain + agriculture, inside the Grand Palace

Hor Phra Gandhararat, a chapel dedicated to the Buddha of rain + agriculture, inside the Grand Palace

A guard keep watch inside the Grand Palace

A guard keep watch inside the Grand Palace

Phra Asadha Maha Chedi, eight towers dedicated to different pillars of Buddhism, inside the Grand Palace

Phra Asadha Maha Chedi, eight towers dedicated to different pillars of Buddhism, inside the Grand Palace

Chakri Maha Prasat Hall, the royal residence of King Rama V built in 1877

Chakri Maha Prasat Hall, the royal residence of King Rama V built in 1877

Phra Chedi Rai, inside Wat Pho. These house ashes of the royal family or Buddhist relics

Phra Chedi Rai, inside Wat Pho. These house ashes of the royal family or Buddhist relics

 Bangkok, Thailand
 Bangkok, Thailand
 Bangkok, Thailand
Phra Ubosot, the holiest prayer room inside Wat Pho

Phra Ubosot, the holiest prayer room inside Wat Pho

The giant Reclining Buddha of Wat Pho

The giant Reclining Buddha of Wat Pho

detail from Wat Arun

detail from Wat Arun

the Ordination Hall at the front entrance of Wat Arun

the Ordination Hall at the front entrance of Wat Arun

Wat Arun, the “temple of Dawn”

Wat Arun, the “temple of Dawn”

 Bangkok, Thailand
tufts of grass and flowers grow in cracks between the porcelain tiles

tufts of grass and flowers grow in cracks between the porcelain tiles

 Bangkok, Thailand
 Bangkok, Thailand
beautiful details, Wat Arun

beautiful details, Wat Arun

 Bangkok, Thailand
a monk gives blessings inside a chapel at Wat Arun

a monk gives blessings inside a chapel at Wat Arun

a quiet corner of the heavily touristed Khaosan Road

a quiet corner of the heavily touristed Khaosan Road

one of the many canals that weave through the city

one of the many canals that weave through the city

delicious street food- pork or chicken over rice

delicious street food- pork or chicken over rice

Peek a Buddha!  Looking down a street selling buddha statues

Peek a Buddha! Looking down a street selling buddha statues

After spending our first days in the historic center of Bangkok, we moved out to the trendy Thonglor neighborhood and spent a day exploring all of the fun bars and restaurants. Putting my heavy DSLR away for the end of the trip, I captured the Thonglor food scene on my Google Pixel 2.

Curry Prawns at Supanigga Eating Room

Curry Prawns at Supanigga Eating Room

A5 Wagyu at Sumi Tei Yakiniku

A5 Wagyu at Sumi Tei Yakiniku

“Tamarind-Coconut” cocktail: Bacardi Rum, Tamarind liqueur, Fernet, coconut, pineapple, almond

“Tamarind-Coconut” cocktail: Bacardi Rum, Tamarind liqueur, Fernet, coconut, pineapple, almond

Lovely wood booths at Sumi Tei Yakiniku

Lovely wood booths at Sumi Tei Yakiniku

Grilling at Sumi Tei Yakiniku

Grilling at Sumi Tei Yakiniku

The “Tanuki” cocktail at Thaipioka: Campari, Kyoho Sake, Shisho-infused Bulldog Gin

The “Tanuki” cocktail at Thaipioka: Campari, Kyoho Sake, Shisho-infused Bulldog Gin

Bangkok Guide:

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