It is 7:30 in the evening and I’m sitting in the Singapore Airlines Silver Kris Lounge at Singapore Changi International Airport. It has been an exhausting but very rewarding day. Last night I only slept for about one hour between the late birthday dinner at Tam and Markus’ house and then the early flights for both Pat and me.
Despite being tired, I’m so glad I made the effort to change my flight to Singapore to an earlier one instead of my original evening flight. This way, I had about five hours to spend visiting not only with Otto (who will be in Thailand next week anyhow) but also with Bruce, who is in town on business from the Bay Area. We had lunch together, I met one of his friends, and we had the opportunity to visit for several hours. Very worthwhile.
Thankfully, the lounge has showers and I had packed a change of clothes. So now I’m clean, refreshed, and sufficiently sleepy that I should have no problem getting a full night’s sleep on the 8+ hour flight to Melbourne.
All that said, let’s look at the final two days of Pat’s visit in Khrungthep:
First of all, the results of Pat’s dressmaking experience – two very chic outfits that will be classic and stylish for years to come.
Friday afternoon we took the Skytrain to Saphan Taksin (Taksin Bridge) Station and took a river taxi up to Wat Po (Temple of the Reclining Buddha) and Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn). I didn’t accurately describe how much walking we’d be doing and Pat was wearing heels that gave her fits. But she toughed it out marvelously and hopefully had a good time.
Left: Pat as we head up-river past one of many temples that line the banks. This one is not of any particular tourist significance but is quite beautiful. There are also a number of beautiful churches, mosques and Chinese temples, too.
We travelled like locals, taking river taxis and ferries to cross the river. Three baht to cross one-way. That’s a bargain. Pat was especially daring with the river taxi, which doesn’t really come to much of a complete stop at the pier. You have to move quickly and be nimble, something I could never do in heels!
Wat Po is home to the largest reclining Buddha statue in Thailand – an amazing structure that barely fits in the sanctuary built around it. The temple also has the “original” school for teaching Thai massage, although I think their rates are a little pricey. But I guess if you’re getting “templed out” halfway through the day, 350 baht for a 45-minute Thai massage is worth it. It will restore your energy.
Our journey continued to Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn. This Khmer-style complex is quite beutiful although it has not been well-maintained over the years. Its name is deceiving as it is most beautiful at sunset when the sun is behind it.
Above: Pat at Wat Arun. Below: Children playing in the Chao Praya River.
One last photo of Pat, heading down the escalator to her gate this morning: