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Thien Pier gets you to two of Bangkok's main tourist sights, and it's also the starting point for our walking tour which shows you the many other sights of the royal city.
Wat Po, the temple of the Reclining Buddha is just a short walk through the market surrounding the pier. If you have a strong stomach, a walk through the market can be 'interesting'. The strong stomach is needed because the primary product of the market is dried fish.
There are two accommodations in the area: Aurum The River Place is a small 12-room 'boutique' hotel right on the river near Wat Po, while Chakrabongse Villas are just a bit further down the riverside, where the former home of a prince has been turned into three luxurious apartments. If you're in the area around meal times, or just hungry, then the Coconut Palm restaurant is a tourist-friendly Thai cafe. There's also a small coffee shop right on the river next to the Aurum hotel.
Use the cross-river ferry from the Tha Thien pier to get to Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn.
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