One word to describe Bangkok: HOT.
Two words to describe Bangkok: FREAKING HOT.
So here’s the story: While in Siem Reap, we decided to book a flight to Bangkok via Royal Cambodian Air. We were supposed to take a bus going to the border of Cambodia and Thailand, but we were traumatized with the 16-hour bus ride from Ho Chi Minh to Siem Reap. Our time is precious, and spending it on the road is a waste. We arrived in Bangkok earlier than scheduled, and so we decided to visit the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, and Wat Arun.
I think we rode two trains going to the river, and from the river we rode a boat. The ride was a bit scary, the boats were already old, but we crossed the river safely. Unfortunately, we didn’t make it to the Grand Palace on time because we didn’t realize how long the travel time from Ratchada to our destination was. It was so hot, I could swear I lost weight by just walking two blocks under that sweltering heat.
All the sweating and the exhaustion was nothing though, compared to the temples we saw.
Entrance fee is THB100, with complimentary bottle of cold mineral water (yay!). We asked tube ice from the lady in the water station and rubbed it in our faces. It was the most refreshing feeling!
The Wat Pho compound isn’t very large, we were able to roam around in less than an hour or so. The main attractions are the reclining Buddha and the temples with beautiful carvings.
One of the stone guards guarding the gates to Wat Pho
The giant golden reclining Buddha
Intricate carvings in the temples of Wat Pho
You will be needing THB50 for the entrance fee, plus a combination of courage, blood, sweat, and tears to climb the top of the temple.
Just like the temples of Wat Pho, the temples of Wat Arun are intricately designed. The attention to detail is very astounding, if I could only take a photo of every corner of the temple, I would.
My friend Shane, gathering courage to climb the steepest steps of the temple
Taking a break on the steps
After Wat Arun, we rode another ferry to Asiatique Riverfront Night Market where we ate dinner and did a little bit of shopping— a perfect end to an exhausting day.