Many said that your visit in Bangkok Thailand will never be complete if you fail to visit the magnificent, dazzling & spectacular GRAND PALACE. In Thai it is called PHRA BOROM MAHA RATCHA WANG or the Lord's Supreme, Great, Royal Palace. It is a complex of buildings that served as the official residence of the Kings of Thailand from the 18th century onwards. Not only was it the official residence of the King and his court but also the entire administrative seat of government. Our tour guide said that presently the King of Thailand no longer resides at the Grand Palace but the complex remained the seat of power and spiritual heart of Thailand since it also houses the renowned Temple of the Emerald Buddha.
Pool of tourist flock like in a pilgrimage. It's a good thing that vendors are off limits in this area, only tourist with or without a tour guide is allowed to enter and explore the place. One thing nice being on the guided tour, the tour guide was the ones who queue for the entrance tickets, we just waited to be called. The tour guide gave us the background about the Grand Palace and also try to answer my questions. Again, there's only me & my mom on this tour.
I've watched the movie "Anna & the King"so many times, I have to have a DVD copy of the movie. It was a story about a King of Siam who hired an English teacher to educate his children. The movie may not have given an accurate information about Siam/Bangkok since it was a fiction based on the life of a Siam King but looking at the buildings inside the complex made the scenes in the movie come to life :) This place is a must visit when you go to Bangkok Thailand.
This was just a half day tour so we ask the tour guide to drop us at MBK Mall. My mom and I took our lunch there, the best so far, then work our way to the many stalls around offering different things. Like Platinum Mall the prices are cheap and negotiable. I always make it a point to bargain for about 50% until we agree to a 30-25% discount. I'm really learning how to haggle and hoping I will be able to do it like a pro ha ha ha ha. The game here is really to haggle hard, when the discount was very small leave the store and you'll find other vendors lure you to theirs. When being asked for the price you like always ask for a 50% cut until you agree to 25% which was good enough =)
Our flight back to Manila was at midnight, so I arranged for a late checkout with the hotel. While waiting, I tried the Thai massage. Indeed it was really good, all the pain in my body are gone. Our luggages were ready, we took the taxi and headed for the airport.