I’ve been living in Thailand for almost three years now, and I still hadn’t visited Wat Arun. Wat Arun is otherwise known as Temple of Dawn, one of the oldest and most recognisable temples in Thailand. All that changed yesterday, and, well…it was ok.
Wat Is Going On?
I’d had a bad Friday and Saturday morning due to some technical issues regarding setting up my Amazon FBA online store. It turns out that I have to phone the U.S. IRS to get something called an EIN which allows people who are non-residents of the United States to sell on Amazon (if you want to sell in America)…are you still awake? I also read I need to provide the IRS with an American address even though the EIN is for people who do not LIVE in the country…are you still with me?
As I ate my corn flakes, the following morning, I began to work out how the flipperty heck I was going to sort this out. At the very least, it means calling the US from Thailand, which I bet will be really cheap.
But you can sit around and worry about stuff, or you can get on with it. Monday will come around, and I’ll get on with it but until then…fun times!
To Wat Arun Or Not Arun?
As I wrote earlier, I’d wanted to go to Wat Arun for some time but just hadn’t got around to it. I’d mentioned it to Malinee the previous day, and although my initial mood was to stay in and stare into an abyss while eating chocolate, we set off.
But first, lunch. Malinee had decided that she must have noodles, so we made our way to Silom Road and Meng Noodles. Apparently, Meng Noodles do the best noodles in Bangkok – so when we arrived, I went for a rice dish instead. I don’t know why, but I saw a dish I’d eaten before and loved on the menu, and my mind was made up. It’s called Khao Moo Dang which translates into Rice Pork Red. Yes, the word for pork is the same noise a cow makes. I don’t know who came up with the name for pork in Thailand, but it sounds like someone was trying to have a laugh. The dish is basically pork cooked three different ways. Added to the pork is a slice of boiled egg, some rice with some sweet sauce poured all over it and a pork stock soup…
It tasted delicious. It was so good in fact that I ate it incredibly fast, resulting in some fine burps. Sadly I had to suppress my fine gas due to other customers in the restaurant. I noticed some photographs on the wall and was assured by Malinee that they were famous Thai people that had eaten in Mengs. I’m sure she’s right, but as far as I know, they could be a shrine to customers that have died from overeating Khao Moo Deng.
One of the things I love about Bangkok is the food, especially when you eat in a typical little restaurant with no frills. Most of these small restaurants serve food that you would pay top dollar for anywhere in the west. In Bangkok, you can have one of the most excellent meals you will ever eat for £2.50 sometimes less.
If you want to check this place out while you’re here they have a Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/NaiMeng
After settling the bill and emitting a few more sly burps we made our way to Sala Deang BTS station. From there we headed onto Silom pier to began the boat trip to Wat Arun. The sun beat down on us, and the temperature started to rise. I like temples but not as much as I love not dying from sunstroke. With that thought in mind we decided to get off at an earlier stop and head to Icon Siam one of the many new shopping malls that are taking over any spare ground in Bangkok.
My mind was beginning to wander from Amazon worries as we strolled around the pristine new shops. Then something strange happened…myself and Malinee both had an overwhelming urge to eat cake. I must say that it was she that initially mentioned the ‘c’ word, but due to my mood and lust for any cake, I didn’t put up a fight. We made our way to the coffee and cake shops which covers almost an entire floor of the shopping mall. The place looks like the reception of some fancy hotel or spa.
The entire floor consists of fake plants and chandeliers of all sizes. It even had a water feature! If you’re drinking coffee with melted chocolate around your lips next to a water feature then you know you’re living the high life!
The sun finally began to lose it’s strength, so we made our way back to the river and the short ride to Wat Arun. Wat Arun is one of Bangkok’s best-known temples and built in the early 19th century during the reign of King Rama II.
Wat Arun is also known as The Temple of Dawn which sounds like somewhere you’d find Indiana Jones and a series of booby traps. Despite the risk of being killed by a rolling boulder, I heroically stepped off the boat and into the temples grounds.
The first thing that strikes you is its height; there seem to be two differing views of its height with some records saying it is 219 feet and others 282 feet. I didn’t have my tape measure with me, but I can safely say it’s tall – really tall!
I then began to notice the detailed decoration which is made from porcelain and must have taken an aaaaaaage to make. Sorry about the excessive use of the letter ‘a’ there but sometimes only excessive use of a letter can genuinely portray how impressive something is.
I was certainly impressed by its size and design, but I wasn’t blown away with it as I have been with other temples in Bangkok. It certainly isn’t in contention to dislodge any of the ones that make up my top 5. Those are here – The Top 5 Must See Temples In Bangkok
Wat Do I Think?
Wat Arun is undoubtedly worth a visit. The chance to walk up its side is different to many temples, but it didn’t hit me as many others have. But it’s so easy to reach and close to other sights that spending an hour here is recommended. It’s a chance to add a tick to places seen and makes a good picture for your Instagram. That is if you’re comfortable in front of the camera because you end up with a photo like this otherwise…
To read more about Wat Arun follow the link – http://www.watarun.net/