After a highly spiritual and soul-feeding time in the hills of Chiang Rai, we headed on to the last stop of our journey: Bangkok, Thailand’s exciting capital city. For our first day in Bangkok, we walked around the Old Town to see some of the country’s most important cultural treasures. Then, we indulged in a one-of-a-kind Bangkok foodie experience.
The Golden Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho
Bangkok Old Town, also known as Phra Nakhon, is the historic and cultural heart of Bangkok. Among the treasures you’ll find here are the Wat Pho temple complex and the Grand Palace. These two are adjacent of each other, with Wat Pho standing directly south of the Grand Palace.
Wat Pho is one of Thailand’s oldest and most sacred temples. It houses a golden reclining Buddha, the largest reclining Buddha statue in the world and one of the biggest Buddha statues in Thailand. The figure is nearly 50 feet high and more than 150 feet long. Of all the temples dedicated to Buddha in the country, Wat Pho is considered the most beautiful and definitely a must-see sight on your first day in Bangkok.
The Emerald Buddha at the Grand Palace
Right across Wat Pho is the Grand Palace. There we went to see the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, another sacred place in Bangkok and also known as Wat Phra Kaew. The emerald in this Buddha’s name actually refers to the statue’s rich green color; the statue itself is made of jasper and clothed in gold. When I went inside the temple to pray to the Emerald Buddha, I felt the vibration in the temple to be so high. This means there’s a lot of spiritual energy in there.
I’ve been to the Grand Palace many, many times to see the Emerald Buddha. However, this time was extremely magical. That’s because I got to take with me nine lives who have never been to Thailand before to visit one of the country’s most beautiful sites.
Another thing that makes this visit to the Grand Palace an unforgettable experience is there are a lot of people who have clearly traveled a long way just to pay their respects to the Buddha. They come from all walks of life—from the poorest people you could think of, to people who obviously have enough to share. It feels overwhelming, seeing all these people all in the same place, worshipping the same Buddha.
These temples are definitely some of the places that you just have to come and visit in Thailand.
A foodie experience at Greyhound and After You
After visiting Wat Pho and the Grand Palace and walking around Old Town, we got a tuktuk ride to Memorial Bridge across the Chao Phraya River. From there, we hopped on a boat, sailed along the river, hopped off at Iconsiam Shopping Mall, and had lunch at Greyhound Café.
Greyhound Café is one of my favorite places to eat. I make it a point to dine there whenever I’m in Bangkok. They specialize in fusion-style Thai food, and it has developed a reputation as a place where young Thais could hang out and have a great meal. Among the dishes we enjoyed at Greyhound Café are: salmon sashimi in chili lime sauce, chicken noodle wraps, and scallop pad Thai. We also had dry pork noodle bowl, Thai fusion seaweed salad, shrimp paste fried rice, and baked spinach with cheese and pork sausage.
And because a meal isn’t complete without dessert, we got our just desserts at After You Café. There, we indulged our sweet tooth with some Shibuya honey toast, mango sticky rice kakigori, strawberry cheesecake kakigori, among others.
And that’s our first day in Bangkok. Watch the episode here: https://bit.ly/NFSSeason2Ep21