We arrived in Bangkok, Thailand late at night and my first glimpse of the city was from our hotel room.
Ready to explore, we headed out on a “taxi” tuk tuk to see the sights.
First stop was the Grand palace, which was crawling with tourists and pilgrims making their way to the temple during the Thai New Year.
The royals used to live here:
Next to the palace is the complex for the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.
After the temple, we took boat ride down the Chao Phraya River
Along the river, there are temples and religious shrines:
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.
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
and the spa