Three days in Bangkok
Earlier in the year I travelled to Thailand for the first time, spending three days in Bangkok. This was my very first long distance flight, I am not a very experienced flyer so before I set off on the 11 hour flight I stocked up on some travel essentials to keep me comfortable.
- Travel pillow
- Eye drops
- First defence nasal spray
- A big scarf to use as an extra blanket
- eye mask
- More moisturiser!
And of course I stocked up on camera and film. I took my DSLR just in case but mostly I shot on my trusty Canon EOS 300 SLR and sure shot point and shoot.
What to wear?
If you’re planning on visiting Temples then dress modest. Long skirts, covered shoulders and a pashmina just in case! If you’re taking trousers, make sure they aren’t too tight. If your not dressed modest enough you will be given something that covers you up (that's been worn by hundreds of others eww)
A room with a view
We were lucky enough to stay at the beautiful Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel and our room had an amazing view of the city and the river. It was a perfect introduction to Bangkok.
The first day we just explored and got to know our setting. We hopped on boats to get across the river, crammed on listening to the locals and tourists.
The ruins of Ayutthaya
We took a guided trip to Phra Nakhon Di Ayutthaya, travelling an hour by Coach outside of Bangkok.
Ayutthaya was founded in 1351 by King U Thong, who proclaimed it the capital city after travelling there to escape a smallpox epidemic. In 1767 the city was destroyed by the Burmese army, resulting in the collapse of the kingdom. Now it is recognised as a World Heritage Site, preserving the ruins of the city. Despite falling into ruin, the cities former splendour is still evident in the Prang towers and huge monasteries.
The day we explored the ruins jet lag had really set in, so travelling between the sites by coach was a blessing! Everything was so picturesque and my mind was blown by the fact that even after severe flooding from the tsunami the towers were still standing.
Wat Pho, more commonly known as Temple of the Reclining Buddha isa Buddhist Temple found directly south of the Grand Palace. It was built by King Rama I who rebuild the temple on the site of an earlier temple. The site was expanded and renovated by King Rama III, and it houses the largest collection of Buddha in Thailand, including the 46 meter long reclining Buddha for which it takes it’s name.
I knew I was about to see a really big buddha, but I wasn't really prepared for just how BIG!
The Grand Palace
The Grand Palace complex was established in 1782 and consists of the Royal residence and throne halls, government offices and the renowned Temple of the Emerald Buddha.
The palace is a kaleidoscope of colour, every inch covered in gold with beautiful statues of dragons and elephants.
At the time of my visit, the Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej was in state rest at the Palace. Through out the city were images of the King, the country in a period of mourning for their beloved King. It was truly touching to see.
Although my visit to Bangkok was short, it's somewhere I would absolutely revisit. It felt really good to be out with my camera again in a visually stunning place away from the pressures of full time employment.
In my next post I will be sharing the second part of my Thailand adventure in Phuket.
Words and images by Jasmine Farram