As I head down Rama 1 Road, I pass through sections of old and new Bangkok next to each other.
Support for BTS Skytrain on Rama 1 Road(nicely decorated)
Small temples on the sidestreets
As I get deeper into old Bangkok, I start to encounter Buddhist temples and wander in. The buildings are spectacular and the giant statues of Buddha, particularly the gold statues, are truly impressive (a "wat" is a Buddhist temple). There are over 40,000 Buddhist temples in Thailand, I only visit a few.
Wat Thepthidaram Worowihan
As I leave Wat Ratchanaddaram, I see a group of young Buddhist monks crossing the street and also coming to visit the temple. I watch and see them pull out the iPhones and take pictures, just like the rest of the tourists!
Monks sightseeing at the temples
Taking a break
I'll end this posting with the next stop a few blocks later, the famous Patpong Night street, a tourist street of bars, flea markets, and low-cost hotels. There's not much going on here during the day, but a few people are out eating and shopping.
Patpong Night street
From here, it's only a short walk to the Grand Palace and we'll head there next.