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We left the Serenity in the Port of Laem Chabang for the two-hour bus ride into Bangkok. Our Chao Phraya River cruise would be in boats similar to these.
Bangkok is Thailand's capital, home to over 11 million people. We were excited to get a first-hand look at this bit - life along the river.
Klongs (river canals) run throughout the city.
The river is lined with temples, shrines and high-rises.
The main river is an avenue of commerce, travel and tourism. They call these "speedy boats". If you sit in the back, you will get wet! (I know!)
Our tour boats traveled the same route.
A stop along the river was at the Temple of Dawn, obviously undergoing extensive restoration.
Inlaid porcelain, unending
We climbed the prang (tower) as high as allowed. Those were really steep stairs!
Buddhist monks and international visitors mix
After this exciting look into Bangkok's life along the river we enjoyed a brief panoramic bus tour of the city.
And, oh yes, a delicious Thai buffet at the amazing Peninsula Hotel - just look at my dessert plate.