Rattanakosin is Bangkok’s historic center and it is home to the city’s most notable landmarks. Interestingly enough, Bangkok’s historic center is actually quite a distance away from all the hotel chains and shopping malls. In fact, it can’t even be reached by the metro or public transport. I ended up having to hire a tuk-tuk to transport me to this area. Although tuk-tuk rides are a bit dizzying, I really think it’s the fastest and funnest way to get around in Thailand.
It’s summer year-round in Bangkok, so I took this chance to wear my favourite leather sandals from Jack Wills. I purchased them in DC three years ago but they’re still holding on in great condition. During hot weather I often exhaust my leather sandals because they are comfortable to wear and they add some edginess to any look. East Dane has recently stocked up on some new leather sandals and I am considering to pick up a new pair for when the heat wave hits Hong Kong.
The Grand Palace is Bangkok’s must-see attraction. This was truly a sight to behold as every inch of the palace had stunning details. However, I had a hard time capturing the magnificence of this place, since there were way too many tourist and my 17mm lens just wasn’t wide enough to entirely fit any of the buildings in.
I made the mistake of not packing any long pants with me to Bangkok. I completely forgot that some religious sites refuse entrance to visitors who are wearing shorts. Fortunately, there was a pant rental service at the Grand Palace that saved me from wasting my trip.
I was advised by travel websites that Bangkok’s most legitimate and delicious Pad Thai can be found in Rattnakosin at a restaurant called Thip Samai Phad Thai. I definitely agree with these positive reviews, as I loved their egg-wrapped Pad Thai so much that I had two plates.