Sooper Dooper Stu­pas

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The Grand Palace/wat Pho are un­miss­able, but th­ese joints are sa­cred so don’t wear your mink Kylies or have bare shoul­ders. Wear eas­ily-re­moved shoes as they’ll be on and off all damn day. Here’s the best way to do it. Start 9.30am lat­est. Take a ferry from Tha Ori­en­tal, the shared pub­lic/ pri­vate pier, (by BTS Saphan Taksin, near Man­darin Ori­en­tal (see Ac­com.)), skip on­board, pay your six baht and en­joy the fab­u­lous Chao Phraya. Alight at Tha Chang Pier and fol­low the crowds to the Grand Palace. Get an au­dio guide and pre­pare to marvel. It re­ally is stupa-en­dous. Tie it in with a visit to the Mu­seum of Tex­tiles (see below). Whip your­self into a cab and cruise on down around the block to Wat Pho (which, if you’re fac­ing the river, is to the left of the Grand Palace). Stil­lies off and have a gan­der at the stun­ning Re­clin­ing Bud­dha. If you can stand the heat, have a wan­der through the Laura Ash­ley-meets-gaudí chedi court­yard next door. Parched? Walk back to­wards the river, turn left into Ma­harat Rd. and take a right at the next lit­tle cross­road into Soi Pra­too Nok Yoong for bou­tique ho­tel Arun Res­i­dence at #36-38 for al­fresco lunch or af­ter­noon tea on The Deck, or sun­down­ers on the rooftop at Amorosa (see Bars), with un­par­al­leled views of Wat Arun across the river. Grand Palace 8.30am-3.30pm (ticket of­fice shuts 12-1pm. Typ­i­cal!)

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