As the heat rose above 90 degrees by 9 a.m the lines formed around the Grand Palace for citizens to pay their respects to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Dressed in all black and only umbrellas to shield the ever rising sun, people were ready to spend hours waiting in line to pray for their king.
Within the Grand Palace walls are many temples (wats) where people are free to roam. The perfectly manicured grounds butt up against wats that are beautifully ornate, made with ceramic tile that shine in the sun.
Long-tail boat tours in the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok are a unique way of seeing how the people of Bangkok, rich and poor, live pushed up against each other and the waterway. These long slender boats with huge engines lead visitors through narrow waterways to secluded temples on the water and floating markets.
Thailand is known for some incredible cuisine and we couldn't pass up a midnight food tour. We were brought to 5 different restaurants serving local staples and a rooftop bar for drinks. The food was incredible and a great was to taste the local cuisine as well as see the city. Below is a video I threw together of the experience.