Historical Bangkok

My first full day is pretty much all planned out at this point. It will consist of a full day of temples and seeing the history of Bangkok. Making my way to the Chao Phraya Express Boat via BTS it is already clear to me that you really need to walk some of this city because almost every time you turn there is something new to look at and some of which you would miss if you were in a car.

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Taking this boat will cost you about 45 baht ($1.25 USD).  First stop for me is Memorial Bridge Pier.  Making my way to the other side of the river (the west side of the river) on foot I am off to Wat Prayoon, Santa Cruz Church and Wat Kalayanamitr.

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entrance to Wat Prayoon
Wat Prayoon
Wat Prayoon
Santa Cruz Church
Santa Cruz Church
Wat Kalayanamitr
Wat Kalayanamitr

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There is another boat dock in front of Wat Kalayanamitr and to the right that will take you back to the east side for 4 baht ($0.1 USD).  Feeling content with the start of my day it is time to find a lunch spot.  Heading north of the dock I end up at Arun Residence Deck which was an absolute perfect place to admire Wat Arun – Temple of Dawn.

Wat Arun - Temple of Dawn
Wat Arun – Temple of Dawn

I would recommend going to the roof at nighttime opposed to daytime. The Temple of Dawn is lit up at night and without question would be quite the view.

Next stop is Wat Pho. In my research it says this is one of the main attractions in Bangkok and given the amount of tourists, I would have to say that is probably true.

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Finishing up at Wat Pho and its time to walk almost right next door to the Grand Palace, the main attraction of Bangkok.

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I did not go into the Grand Palace which is a decision I am still fine with since I had seen and been around many temples at this point, I was ready for a little down time.

About to head back to the other side of town I remember on my way here I saw the gold roof of Sky Bar next to the BTS.

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This is the location that Hangover 2 was featured in and has quite the rooftop view.

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After making a couple new friends and a couple of drinks later the sun falls and the city lights come on.

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Another beautiful skyline to add to my list.

Next Stop – Day 2 & 3 of Bangkok

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2 thoughts on “Historical Bangkok

  1. The temples are amazing and you have some great pictures. We also past up on going into the Grand Place. This is truly a huge city. Sounds like the trip is still great for you.

    Merry Christmas

    Mary Morris

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