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I couldn't be more excited to return to Thailand after my initial trip there a few years ago. I'd been plotting my way back there for years but other people's lives got in the way.
Thought not ideal, we ended up going in the midst of monsoon season in July. The weather was steamy and cloudy, but we tempered it by ducking into the many shopping malls for some reprieve from the heat and unexpected showers.
This time we went to the amazing Wat Arun, Temple of the Rising Sun with the beautiful burmese style architecture so different from the Grand Palace which I visited last time. The most amazing site of this temple though is not actually within, but across the river at the Deck Restaurant. We took the boat from the temple to Tha Tien Pier, bought some fruit and snacks from the multitude of street vendors, then headed over to watch the most amazing sunset from the bar at the Deck restaurant with drinks in our hands. We got here about an hour before sunset and scored a great table right at the balcony. When darkness came the temple lit up beautifully as we finished our drinks and fruit.