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Dozen’s Trip – day 2: Historical Places in The Midst of Bangkok Urban Life (part 1)

09 Jan

It surely takes a lot of time until I can start writing this continuation of the previous post about my and my friends’ trip to Thailand. I was too lazy and I think I might miss some details on that (I have a bad memory for a long-term event -__-). Anyway, I will try as best as I can retrieve from this goldfish recollection.

It was July 16th , 2012 when we finally start our real journey of Bangkok. One of my friends Mamah EO, whose name is made by her role as our trip’s planner, woke us at around 5:00 AM to do morning pray (I was remained sleeping on my bed with that warm cushy blanket since I didn’t pray). We took a shower, wore our clothes, and prepare our equipment for today. I prepared my camera along with its bag and my anti-theft sling bag. They said Bangkok is not a really safe city, likely resembling to Jakarta, so I took anticipation before departing there. Unfortunately, it was not a good idea to use sling bag while carrying big camera (DSLR) with. Later on, my shoulder was aching all over. Plus, it was not convenient with busy arms to shoot a good picture with DSLR. Well, back to the story, so we took the breakfast at our savior mart, the Family Mart next to our hotel (the one I had mentioned on the previous post).

As usual, our first transportation was Airport Link City Line from Ramkhamhaeng Station. At the station, I found something interesting. Apparently, most of Bangkok people have slender figures. Maybe it is because they walk far enough everyday, not like me who is too lazy going around driving car hahaha. Another thing, I was aware that not like university students in my country, the students in here wear white shirts and black trousers to their campus. It looked like uniforms for me, and it was uncommon. I thought they were some going-to-be-employees going for interviews.

see that white shirt person in the line? some of them are really tall and good-looking :p

see that white shirt person in the line? some of them are really tall and good-looking :p

There we took a trip to Phaya Thai Station, which was three points far, so it cost 45 Baht I suppose? Based on my knowledge, it costs 15 Baht/point with City Link. Then from Phaya Thai we took three taxies to take us to The Grand Palace. For whatever reason, I was caught up in a pesky incident. You should pay more attention when you are going to use taxi in Bangkok, and pay the exact amount with the number shown on the taximeters. Why? Because when you pay more and the driver doesn’t give its change, I advice you to just acquiesce it. It happened to me, and when I tried to get my change, I didn’t even understand a single word he said. I got tired and decided to just leave him be. It was really vexing though. Oh, and it fared about 60-70 Baht using taxi.

However, here we were, The Famous Grand Palace. It was hot, people. Way too hot! I felt like burning by the sunrays, and also it was really packed! Can’t blame the crowd though it was Monday, I think it was already the peak season for summer holiday. Oh, and I have another preliminary story. As soon as we arrived, we found this person at the gate. We were still stunned with our first destination when a man came up. He looked like one of the guard there or maybe a tour guide. Then he asked us where we came from.
“Indonesia”, said all of us.
“Oh, Indonesia! Great, great. I love Indonesia, you know, Bali! Beautiful beach!” he spoke with ample pronunciations.
“But we’re sorry to inform you that at the moment the shrine inside Grand Palace is used for ceremony. You know, those Chinese praying, it is too noisy. They are praying all together by themselves at the same time. But you can come back at 11 (AM), they must have finished at that time.” He explained to us.
To be honest, it was a little bit odd because we saw there were a lot of peoples walking back and forth at the gate.
“Why don’t you try some other activities before going there? I can show you a way to floating market, Wat Pho, and else, and then you can go back here after that.” He recommended us.
“Come, come!”
While talking, he took us along to a market, which led us to a crossing harbor. There he spoke to a lady who I guess was a tour advertiser.
“We have this tour you can see (showing us a paper). This tour can guide you to floating market, Wat Pho, Wat …. (I don’t remember the rest places). You can chose which packet would you like. You can take this 1 hour trip, or this 2 hours trip. And our price, as you can see here. Since you are Indonesian, you are the same with us Thai, so I will give you cheaper. For this trip you don’t have to pay 900 Baht (is it actually this number?), we’ll give you 600 Baht.” She tried to persuade us.
It sounded like a good offer, but we didn’t really plan for this, so we refused her offer.
“Come on lah, I’ll give you lower then. 500 Baht. 400 Baht. How much do you want?”
We tried to convince her that we wouldn’t take it, but she kept insisting.
“350 Baht and it’s really cheap! There I give you.”
She seemed upset because we turned down the offering. We walked away from that place anyway and back to Grand Palace. The funny thing was that we found out there was no such Chinese praying or whatsoever that man said inside The Grand Palace. Hahaha, yes, we had been deceived. Maybe he saw us as potential dorky taintless tourists with big number and no guide. Damn. Never trust anyone who says The Grand Palace is closed because it opens everyday.

Put the pitiful story aside, here are some of the pictures I took inside The Grand Palace. I will let the pictures describe how The Grand Palace looks like. By the way, the entrance fee for adults is 400 Baht, and it was also including the entrance for another areas in the complex. Keep the ticket if you want to use it further.

The gate where we were trapped by that tricky man -_-

The gate where we were trapped by that tricky man -_-

This is it! But that plastic bag is really a nuisance.

This is it! But that plastic bag is really a nuisance.

The blue sky shows how hot it was

The blue sky shows how hot it was

Mostly buildings were covered with gold elements

Mostly buildings were covered with gold elements

This is our free English guide. We accidentally bumped into a group of tourists and joined in :p

This is our free English guide. We accidentally bumped into a group of tourist and joined in :p

Another dwarf-me perspective shot

Another dwarf-me perspective shot

Beside gold, I think green, black, red, and white have meanings in Hinduism.

Besides gold, I think green, black, red, and white have meanings in Hinduism.

Ravana, a rakshasa who is the opponent of Rama the main character of the tale.

Ravana, a rakshasa who is the opponent of Rama the main character of the tale.

The story of Ramayana. Fortunately, in Indonesia, this tale is quite famed, so we could follow what the guide was telling us.

The story of Ramayana. Fortunately, in Indonesia, this tale is quite famed, so we could follow what the guide was telling us.

My friend with a guard. It felt like taking picture with one of those Buckingham Palace guards but in different uniforms.

My friend with a guard. It felt like taking picture with one of those Buckingham Palace guards but different uniforms.

Well I guess this is for day 2 part 1. It ended up a pretty long story for The Grand Palace experience solely. Then I hope I won’t be too lazy to write the next post about this day 2 event hahaha. I need to finish this trip’s posts before another trip come up anyway, teehee. Thank you for reading!😀

 
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