Our last day in Thailand was spent in the frenzy city of Bangkok. We had one more wat to see, the Wat Phra Kaew.
Incidentally, we visited the wat on New Year’s day, and normally the entrance fee for foreigners is 350 bhat per person. However, given that the Thais celebrate New Year’s day by visiting the temple, the wat was open to everyone for free that day. So instead of paying 350 bhat per person, J and I only spent 30 bhat each to rent a long pair of pants and a sarong, respectively. Score!
The Emerald Buddha is housed in the central temple, however, photos of the buddha were forbidden. That didn’t seem to stop some people from snapping away. Unlike the guards at the Louvre who could care less if people were taking pictures of the Mona Lisa, the guards at the wat were quick to reprimand offenders. Looking back, I should have just pulled a “MC-at-the-Galleria-dell’Accademia-taking-a-forbidden-picture-of-David”. What’s the worst that could happen? Having my camera confiscated? Not a chance.
With our 10-day trip to Thailand nearing an end, J and I both agreed that we would not be visiting SE Asian anytime soon. So imagine my delight when I saw this mini replica of the Angkor Wat located within the temple grounds.
With the wat out of the way, we were on to more pressing issues…food! By the end of our 2-week Asia trip, I was done with asian food, and I just wanted some good old juicy American hamburger. Unfortunately, that was not to be. However, we did see a Krispy Kreme in the Siam Paragon Mall.