An Early Morning at the Temples
Updated: Feb 8, 2020
Whilst in Bangkok, we wanted to make sure we saw some of Thailand’s incredible history. The last time I was in Thailand I didn’t get the opportunity to see Wat Arun, so it was high on my to-do list this time around.
With soaring temps and high humidity, we made sure to plan our trip to the temples as early in the day as possible. Wat Arun opened at 8AM, so we caught the ferry up the Chao Phraya River and were there by 07:30. We sat outside and watched the local cats vying for breakfast.
As soon as the temple opened we were through the gates. It was absolutely stunning, just as the burnt orange sun was waking up the sky, we had the place to ourselves for a few minutes.
The detail on the tiling is incredible. All bright colours set against the white ceramic. Steep steps revealing views across the courtyards and toward the river.
As more people started to arrive, we made our way back to the ferry crossing to catch the boat over to Wat Pho.
Famous for its reclining Buddha, it’s a popular tourist attraction. It wasn’t too busy as we were still early, but watch out for pickpockets here nonetheless!
The gardens and courtyards are beautiful. Brighter and more colourful than Wat Arun. We wandered amongst the smaller temples and shrines, watching the monks go about their daily prayers.
As the day really started to heat up, we headed back to our hotel for a dip in the pool and a cold smoothie. It was definitely worth the early start to beat the heat!