Thailand – Part 3

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I’ve had such a busy weekend moving up to Aberdeen and my holiday now feels like a lifetime ago!  At the end of my last Thailand post we’d just got back to Bangkok so I will take it from there.

We took one of the public boats along the river to Wat Arun – The Temple of Dawn.  It was the most amazing complex and must have taken forever to build!  We climbed up the prang which is decorated with bits of porcelain – I’ve never seen anything like it.  The steps were so steep but the view from the top made the climb worth it.Next stop was Wat Pho – The Temple of the Reclining Buddha – which was just across the river.  I don’t know what exactly I was expecting but the actual Buddha was so much bigger than I’d imagined it would be.  I think our guide told us it was 15m high and around 45m long!  It was impossible to photograph but hopefully these give you some idea of the massive scale!On the way back to the hotel we found a brilliant English bookshop which I wish we’d found earlier – that staff were lovely and you could take books you’d read back to get discounts off your next book.  I thought I’d put in the photo so that if any of you are ever there you can pop in!That night we took another overnight train, this time South to Surat Thani.  After a super early breakfast at the train station we took a coach to the port to catch the ferry to Koh Pahngan.We stayed at Pen’s Bungalows which are right on a beach called Than Sadet.  The beach was so beautiful!  Our bungalow was amazing too – modern, clean and literally two minutes from the sea.  We spent two days just relaxing on the beach during the day then eating and drinking cocktails in the bars and restaurants which open up along the beach after sunset.  I’d have loved to have stayed here longer and would really like to go back there again!I’ll leave the rest of the islands we visited for another post….

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