This is the continuation of previous post.
Grand Palace was super hot and crowded! It drained my strength to the utmost, and I felt hungry. We decided to have our lunch at restaurants around Grand Palace. We were divided into two groups because we barely found seat in every (cheap) restaurant we passed by. I joined the group who chose a kind of chinese-thai restaurant. I was surprise to see beef was more expensive than pork, as expected I supposed from the country with pork as their main ingredients. So I decided to try this Thai menu with pork which I don’t even remember anymore what its name was hahaha. But I was happy to have big lunch at a restaurant with only total 65 baht. :’)
Then after we finished our lunch, we moved to the next destination, Wat Arun. Wat Arun was famous for its enormous size of golden Buddha statue. We should take off our shoes before going inside and put them in the storage provided. Inside the room was pleasant and mild, it somehow felt like entering a shrine. There we walked for a while to see the reclined Buddha statue from head to toe. Unfortunately, there weren’t many things to see there for 250 baht. It was only a building with BUddha statue inside, and a pretty pond with shady trees to take some rest. Maybe because it was too crowded that I didn’t get the tranquil atmosphere. Oh, there’s something about making a wish while putting coins into several lined bowls. They said if we put a pocket of coins into the bowls without counting its number on each bowl and had the coins run out exactly at the last bowl, then the wishes we’ve been whispering while doing so might come true. I did it, but I don’t remember what I wished for that day hahaha. :p
We took some rest while discussing which place to go first after this because our schedule seemed to have changed a lot. Our next destination was Wat Pho. We need to cross the Chao Praya to go to Wat Pho from Wat Arun. This is the look from inside the boat.
However, I think we were kind of enough for another wat visiting, so we decided to only took a rest on the park in front of Wat Pho hahaha. It was actually kinda fun because the park was beautiful and we can see the river. There were also pigeons there were we had fun chasing and scaring them haha (sorry!), and it was a really fun activity hahaha. :p
We spent pretty long time there before finally moved back to the city. Our next destination was Khaosan Road! The street was closed for traffic, so we could take a stroll with shops, bars and restaurants lined up along the street. However, the road was really crowded it’s hard to walk in peace. We had our dinner there. Most of my friends preferred easy meal so they ate at McDonald’s. I chose to take another adventure with one of my friends, Imam. We tried several street food there, such as Khao Niaow Ma Muang (manggo with sticky rice), fried dumplings, fruits (durian and dragon fruit) and ice cream in coconut shell. I saw a street vendor selling edible cooked insects, but too bad I didn’t take a picture.
We went even further as trying to buy food using the native language hahaha. All I can say is “tao lai?” (how much?), “nun, song, sam, sip” (1, 2, 3, 10 *because mostly the price was around that number), and “kaa~” (thanks *i supposed). I didn’t even know if it’s the right way using that haha, but they smiled so I hope I did right. Oh, another thing I remember was that Indonesian people looks a lot like the local people, so it is not surprising when someone suddenly talks with us in Thai. I was even thrice mistakenly asked in Thai that I had to say “pho thai me dai” (I don’t speak Thai). By the way, I don’t really know the right pronounce because these are basically what I said from what I read regardless how it actually was.
We called it a day and went back to hotel after dinner. All I can say is that day was exhausting and Bangkok was really hot! Even though, traveling with friends made all of it fun. 🙂
Please wait for my next post of the third day in Bangkok 😀