Thailand, Bangkok Guide (B): A Day Tour of Bangkok

A Day Tour of Bangkok
My tour guide, Rat, met me at the airport last night and dropped me at my hotel, the Pathumwan Princess. The driveway was both guarded and barricaded. I had to pass through a metal detector at the doorway and a guard sanded my bag, I thought Thailand was supposed to be safe?!? The hotel was lovely. At check in, I received some sort of punch and was given a very nice room on a high floor. I had a great view of the city and of the ladies doing laps in the outdoor pool this morning.

Rat picked me up at 8am to start my tour around Bangkok. We started early to prepare for a hot and humid day. our first stop was the Grand Palace. Apparently all the tour companies shared the same idea as I shared the Grand Palace with approximately 1,000 Chinese tourists that traveled in groups of fifty. One group followed their leader carrying a pole with a teddy bear hanging from it so they wouldn’t get lost. It reminded me of a marathon pace setter running with a time placard pole.

Going from camping on deserted beaches to being surrounded by mobs of people was slightly unsettling to me. I knew there would be a lot of people in Asia, but I didn’t think a tourist attraction in midweek would be quite so busy…so I came up with a game…try to take a picture (not too close up) without a person in it. I was only mildly successful!

Construction of the Grand Palace began in 1782 and throughout successive reigns, many buildings were added. The Royal family lived at the palace until 1925. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: A Day Tour of Bangkok
Guide Location: Thailand » Bangkok
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Grand Palace   Wat Pho   National Thai Museum   Teakwood Mansion   Elephant Museum   Jim Thomson House   MBK   Pathumwan Princess  
Author: Elizabeth Bankhead
Read it on author's website: http://adventuresofacouchsurfer.com/2013/05/09/a-day-tour-of-bangkok-thailand/

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