Dawn on the Last Day
Posted by Heliocentrism on May 27, 2010
May 26, 2010
A Day Along the River
For our last full day in Thailand Mark and I decided to get all our packing done and head out to see the Temple of Dawn. When you climb up to the top of the temple you get a great view of the river and surrounding temples. But, other than that, it’s just another temple.
We then walked along the river to see Bangkok on an average day. We will miss Thailand, but not so much Bangkok. Bangkok was okay, but it’s a very dirty city that has way too much traffic and a not so good public transportation system. Bangkok has its pluses, but I’m just not the Bangkok type.
I have a crazy love for ramen. I eat ramen for breakfast about 5 days a week. If I’m hungry during the day and want a snack, it’s ramen to the rescue! The ramen you have in the states or the UK is nothing compared to the ramen options in Asia.
Then Mark and I will be in Chicago for most of Friday evening. Yes, we get two Fridays!
We will end up at Mark’s family’s place sometime on Saturday, then eventually make it down to Miami where my people are.
I’m excited by, and scared of going back to the US. I’m excited to see my family and my country. What has changed since I’ve been gone? It always seems different when I come home between trips.
But I’m worried that something will happen and I would end up staying. What if I don’t find another job outside the US? What if I find a really great job in the US that I would be crazy not to take, that spells the end of adventures? In the end I will move back to the states, but not now. Maybe in a year, or two, or a decade. Maybe…
(Ratcha Anachak Thai)
- You can enter by plane, boat, bus, or train.
- Most citizens from many countries do not need to get a visa before going to Thailand. But, you will need a visa to stay longer than 1 month or if you been to Thailand for at least 3 months already in the past 12 months.
- People of most nationalities will get a 30-day visa at the port of entry.
- To be completely sure, check with the Thai embassy in your country.
- Useful Phone Numbers when in Thailand
- Tourism Authority 662-250-5500
- Emergency Number – 999
- Do not say anything negative about the king or anyone in the Royal family. And definitely do not write anything bad about the king or royal family. This offence could land you in jail. You don’t want to go to Thai jail.
- Don’t use the city ferries in Bangkok during the peak hours. They fill those things past capacity and sometimes they sink. Use them during non-peak hours when they are not crowded.
- Never eat female horseshoe crabs in Thailand. The roe of the horseshoe crab has tetrodotoxin (TTX) which is toxic to humans. It makes people very sick and some people have even died as a result.
The Temple of Dawn
- 13°44’36.8″N 100°29’14.4″E
By Bus –
Take bus number 19, 57 or 83
By Other Public Transportation –
- Take the BST to Saphan Taksin.
- From there you can walk to CEN Sathon (Taksin Bridge/ Central) pier. (Any pier will do, but Central pier is the only one that is very close to a BTS station.)
- Once at a pier make sure to get on a boat that will take you to N8 Tha Tien dock.
- Don’t get a long-tailed boat. You want the one that all the Thai people are taking.
- From Central pier the ride will cost 14THB/person.
- Make sure to read the signs at the docks you pass so you know where you are.
- The ticket lady will be too busy to tell you where your stop is.
- Move towards the back of the boat when you’re near N8. The boat doesn’t stop for too long.
- There are 2 types of ferriesatN8 Tha Tien; the ferries that go up and down the river and the one that crosses the river.
- Once you get to this pier you will take a ferry across the river.
- You will either have to hurry or wait a long time, because once this ferry has a sufficient amount of passengers the ferry will get going. This boat will cost 3THB and runs from 6:00 – 22:00.
No. 34, Arun Amarin Road
Kwang Wat Arun
Khet Bangkok Yai, Bangkok
There is a dress code. You are not supposed to wear shorts or short sleeve shirts, even though I just walked right in with shorts and a T-shirt and no one said anything. There are some clothes you can rent if someone does stop you.