When cruising along the Chao Phraya river in the heart of Bangkok, you won’t be able to miss the Buddhist temple of Wat Arun on Thonburi west bank. When the dawn breaks, it is said to reflect incredible light off its surface and hence the meaning of its name “Temple of Dawn”. The massive tower in the centre or ‘prang’ is something to behold and quite scary to scale. You have to hold onto both sides and take it one step at a time. Even then, I would suggest never looking down. The height is dizzying and steps very steep. But when you’re on solid ground between the steps, take a look at the pillars all decorated with seashells and colourful porcelain. These beautiful structures were built whilst King Rama II ruled in 19th century.