After taking the Skytrain down to Taksin (The south central hub for the ferry) we decided to try out the tourist ferry first as it has commentary and English speakers to tell you to get off at the stop you want. It is 30baht (single trip), rather than the 15baht average price of the regular fast ferry (that stops at all the main places). Unless you don’t have a tourist map and have no idea where you are going, get the regular ferry, the basic commentary is not worth the extra money.
We jumped off at the stop for Wat pho and took the cross river ferry (3baht, runs every 10 mins or so) to Wat Arun. This is one of the most recognisable temples of BKK, and for my money (which is 50baht entrance) is the best temple. Not only does it look awesome by day or at night, but you get to climb most of the way up for city views and the sheer novelty of the insanely steep steps.
Say good bye to your quads if you are in a hurry to see this place, ouch! but very worth it. The night shot below is from the day after when we headed past on the ferry again.
On a tight schedule after spending so long in the morning at the markets, we rushed back to the cross river ferry and headed over to Wat Pho (also 50baht entry). After 2 full days of temple hopping, and after just seeing Wat Arun, it took us a while to see what the fuss was all about. On the outside it is the home of a bunch of standard Thai temples….. When you get to the main temple, the home of the reclining Buddha, it all becomes clear……
It massive! The photo barely does it justice. If you have plenty of time have a wander around the grounds before heading into see the Buddha, because afterwards you might as well head on home… It really is the most impressive Buddha In Thailand! And probably in the top 5 in the world.
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