When people think about summer holidays, the images springing to mind usually include a scarcity of garments, lots of sand, lots of sea water and colourful drinks with little umbrellas on top, sipped lazily while in a semi-horizontal position. And that’s just fine and dandy, should we all be so lucky to have such an escapade now and then. 😉
But it’s a big world out there, with much to offer, and more and more people are looking into destinations that can add a bit of a cultural touch to their holidays. Pick up a car hire in Bangkok and set off to discover the colourful “City of Angels”, home to grand palaces and impressive temples (also known as wats). Here are some of the temples you can’t miss when visiting the amazing Thai capital!
1. Wat Pho – Also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, this temple is famous for being home to one of the largest Buddha images in the world. A centre for the study of traditional medicine, we should all be thankful that this temple was responsible for giving the world the Thai massage. 😉
2. Wat Saket – A beautiful 19th century temple, home to the much-visited “Phu Khao Thong”, a small hilltop on the temple grounds, which resulted from the ruins of a collapsed Chedi. Since Buddhist beliefs forbid the destruction of religious buildings, the ruins were left alone for half a century, while nature gave it the shape of a natural hill, and a new Chedi was built in the same spot.
3. Wat Arun – Also known as the Temple of Dawn, this is one of Thailand’s most easily iconic landmarks, and its spire is a well-known landmarks of Bangkok. Built on the shores of the river Chao Phraya, the temple’s eerie beauty is particularly striking at dawn, when hit by the first light of day, and at dusk, when the temple lights are lit.
There are over 31,000 Buddhist temples in Thailand and between 400 and 500 in Bangkok alone, so there’s plenty to be seen and admired. 😉 What are your favourite wats in Bangkok? What else shouldn’t you miss with your Thailand car hire?