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Normal houses in Hanoi. Narrow width, minimum 3 floors.
We left Hanoi very early in the morning. On last minute, I rush downstairs to transfer all pictures from my digital camera to the computer at the lobby and then transfer it to my USB. Actually, I can simply just change the memory card to another one but I just want to make sure that all the pictures I have taken is saved in another media than the memory card. As a backup.

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.
Airport restaurant menu. This price is expensive...getting worse if you compare it with the taste.
So, I have to eat that "garbage" in order to avoid gastritis later..

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).
Arrive in ...you know.
I purchased one day ticket for each of us. It costs THB 120 (=USD 4). I am surprised that they don't sell three days pass anymore. From what I read in the internet, there was a 3-day pass which quite save money. It costs only THB 280 (USD=9). With one day pass that I bought, I should buy the ticket everyday. That means 3 times buying and costs me more, THB 360 (USD=12). Well, there is no better option, so I just buy 6 tickets for us (no need to pay for my little boy).

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.
Aaaaaaammm...
Lucky me, I am not pregnant at the moment :p

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.
The whole body = 46 m long, dimensions at the face = 15 m high, at each foot = 3 metres high and 5 metres long.
They ask his name and he bravely answered them and give a handshake. I'm very proud of him. My daughter Rara is also improving her confidence. She is used to afraid to strangers, especially foreigners. By the time goes, seems that she opens her mind and I think this is one of the best ways to make my children get to know the world, with many different people from many different countries and culture. This is an important lesson to be taught to my children, lessons of life. Surely, it is much better than formal one they got from school.

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.
Wat Arun in the background. This temple is very beautiful at dawn, that's why it is popular with the name: Temple of Dawn.
What a loss!

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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Normal houses in Hanoi. Narrow wid…
Normal houses in Hanoi. Narrow wi…
Airport restaurant menu. This pric…
Airport restaurant menu. This pri…
Arrive in ...you know.
Arrive in ...you know.
Aaaaaaammm...
Aaaaaaammm...
The whole body = 46 m long, dimens…
The whole body = 46 m long, dimen…
Wat Arun in the background. This t…
Wat Arun in the background. This …
Still sleepyyyy...
Still sleepyyyy...
An early market.
An early market.
A flower market.
A flower market.
I rarely see garden and flowers in…
I rarely see garden and flowers i…
Over excess baggage.
Over excess baggage.
Arrive at the airport.
Arrive at the airport.
national carriage of Vietnam.
national carriage of Vietnam.
The trunk to get into our flight.
The trunk to get into our flight.
The guard.
The guard.
Immigration.
Immigration.
Ibis Nana where we stay.
Ibis Nana where we stay.
Lunch time! Then, the face is happ…
Lunch time! Then, the face is hap…
Take a ride by the boat with orang…
Take a ride by the boat with oran…
Arrive at the pier. Resting.
Arrive at the pier. Resting.
Wat Arun is across the pier.
Wat Arun is across the pier.
The entrance gate of Wat Pho.
The entrance gate of Wat Pho.
Resting for the xxx times (loss co…
Resting for the xxx times (loss c…
With my father.
With my father.
The laying Buddha
The laying Buddha
There is a renovation around his w…
There is a renovation around his …
The small scale of the Buddha.
The small scale of the Buddha.
Pillar problem on the left.
Pillar problem on the left.
Paintings on the wall inside the t…
Paintings on the wall inside the …
The feet of the image, made by pea…
The feet of the image, made by pe…
People put coins for the monks.
People put coins for the monks.
Line of the coins bowls. At certai…
Line of the coins bowls. At certa…
Relief under the statue.
Relief under the statue.
Mini statue with some golden leave…
Mini statue with some golden leav…
No clue.
No clue.
No clue either.
No clue either.
The hair.
The hair.
Some buildings outside.
Some buildings outside.
We call it stupa in Indonesia.
We call it "stupa" in Indonesia.
Statues from China. Maybe as a gif…
Statues from China. Maybe as a gi…
stupa 2
stupa 2
stupa 3
stupa 3
There is a building fulfilled with…
There is a building fulfilled wit…
Raka is very....small over there :)
Raka is very....small over there :)
Details of the building.
Details of the building.
Beautiful ornaments.
Beautiful ornaments.
Above the door.
Above the door.
The colourful roof.
The colourful roof.
hundreds of stupas.
hundreds of stupas.
Another one.
Another one.
On the way to go out of the temple.
On the way to go out of the temple.
Waiting the orange flag boat to ta…
Waiting the orange flag boat to t…
Tha Tien Pier.
Tha Tien Pier.
One of the boat where you can have…
One of the boat where you can hav…
Bangkok Hotels & Accommodations review
A brand new hotel in Nana area
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