From the big glass window, the sunrise shined to our room. My son was having his milk on the bed while we were preparing the breakfast. For early riser like us, having early breakfast in the room is always convenient.
The main agenda for that day was Grand Palace Visit. Quite convenient, we took Skytrain to BTS Saphan Taksin Station and took Exit 2. It was about 5mins walk to the Chao Phraya Express Boat Sathorn Pier. We wanted to purchase return ticket, but the person at the counter told us it can be bought at the respective pier, which was true and no hustle. Our boat ride just to one destination for the Grand Palace, we didn’t choose to visit all of the Wats because it is common to us. In Malaysia there are number of Wats since there are more than 40,000 Malaysian Siamese mostly in Perak, Perlis, Kedah and Kelantan.
The boat was huge, open air and gave us full view of both sides of the river. The water was murky but many fishes can be seen playing at the surface. They’re large, probably catfish. A plump tourist guide with microphone explained to us about the river. The name of the boat company was taken from the river, Chao Phraya. As I read in the internet, the tourist guide cautioned us to be careful with this infamous scam nearby Grand Palace, where a man will tell the Grand Palace is closed and offer his Tuk Tuk to other interesting places which actually gemstone/retail shop – they will force to buy at very expensive price. Fortunately, we did not encounter that.
Instead of Tha Chang Pier, our stop was at Supathra River House. From there it was 7mins walk to the Grand Palace where we passed stalls selling religious goods. Quite unusual, the stalls also were selling dentures. We bought ticket at the counter there before getting in.
It was hot and crowded so the visit at Wat Phra Kaew was short. My son can’t bear the heat and he was crying. So we walked to Phra Thinang Chakri Maha Prasat. It was less hot there since it was under the shadow of the Throne Hall. The building is beautiful, a blend of European and Thais. My son stopped crying and he had a photo with the Royal guard there. At Grand Palace, that area is our favorite.
We noticed at our ticket the visit was included with visit to Pavilion of Royal Regalia, Royal decoration and coins. The place is near to the entrance to Wat Phra Kaew, so we walked to where we began. Before we reached to the exhibit, an old Turkish lady gave Salam to us. From the Salam, we started to chat. Seeing me carrying my son in baby carrier, she thought my wife is the breadwinner and I’m just a house husband. It is indifferent to the past, where in the past generally only woman played role in raising child while the man mainly focus on how to earn for the family. Now, it is common for man to heavily involve in taking care of the child and not uncommon for woman to work. We ended our chat, with Salam and the Turkish lady, Fatma Meral, gave a card she made by her own. We continued our walk to the exhibit nearby.
At the Pavilion of Royal Regalia, we saw a lot of exhibits. My wife seemed to enjoy reading about the sword, coins and learning about all of the Royal Collection, while I enjoyed the most being in air-conditioned. It was weird, because my wife not really into museum while I love museum.
From Grand Palace, we had lunch at Pier21 before resting at the room.
That night, I was thinking to try something different. Based on pictures at the internet, it looks like a haunted mall. The place is Mansion 7. From our place, we took MRT to Huai Kwang Station and walked out at Exit 1. We walked about 5 minutes to get to the Mansion 7. I was expecting for shopping experience but the major attraction of the place is the Dark Mansion, a haunted house. There were several restaurants, bars and few stalls. We checked out the souvenir shop but nothing to buy. Anyhow, the place achieved to be in eerie with their decoration. My wife suggested trying the Dark Mansion and she will wait but I didn’t dare to get inside alone.
So we went back to Terminal 21 for shopping and had dinner at Manhattan fish market restaurant before resting at the room.