Our hotel was a bit out of the way, but just a short walk from a Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) stop that took us into town and near both the subway line and the Skytrain line. Our first stop was a mall for an ATM to get some BAHT (divide by 30 to get a price in USD) and some food. Thailand was great as far as people speaking English and there being more western foods and stores (including a 7-Eleven every block). We ate delicious pasta, scrumptious sandwiches and Aunty Ann’s pretzels. Then we just sort of walked around to get a feel for Bangkok eventually ending up at the Chao Phraya River for a river cruise.
Our river cruise took us up the river, down and canal, back to the river and dropped us off at Wat Arun. On the canal, I spotted these giant, alligator lizard things sunning on the bank. We looked them up when we got back to the hotel and they are monitor lizards. The river water was gross and full of trash so I feel bad for those lizards. We also pulled up next to some boats selling stuff (floating market) and spent some time waiting in the canal lock with other river cruise boats waiting for the water to raise/lower to the right height. Squirt fell asleep.
Wat Arun – The Temple of Dawn
We’d been told ahead of time that a lot of the temples don’t allow women to wear shorts, short skirts, tank tops, flip-flops, etc. I wasn’t sure if this included men and children or not so to play it safe, we wore pants and closed-toe shoes for the entire trip. It was hot. BUT, there were signs at most of the temples, women had to put on provided kimonos (and who knows how often they are cleaned), and I even saw men wearing borrowed pants. I’m not sure about the flip flop thing because most temples make you take off your shoes. If we do this again, I’d pack a sari for PS and I to tie around our waist like a long skirt and make the boys wear zipper pant/shorts.
We took a ferry back across the river to the other side, and visited Wat Pho aka Reclining Buddha (with wild cats/kittens everywhere).
We had a tuk tuk drive us to a neighborhood where all the fancy hotels are because they are supposed to have nice lights for Christmas (it was Christmas Eve after all).
We accidentally wandered into a mall with the outdoor courtyard taken over by Santa Snoopy statues.
We took this picture on the subway (or maybe SkyTrain) home because Little Guy was concerned about all the pick pocket warning signs everywhere. We kept telling him he didn’t need to worry because he didn’t actually have anything in his pockets. He was still concerned.
Our hotel was three bedrooms and for some reason, the twin beds in each room were pushed together. I kept them like they were to prevent Squirt from rolling out. Here’s how I found them when I went to check on how they were doing.