The morning started with a trip to the Grand Palace, Bangkok’s most popular attraction, via the skytrain to a water “bus /taxi” (AKA a boat). Breakfast was a piece of fried chicken from a street vendor on the boat.
After walking around the palace and making friends
with a guard I made my way to Wat Pho, my next stop playing tourist, home of the world’s largest Reclining Buddha.
For good luck, I dropped 25-satang coins into 25 pots behind the Buddha – plink, plink, plink…
Looking for a little relief from the heat, I boarded my own water taxi for a canal cruise,
criss-crossing through the city passing the Jim Thompson House and a bunch of other stuff I had no clue of, but I did like the oversize swimming canal lizard. I had the boat drop me at Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) before hopping aboard a ferry back across the river. Seeing Wat Arun from
the gardens was interesting, although quite frankly, it looks better from the boat with all the decorations spires made from millions of bits of smashed white porcelain painted with patterns. I did ring a few bells before departing
After a short tuk tuk ride I was in front of a giant swing (not that impressive) and then saw an another golden Buddha or two in the area before walking to Golden Mount.
The Golden Mount another historic
temple in Bangkok built a long time ago by King Rama or so I am told whoever he is. Did we ever learn any Asian history in school; if we did I sure do not remember much? Back in the days before the skyscrapers, this man made hill was the tallest structure in Bangkok. After making my way up the many steps I was reworded with a bird’s-eye view of Rattanakosin, Bangkok’s old district.
At the base of the hill I had the best lunch – Checkout the video, because I am not sure how to describe what I had. In addition to what she made I loaded it with diced cucumbers and some sauce
It was now around 3:00 and I many my way back to the hotel for swim before heading to the Thai Bruso’s for to celebrate the Loy Krathong Festival (Festival of Light).