We have been to Bangkok and other parts of Thailand a number of times but have not done the Grand Palace, Wat Pho and the other big tourist sites. But we wanted to go off the beaten track a bit too- to some local markets, temples, etc.
We booked our guide Swai through YourThaiGuide and it was a really good way to see the city.
Swai was great. He was an expert on Thai history, sensitive to what we were looking for, great sense of humour and excellent English. We started early at Grand Palace but already it was teeming with tourists, putting their hands all over precious gilded statues.
Swai took us to the main attractions but also to the “Crown Jewels” and the exhibit of Queen Sirikits outfits for Royal visits abroad.
Then we went to Thonburi side and visited local market and temples, then flower market,vegetables market and Chinatown markets, both food and lots of colourful plastic ‘junk’.
Traveled by taxi and ferry. Had a great lunch by the river. This is an excellent way to spend the day, and Swai was great.