I didn’t sleep well and was awake early probably due to still being on Hawaiian time. I did some research on what to do as I didn’t really have plans for my day in Bangkok. I knew I needed to go buy a train ticket for the overnight train but otherwise wasn’t sure what I was doing.
I headed to the MTR to go to Hua Lamphong which is the Bangkok Railway Station. I went and bought my ticket for the overnight train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. I planned to use a credit card to pay for the ticket but the machine was broken. I had the cash on me 881 baht or about $25 USD. This is for a train ride that lasts about 13 hours and is set up as a sleeper car.
After I had my train ticket I took my bag to the left luggage location as I was going to go explore Bangkok. First I took a taxi to the Grand Palace. It was still early about 9:30 am but it was very crowded already. The Palace is very beautiful, lots of gold, gorgeous tiles and many Buddha statues.
It was also very hot this day so I kept trying to hide in buildings. From here I walked to the National Museum. As I was trying to find something to do that was inside as it was very sunny and hot. The Museum ended up being in a variety of buildings. Some indoors, some outdoors, some with just fans, and a few with air conditioning. The Royal chariots were massive and gorgeous. There were several areas that were closed and under construction.
By this point I was starving and ready for lunch. As I was leaving the museum I noticed the sky looked very dark and areas had an orange color. A storm was on it’s way.
I started walking towards Wat Pho which was my next destination figuring I would find food along the way. I go into a place and ordered crispy pork and rice. It starts pouring and thunderstorming.
Of course it did as I neglected to bring an umbrella or rain gear with me today. I finish my food and head out into the rain. Of course it decided to rain heavier so I stop and stand under an awning of a store that’s under construction. Eventually someone from inside let several of us inside as it’s raining sideways and very heavily and rain gear isn’t much help.
It slows down some so I head out but then gets heavier again. I step inside what I think is a market. It ends up being a small port for ferry and other boats. I decided to take a boat over to Wat Po. I could have walked but the one stop on the boat kept me out of the rain.
It’s still raining but not as much so I buy an umbrella and head to Wat Pho. It has a reclining Buddha. It was pretty empty I’m guessing because of the rain. The weather also cooled off a lot which was good.
After this I get a tuk tuk to China Town. I have a few hours yet before my train leaves. So I wander around through the market and area. I find another temple that’s grounds are still open but is closed for the day. I then walk to the train station. I grab some food and snacks and drinks. I also get my bag that I left at the station sit and wait for my train to arrive.