My last day in Bangkok was a fantastic day. It started out as one of the haziest days, but the sun burned off the morning haze and the sky became clear and blue, with dramatic white thunderclouds in the distance. Of course it was still hot and humid, but being near the Chao Phraya river felt cooler than it usually does when one is walking around in the middle of the city. We took the subway to the Skytrain and walked from there to the river. There are tourist boats that will take you up the river, stopping at each major attraction, but we just rode the regular river taxi up the river to Wat Arun. The "Temple of the Dawn", as it is also called, did not disappoint. I won't spend too much time telling you about the Wat Arun, because there is already so much written about it on the web. If you want to know a little more about it, you can visit wikipedia here.
|Looking down from the first tier of stairs.|
|I swear it is steeper in person.|
The other aspect of Wat Arun that sticks out in my memory is the mosaic. The temple is covered in bits of Chinese porcelain. Apparently, Chinese ships used porcelain as ballast, so this was a way to use the tons of porcelain that found its way to Bangkok from these ships.