Today is the first day of any official Avalon tours, the company running the river cruise. Our tour guide, Guide Bank (yes), spends some anxious moments attempting to explain that he was supposed to pick us up on Thursday but had the flight number 515 which was cancelled. We explained that we had told our agent that the flight number was changed to 519 back in November and had been told by email that she had changed it with the company in Bangkok. We'll see but we want compensation for paying for our own transportation.
We meet three other couples that will be with us. Seems the rest of the passengers are starting in Cambodia.
Bangkok was an add on.
The couples are:
After another luxurious breakfast, we were planning to skip lunch as the tour was advertised as morning. I have used the tour outline (in italics) as my basis below, changing the order as required.
Photos are straight from our cameras, not enough time to photoshop!
First stop the TEMPLE OF THE RECLINING BUDDHA, the oldest and largest Buddhist temple in Bangkok. It houses more than 1,000 Buddha images, including the 49-foot-high and 151-foot-long massive Reclining Buddha.
Wat (Buddist temple) Pho is known also as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, its official name is Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangkhlaram Ratchaworamahawihan (Thai: วัดพระเชตุพนวิมลมังคลารามราชวรมหาวิหาร). The temple is also known as the birthplace of traditional Thai massage.
As you enter.
OK it is our first temple but WOW!!! Can I say they only got better in Bangkok?? I will post lots more of this temple.
Stop at the stunning GRAND PALACE, featuring the TEMPLE OF THE EMERALD BUDDHA.
It is Saturday and this is PACKED with tourists. Proper attire is mandatory the attendants will yank you out of the line and you are provided with free clothes to cover up. You are packed together and the guide warned us that the Chinese and Koreans will be very pushy LOL.
Looks peaceful, deceiving.
The Grand Palace is a complex of buildings at the heart of Bangkok. The palace has been the official residence of the Kings of Siam(and later Thailand) since 1782. The king, his court and his royal government were based on the grounds of the palace until 1925. The present monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX), currently resides at Chitralada Palace, but the Grand Palace is still used for official events. Several royal ceremonies and state functions are held within the walls of the palace every year.
A palace guard, on duty, opens the gate for a car.