So you have got one day in Bangkok and want to make most out of it. One day is not enough to explore any city but visiting major attractions is possible.That was the plan for the day and agenda was to visit Grand Palace and if time permits explore rest of the city. I reached Bangkok almost midnight and had to leave next evening, thus having a total of 21 hours in Bangkok.
I started early in the morning towards Grand Palace and after stepping out from hotel, I could see bunch of tourists going in a direction which was no other than that of Grand Palace. After walking for some distance, I could see Tourist Information Center from where I got a map of city which explained that Grand Palace is not very far. There is a very popular scam that happens around Grand Palace specially near motor boat tour starting point. If you ask for direction then the person will tell you that palace is closed today or it will open in afternoon. Luckily I had read about this scam beforehand and when one of the person said the same thing, bell rang instantly :).
Grand Palace is a complex of buildings which was used by King till 1925.You need to dress modestly inside palace and at entry gate they will even provide clothes or stop you from entering if not dressed appropriately. There is an audio guide available which is a combination of headphone and audio tapes explaining the palace and a good company if you are a solo traveler. The entry fees for palace is 500 Baht and is open from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Grand palace is a huge area with beautiful architectural buildings all around. It’s the most famous place in Bangkok and is very crowded all the time. The walls of palace are painted with mythological paintings and showing connections with Ramayana in India. There is also a temple inside the palace complex.
Walls Of Palace
There is also a museum displaying history of Thai Kingdom. King is highly respected in Thailand and laws are very strict against any disparaging comments against king. As a travelers it is best to stay away from any such remarks.
You will need few hours to see the palace completely. Once you are outside you can go to souvenirs shops on the other side of road. There is a huge open garden near the palace called ‘The Royal Field’ and is a perfect place for relaxing in Bangkok’s humid weather.
After taking rest you can head towards motor boat ride. Motor boats are an important mode of transport in Bangkok. There are different lines like Orange, Blue etc which are differentiated by no. of stops and the frequency. The type of boat is determined by the flag on the boat. Tickets can be bought at the counter or on the boat itself. These motor boats can take you from one part of city to another very quickly and are also a good experience to ride in river inside city.
Motor Boat Station
After exploring the city by motor boat plus on foot combination, I returned to hotel. It was evening by now and time to depart back to India. It was a long tiring but wonderful day. The entry gate to Thailand was interesting for one day and deserves a revisit in future.