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My flight arrived in Bangkok after one a.m. By the time customs was cleared, baggage was claimed, and a taxi hailed it was past two a.m. We still had a half hour drive into Bangkok. I shared a taxi with a Bangkok veteran. He said Bangkok is a city you can get whatever you want anytime you want. Efforts to photograph for a Thailand temple photo essay would have to wait.

Thailand temple photo essay Hua Lum Pong Temple

Hua Lumpong Temple out my window at my hotel

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I was looking for sleep at this point after 18 hours in the air and a three hour layover. My cab pulled into my hotel, and I was asleep within thirty minutes. Thailand and half the world away would have to wait until tomorrow.

Waking up to a wat

I woke up excited to be in Asia and Thailand for my first time. I pulled open the curtain in my hotel room and the top picture is what I was greeted with. Wat a view. An urban concrete jungle with crazy four lane highways going this way and that with a beautiful ornate temple, or wat, in the middle.

This is a common view in Bangkok. The town is a raging metropolis with horrendous traffic, smog, and buildings upon buildings. Interspersed in the madness are over 400 Buddhist Temples. Each one is more amazing than the next with bright colors of red and gold, intricate detail, and golden statues of Buddha inside.

Taxi tour of the city

My taxi driver from the night before offered to take me around the next day. I accepted because it is always nice having a guide the first time you are in a country, especially when it only costs $7.00. He picked me up around 11:00 a.m. the next day, and we spent a lot of the day cruising around Bangkok stuck in traffic seeing incredible temples.

Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok street restaurant with my cab driver off to see some temples

Wat Hua Lumpong

Wat Hua Lumpong

When I did the obligatory Eurail pass through Europe after college I saw hundreds of churches. I was churched out after one month. I never grew tired of the Thailand temples or wats as they are called in Thai. After looking at this photo essay you will see why.

Thailand temple photo essay

Thailand temple photo essay - Wat Traimit golden buddha

Golden Buddha inside Wat Traimit






Wat Arun

Wat Arun

The intricate design found at Wat Arun

Buddhist monk at the Grand Palace

This lucky guy gets to call these amazing structures his work place

Wat Phra Kaeo or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha

Wat Phra Kaeo or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha – Part of the Grand Palace Complex

Bangkok wat

Sadly I don’t remember

Grand Palace Bangkok, Thailand

From the Grand Palace complex

Wat Po Reclining Buddha

Wat Po and the reclining Buddha

Thailand temple photo essay - Wat Po Reclining Buddha

Wat Po Bangkok

Thailand temple photo essay – Wat Po from the outside

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