We were with the Filipino couple from UE by that time and they were also free flowing with their itinerary so they asked for a few directions with a guy who looks rather trustworthy.After a few exchanges, the guy was able to convince the pair to try somewhere less touristy.
in the area where they originally wanted to go.Actually, the initial plan was to go to a place famous for cheap jewelries, sorry I can't recall the name of the place since they are hard to remember.
Nosebleed ang name recall pag sa Thailand.hahaha
To cut the long story short, we agreed to go with them.
The guy we talked to immediately contacted tuktuk drivers to bring us there.A lot of negotiations happened on the price of the ride took place before we set off.
Before entering the temple, we went for a late lunch.There are a few restaurants nearby similar to our carinderyas in Manila.We went for noodles.I don't even know the name coz communicating in English to the owner is difficult.I notice some genuine hospitality here though.The owner offered water to us even before we asked for it.
WAT THEPTHIDARAM WORAWIHAN is a small temple.I heard that it is not officially open to the public yet coz they are still in their final touches to get ready for the flood of tourists.There's nothing very grand about the place but since we were the only visitors at that time, we were able to take our time and enjoy looking around.
Wat Thepthidaram Worawihan is a third grade Royal Temple of Worawihan.The former name was Wat Phraya Krai Suanluang, as it is located in Tambon Suan Luang Praya Krai. King Rama III established the temple in 1836 in honor of Somdet Phrachao Lukthoe Kronmamuen Apsorn Sudathep.Construction was completed in 1839 and the royal name was Wat Thepthidaram
There are other attractions nearby as indicated by our map.But since it was nearing rush hour, it was a bit difficult to haggle with tuktuk drivers so we parted ways with the couple from UE and found our way back to Wat Arun via Wat Po.
Wat Thepthidaram Worawihan was a welcome diversion.It might not be as grand as other temples in Bangkok but it sure is charming.To be able to take your time and enjoy a place on your own in a touristy city like Bangkok is rare.This is a unique temple because it's the only place in Thailand where you can find female monks, although they are only statues.You don't wanna miss that.