Bangkok, Thailand: A 1 Day Tour

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. 

The army of Thailand and people heading to the shrine of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

The army of Thailand and people heading to the shrine of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Mourner heading to the Grand Palace to pay respects to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Mourner heading to the Grand Palace to pay respects to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

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. 

Yaksha statues are guardians of the gates in Buddhist temples.

Yaksha statues are guardians of the gates in Buddhist temples.

Trimming the hedges.

Trimming the hedges.

Northeast view of the Grand Palace. 

Northeast view of the Grand Palace. 

Sam and Mike admiring the intricate detail of the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.

Sam and Mike admiring the intricate detail of the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.

Temple of the Emerald Buddha.

Temple of the Emerald Buddha.

The mosaic tiles of the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.

The mosaic tiles of the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.

Ceramic roof tiles and the manicured lawn and hedges.

Ceramic roof tiles and the manicured lawn and hedges.

Ceramic roof tiles on a wat.

Ceramic roof tiles on a wat.

Keeping the grounds clean.

Keeping the grounds clean.

Royal Palace.

Royal Palace.

Reclining Buddha.

Reclining Buddha.

Chelsea in a corridor of a wat.

Chelsea in a corridor of a wat.

Sam and Mike in from of the Reclining Buddha.

Sam and Mike in from of the Reclining Buddha.

Tuk Tuk driver, the common taxi transport of Thailand.

Tuk Tuk driver, the common taxi transport of Thailand.

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. 

The massive engine on the long-tail boat.

The massive engine on the long-tail boat.

Worker waves in a long-tail boat.

Worker waves in a long-tail boat.

View from a long-tail boat.

View from a long-tail boat.

Water taxi.

Water taxi.

A home on the water and the owners personal boat.

A home on the water and the owners personal boat.

Porch overhanging the rivers edge.

Porch overhanging the rivers edge.

Feeding huge catfish bread loafs in the Chao Phraya River of Bangkok.

Feeding huge catfish bread loafs in the Chao Phraya River of Bangkok.

Wat on the water.

Wat on the water.

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.