Day 2 weather was good. Warm but not too sunny. We started Day 2 by joining a half day tour to several destinations arranged by the tour agent. We began our journey from hotel to Wat Arun by Van then transferred to pier.
Driving through the bustling city with heavy jams, hence it took us almost 30 minutes to reach the destination.
Located on the west side of Chao Praya River (opposite Tha Thien Pier). Hence a shuttle boat/ferry is required to cross over.
It was just a short distance.
From Sapphan Taksin boat pier you can take a river boat/ferry that stops at pier 8.
Panoramic view from Wat Arun.
The temple is open daily from 08:30 to 17:30.
Front entrance of the “Ordination Hall”. There are two demons, or temple guardian figures.
Apparently, Wat Arun is known as “Temple of Dawn”.
Wat Arun is a Buddhist temple.
The temple derives its name from the Hindu god Aruna, often personified as the radiations of the rising sun. Wat Arun is among the best known of Thailand’s landmarks and the first light of the morning reflects off the surface of the temple.
Thai King passed away on October 13, 2016. The King was a very respected person. Hence the Thais would mourn for a year before their beloved King was cremated a year later.
The main feature of Wat Arun is its central prang (Khmer-style tower) which is encrusted with colorful porcelain.
For the foreigners, the temple charges an entrance fee of 50 baht.
There were several souvenir stalls in front of this temple. My friend and I stumbled upon this stall which offers rental of Thai traditional costume with photoshoot. The fee was
20 200 baht/person.
From Wat Arun, we were then transferred to Wat Intharawihan. The traveling time was about 20 minutes.
Wat Intharawihan or Wat Intharavihan is a wat located in the Phra Nakhon District of Bangkok.
Every colors (candles) comes with a different meaning/purpose. But all are of good cause.
The main attraction of this temple will be this 32 meters high, 10 meters wide standing Buddha.
The Wat Intharawihan is open daily from 8:30 am until 8 pm. Admission is free.
Coincidentally the temple was having a ceremony. We spotted many monks there.
They also offered free food to the public. The rice in soup was delicious!
We then proceed to gemstone factory. HAHAHA!! I knew this is a trick of every tour. They will anyhow bring us to some buying place. Anyway, we get to watch how a stone is handcrafted into a beautiful gem and made as jewellery.
*Do not ask me if I left this place empty handed. LOL LOL!
Our half day tour ended here. At Erawan Shrine.
Erawan Shrine, is a shrine in Bangkok, Thailand, that houses a statue of Phra Phrom (four-faced Brahma), the Thai representation of the Hindu god of creation Lord Brahma. A popular worship statue that draw people all over the world to do their prayers here.
Road side traders selling birds in cages.
Thai dance performance.
Since Erawan Shrine is located nearby Central World shopping mall, therefore we settled a quick lunch at the Mcdonalds. One thing you must not miss at Bangkok’s McD would be the ‘pork burger’ lar.
Getting to Siam Square One from Erawan Shrine was not tough. Using the skybridge linking from Central World to Siam Square. By foot it take around 10 minutes.
Our intention here was to visit Hello Kitty House Bangkok.
*duck cafe spotted*
This area is more fashionable and also filled with youngsters.
There were flea market going on during our visit. Varieties of selling items. From handcrafts to food.
Our next stop and final stop for the day will be to Terminal 21.
Hoop on to BTS from “Siam” station to “Asok”. The fare is 30 baht. Traveling time was about 15 minutes including some walking.
For tourists, you may collect a ‘tourist privilege card’ from the information counter to enjoy some discount from participating outlets.
Terminal 21 is a one floor one theme shopping mall. The concept is market streets of the world. It is decorated based on well-known streets in cities such as Rome, Paris, Tokyo, London, Istanbul.
1st Floor – Tokyo
4th Floor – San Francisco (City)
Food court is located at 5th floor. It is known as food court Pier 21. You are required to purchase a prepaid card from the assigned counter. The balance money in the card is refundable. There are varieties of food at this food court. However my choice of food court still Siam Paragon’s. 🙂
Since this is a theme mall, even the toilets are designed with themes. Perhaps a toilet hopping at Terminal 21 mall? hehe….
Clothing here are more expensive if you compared them with Platinum Mall.
There goes Day 2. My friend and I, we felt too tired to travel back to our hotel via BTS + walking. Therefore we sat tuk tuk, which was available at the entrance of the mall. Remember to ask the price before getting in.