A Bangkok Temple Tour is one of the best ways to discover Thai culture.
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I recommend 3 places on your Bangkok Temple Tour. Each one is explained in detail below.
Grand Palace and Wat Pra Kaew
This is a landmark tourist spot in Bangkok. Previously it was the royal residence and today its used for ceremonial purposes. The Grand Palace is beautiful in its architecture and a great place to discover the history of Bangkok. It is divided into 3 sections, 2 of which are open to public. The outer section is where all the temples are, including the famous Emerald Buddha Temple. This is known as Wat Pra Kaew. The second section open to the public is the outer lawn of the Grand Palace itself. Both of these spots make for beautiful picture backgrounds.
You can get to the Grand Palace using public transport and a ferry ride. Catch the Silom line and get down at Saphan Taksin BTS and then take the ferry on Chao Phraya River. You need to get off at the Tha Chang pier for visiting the Grand Palace.
Entry ticket is 500 Baht per person and this includes entry to the Grand Palace grounds, the temples and the museum.
Wat Pho or Temple of the Reclining Buddha is another popular temple. The statue of Buddha here is larger than life – you need to see it in person to understand this! This is one of the biggest Buddha statues in the world and is 46m long. And this is one of the temples where photography and videography is allowed inside the temple. Inside the Wat Pho grounds is also the traditional Thai Massage school and you can even get a massage from the students here.
To visit Wat Pho, you can walk from The Grand Palace. It is a 10-15 minute walk and I would advise you to not take a cab or tuk-tuk here as you might have to pay a lot for it.
Entry ticket is 200 Baht per person.
This temple is so beautiful! One of the prettiest temples in Bangkok, the Wat Arun is also known as the Temple of the Dawn. The detailing and intricacy in the architecture and design of this temple is out of this world. And its such a beautiful balance of white and other colors. Be prepared to climb a lot of heavy, steep steps if you want to get the best view from the temple.
To visit Wat Arun, you need to get to the other side of the Chao Phraya river. So head to the Tha Tien pier after Wat Pho and take a ferry for Wat Arun.
Entry to Wat Arun is 50 Baht per person.
While heading for the Bangkok Temple Tour, ensure you are modestly dressed. Don’t wear something too short, too tight because it is considered disrespectful inside the temple.
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