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Our names are Amanda & Shawn and we are pleased to invite you on our journey. We challenge you to #growforthand and be adventurous. Buy a ticket to that foreign country you've always wanted to visit, learn how to scuba dive, bathe an elephant, go make friends in unexpected places. This is where we hope to inspire and drive you out of your comfort zone and into your happiest self because we sure have by moving to Chiang Mai.

A Grand Palace Minute

A Grand Palace Minute

The first time I went to Bangkok, I was very frustrated and said I would never go back. Now after coming back from my second trip there I have some tips to share, even though you never get used to waiting in the Bangkok traffic. 

The golden rule to the Grand Palace in Bangkok is to go before it’s open. The second rule of the Grand Palace is for females to be covered. Your ankles and shoulders must be covered. It would be very respectful to wear all black during this mourning period.

The metro only covers about a quarter of the city. The most touristic part with The Grand Palace, Wat Pho, and all the museums is not reachable by public transportation, so prepare to be in traffic. With that in mind, to have the easiest experience possible, get a cab at 6 am to beat rush hour and eat breakfast in the area.

I was lucky to have my family with me this time! We left our Airbnb in Asoke at 7:00 am and arrived at the Grand Palace at 8:00, right before they were opening. We waited on a line of five people and went right in. I couldn’t believe how easy it was. It was as if we rented the place out to ourselves. We had the perfect photo opportunities and were able to get out of there before the extreme heat at 1:00 pm. 

When you arrive, be sure to check out the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, before the tour buses roll in. We learned that the Buddha's clothing is changed for every season. It is considered one of the most important Buddhas in Thailand. Take a few minutes and enjoy the peace of the temple that you will have to yourself if you arrive at the opening. 

After seeing the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, we went to the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles and I loved it! Having my fashion background, I was in heaven.  I, unfortunately, don’t have any pictures because it was prohibited. I loved everything about the museum, it gave me goosebumps. It was a combination of all my worlds of fashion. I loved the blends of French, Thai and Western fashion for the Queen’s world tour. Balmain was the main designer for her clothes. The goal was to be the western and modern but include the fabric's Thai routes. 

Plan for a maximum of three hours in The Grand Palace. You'll have your fill and surely be hungry. Afterwards we headed to Farm to Table, which was a restaurant recommended by my sister’s colleagues and her guide book. There aren’t many eating options around the palace, so we were met by a long walk. In a neighborhood that seemed like the “car part district,” while walking down a dead end side street, we found Farm to Table. The restaurant is a hidden oasis patiently waiting to be discovered

We ordered the two entrees on their menu. Well flavored chicken salads and the best, the matcha float. I knew my dad would like the Matcha flavor.  At the end of the meal it was only 12pm! We called that a successful morning and headed to our rooftop pool in Asoke after. 

If you have any questions about visiting The Grand Palace or Bangkok in general, please feel free to comment below or email us at growforthand@gmail.com. Remember to #growforthand tackle new experiences, it is 2017 after all. 

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