On our first full day in Bangkok, we joined up with some of our friends to do a guided tour of a few key sites around the city. It was just their family and ours, so it was a pretty personalized tour. I loved having a guide at the Grand Palace and the wats we visited because she was able to add context to the beauty we were seeing.
The van picked up our friends first (same family we traveled with in Hong Kong) and then came right to our hotel to get us. Our first stop on the tour was the Grand Palace and the Emerald Buddha Temple also called Wat Phra Kaew.
The Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha Temple are beautiful places, and I am glad my family had a chance to see them, but they were very crowded. I mean, it was ridiculously busy. I had been to these sites back in September, and they were no where near as busy as they were the day of our tour. In fact theEmerald Buddha Temple was so busy that I chose not to go in to see it. I wanted to keep Oliver out with me (I hate how people touch him so much in crowded settings), but he was adamant that he would see the Emerald Buddha. So Derek was Super Dad and fought the crowd with both kids to see the statue. Meanwhile, I stayed outside and talked with our guide and learned that the Emerald Buddha was carved over 2,000 years ago and has followed different rulers all over SE Asia.
The next stop on the tour was Wat Pho which is home to the giant, gold, reclining Buddha. It, too, was beyond crowded.
The canal tour was a great way to end the day. We got off the boat by a neighborhood temple and then were taken via the van back to our hotel. It was a nice tour, and our guide was kind and knowledgeable. We saw a lot of Bangkok and learned some history all while hanging out with friends. Very cool day!
Tour Company: Pandan Tour