Thailand – The land of Smiles

Thailand, an amazing country .. the place where I want to keep going again and again. The place to which I have developed a lovely connection to its places, people, food (even though I haven’t tasted that much), the nature and to the simplicity of the people there. What I like about the place is that the people there are so down to earth and simple and helpful and they always have a smile on their face while talking to them. They are all hardworking people and ready to help others too. Somehow I feel connected to this beautiful country.

I would start my sojourn in Thailand is from the capital city, Bangkok. It’s a bustling cosmopolitan city which has lots to offer in terms of sightseeing for the tourists. Everywhere you go, you would find tourists exploring the place along with you. Getting from the airport to your hotel in any area of the city is easy as they have taxis and buses to get you along and it is affordable also to explore the city. The first place where to go are the Wat Pho and Wat Arun temples. Wat Arun temple stand 79 meters tall and is named after Arun, the God of Dawn. The temple makes for an amazing view from the river when seen during the evening time when it is lit up fully. Wat Pho is situated on the other side of the river Chao Phraya river. It is a must visit site for a traveler as it is the place of the reclining Buddha. The whole statue is covered in gold leaf and there are 108 bowls on the side where you can donate coins. The temple complex has a vast garden and a souvenir shop too and a college on the campus.

bangkok-best-things-to-doThe Majestic @Wat Arun Temple. Source: Hotels.com

Interesting Bite: When i visited the temple, what I found interesting was that, you have to remove your footwear, keep them in a plastic bag and carry that plastic bag with you so that when you exit from the other side, you can have your footwear. This was different to what I am used to having in temples in India.

20160201_123743@Wat Pho

Next up is a boat ride which will take us from the temple to the other part of the city which is famous for shopping. Boat rides are a good way to beat the traffic in the city along with the BTS (Sky Trains). Thailand is considered to be one of the shopping havens and the things are cheaper compared to other parts of the world. That’s why people take out special time for shopping for various things in Bangkok. It is like they follow the motto of – Shop till you Drop. And the place for Shopping is Siam Area. It is the place where you will find many shopping malls comprising of luxury brands too. Some of those are the shopping hubs of Terminal 21 (for trendy), Emporium (for luxury), MBK shopping center (for bargains).

The one place which you cannot miss out on for shopping and even for food is Chatuchak Night Market. The market is home to more than 8,000 market stalls. On a typical weekend, more than 200,000 visitors come here to sift through the goods on offer. The only good (or consider it as a bad thing) is that you can get lost in those lanes in the market as you are so engrossed in looking around that times passes by so quickly and before you know it is time for you to go home.

Another place to visit which is near Siam area is called Erawan Shrine. The shrine itself is a four faced Brahma God and people flock there and lay floral garlands in the hope their wishes will come true. It is more popular than some of the temples also in the city.

16797149_10155816058509202_3417721022059545682_o@Erawan Shrine

The exciting trip of Bangkok will continue ahead in the next blog !! And there’s so much to see and experience in the capital city.

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