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Monday, August 18, 2008

Bangkok’s Sanam Chandra Palace.

With the opportunity to travel to Bangkok for the second time this year, I was intent on visiting the floating market and to at least one of the Royal Palace, which I missed on the first trip.
However, in the almost 2 weeks in Bangkok, I only got to visit the Sanam Chandral Palace due to time constraints with other more important commitments.
The Palace is indeed an impressive place, literally fit for a King.
The main architecture style being uniquely Thai with some unavoidable European influence on some buildings.
As a foreigner, the admittance fee is Baht 300, it’s free for Thais.

I was rather impressed with the Palace Guard’s unique marching style, where every two steps taken, the right hand is swing forward at a 90° angle.

Do take note that there are plenty of opportunists outside the palace area preying on innocent tourist. I fell for one scam where an old lady was giving packets of corn to feed pigeons, she will insist that you feed the pigeons with the packets of corn she insistently hands to you gesturing that it is ok with mannerism indicating it is free, even when you say no, but beware, immediately after emptying a packet of corns for the pigeons, her behavior changes abruptly and ask for money.

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