Bangkok: Wat Arun and Wat Pho

It’s been a few really fun days in Bangkok by myself, but my mom got here on Friday night and we met at our hotel! We have 5 more days in Bangkok to explore before departing to Singapore.

On Saturday we went to a few different temples. We visited Wat Arun and Wat Pho! These are two of the biggest and most popular temples to visit. They were so ornately and intricately designed.

Helpful tip: you need to wear clothes that are covering your shoulders and knees to get in, but if you forget, you can rent a scarf or elephant pants to wear at the temple for only 20bhat!

The stairs at the Wat Arun Temple
Wat Arun Temple

After going to Wat Arun, we returned the scarf I rented (since I forgot my jacket at the hotel) and took the ferry across the river to Wat Pho.

Wat Pho has one of the 3 giant Buddha statues in Bangkok. Wat Pho contains the reclining Buddha. In the next few days we have plans to see the other two giant Buddhas: the standing Buddha and the sitting Buddha.

The reclining Buddha at Wat Pho. He was so large that it was difficult to get a good picture! (The swirls are the bottom of the Buddhas feet)
Wat Pho Temple

Along with seeing all of that, we visited the Weekend Market. It’s acres and acres of stalls (fun fact: there are over 15,000 stalls in this market alone) selling everything you could imagine: food, clothes, soaps, purses, shoes, decorations, and so much more! It was incredibly hot inside the market since there are so many people wandering around. We didn’t end up buying anything, but we did have an ice cold coconut smoothie!

After everything, we journeyed all the way to see the US embassy just because I think that the foreign service is fascinating. We also saw the house that the US ambassador to Thailand lives in! It was beautiful and very large! Their yard included a moat and tennis courts.

It’s been a busy few days in Bangkok, and I can’t wait to tell you all about the cooking class we took today in my next post!

Extra pictures:

Watching other tourists ride in tuktuks while riding in a tuktuk
Elephants at the temples
The entrance to the Chatuchak market

The streets in Bangkok are always busy!

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