Welcome to part two of my Bagkok Travel Itinerary series, if you didn’t read day one yet click here.
Now let’s get back to business, it is your second day in Bangkok, hopefuly the jetlag is not affecting you as much as the day before and you are ready for some serious exploring.
3 TEMPLES YOU SHOULD NOT MISS
There are of coruse a lot of things to do in Bangkok, but I think visiting some of the temples in the beginning of your trip will help you learn more about Thai traditions and history. Also you can visit them at a slow pace and enjoy the serenity. To respect the fact that they are not just tourist attractions but also places of worship, please dress modestly and pay attention to your surroundings and the people around you.
Entrance fee: 50 baht
Wat Arun, also known as the temple of the rising sun was by far my favourite temple in Bangkok. The temple was built during the time of the Ayutthaya Kingdom, but the spires were added in the 19th century. The most amazing thing about this temple is that it is decorated by seashells and pieces of porcelain.
To get to Wat Arun you either have to take a boat to Prannok Pier (there is a market outside with lots of delicious food if you get hungry on the way or while returning) and then walk for 20-25 minutes or the metro to Itsaraphap station, which is 10 minutes away.
Wat Khrua Wan Worawihan
Entrance fee: free
The temple is also situated on near the Chao Phraya river , between Prannok Pier and Wat Arun. This is not a touristic temple, but a real place of worship. I decided to check it out on the way to Wat Arun and i was not disappointed. The temple was full of locals, and the atmosphere was just beautiful. I do not have any pictures of this one as people were praying, but I did enjoy it a lot.
Golden Mount- Wat Saket
Entrance fee: 100 baht
Wat Saket is another temple built in the Ayutthaya-era but it collapsed and formed a hill, on which the modern temple was built in the 20th century. Starting from the 1820s until 1880s cholera spread and at is peak it killed 10% of the Siam population. A large part of the dead bodies were sent to Wat Saket to be cremated, but due to the huge number some were left outside and eaten by vultures. While climbing the stairs you can see a sculpture of a vulture eating a dead body as a reminder of the outbreak. But putting beside it’s sad history, the temple offers the most amazing view over Bangkok and the hike up is made intresting by all the statues and the lush vegetation.
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All three temple are pretty close to the Khao San Area and can be seen in a day. If you still have time and wanna squeeze in a few more attractions, you can add to the itinerary Democracy Monument that commemorates the 1932 revolution and Phra Sumen Fort, part of the Bangkok’s fortification system.
Today’s tip: Don’t buy water from the store. If you have a bottle just pay attention and everywhere around Bangkok you will find water machines where you pay 1 baht (0.028 euro) for 1,5l of water.
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