First (and third) tuk tuk stop
The Giant Buddha
The 32-meter (100-foot) tall standing Buddha of Wat Indrawiharn used to be visible from just about any high vantage point around the old city. Now it’s hidden behind the new buildings from Thailand’s boom years of the 1980s and 90s.
On route, a tropical rainstorm struck and when we got to the giant Buddha we could barely see it, let alone ourselves, so we got back into the tuk tuk (still getting very wet but hey it’s all part of the experience) and headed to the official government information centre. We was going to go home but our driver Sarpong told us that he gets a free meal if he takes us so of course we decided to go.
Government Information Centre
Now this is a place I would highly recommend for some information. We actually ended up booking the whole next month of our trip here. Covering all islands, travel and activities all the way up to Christmas where we’ll be in Koh Panghan. It was great and they were so helpful!
The rain had finally stopped so back to the Golden Buddha we went..
Last but not least we headed to my favourite of the day..
The Gold Mount (Wat Saket)
Wat Saket Ratcha Wora Maha Wihan(Thai: วัดสระเกศราชวรมหาวิหาร, usually shortened to Wat Saket (rtgs: Wat Sa Ket)) is a Buddhist temple (Wat) in Pom Prap Sattru Phai district, Bangkok, Thailand.
344 steps to reach the top and a cost of 20 baht – well worth the 40p!
The temple dates back to the Ayutthaya era, when it was known as Wat Sakae. When Bangkok became the capital, King Rama I renovated the temple and gave it its present name.
Three different Kings were involved in the completion of this structure overall, making it the most important landmark in the whole of Thailand.
Have you been Bangkok before? What was your favourite landmark?