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Posted by on Feb 16, 2011 | 14 comments

Thailand’s Blue Tiger: Day 3 (Scene 4)

Filming Location: Bangkok

Day 3

Scene 4

Well, as I promised, here are photos from the top of Wat Arun’s pagoda.

Remember, if you want to go to the top, go ready to climb (bring good shoes and pants).   The climb is really steep and the heat does not give you any extra lift.

Get ready to climb

The view from the top is worth the effort.

Me at the top of the Pagoda

View from the top of the pagoda

Look straight ahead and the Grand Palace will smile at you.

Grand Palace viewed from Wat Arun

Of course, it is great to take a look at the Chao Phraya River.  All type of boats and ship navigate its water.  Small, big, colorful, monotone, traditional, modern, etc.

Boats in Chao Phraya River

River View from the Top of Wat Arun

You can see the other buildings in the complex which were built using the well known Thai style.


After soaking into the beauty of Wat Arun, we pretty much repeated the previous day activities.  We went to the Silom area to watch the Songran madness, got into the metro with hundreds of dripping wet youth and returned to the MBK mall.

The next day we were leaving to Chiang Mai.  However, we already were ready to return to Bangkok.  After touring the north and the old capitals, we were going to return to Bangkok.  We didn’t buy any souvenirs because we decided to shop at our return (we didn’t want to carry extra things).  We were already planning what to do for our couple of last days before returning home (our desires were shattered by the fights between the red shirt and the government but more on that later).

In summary, if a summary is possible, our stay in Bangkok was great.  It was an awesome introduction to Southeast Asia.  I don’t know how to describe my experience without jumping in excitement.  It was love at first sight (Thailand and us).  I think all the photos I have published testify about my feeling of being on a fairytale land. Definitely, a place I want to return and return many times.

Chiang Mai, here we go!!!

PS. You know what happened when we arrived at the hotel on day 3?  We received a note on how it is dangerous to listen to people who tell you a place is closed and offer to take you to another place.  What?  We kind of received the note a little too late.  If you have been reading my post, you already know that we were tricked by one of these deceivers.  If you want to know what happened to us the day we visited the Gran Palace, click here.  We laughed and laughed after we received the note.

PSS.  Let’s say bye to Bangkok with two more pictures of Wat Arun.

Demons at work. Look at those cuties!!!

Beautiful Detail at Wat Arun

Hope you have enjoyed my Bangkok posts.  Leave a note with your favorite Bangkok spots.


  1. Great photos! I lived in Thailand for 2 years, (Bangkok for one) and would fully agree, Wat Arun is not to be missed and the view is fantastic.
    Laurel recently posted..Castle Ruins in StuttgartMy Profile

    • Laurel, thanks for stopping by. I would like to live in Bangkok!!! Great city and trampoline to the rest of Southeast Asia.

  2. Hi Ruth, I just came across your blog on TBEX…. very nice job! I love your photography and descriptions. I cannot wait to visit Thailand. I am hoping to go in 2012. 🙂
    Michael Figueiredo recently posted..Snapshot- Sintra- PortugalMy Profile

    • Good to know you found me thru TBEX. I discovered their website recently. Thanks for your compliments. Photography is not my strongest skill but I am trying to learn more about it. Definitely go to Thailand. You are going to love it.
      Ruth recently posted..Thailand’s Blue Tiger- Day 3 Part 4My Profile

  3. Great photos! My father and I travelled to Bangkok in 2001 and were also told that the Palace was closed and taken for a ride in a Tuk Tuk. Luckily they took us on a little “tour” first and we were reading in our guidebook about where we were – I saw a little sidebar warning us about swindlers that tell you places are closed as you describe. We started paying attention to our “guides” and saw that they were keeping a close eye on us. We made a run for it! A lucky escape – saved by the guidebook. We also had another issue with a scary boat “tour guide” there. Bangkok is a great place to visit but one really has to be careful!
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    • Andrea, thanks for sharing your stories. Like you mentioned we have to be careful anywhere we go. Nice to know you went to Bangkok with your father. I would like to take my mom with me to one of my trips. I know she will enjoy it.
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  4. Great pictures you have here! We knew about the scam before coming to Bangkok, and then one day when we wanted to go to the Grand Palace and were told it was closed, we went anyway, and guess what? It really was closed that day. Quite funny! BKK is a great introduction to SE Asia and is one of our absolute favorite cities in the world. Make sure you check out the weekend market if you haven’t already. I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s madness, but in a fantastic way. If you like markets, this one is second to none. Have a blast in Chiang Mai, another great city with a fabulous Sunday market (can you tell I like markets a bit?).
    Adam recently posted..Torres del Paine PicturesMy Profile

    • Adam, I can’t believe the Palace was really closed. Do you know why? I was planning to go to the weekend market on my return to Bangkok but the problems between the red shirts and the government ruined the posibility.
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  5. Beautiful ,it looks like a great spot to experience and enjoy Thailand.
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