Today Alex and I will be venturing down the Chao Phraya River to visit some of the most popular attractions in Bangkok including Wat Pho, the Grand Palace and Khao San Road.
The first part of our journey begins with our river ride along the Chao Phraya River.
From the Centre Point Hotel Silom we walk 10 minutes to the Chao Phraya River and the dock.
At the dock the enthusiastic boat attendants are able to quickly direct us onto what we hope is going to be the right boat, based on my request/question for ”Wat Pho please”.
We pay our BHT$200 (AUD$8). The enthusiastic attendant points enthusiastically to an area and a bench where we are directed to wait (enthusiastically).
At the dock we transfer (ie. are hurried onto) a traditional longtail boat for our 15 minute trip along the Chao Phraya River to Wat Pho. The water of the Chao Phraya River is very brown and littered with what looks like plant material. The river is very choppy and Alex is not very happy. Alex can’t swim and this river ride is making even me nervous.
The choppy waters pound against the front of our timber longboat which causes us constant fear that the boat will split apart at any moment. At least we have life vest on.
As we pause at the entrance of the walled compound that is Wat Pho, I confess to Alex the strap on his life jacket that I loosened for him had actually broken….ooops. Alex starts to mumble something about near death experiences. I calmly confirmed that the two remaining straps had looked fine…well sort of.
For previous Thailand series post see Chatuchak Weekend Market and MBK.
For next Thailand post stay tuned…