I’m trying to avoid picture vomit, but it’s pretty hard to do with SOO many amazing and beautiful things everywhere I go. I CAN’T believe it’s already week 3 because the days have just been going by so fast and I’ve been enjoying every minute of it. I don’t know how many times I’ve already said that, but Thailand and Thammasat University and all the faculty and colleagues have been treating me so well that I’m no where near ready to leave yet.
We’ll only have one week left in Bangkok after this weekend before we head off to Mae Sot near the Thailand/Myanmar border to begin our fieldwork, which I’m super excited about, but at the same time, I want to use up every chance I can get exploring Bangkok. Our campus is actually in Rangsit, which is still quite the drive away from Bangkok, but with the shuttles on campus it’s been pretty convenient going to the city to do some exploring.
Obviously being in Bangkok we had to visit the most popular tourist destination, which is The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha)! It’s a famous landmark of this beautiful city. Many of the popular tourist spots here require entrance fees, but it’s free for Thais-we actually just received our student ID cards earlier last week and it luckily got us in for free! For adults, the entrance fee is usually 500 baht, so we saved a good amount of lunch money here. (Update: my friends tried to go yesterday and for some reason they weren’t let in so I can’t say for sure that this rule applies to all exchange students.)
Anyways, temples are everywhere in Thailand, and it’s always amazing looking at how beautifully decorated they all are.
Beautiful roomie Jess looking flawless and sparkly. (Also, the chedis around the temples make for really good backgrounds.)
You’ll also be able to find the Emerald Buddha at Wat Phra Kaew, which houses a Buddha statue carved entirely from a block of jade. (Unfortunately, no pictures allowed, but it’s better seeing it in person anyways.)
Everything is just so sparkly and colorful and I’m just amazed at how ornately designed all the details are.
Giving a wai, which is the formal Thai greeting commonly used as a sign of respect. We typically “wai” when greeting our ajarns (professors) and any other elderly people, but here at the temple all the Chinese tourists were just posing with the “wai” left and right so we did it too.
So many beautiful colors and patterns.
Note for ladies: be sure to cover up your knees, no tight leggings, and keep your shoulders covered (this attire generally applies for all temples you visit in Thailand).
If you walk a little further away from Wat Phra Kaew, you’ll come to this beautiful royal palace which is used for ceremonial purposes.
A view of Phra Thinang Dusit Maha Prasat.
Heading out to explore the rest of the city!