temple of the dawn

Okay, so the whole Bangkok shenanigan didn’t really came out as we expected it to be. It could possibly be the lack of funds, the wrong trail of itinerary, or it  maybe just the fact that we got fixated with the whole Angkor Wat immersion that preceded the trip. Or simply because we were tired, flat tired.

So to cap off our final night in Thailand, we decided to walk along the river until we reach Wat Arun, chill out a bit and wait for the sun to set behind the Rattanakosin skyline.

So, did we checked-out the temple complex? No! I know this may sound unlikely but at 4PM, we already stepped on the break and slowed down to end our last full day in Thailand. We were too exhausted to cross the Chao Phraya River so we just settled and grab some fishball-ish street food along Maharat Road.


the deck, waiting for the sunset

There were short small alleys perpendicular to the main road and the river, we combed each alley as we encountered all sorts of spectacles. From filthy restaurant back door, residential kitchen exuding pungent fumes, residents packing a bundle of hand pulled noodles  to senior residents chilling out catching-up on the day that was.

One unassuming alley, Soi Pratoo Nok Yoong will lead you to The Deck by the River, a restaurant with a panoramic view of the Chao Phraya, a perfect vantage point to see Wat Arun on a sundown.

The entree’s in the menu were ridiculously pricey so we just reserved a table, grabbed a cup of our caffeine fix and waited for an absolution…


Wat Arun”s construction began in 1809, it may have been named “Temple of the Dawn” because the first light of morning reflects off the surface of the temple with a pearly iridescence. Steep steps lead up to two terraces. The height is reported by different sources as between 66.8 m and 86 m. The corners are surrounded by 4 smaller satellite prangs. The prangs are decorated by seashells and bits of porcelain which had previously been used as ballast by boats coming to Bangkok from China.



The temple will light-up instantly once the darkness envelope the city. After minutes of anticipation, it did and so I started clicking the shutter of my camera. After a couple of good frames (or so I thought), I stopped. Sat down and slipped the camera in the bag. I hypnotically stared, with the deafening silence and temple lights reflecting on the river surface, I remained motionless. What’s on my mind?… NOTHING!


Perfect way to close this interesting Thai adventure.