Exploring the Temples of Bangkok

A wedding in the northeast region of Thailand took my husband and I on an adventure to explore a new (to us!) part of Asia. We arrived in Bangkok shortly after the big flood of 2011, however little of the city appeared damaged and life seemed to be continuing as normal. In an effort to see as much as possible, we’re known for staying on our feet for the duration of a trip and our time in Bangkok was no exception. We visited the Grand Palace, Wat Arun, and Wat Pho.

Gardens at Grand Palace Bangkok
Detailed Shrubbery at Grand Palace Gardens
Bonsai Tree at Grand Palace Bangkok
Grand Palace Military Men
Grand Palace Temple Architecture
Gold Statue at Grand Palace Bangkok
Detailed Statue at Grand Palace Bangkok
People Praying at Grand Palace Bangkok
Pillars at Grand Palace in Bangkok
Monks Relaxing at Grand Palace Bangkok
Temple at Grand Palace
Visitor at Grand Palace Bangkok

We spent two days learning the layout of the city and riding the BTS Skytrain, which I highly recommend. The Bangkok Loft Inn is a nice, inexpensive hotel for budget travelers while for those wanting to splurge I recommend the newer Hansar Hotel. Both accommodations are near BTS stations for easy transportation. For eats, one can’t go wrong with Thai street food or the food court at Siam Paragon. For a trendier (and a bit more expensive) meal, head to Eat Me or Long Table.

Bangkok Tuk Tuk Driver
Traffic at Siam Paragon
Traditional Thai Attire at Wat Arun
Temple Detail at Wat Arun
Steps at Wat Arun
Steps Climbing Wat Arun
Stone Lions at Wat Arun
View From Wat Arun

Overall, soak in the culture and amazing architecture and statues. Listen to the monks and chimes at the Grand Palace, enjoy authentic Thai food, and take photos!


Bangkok Loft Inn
55 Somdet Phra Chao Taksin Rd.,
Bangyeerua, Thonburi, Bangkok
10600, Thailand
(+662) 862-0300

Hansar Hotel
3 Soi Mahadlekluang2, Rajdamri Road
Lumpini, Pathumwan, Bangkok
10330, Thailand
(+662) 209-1234

Helpful Hints

Thai people are a truly kind and welcoming group, but watch out for the tuk tuk drivers! Drivers are paid gas money by local shops to take you to them, despite your true destination! These side detours include Thai tailors, jewelry shops, and trinket stores. I recommend always settling on the fare amount before taking a taxi (or be sure the meter is working!).

Kallie Buckmaster is a wife, mother, and film photographer. She hails from Florida and is newly based in Seattle. You can often find her traveling around the world with her array of film cameras.

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