On 11-July-2018, at 6:00 AM, we landed in Bangkok, travelling from Bangalore. We got visa on arrival. We were in our Hotel – Hilton, Sukhumvit Soi 24 – by around 10:00 AM. We could not check in as the check in time was 3:00 PM. So, we left our luggage at the Hotel after refreshing ourselves and set out to visit the Grand Palace.
We picked up sandwiches and milk from the nearby 7Eleven store. Then, we went to the Phrom Phong Metro Station and bought tickets to Siam Station. The ticket cost 33 Bahts each. We got down at Siam station and again bought tickets for the Saphan Taksin station. This cost 37 Bahts each. We took the train to Saphan Taksin and got down at the station.
At the station, we found a ticket counter for buying tickets for boat rides. We bought tickets in Hop-On Hop-Off Boat for a full day at 180 Bahts each. Then, we walked to the Sathon Pier.
Outside the Sathon Pier, there is a resting place. We sat there for some time and had our sandwiches and milk.
Then we walked to the Pier. Here our temporary tickets were replaced with the permanent tickets. We had to wait for our boat to arrive. There is ample place to sit and relax for the boat to arrive.
We sat on the roof of the boat. Not all the boats have seating arrangement on the roof. So, we were lucky.
We reached the Maharaj Pier. We got off here to go to the Grand Palace.
From Maharaj Pier, we had to walk about 100 meters to reach the main road. Then we had to walk another 1 KM to reach the entrance of the Grand Palace. The path is marked and there are indicator all over.
There are lots of Police Men and Police Women on the way. The Police check the attire of each person. If the attire is not proper, they stop the tourist from entering the Grand Palace. There are shops here from where appropriate attire can be hired.
We also had to pass through Metal Detector.
Passing through the entrance, one can see the Symbol Of Thailand on the left. We stopped here to take photographs.
We walked down further along the alley to reach the ticket counter. We bough tickets for 500 Bahts each.
After buying the tickets, we walked down a alley to reach the entrance to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. At this entrance, our tickets were checked. We had to pass through Meta Detector.
Here I found a major difference with the rules in Indian Monuments. Inside Grand Palace, Smoking is prohibited. However, I was not stopped from carrying my Cigarette Packets and Lighter. However, if anyone of caught Smoking in the Grand Palace, the fine is 2000 Bahts.
There is whole section where there are painting of different events of Ramayana.
One is not allowed to take photographs inside the Temple of Emerald Buddha. However, by mistake Deepshree clicked one photographs before we entered the Temple. I told her the rules and she did not take any more photographs here.
We spent about 2 hours inside the Temple of Emerald Buddha. Once you come out of the exit gate, you cannot enter this place with the same ticket. You would need to buy fresh tickets.
Once outside the Temple of Emerald Buddha, we were in the other part of the Grand Palace where there are the administrative offices and residences.
We came out of the Grand Palace and walked back to the Maharaj Pier. We were both hungry and I need to take care of eating timings of Deepshree as she is diabetic. We found a S&P Restaurant at Maharaj Pier.
Deepshree ordered sandwiches while I ordered Grilled Salmon and Rice.
Then we some photographs at this location.
Soon our boat arrived at the Pier. We boarded the boat and returned to Sathon Pier. From there we travelled by Metro to Hilton. When we arrived at Hilton, we were given our room.