Going for the Olympic Gold!

Going for the Olympic Gold!

Going for the Olympic Gold!

As the London 2012 Summer Olympics get underway I want to wish all the athletes a great Olympic games. Of course, I’ll be cheering for the United States of America as they go for the gold!

Speaking of gold, this is one of Bangkok, Thailand’s iconic landmarks, Wat Arun or the Temple of the Dawn. It is a Buddhist temple that is located in the Thonburi district on the banks of the Chao Phraya River.

At night the temple is lit up and its golden color illuminates the Bangkok skyline.

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Read more about Thonburi

Directly west of the Chao Phraya, away from the glitzy shopping malls and tourist hotspots of Bangkok proper, comparatively low-key Thonburi is an entirely different shade of Bangkok.

On this side of the river, friendly vendors sell noodles from old wooden paddle-boats that cruise the area's elaborate web of khlongs (canals), locals ride bicycles through leafy alleyways, and historic but little known temples tower above old teak wood homes where grandmothers laze on porches built by their grandfathers. You could say it's a great place to experience the more traditional or old school side of Bangkok, but we prefer to think of Thonburi as Bangkok with its guard down.

Technically speaking, Thonburi is a fairly small, specific district of Bangkok province, but the Thonburi area is more generally considered to include everything west of the Chao Phraya from Read our complete Thonburi travel guide

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The temple of dawn at sunset. Wat Arun-The Temple Of Dawn.