We are supposed to visit Grand Palace, Wat Arun and Wat Pho so we purchased a one day Chao Phraya River Tourist Pass for 120 Baht in Central Pier for unlimited water taxi ride. However, when we are already aboard the tourist water bus, we learned that the floating market is only open during weekends so we made a quick change of mind to go there first since it is a Sunday. We alighted at Tha Tien Pier, wandered around and reached a smaller informal pier just across Wat Arun. Here we hired a private long tailed boat for 1,000 Baht for 1.5 hours tour to Thonburi canals and Taling Chan Floating Market. One tip is that you should bargain hard, the boatman initially want to charge us 2000 Baht for 3 people but it was brought down to just 1,000 Baht after 15 minutes of haggling.
Passing through Thonburi canals is an interesting way to see how normal Thai people live. You can see children swimming and playing, people fishing and housewives doing household chores in their backyard. You can also see mansions, dilapidated houses, museums and temples built along the canal. At the middle of the trip, the boatman dropped us at Taling Chan Floating Market for 30 minutes.
Taling Chan Floating Market
Unlike Damnoen Saduak Floating Market which sells mostly fruits and vegetables, Taling Chan Floating Market sells cooked food and prices are really cheap. Aside from the floating boats, there are also stalls which sell a hodgepodge of things – clothes, trinkets, grilled food, dimsum, fruit shakes, Thai delicacies, fruits and vegetables.
After our stop in Taling Chan Floating Market, we continued our journey in Thonburi Canals and the boatman brought us to Wat Arun, our last stop as agreed.
Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)
People say that Wat Arun is like the sister of Ankor Wat. The temple has very intricate design from the outside. Entrance fee to climb up the temple is just 50 Baht. But take note that the stairs to go up are so steep, definitely not for the faint hearted like me.
From Wat Arun, we boarded the river bus to Tha Thien Pier where the Wat Pho is for just 3 Baht per person.
Wat Pho (Wat Po)
Wat Pho is the home of the largest reclining Buddha. Entrance fee is 50 Baht per person. After touring Wat Pho, we went back to Tha Tien pier and boarded a river bus back to Central Pier.
Siam Paragon and Secret Recipe Restaurant
Located just next to BTS Siam Station, Siam Paragon is a shopper’s heaven! It is the best mall in Bangkok, with elegant atmosphere, right size and right prices. Branded clothing, bags, and shoes here has much more variety and much cheaper compared to Singapore and Hong Kong. As an added bonus for tourists, when you shop and have combined purchase amount of 2,000 Baht in one day in their department store, they can fill up the 7% VAT Refund Form for you. All you need to do is to present this in the airport and claim your VAT refund in cash.
Secret Recipe is a popular restaurant-chain in South East Asia famous for their cheesecakes. So when we spotted this restaurant in the food hall of Siam Paragon, we didn’t think twice. Prices are very reasonable and servings are huge. I ordered their raspberry cheesecake which tasted so heavenly from the first bite.
Go to Day 3
- Bangkok 5D/4N Itinerary
- Day 1: Suvarnabhumi Airpot, Fraser Place Urbana Langsuan, Central Pier, Yok Yor Dinner Cruise
- Day 2: Thonburi Canals, Floating Market, Wat Arun, Wat Pho, Siam Paragon
- Day 3: Grand Palace, Wat Phra Keo, Bayoike Sky, Central World Plaza, Shabu Shi Restaurant
- Day 4: Jim Thompson's House, MBK, BTS Sky Train Joy Ride, Emporium