On the morning of our fifth day in Bangkok we decided it was time to think about getting out of there so went to the main train station, Hua Lamphang, and booked tickets for the sleeper train on Thursday evening (two days later). People say Bangkok is kinda crazy (and it is!) and most people only stay a couple of days, but we ended up staying practically a full week. I think it helped we weren’t in a super busy touristy area, so there was a slower pace and we walked around most places just taking it all in. There’s so much to see!
After buying our train tickets we went out to get a cab to Wat Pho, home of the reclining Buddha. We went out to the front of the station- big mistake! There are tuk tuk drivers all ready to hustle tourists, one told us he couldn’t drive us anywhere, we had to get a boat from where we were to wherever we were going, and that a tuk tuk there would only cost 10 baht. If any tuk tuk driver tells you the journey is only 10 baht, RUN!! They basically take you to the boat where you’re charged 1000+ baht for a ticket, and they get a cut of it. That or a dodgy gem store where you’re pretty much forced to by gems. Lucky for us we weren’t having any of it, but we met a couple later in our trip that had been taken to a gem store and spent 800 USD on gems.
So anyway, if you want a cab from Hua Laphang go out the side exit where you’ll find a taxi rank. We grabbed a taxi on the meter from there to Wat Pho. Wat Pho was the first (and only) attraction we paid for in Bangkok, it was 100 baht each, so just under £2, and completely worth it. Ladies, you also get to sport a rather fetching green robe if you’re not dressed decently enough ie knees and shoulder out, ooh er!
It was a stunning area of temples and pagodas, everything was so sparkly it felt kind of like Disney Land. Inside one of the temples is a gigantic gold Buddha laying on its side…the reclining Buddha. It’s 160ft long and pretty impossible to get a decent photo of!