I was up at 3 AM this morning to take my son to the Bangkok half marathon (his first) starting and finishing at the Grand Palace complex. After seeing him off behind (well behind) a vanguard of eye poppingly fast Kenyan runners I had time to kill. I wandered around the perimeter of the Grand Palace until I came to the Tha Tien boat pier on the Chao Pahaya waterfront.
These piers usually have small informal eateries open at the earliest hour and so I sat awhile enjoying some coffee and a couple of Thai donuts (Pa Thong Ko) – very unhealthy and most delicious.
As I stared out over a peaceful Chao Phaya, Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) emerged slowly from the Stygian gloom.
Here it is in the full morning light.
Quixotically the best photos of the Temple of Dawn are always to be taken at sunset with the sun behind the temple looking from the east bank of the river. Here is such an image taken from Wikipedia (courtesy of Yosemite) – I wasn’t waiting until the evening!