Day 1: Jeff and Steve’s Temple Run (Lots of Pics!)

What a busy day. I’m pretty sure we did almost all the “touristy” stuff in 1 day. We started off heading over to the river in Bangkok to take a boat to some of the Buddhist temples.

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For 1,000 baht each (about $30 USD) Steve and I got a private tour up the river in a little boat. It was pretty dam awesome. We would see other similar boats race by us and got a chance to see other parts of Bangkok.

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We saw a lot of cool looking buildings…might have been smaller Buddhist or just really awesome houses?

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After about a half hour cruising up the river we stopped at one of the large temples in Bangkok called the “Temple of Dawn.”

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Temple of Dawn from our boat

It was HUGE! Our boat driver didn’t really speak English but somehow communicated that he could drop us off for 10 minutes to look around the temple.

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Picture from Temple of Dawn dock

We were kinda afraid that he was going to drop us off and take off since he easily could have. But we decided to journey onward to the temple anyway as we kept looking back to see if he was still there.

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“Mini temple” outside the Temple of Dawn

Closer look at mini temple

Closer look at mini temple

When we first walked off the dock there were what looked like “mini temples” around the Temple of Dawn (which were still pretty cool).

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The Temple of Dawn in all it’s glory

We then headed back to the dock hoping that our boat + driver were still there. Luckily for us, he was. We then headed back up the river where we went off into a mini canal. There were locals paddled around in canoes filled with souvenirs and drinks. He came up to use to see if we wanted anything. At first we said no until he showed us he had ice cold beer. Just when we thought life couldn’t get any better beer appears out of no where.

After our terrible haggling effort we bought 3 beers, one for Steve and I and one for the boat driver as a tip. The local that sold us the beer didn’t speak English very well but I’m pretty sure he said he was going to tip over the boat if we didn’t buy anything. Hopefully this was just a joke but either way we had our beers and headed back to there river and onto 2 of Thailand’s most amazing temples; Royal Grand Palace and “Reclining Buddha”.

Before we got to the temple we arrived at a dock and walked through a little Thai market which had lots of different types of local food. I didn’t really take any pictures of this area except for a dog I found wearing a polo.

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After walking through the market we finally found the Royal Grand Palace. It took about 2 minutes for a local to come up to us and tell us how the temple was closed and instead he recommended some shops to look at.

Having done some research about Thailand it was obvious that this guy was trying to scam us. After a minute or so we started walking toward the temple to see for our self whether or not the temple was open. As you can see from the next picture, it clearly was.

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This temple was probably one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen in my life (no but really). We took lots of pictures and we probably still missed a few things. Here are some pics that sum of just how awesome this temple is…

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Even though the temples look really cool, there is 1 room in the middle that is basically a shrine to Buddha. They had 4 rules for entering the shrine…

  1. No shoes
  2. Must be quiet
  3. Your feet cannot point to the Buddha idol
  4. No pictures (it’s too bad, it really was the most amazing sight I’ve seen)

After the Royal Grand Palace we headed down the street to the “Reclining Buddha” temple. This temple was equally as amazing as the Royal Grand Palace. I made sure to take a lot of pictures but again, the whole place was so large and amazing there’s a good chance I missed something…

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Amazing shrine inside the temple

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The actual “Reclining Buddha”

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All in all it was an awesome experience. I highly recommend any visiting Bangkok check out these temples.

 

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