Golden Mount, Bangkok
Favorite thing: I didn't take much notice on my climb up to the top of Golden Mount as it was very hot and sunny the day I was there. But on the way down you can really appreciate the unobstructed views of Bangkok. Luckily I had a very clear day!
In the 'things to do' section, I've already written about this place, but here's another photo to show part of the great view you can get from this place.
To find out where this place is and how to get there, see the "to do" section.
Fondest memory: Here is the Dome of Golden Mount temple. I went to climbed up to the very top of the temple and was enjoying the scenary. Because of the hot whether on February, I and Nadine had a nap on wooden bench in every corner where they provide for tourist and monks to take a rest after climbing stairs.
Getting to the Golden Mount is pretty easy, except for the last few metres! It's near the end of Ratchadamnoen Avenue, east of Democracy Monument. However just as you get there, it's easy enough to take a wrong turn just before you get there (which is what I did). At the end of Ratchadamnoen Avenue there's a big road junction and you can see a wall which which look as if it could be the edge of the Golden Mount. In fact it's an old fort and you should carry on past it over the canal and down Thanon Boriphat - look for the small bridge which you need to cross (pictured).
The entrance to the Golden Mount is also pretty badly signed - there is a sign on the wall just before you get there, otherwise look for the gates, which should be unlocked during the hours of daylight. If you've gone over the bridge in the photo, then the Golden Mount is on your left.
A short walk from Democracy Monument is the Golden Mount, which is an artificial hill (topped by a Buddhist chedi) next to Wat Saket. There's a complicated road junction just before you get there, so try not to get lost - I managed to take a wrong turn on the way. It was a pretty good view though - worth the effort.
There's a small charge of 20 baht to get to the highest point, and there's also a small shop selling films and cold drinks - you may well need a drink if you've climbed up in the heat.
Favorite thing: Here's a view from the Golden Mount looking down at the surrounding housing. As you can see there is a lot of space dedicated to living outdoors on the roofs.
Fondest memory: Bangkok is the city of contrasts - in many ways. You can get a good view of the city from the top of the Golden Mount.