A few weeks ago my boss and another Interior Designer set out to help me finish exploring the last of the Historic District in Bangkok, the area of town where the oldest temples and the Grand Palace reside, along with Chinatown. As the gracious hosts that they are, we ended up postponing the trip until another friend could join us – and serve as our interpreter.
We spent the day wandering in and out of some of the most highly ornamented temples, snapping pictures among the statues and finally taking a ferry across the river to the Temple of Dawn [AKA Wat Arun]. This temple is 219 feet high, and provides one of the best views of Bangkok, not to mention that getting to the top requires climbing 3 or 4 flights of extremely steep stairs, and mountain-climber-like skills [okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration]. But, the steps are steep, and the view is breathtaking.
When we finished at the Temple of Dawn (at 5 pm, when there was neither a sunrise nor a sunset – clearly we planned our day well), we took a taxi to the nearby Chinatown. Funny thing about Chinatown, while it’s exciting and certainly want to return – there really weren’t many Chinese working there. Instead, the restaurants are staffed mostly by Thais, Burmese and Lao people. This area is famous for amazing food, so we’d spent the afternoon discussing the upcoming cuisine. Once again, I expected Chinese food. Guess again. Instead we ordered a Thai appetizer of Moo Satte’ (small pork bites on a stick with a sauce and cucumber salad), and then fried noodle dishes for dinner. Very Thai and very delicious.
We had planned to also find some dessert, but unfortunately that was not to be. You see, it’s the Rainy Season here in Thailand. Although that would be bothersome back in the states, it would not interrupt my dinner plans. However, with most restaurants being open-air establishments, a mini-monsoon is a rather big interruption. While back home a rainstorm would be time to run for cover, half-way through ordering or meal – we simply opened our umbrellas and waited out the storm, along with the other three tables filled with patrons, and the waiter who delivered our food, umbrella-in-hand. Personally, I’m a fan of this approach 🙂
Enjoy the photos!