Started Our Culture Tour
We started this morning with a trip across the canal in a ferry. When we got across we boarded another boat to take us up the canal to the pier for the Grand Palace Grounds. After we arrived at our pier grabbed a picnic breakfast by stopping various vendors to pick up food and drink and then sitting there and eating it.
Grand Palace Temple – Royal Culture
We headed to the Grand Palace grounds. It was very crowded. We walked around through the temple area. There were several areas roped off because there had many mourners coming through to pay their respects to the late king. Also, there some type of ceremony taking place later in the day to honor the prince. You could only walk past the palace area. The amount of people was a bit overwhelming.
Museum Siam – Culture Almost
We decided to skip the other Wat planned for the day because of crowds and heat. We thought we would take Lily to the interactive museum. But it turned out that it is currently closed for renovations. There did have a couple of free exhibits to look at on the grounds. The one was about Thailand’s own economic collapse that occurred approximately 1995. It was interesting to see how some of the Thai responses mirrored our own response to the economic downturn in the US. The other was about invention and the inspiration. I loved some of the quotes that could be found on the wall.
Err Urban Rustic Thai – Food Culture
We stopped for a wonderful late lunch at Err Urban Rustic Thai. We order several dishes and then shared them around the table. After our meal, they brought a little basket of candies to share.
Bangkok Art & Culture Centre – Art Culture
I am never sure where you are allowed to take pictures in an art museum so I didn’t take any. Their building is 8 stories of art, art-related shops, student art, etc. It is a living place to appreciate art. It was interesting to see students meeting with their tutors, people sketching, and young people just hanging out. It was interesting to look out and see all the Skytrain tracks and the coming rain. The rain was really intense for a while.
Taking the Skytrain – Commuter Culture
We took the Skytrain back and it was again another very crowded situation. Kind of nice to get back to our room and chill out for the evening.