We got up early this morning to head straight to the grand palace. We got there around 10 and spent a good couple of hours there until about 1. When we got there, there were so many people and massive tour groups everywhere, it looked hectic! The palace cost 500 baht each and included going around all the grounds and entry to somewhere else that we didn't go to. We paid to hire an audio guide, which was so helpful! If we didn't have that we wouldn't really have found much out and it would have just been looking at a lot of very beautiful buildings! Most people there were only interested in the photos and not the history of the buildings.
It took us a couple of hours to walk around the whole palace grounds and see everything, taking all the information in. It was very interesting to learn all about it and we could hear about and definitely see the amount of wealth and money spent on these buildings. The emerald Buddha was the main attraction and it was kept in a very extravagant building laced in gold, mother of pearl and had murels covering every wall, which told different stories. It reminded us of a Buddha version of the cystine chapel.
The day at the palace was great, although very busy. It was worth the visit and the buildings were truly beautiful. After the palace we walked for a while and got lost, which wasn't great as our legs were killing! We eventually came back to the park near the palace and relaxed there for a while and had some nibbles. We went for another walk after and got lost again and ended up in what looked like the Bangkok ghetto! We found our way back to the park again and got some more nibbles and some coffee and waited for the sun to go down.
The park overlooked the canal and you could see all the boats of people going by. At half 5 the national orchestra band set up and began to play which was lovely. We sat and listened to the music and watched the sun go down behind the buildings on the other side of the river. It was the strangest sun set we had seen! The sun turned a very deep red/orange colour and was very large in the sky. It was beautiful!! Picture perfect and a great setting to watch it with the music in the background! Forgot we were in Bangkok whilst sat there!
Later we headed down to the next street next to kohsan road, where we had previously walked through the alley to get to. We found a nice restaurant that had a water feature and bamboo walls. We had crispy pork and soya sauce for starter, which was nice, a little bit fatty though. We both had a curry- nath had a yellow curry and I had a coconut curry, which both had chicken and potatoes in. Naths was quite spicy but mine was a bit like a watery korma. They were both so lovely!
After dinner we had a beer and walked back to our accommodation, sorted out our treat accommodation for my birthday and did a little research on the next places we were going! Going to Cambodia looked like it may be pretty difficult, but we had sorted accommodation and applied for our evisa, so fingers crossed! Plus the accommodation for my birthday looked very nice so that would be exciting after staying in hostels!