Buddhas and bikes, Bangkok, December 2015

  Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho

I had been wanting to visit this place since we arrived in Bangkok over six weeks ago, and finally we were there! I was standing next to the 46-meter long golden reclining Buddha, amazed by its size and enchanted by its calm expression. Many important government structures and the above temple are in the same area in Bangkok near the Chao Phraya River.  The streets were decorated in yellow for the king’s birthday.

  

 The kids were uninterested so this was just DH and me. 

    
   

Bike tour

Another thing the kids did not want to do: bike around Bangkok. So again we parents went and we had a great time! 

    

This is the old customs house:
   
We went with the amazing Go Bangkok rental and tour company. I don’t like to mention businesses but this place was great. They have tour guides but you can also opt to use a tablet with GPS and one of three wonderful tour options. Raymond the owner was so welcoming and helpful. We took the 17km two hour day tour. We went slowly and took about twice that amount of time. It sent us on a labrynth of old Bangkok, including Chinatown, a mosque, many temples, and twice crossing the Chao Praya River by ferry boat. Mr. Fantastic described the experience like looking at a pop-up book; every turn showed a new, colorful, unexpected tableau of this vibrant city and its hidden corners.

    
    
  
Apparently, the tower below is called a chedi, this particular one was restored recently, and it received a UNESCO award for the restoration!  

 Here we are attempting a selfie on the ferry:

  
   

We went back and did the same tour with another family. Since their kids went, ours were excited to go this time! 

    
  

We went back to the same giant Buddha, also through the market, and I tried to take different pictures this time around.

    
   
We went up and around and inside the giant white stupa this time around. There was a museumthere and you can go out to the balcony and also see up inside!

    
    
 Like most wats, it also has an active shrine. People can buy little squares of gold leaf and put them on statues and walls. The gold flutters and sparkles from the walls.

  
    
   We biked on some dedicated bike lanes, like this one next to the river.   And we biked through so many wats and little alleys. I did not get most of the names.

    
 We passed this game of hacky sack- meets-tennis-meets-basketball. There was a commentator with a microphone and everything! 

   
At the end of the tour, we could see our route on the GPS tablet thingie: 

   
And it was a great day! 

   

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  1. Pingback: Our last few weeks in Bangkok, January 2016, part 2 | Tripping Fantastic

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