So, after exploring the palace grounds we walked about 20 min to the temple of the reclining Buddha or Wat Po. I had no idea how huge this Buddha would be and I’m afraid that the pictures won’t capture how magnificent it is. Again the grounds of Wat Po were dotted with little gardens, waterfalls, and other smaller temples . . .

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The feet have mother of pearl inlay - so beautiful

The feet have mother of pearl inlay – so beautiful

bowls for offerings

bowls for offerings

I find Buddha's face to be so peaceful and calming

I find Buddha’s face to be so peaceful and calming

Back outside the temple - time to explore the outside . . .

Back outside the temple – time to explore the outside . . .

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DSCN4970DSCN4977After Wat Po we were just a 5 minute walk to the pier where we were told we could catch a ferry across the water to Wat Arun or Temple of the Dawn.

Wat Arun across the canal

Wat Arun across the canal

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The steep climb to the top of Wat Arun!!

The steep climb to the top of Wat Arun!!

DSCN5020The climb to the top of Wat Arun is steep, a bit terrifying but beautiful. The temple is made out of broken pottery pieces and the details and symmetry make it really fun place to visit. There are three sections where you can pause your steep climb and walk around the edge of the temple.

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Did I mention the climb was steep?? More like a ladder than stairs!

Did I mention the climb was steep?? More like a ladder than stairs!

Clearly I'm feeling quite nervous!!

Clearly I’m feeling quite nervous!!

DSCN5040After visiting Wat Arun and thanking God for safely making it down from the top of the temple, we took another boat on the canal to Wang Lang Market just up the river two stops. It was a great way to travel and it only cost the equivalent of about a dollar.

On the first of two ferries to Wang Lang Market!

On the first of two ferries to Wang Lang Market!

It was great because as soon as we got off the boat at dock 10 we were spit out right into the Wang Lang Market! Its a maze of stalls, shops, and restaurants. Scott and I could really get used to this kind of life – ferries to markets, thai food, vendors selling everything you could think of – yeah, we were falling in love with Thailand!

Our delicious Thai lunch in a super cute restaurant in the middle of the market!

Our delicious Thai lunch in a super cute restaurant in the middle of the market!

After the market we took our ferries back across the canal and head back to the hotel for a big of an afternoon siesta. It was about 98 degrees with a lot of humidity so we needed some time in the AC. After resting it was evening time and so we ventured towards Khao San Road from our Hotel. Khao San Road is a really touristy strip about 20 minutes walk from our hotel. There is a lot of good shopping there. On the way to Khao San Road we found another great local place to stop and grab some more Thai food – its just sooo good.

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beautiful sunset while walking to Khao San Rd

beautiful sunset while walking to Khao San Rd

 

oh McDonald's you are everywhere

oh McDonald’s you are everywhere

busy khao san rd

busy khao san rd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After shopping for some souvenirs and getting an awesome pair of sunglasses it was time to retreat back to the hotel and enjoy the quiet nighttime serenity of the hotel gardens . .

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