The Golden Palace is actually the Grand Palace in Bangkok, former seat of the Thai kings situated in the centre of the city. Today the king resided in another palace in Bangkok and the Grand Palace is open to visitors. If you happen to visit Bangkok it is definitely worth to see, the buildings are rich in art and covered in gold. There are a lot of people and you don’t have it for yourself, also the entrance fee is quite high but nonetheless a must see.
Impressions of Southern Thailand.
Photographed in November 2019 around Krabi and Phang Nag Bay.
Photographed in November 2019.
The streets of Bangkok are busy. The law of the strongest applies here and it does not favour pedestrians. Basically you just have to cross the street and hope for the best. The same applies to Tuk Tuks, small basically self made Taxis. There is a saying in Bangkok: “If you aren’t able to pass your driving exam, you drive Tuk Tuk!”. Still it’s part of the experience and definitely a nice way to get to know the city. Usually you have a Tuk Tuk for a whole day and it brings you to the major sights, just be careful if it seems to cheap (20 Bat), because then some drivers like to bring you to suit shops first to cash in some commission.
Thailand is a deeply spiritual country. Most of the inhabitants are Buddhists, though there is a significant Muslim population in the south of the country close to the border to Malaysia. Bangkok in particular is a very interesting place to discover Thai Buddhist temples, also called Wat. There are many forms of Buddha statues as well as depictions of demons to see and a lot of gold and colour in general.
The Buddhist Temples in Thailand are actually called “Wat” stemming from a Hindu word for enclosure. They are like sacral fortifications with monks living and praying in it. Many of them can be visited when showing respect and covering shoulders and legs. Sometimes you even get to know some monks and can have a talk with them, they are friendly and actually have a good sense of humour.