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The Grand Palace

THE GRAND PALACE, BANGKOK, THAILAND – One of the must see sights in Bangkok is the Grand Palace. Although this palace is no longer home to the royal family it is still used for special ceremonies. The palaces was begun in 1782 by King Rama I after he moved the capital of Thailand from Thonburi to Bangkok. Many different buildings and temples were added to the palace complex up until 1925, when all the government agencies were moved out of the complex. Rama IX was the last king to reside here and now he lives in a separate palace complex. The government of Bangkok is also now a constitutional monarchy.

The palace complex is divided into four parts, the outer court, middle court, the inner court and the Wat Phra Kaew. The most famous building within the palace complex is the Wat Phra Kaew. The Wat Phra Kaew is home to to the emerald buddha. A buddha statue that is carved entirely of emerald. The garments of the Buddha are changed with the season. Unfortunately photos are not allowed of the emerald buddha. This temple was build in 1783 and it is the private chapel of the king, but it is open for tours daily.

The Grand Palace complex opens at 8:30 and closes by 3:30. Your entrance ticket allows you to enter various parts of the palace complex. However, be sure you are wearing pants and close toed shoes or you will not be allowed in. There are military personal stationed at all the entrances and marching throughout the complex. If by chance you do not have pants, you can rent a pair from a vendor on the street. You pay them a deposit of $100 Bhat (approximately $3.33 USD). When you are finished your tour, you return the pants and they will give you 70 Bhat back (approximately $2.33).

The Grand Palace across the Csao Praya River

Main courtyard

Temple of the Emerald Buddha

Shrines and Stupas

Temple of the Emerald Buddha

statues holding up a stupa


One of the many wall paintings with in the palace

Government building with in the palace complex

Night Life – Part 1 – LKF

LAN KWAI FONG, CENTRAL, Hong Kong, SAR, China – Hong Kong is a bustling metropolitan city and a major hub for business and international travelers. As such Hong Kong has a great nightlife scene. The night life in Hong Kong can range from your average bar or to an upscale night club.

However, if you are looking for the standard and most notable party district, then look no further than Lan Kwai Fong. Lan Kwai Fong is a party district located in Central, Hong Kong, just up the street from the Central D2 exit of the MTR. It is a loop of clubs and bars and frequented by western travelers. A majority of this area is closed off from traffic, with the exception of taxis.  The top clubs, I would say are Club 97, OTTO, and The China Club. Another club, famous for their drinks that are on fire is Likuid. There are also high end clubs, such as the Beijing Club, which costs guys $350 HKD just to enter (approximately $43.75 USD).

Thursday is lady’s night and free drinks are given out to women. The clubs are open late until early in the morning. And drinks are grossly over priced, but it still makes for a good time. The best bet is to stop at a nearby 7-11 (which are almost on every street corner) and to buy a drink there for a fraction of the cost. Although the drinking age in Hong Kong is 18 many clubs only serve you if you are 21 and over. There is also a non-existent or a very relaxed law about open containers on public streets. Lan Kwai Fong is one place that open containers are allowed. The best way to get into any of the clubs is to dress up.

Lan Kwai Fong

Drink on Fire at Likuid