a glimpse of thailand in bangkok

We arrived in Bangkok, Thailand late at night and my first glimpse of the city was from our hotel room.

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Ready to explore, we headed out on a “taxi” tuk tuk to see the sights.

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First stop was the Grand palace, which was crawling with tourists and pilgrims making their way to the temple during the Thai New Year.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  There were so many people here that I have since made a point to always check if there are any potential national holidays before booking a trip!

The royals used to live here:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  but this is mostly used for official royal events these days.  It’s so beautiful here!.

Next to the palace is the complex for the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  Filled with gold, religious shrines/sculptures, and vibrant designs, these are some of the most beautiful temples I have ever seen.  Check out all these roof tops!

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After the temple, we took boat ride down the Chao Phraya River

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Along the river, there are temples and religious shrines:

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Some people live along the river OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA,

farm there OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA,

and even have markets there!  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

During the Thai New Year, one of the traditions is to throw water at one another to cleanse you for the start of the new year.  Unfortunately, this made our boat ride very wet!

And what kind of trip to Asia would it be if there wasn’t a full day devoted to shopping!?!?  The most famous place to shop in Thailand has got to be the Chatuchak Weekend Market.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  They have everything here from house goods to souvenirs to clothes to food.  It’s incredible and overwhelming all at the same time!  It’s so amazing that guidebooks and websites even include maps to help you out!

While all the sightseeing was fun, the best memories for me from Bangkok will always be the food

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and the spa

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Have fun!

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