I spent the rest of my few days in Bangkok largely on my feet, something I wasn’t too mad about at all. Had my super sexy walking shoes for that matter. I was probably getting to my destinations faster given the traffic situation in Bangkok anyways.
Decided to head towards Wat Pho, formally known as Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklararm Rajwaramahaviharn (say that ten times), home to The Reclining Buddha, and referred to by Andrew as “Wat Pho you going there?”
It was about a 4 km walk from my hostel, about 3 of which followed a road flanked by hundreds of tiny shops selling anything and everything.
The beginning of the road
Passed by an arts and crafts shop that would have put Michael’s to shame. Ten year old Jasmine would have loved this; not going to lie, 22 year old Jasmine was pretty fascinated.
Look at this stuff, isn’t it neat? Wouldn’t you think my collections…complete? (Shameless Little Mermaid joke for those that are confused)
Reached Wat Pho!
Phra Maha Chedi Si Rajakarn- The Great Pagodas of Four Kings (two of which are pictured.) These four pagodas were built to honor the first four monarchs of the Chakri Dynasty.
Buddha Images Gallery – these are bronze cast statues that are from various eras.
Phra Buddha Maravichai – a representation of Buddha attaining enlightenment under the Bodhi tree.
Someone looks displeased that I’m being a creepy tourist…Sorry!!
Phra Buddha Theva Patimakorn – the main Buddha image in The Ordination Hall; the Buddha is depicted in the posture of concentration.
Khao Mor – beautiful rock garden that is a model of the Northern mountainous region of Thailand. It is said that King Rama III had rocks transported from the Grand Palace to be reassembled in Wat Pho.
Taking a picture of monks taking a selfie
Phra Buddha Saiyas – The Reclining Buddha! 46 meters in length (nearly 140 feet) and 3 meters high (9 feet.)
I clearly didnt know how to portray via photography how insanely massive this depiction was, so you can take my word for it. It was HUGE.
The soles of the Buddha depiction – inlaid with mother-of-pearl designs-are about 75% of this attraction. Unfortunately, my timing was not the best.
The back of yo hea…
On my way to the Grand Palace and my phone died. Conveniently left my backup battery at the hostel…whoops. 4km walk back!
Creativity at its finest
Oh durian. One day I will muster enough courage to try you, even though you smell like i’m licking the inside of a trash can filled with fruit and garlic…
I saw this and almost screamed. There’s something disconcerting about walking across a bridge and a large komodo dragon popping up alongside you. Being the brave being that I am, I ran, turned around, and then took a picture. Doesn’t do its size any justice, this one was easily 5 or 6 feet long.
Next stop, Wat Arun! Got lazy and didnt feel like waiting for people to move to take a picture…
Cat taking shelter in the heat
Seems like my timing is just all around shoddy. Welp.
Took a long boat down the Chao Phra river to cool down.
Houses along the river
BUT WAIT! Catfish!
The Bangkok skyline?
I love finding new fruits..Hi Momordica!
For dinner, I decided to check out Thip Samai. It has won several awards for having the “best Pad Thai” in Bangkok so I decided why not? Let me tell you, it did not disappoint.
Thai food is all about customization. At nearly every restaurant, you will find a condiment/seasoning set comprised of sugar, chilis in vinegar, crushed red pepper, and fish sauce. Sweet, spicy, and sour. Oh Thai food, you make my taste buds SO happy.
The Thip Samai guys hard at work
Behold! The masterpiece. The pad thai gets its orange hue from the dried shrimp oil it is fried in, not only adding color, but flavor as well. Its perfectly packaged inside a delicate omelette as opposed to having the egg scrambled in along with the noodles.
A closer look. Huge, juicy, perfectly-cooked shrimp. If you ever find yourself in Bangkok, order the “Supreme Pad Thai” at Thip Samai.