After a night spent walking for what seemed like miles to the huge Suan Lum Night Bazaar, our last day in Bangkok was spent mostly on the Chao Praya River. We were very lucky to have a local guy overhear us talking on the street about how to get to the ferry boat pier, and he took us to a dock from which we were able to take a private sanpan boat cruise for two hours up the river and along one of the canals, with a stop at Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn). It was amazing – I really loved it. We saw lots and lots of local riverside houses, as well as fancy hotels and ruined structures. From the water we could appreciate the roof lines of the Grand Palace complex, as well as the many other temples that line the river. We fed the enormous river fish with bread purchased from a local boat vendor. The boatman stopped for 20 minutes to allow us to run up the fabulous Wat Arun, with its very, very steep staircases and great view of the city from the top.
Riding on the water was very peaceful, breezy and relatively cool. The waterside structures were fascinating and we could see why the city is sometimes called the Venice of the East.
See pictures here.