August 21, 2007: Bangkok
Got up at 8 am, had breakfast in the Club Room. After breakfast, we went downstairs and started
walking towards the river. We both needed new memory cards for our cameras, so on the way, we
stopped in photo shop and bought them. We continued our walk down Silom Road and then crossed
over to the Oriental Hotel from where we took the water taxi to the Grand Palace.
Upon entering we saw that the outside of
the Temple of the Emerald Buddha was all
covered up due to construction and
redecorations going on. Details on the
Grand Palace and its grounds can be found
using this link:
Grand Palace Information on Wikipedia.
After visiting the Grand Palace, we walked down the street to the Wat Po Temple complex, the
Temple of the Reclining Buddha. Spend some time here as well and took lots of pictures. The
Reclining Buddha is 46 meters long and about 15 meters high. More information can be found here:
Temple of the Reclining Buddha Information on Wikipedia.
After visiting Wat Po, we took the ferry over to the other side of the river to Wat Arun. During my
last visit in November 2006 one was not permitted to climb higher than the first level. This time, we
could climb up steep stairs all the way to the third level from where we had great views of the Chao
Praya River, the Grand Palace and Bangkok. As the stairways were quite narrow, we had to wait our
turn to climb up and some people were reeeaaalll slow. Of course, I could not keep my mouth shut
and made a stupid comment or two which gave me strange looks from some of those slowpokes.
Marc and I were laughing!
After Wat Arun, we took the boat back to the
other side of the river and then waited for a
while for the watertaxi which brought us back
down to the skytrain station at Saphan Taksin.
From here we took the skytrain back to our
hotel. We had a quick lunch at the hotel and
refreshed. Then it was time to go SHOPPING!
We took the skytrain to MBK. Marc had a list
of Lacoste shirts to buy, also bought a few
movies. This place is so big that for a while,
Marc and I got lost, but eventually, we found
each other again. After a couple of hours here,
our feet were hurting and we took the skytrain
back to the hotel.
Just in time for cocktail hour at the Club
Room. With renewed vigor, we walked to
Patpong and the night market. We
shopped around for a while, bought some
more stuff and enjoyed the sights and
sounds. Finally, back to the hotel where we
had a late dinner at the Chinese Restaurant
and then back to the room and packing!
Buddha Statue in Wat Po
Waiting for the water taxi
View from our hotel