It has been listed in Guinness Book of World Records as the longest place name in the world with its full name,
Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit
or in Thai,
กรุงเทพมหานคร อมรรัตนโกสินทร์ มหินทรายุธยา มหาดิลกภพ นพรัตนราชธานีบูรีรมย์ อุดมราชนิเวศน์มหาสถาน อมรพิมานอวตารสถิต สักกะทัตติยวิษณุกรรมประสิทธิ์
In English, it means,
“The city of angels, the great city, the residence of the Emerald Buddha, the impregnable city of God Indra, the grand capital of the world endowed with nine precious gems, the happy city, abounding in an enormous Royal Palace that resembles the heavenly abode where reigns the reincarnated god, a city given by Indra and built by Vishnukarn.”
It may have the longest city name in the world but we simply call it, BANGKOK. Bangkok is the capital of the Kingdom of Thailand and is the largest city in the country. It is vibrant, and the most visited city.
I’ve got the chance to explore this city since I have listed this country as one of the countries I would love to visit. Its written at no. 5.
List of Countries that I Would Love to Visit
I arrived in the Kingdom of Thailand thru the Aranyaprathet point of entry by crossing the border from Poipet, Cambodia. The bus ride was tiring but it was totally worth it. Almost everything was great and amazing. All I can say is I like the city as a first impression and based on what I have experienced on my first day and night in Bangkok, it sure is a great city to explore and live. On my first night, I had a ride on the BTS or Skytrain from Phrom Phong station going to Siam station interchanged to Silom line to get to the National Stadium. In the National Stadium, I hailed a tuktuk which was different from what I saw in Cambodia. Here, the tuktuk is a well-powered vehicle. It even ran faster than a car. Thru tuktuk, I got to Khaosan Road which is famous backpacker ghetto. During nighttime, the streets turned into bars and music played loud, food vendors sold barbecued insects and exotic snacks for tourists. Here, you can find a lot of travelers. You can see them drinking, merrymaking, story telling, dancing, eating, partying and all. It was just wild but very enjoyable. I went there just to dine in and try some Thai cuisine. As what I have mentioned from my previous post, I went to Tom Yung Kung Restaurant and I never had the guts to try those creepy scorpions, crickets, spiders and other insects to eat. Not even if I were offered a hundred dollar to taste it. Just leave it to the food addicts.
My first BTS ride
Khaosan Road during night
Tom Yung Kung Restaurant
Tom Yung, a Thai cuisine
After I had my dinner, I went back to the hotel to have a good sleep. When the sun came up, I was greeted with this astounding view from the balcony of my condominium room which was at 43rd floor.
Then after freshening up, I went down to have some breakfast at YOLO cafe which was just few minutes away from the hotel. What better to start the day than having a heavy breakfast of bacon, sausage and eggs sandwich with some orange juice.
Wall painting at YOLO cafe
Bacon, Sausage and Eggs sandwich
When I had a full stomach, the day of touring Thailand started. First on the itinerary was the Grand Palace and the Temple of Emerald Buddha. Getting there, I passed by Democracy Monument.
Democracy Monument is a public monument in the centre of Bangkok. It is erected in a traffic circle in Ratchademnoen Klang road. It used to commemorate the Siamese coup d’etat when Thailand was still known as the Kingdom of Siam from a constitutional monarchy.
We also passed by a religious centre, San Lak Mueang. It is also called as the Bangkok City Pillar Shrine.
Bangkok City Pillar Shrine
San Lak Mueang (Bangkok City Pillar Shrine)
Random shot near Bangkok City Pillar Shrine
Random shot near Bangkok City Pillar Shrine
Bangkok City Pillar Shrine is one of the most ancient, sacred, and magnificent pillar shrines in Thailand. It was believed that people who took a bow and paid their respects at this sacred place would achieve prosperity and fulfillment in their career, avoid misfortune, and improve their luck, power, and prestige. The shrine is in the heart of Bangkok, just opposite the Grand Palace and close to the Ministry of Defense.
Just few metres away from this shrine is the famous tourist attraction in Bangkok, the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Though there is an admission fee but it’s worth the money. You need to pay 500 THB (Thailand Baht) per person and it is open everyday from 0830H to 1530H except if it used for special occasions. It may sound expensive but along with the ticket for the Grand Palace and the temple, it also includes entrance ticket to Vimanmek Mansion Museum and the Pavilion of Regalia, Royal Decorations and Coins. Oops, I forgot to inform that there is a strict dress code for visiting the Grand Palace. Since the Temple of the Emerald Buddha is Thailand’s most sacred site. Visitors and tourists alike must dress properly before being allowed entry in the temple. Males must wear long pants and shirts with sleeves and no tank tops. If you’re wearing sandals or flip-flops, you must wear socks, in other words, no bare feet. Women must be dressed properly as well. No see-through clothes, sleeveless and the like. If you show up at the front gate improperly dressed, there is a booth near the entrance gate that can provide clothes to cover you up properly. It’s just that you must leave your passport or credit card as security.
View outside the gate
Too much tourists again in the Outer Court
Instructions with regard to the tickets
Entrance Ticket for Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew and Vimanmek Mansion Museum
Pavilion of Regalia, Royal Decorations and Coins ticket
Entrance Gate to Grand Palace
1 ticket = 1 guidebook
I took a guidebook or a tourist map of the Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha. But I forgot to bring it with me. I left it in the hotel and never saw it again. Anyway, I will just post the pictures I got and label those if I can still remember the name of the buildings.
Welcoming View of the Temple of the Emerald Buddha
Amazing intricate details
Wat Phra Kaew or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha
Guardians of the Temple is what I called them
Wat Phra Kaew
Wat Phra Kaew or Temple of the Emerald Buddha as what I have mentioned is regarded as the most sacred temple in the Kingdom of Thailand. I have read that the Emerald Buddha will bring prosperity and has been named as the protector of the country. Fact is the Emerald Buddha is not made of emerald gemstone, it is made up of jade but since it has the same color as the emerald. Then, it kept its name as an Emerald Buddha.
Changing of Guards
Meanwhile the Grand Palace is a complex of buildings with its awesome design. Its grandiose exterior will leave you in awe. I am not sure if the king lives here but I can see that it was heavily guarded. It also has lawns and courtyards and even a museum at the lower ground. It sure was a great place to take some photos.
It was scorching hot but I never stop from wandering around the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. In fact, after I was done there. I walked all the way to Wat Pho and passed by Ministry of Defense.
Ministry of Defense
Few minutes later with my shirt almost soaked with sweat, I got to the Temple of the Reclining Buddha or Wat Pho. Admission fee is for 100THB (Thailand Baht). The temple opens from 0830H to 1830H daily. Visitors are requested to be dressed properly and appropriately upon entering. They should also pay respect and are requested not to destroy historical place and ambience as what the back side of the ticket instructs.
Reminders to Tourists
Wat Pho grounds
Wonderful Wat Pho
Temple of the Reclining Buddha
Manmade waterfall in Wat Pho
Well, Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimonmangklararm Rajwaramahaviharn or in short Wat Pho is the birthplace of traditional Thai massage. It is one of the largest and oldest wats in Bangkok city. Sadly, I didn’t spend more time in this temple since I had an emergency and I needed to come back to the hotel right away. The reason that I never got the chance to take pictures of the reclining Buddha and have some Thai massage. Yet anyway, I still enjoyed looking at the many stupas in Wat Pho grounds.
As a summary, a day has finished touring the capital city of the Kingdom of Thailand. It was interesting, educating, and I can say that the longest city name in the world has never failed to amaze me and I felt like, I simply love Bangkok. I wouldn’t doubt that one of these days, I’ll be coming back there.