When doing the initial research for this trip, the phrase “get off the beaten track” comes up all the time. Whilst I do enjoy exploring the lesser known places, the majority of landmarks are popular tourist locations for a reason. Because they’re beautiful. And the Grand Palace and surrounding landmarks certainly fit into that category.
We spent the morning navigating around tour bus groups, and trying to find an occasional shady spot. But as golden hour crept in, the crowds faded, and the afternoon at Wat Pho felt very peaceful in comparison.
Regarding the Grand Palace dress code, shoulders need to be covered properly with at least a T-shirt, not just a shawl. Men need to wear trousers and women need to wear something knee length or longer. Will brought along a pair of trousers, and I recommend you do the same, otherwise you can rent a sarong if needed.
For shoes, your heel needs to be enclosed. There’s a lot of conflicting advice online about footwear, with some people saying that they wore sandals with no problems. But why not just adhere to the dress code for religious sites, rather than trying to “get away with it“? As much as I would have loved to wear sandals because of the heat, my running trainers sufficed, and were easy to slip on and off when required.
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