June 26th - June 28th, 2012
The gift of transport that Note had granted us really came into its own as we crossed back the entire width of the city to Wat Chai Wattanaram. This particular structure was built in the 17th century and extensively restored in the 1980s and is (according to Lonely Planet) a popular spot for sunset watching which of course piqued Julians interest. We arrived far too early for the evening light but were impressed beyond words with the building, the central stupa reaching high into the air surrounded by four prangs at the compass points and even smaller versions between. The site was closed for renovation work, but for a change, we were happy enough to take in the overview, the perspective from the riverbank as impressive as anything we had come across so far. We had time before the last of the daylight to run down to the nearest market before returning with food to wait for the sun. The tourist trips up the river came upon the Wat at various times during the next hour and a half there and for a time we thought we might be swamped by those and fighting for the most photogenic angles come sunset, but each and every one, from the large party boats pumping base beats, to the smaller craft with maybe half a dozen passengers had disappeared by the magic hour and just the two of us remained. The cloud had been hanging over us for most of the afternoon but just as the sun began setting it cleared from the western horizon and gave us the most glorious display.