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The Golden Mount | Bangkok

When you're following Google Maps and stumble upon a really cool temple on top of a hill . . .

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Good morning from Bangkok! Steph and I have just seen a massive snake in the swampy bit outside our bedroom - how thrilling! So we're currently in monsoon season here in Thailand, and let me tell you: when it rains, it pours. Despite practically having to swim around the city yesterday we still managed to see quite a bit (including a brief glimpse of the Thai royals, but more of that in my newsletter. HINT: sign up below 😘).

As the heading above said, we stumbled upon the Golden Mount after following Google Maps back to the centre of Bangkok. Having been taken to a rather dubious "tourist information" centre by a tuk tuk driver and being told that the only way we could get to Chiang Mai was to book a jungle trek through them, we began the slog back to our hostel. We made a little detour to this place and were pleasantly surprised by what we saw.

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I was honestly expecting a tiny hill with a bit of gold on, not a full blown temple with views across Bangkok.  Wat Saket was built in the early 19th century by King Rama III. The temple sits at the top of a hill and an only be reached by walking up the 344 steps - nothing like a light bit of exercise in the unbearable humidity, right? To be fair it wasn't that bad. Plus I'm already falling hard and fast for Thai architecture.

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I'm going to leave you now with a gory little bit of history about this particular temple: during one period of time it served as a crematorium for up to 60,000 plague victims. I didn't actually find this out until after and there's certainly no hint of it's slightly-less-pleasant past whilst you're there.Β 

Well I must get a move on with my newsletter as it's about a week and a half overdue - oopsie.Β 

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