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Saturday, December 3, 2011

Bangkok: In and Out in a Day

Arriving in Bangkok

The old Don Muang Airport was still huge and swish

2006-08-30 We got here at about 8pm still severely jet lagged, but spent an evening in the hippie haunts of Khao San Rd. and crashed early.

This morning we got up at dawn and took a river boat to the temple of the dawn Wat Arun and Wat Po. Christine had to pluck up courage to get on the fast river boats as the whole place was tossing and churning with speed boat wakes but with a little help we were heading down river and saw a lot of good sights in the one morning we gave ourselves to make sure we can get to Varanasi.

We took a river boat up across to Wat Arun temple of the dawn and then to the reclining Buddha temple Wat Po and one other more commonplace temple near Khaosan Road for a flying one-day glance at Bangkok because we will be back on the return leg once or twice more.

Wat Arun Rajwararam (Thai: วัดอรุณ, "Temple of the Dawn"), on the Thonburi west bank of the Chao Phraya River. The full name of the temple is Wat Arunratchawararam Ratchaworamahawihan (วัดอรุณราชวรารามราชวรมหาวิหาร). Named after Aruna, the Indian God of Dawn, the temple is so named because the first light of the morning reflects off the surface of the temple with pearly iridescence. The monastery has existed for many years since the days when Ayutthaya was capital of Thailand.

Wat Pho (Thai: วัดโพธิ์), is a Buddhist temple in Phra Nakhon district, Bangkok, Thailand. It is located in the Rattanakosin district directly adjacent to the Grand Palace. Known also as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, its official name is Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangkhalaram Ratchaworamahawihan (Thai: วัดพระเชตุพนวิมลมังคลารามราชวรมหาวิหาร ). The temple is also known as the birthplace of traditional Thai massage.

We are now trying to get to Calcutta on the next flight out. More amazing race stuff. Just about to leave Bangkok.

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