Wat we did in Bangkok, Thailand is Wat Pho and Wat Intharawihan

So the answer to “Wat” we did today is….Temples.

The first Temple we visit is Wat Pho, home of the gigantic reclining Buddha, a statue for which Wat Pho is most famous. This statue is enormous, being about 45 metres long. Even just the feet are huge and are decorated with mother-of-pearl inlay on its soles.

Wat Pho (Reclining Buddha)

Wat Pho (Reclining Buddha)

Our second temple is Wat Intharawihan, home to the enormous standing Buddha, it being an impressive 32 metres in height.

Wat Intharawihan (standing buddha)

Wat Intharawihan (standing buddha)

Both temples are very impressive and well worth a visit and combined, took us up until lunchtime to explore.  I should mention, while at the temples this morning, my brother’s girlfriend and I released birds from a little wood box (3 birds in each) for good luck (for a fee).

Three little birds ...three free birds

Three little birds …three free birds

With our good luck sorted, we headed back to the hotel for lunch.

I made a booking for a traditional Thai massage for after lunch. I was not exactly sure what a traditional Thai massage involved (as opposed to a regular massage) and I am not generally a fan of being massaged but I was looking forward to it. Basically I thought it would be good opportunity to “have a go” and experience one for myself, while in Thailand. Now having experienced it….I would simply describe my experience of my traditional Thai massage as “painful” and/yet “funny” (said in a positive way…positive that I will probably not book another in my lifetime).

Tonight we head to Khao San Road. Khao San Road is different to last night’s “adult” experience at Patpong Night Bazaar. Khao San Road is lined with shops and assorted stalls with food vendors sprinkled along its length, making it perfect for dinner.

Khao San Road

Khao San Road

One thing which draws our curiosity along Khao San Road are the touts offering a foot fish spa??

Inside the shop, the sign says:




That’s a lot of exclamation marks, which leads me to decide….it must be worth doing!!!!! (right?)

Ticklish foot spa

Ticklish foot spa

And so we end two excellent days exploring Bangkok, including having done some of the things which we apparently should have avoided (I have now since read..).

Yes, we did buy jewellery, yes we did release birds for good luck and yes we did put our feet in a tank of biting fish (and lived to tell the tale). Its just all a bit of fun and personally, for the minimal cost to me for the novelty of it, it is hopefully helping put food on somebody’s table in Bangkok.

Today is 15 September, which means tomorrow we fly to Hanoi, Vietnam and start what is essentially the proper section of the holiday…on motorbikes…[showmyads]

For previous Vietnam post see Bangkok, Thailand by boat, taxi and tuk-tuk
For next Vietnam post see  From Hanoi Vietnam with love