Next destination: Bangkok. again.
Bangkok Travel Blog› entry 7 of 10 › view all entries
March 28th, 2009 – by: ariwardani
At Noibai Airport, we have breakfast at the only restaurant this airport has which is on the second floor. The arrival hall is under renovation partly so there are certain areas that they covered with fences. The restaurant serves food that taste like hell, it's awful and unbelievably expensive. For instance, they sell hamburger and hotdog at around USD 6! and spaghetti at USD 8! Maybe I can accept the price if it comes along with a great taste but it taste like garbage.
We arrive at Bangkok noon. After a long waited check-in process, we go to get lunch at a mini restaurant on the side of the street across the hotel. It's not too far, around 3 minutes walk. The food is delicious and we are satisfied with the lunch this time.
I decide to change the schedule because of the weather. It is terribly hot in Bangkok. We can't stand of the heat. I think it is hotter than Jakarta. Based on that situation, I think it's better if we just visit one place to spend that afternoon. We chose to visit What Pho or in English, the name is Temple of reclining Buddha.
First, we walk around 600 metres to reach Nana BTS (Bangkok Train Station).
We continue the journey by boat. The river, Chao Phraya river, is very wide and laid from north to south of Bangkok city. I think this is my first journey to go along a river. We stop at Tha Tien pier. Then, we walk for only 5 minutes through many food stalls and some dried fish shops. The smell of the dried fish is unpleasant.
Because of the extreme heat, we have to stop many times to sit under the shadow of trees or drink gallons of water. There are some food stalls offer instant fresh juice. You just pick which kind of fruit you want, they will blend it for you and pour it into a 500 ml bottle. I like Bangkok's fruits. They are big, colourful, fresh, and very delicious. Also, they're healthy.
Finally, we arrive to Wat Pho. The laying Buddha is very massive. It is in glowing yellow and the length is 40 m. I've never seen a Buddha with that scale. Very gigantic. Unfortunately, many pillars stand in a narrow distance so it is difficult to take pictures of this remarkable statue.
There are many other tourists as well and they love to see Raka.
After having enough to see and go around the temple, we go back to Tha Tien pier. Along the way, we bought several things, mostly drinks :)
I suggest you never-never have the idea of going to Thailand at the end of March. The heat is untolerable! Because of the heat, I decline other 4 destinations we should go for our 3 days stay.
Actually, from Tha Tien pier, we can go across the river to Wat Arun/Temple of Dawn. It is exactly located in front of Tha Tien pier, on the other edge of the river. At the time, we just don't have any lust to go anywhere except our hotel room. We are so tired because of the heat. We are Asian too, we are used to live in such a tropical weather but this heat, this condition is out of our limit. You can imagine how terrible the weather was. So, we go back to the hotel by the boat and by the sky train.
Arrive at the hotel, I call my old friend who I suppose to meet at dinner time at Grand Centara Hotel. I have to cancel the appointment because I don't have any strength to go outside anymore. I should recharge myself by going to sleep as soon as possible.
Hope this situation will be better tommorrow.
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