Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The City of Bangkok. Day 3

We woke up to a huge electrical storm and heavy rain, but after a late breakfast we ventured out in pac-amac and hats. We strolled down to the local pier on the river and hopped on the water taxi to the Wat Arum temple, this impressive temple and surrounding grounds was made all the more beautiful as we were just about the only people around. At last the sun came out and we shared a cooling drink with two of the tourist police in a shaded garden. 

We jumped on another water taxi that took us over to Chinatown, we mooched around the narrow streets taking in some unusual sights and some interesting local characters. We decided to have lunch at a local roadside cafe, well more of a table and plastic chairs in the middle of street really, Lunch consisted of 2 veggie stir fries and 4 beers at a bargain price of six euros. 

After our lunch break we continued our stroll around Chinatown and came upon a hidden temple down some narrow alleyway, inside a number of older residents were all dressed in white smocks and chanting in unison, that was something we both found quite moving.

Our final stop on our river “cruise” was the Sheepshank dockside pub which turned out to be a great place to watch the river and it’s people just flow on by. 

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