Temple of the Dawn and Dinner at the Banana House

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by nofootprint on May 19, 2011

Wat Arun

It's the Eiffel Tower of Bangkok and is on many visitor posters, Wat Arun, "the Temple of the Dawn." It's definately a hot tourist spot but never the less it's a must see. Most people go see it by boat. Start off with taking a BTS to Saphan Taksin station. Then take the ferry to Tha Tien Pier . Allow yourself time to enjoy . There are steps you can climb and the river view is worth the trouble!! The most attractive structure in this temple is the 79m (260ft) high pagoda or Phra Prang which is completely covered with pieces of multi-colored glass and Chinese porcelain.

We were on the go all day seeing the sights and absorbing the atmosphere of Bangkok .We were really hungry by dinner time and thought we try the recommended Banana House.

The Banana House
Look up!! Half-hidden on the second floor of an old office building on Silom near the Patpong-Thaniya redlight strip. This restaurant has been serving office workers and club-goers for more than 20 years.

The service is friendly , but the place is quite popular so...it has a hurried atmosphere.

I would recommend it though...the food is super ,( and cheap) lots of tradional Thai fare...

No reservation needed!!
I loved the baked clams . It's served as an appetizer but is so substanial that even if you share. it's alot!!

One thing the struck me while in Bangkokwas how pleasant and happy everyone seemed. No matter how busy the cooks in the little stalls seem to be , or how demanding a customer at the hotel or airport check in ...there always seems to be a smile from the wonderful patient Thai people . We can learn alot from them . When travelling there , put your best face forward and learn to smile.

I think the smiling Thai people win hands down as far as my favorite memory of Thailand . It's tough competition too....since there's the food, the beaches in the South , the scenery in the North, the Asian elephants ......I could go on and on.....but then there’s the smile.

Temple of the Dawn (Wat Arun)
Thai Wang Road
Bangkok, Thailand


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