We thought Ko Phi Phi was party central, but it doesn’t compare to Khao San Road in Bangkok, which is where we stayed for our first night. We mostly walked around and then went swimming in the rooftop pool overlooking Bangkok. Seth’s mom got in around 3am and so we had a late start the next morning, but we managed to visit the Grand Palace and Wat Pho with the large reclining buddha.
GRAND PALACE AREA
Wat Pho is also a large temple area, but it is famous for the 46 meter long reclining Buddha. The reclining position is important, as it represents the last stage of a buddha who is about to achieve Nirvana, and end all reincarnations. Nirvana is a different concept in Buddhism than it is in many other Eastern religions. Unlike Hinduism, there is no afterlife. As I understand it, Nirvana in Buddhism is a release or escape from the pain that is living; becoming empty and having no self.
Day two we took the hop on hop off ferry to four different stops: the Barge Museum, Wat Arun, the Flower Market, and China Town. I didn’t think China Town was that interesting and we had to pay to take pictures at the museum, but I did take some at the Flower Market and Wat Arun.
ROYAL BARGES NATIONAL MUSEUM
MONK BEGGING BOWLS
Our last stop was down a little alley. We took a Tuk Tuk to the alley entrance and then a nice lady who didn’t speak any English led us to where a man was making these monk begging bowls. They are made from eight pieces to represent the eight-fold path to Buddhism.