(Wat Phra Kaew Bangkok – Temple of the Emerald Buddha)
Its easy to find loads of information online about this history of the palace and so on. So this blog post is to share with you some pictures and give you a couple of helpful tips!
First of all- go early! The earlier the better, this way you can avoid the afternoon sun and beat the crowds. Last entrance is at 3:30pm and so people are generally there earlier anyway- you need to beat these crowds! En route to the palace, we took the BTS skytrain (so easy, so clean and great AC!) and then we took the water taxi (so fun and its a nice cheap way of seeing the city!) We also made sure we stopped at plenty of stalls selling fresh fruit juice- YUM!
This palace was SO BUSY- stupidly got here in the afternoon (you can see why if you’ve read my post on Khao San road- I went here the previous night!)
It was so hot, and your legs and shoulders have to be covered to visit the palace.
Id recommend bringing something to cover you with you- the queues to hire something are pretty long and they are strict on dress code here.
You will need a couple of hours at the palace if you are walking around at a leisurely pace. I used the free brochure they give you to navigate round and read up on history- but if I ever do this again I would much prefer to have a guide. There isn’t much information available to read or see as you around- and I didn’t see any audio guides either.
Take water with you- and hold on to your bottle! There are lots of places where you can fill up your bottle with free filtered water- but if you don’t have a bottle there is no vessel for you to use!
I was so hot I also poured water on my face etc- it dried up very quickly!!
Make sure you see the Temple of the Emerald Buddha whilst you are there as well. And if you’re a silly tourist like me- don’t forget to pose with a guard!
Don’t rush to your next tourist sight after the palace- instead have a coconut ice cream and cool down for a bit. I guarantee you’ll need a short rest first!
You must visit the Palace in Bangkok… Weirdly Bangkok doesn’t have that many buildings or monuments to visit- so this one is a must!