MESMERIZING DETAILS AND SPIRITUALITY
On our third day in Bangkok we took a water taxi and headed to see two of the many temples in the city.
During our day at the temples we visited Wat Arun and Wat Pho. Wat means temple in thai. We hopped on a river taxi from Sapan Taksin ferry station and headed up north on the Chao Phraya river. When we arrived the sun was, again, high and shining from a cloudfree sky, (we really need to get better on leaving early in the mornings) and since you're not allowed to enter the temples in too revealing clothes we wore long trousers and t-shirts. I felt like a boiled egg after taking photos of the stunning Wat Arun. The temperature was probably somewhere between 35 and 40 degreees Celsius.
The entrance fee to Wat Arun was 50 baht. It is also called The temple of dawn, and the details made on it is unbelieveable. It's decorated with colourful mosaics in patterns and figures. I can't even imagine how long it must have taken to build and decorate this temple.
Wat Aruns main feature is its high tower, or prang. Even though it's called The temple of dawn, a lot of people like to take photos of it in the evening when it's lit up. I'm still glad we went during the day though, so I could get a good look of the incredible amount of details.
After Wat Arun we took a smaller boat to the other side of the river. The fee was 3 baht, and after a quick stop for ice cream we walked to the second temple of the day, Wat Pho. Its main sight is the Reclining Buddha, which is a 46 meter long golden Buddha statue that takes up a whole temple. It's one of the largest Buddha statues in Thailand.
Unfortunately we were so nacked of the heat after this so we didn't have the energy to look through the rest of the area, but it seemed really nice, and apparently monks lives there as well. I would, again, recommend going earlier in the morning or in the evening. The entrance fee for Wat Pho was 100 baht. The easiest way to reach the temples are with river taxis, plus they give a nice and different view of the city. Why not continue further along Chao Phraya with them to see even more of the city?
This is on the Wat Pho side of the river. This was were the smaller boat that crosses the river took us. Deeper inside you found some cafeterias and souvenir shops.
Our hotel, Lebua at State Hotel, is the one with the golden cupol.
This is on the Wat Arun side of the river.
My name is Malin. I like to take photos and make illustrations. My aim is to spread feelgood through glimpses of me and my boyfriends trips and travels, spiced with a few illustrations. We are based in Finland and our trips go both near and far. Enjoy! :)