April 27, 2011

AMAZING THAILAND: Wat Arun or Temple of the Dawn

From Wat Pho, the lakwatsa continues as we walked a few steps to the port to cross Chao Praya river on a 3 baht (Php4.50) khlong (longtail boat) after to visit the Khmer styled towers of Wat Arunratchawararam Ratchaworamahawihan or generally known as Wat Arun. This temple is named after the Indian God of Dawn Aruna and one of the most published images of Bangkok. Entrance is Thai baht 50 or Php 70 or USD 1.67.

Despite it's name (Temple of the Dawn), the temple is best viewed at sunset between 6-7 PM and we timed our visit for a supposedly sunset shoot but we haven't gone inside the temple yet, our luck has run out as the sky has opened up. Thunderstorms seemed too near that was an experience by itself forcing us to sprint on aching feet to the dry comforts of the khlong then to a cab.

We capped the day with a relaxing Thai foot massage at the most tourist infested area - Khao Sarn road. I’ve also read somewhere, that Khao Sarn holds the most number of unwashed humanities so we were careful not to breathe too much through the nostrils as we sat on a table with a clear view of the backpackers area watching people watching themselves.


This itinerary (GRAND PALACERECLINING BUDDHA, TEMPLE OF THE DAWN, KHAO SARN ROAD) can be done in a day even at an unhurried pace as these sights are close by each other and all within the city.

HOW TO GET THERE: The best way to get to Wat Arun is through the Chao Praya River.  The boat pier is just a short distance (less than 2 minutes walk) from Wat Pho, boats leave every few minutes.

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written by kim & mj 


  1. wow, the 1st photo is beautiful, by the river tlga. we planned to visit it at night time, di naman kami nagtagumpay. hehe

    i miss thailand! and the pad thai sa tabi tabi. nakakamatay sa sarap, for only 50 baht!! hehe

  2. Hi Chyng! Thanks, that's a tsamba shot haha.

    Nakakamiss nga ang Thailand, Bangkok is my fave city - isang malaking shopping area at kainan at really cheap prices.

  3. Like Chyng, namimiss ko na ang Thailand! Ang dami kasing puwedeng gawin. the best part about traveling to Thailand is napaka-intact pa rin ng culture maaamaze ka talaga kaya amazing thailand swak na swak!

  4. hay true that! and daming pwedeng gawin at puntahan. and you're right how its truly amazing that they get to preserve their culture amidst their modernization and economic boom, kasi sometimes nasa sacrifice one to the other.


  5. I was having temple overload already when we visited Wat Arun on our last day at Bangkok. We have been to the ancient city of Ayutthaya the previous day and to the Grand Palace and the Reclining Buddha just before visiting it. Good thing we still had fun here :) (love the first photo as well, pang postcard)

  6. Haha yon lang nakaka temple out talaga. That's why we suggest to friends na wag sunod sunod yong temple visits, they should lace it with shopping (wink) and other activities in between:-D


  7. Totally agree!, dapat temple tapos shopping tapos temple ulit tapos shopping tapos beach o museum tapos shopping ulit hahaha

  8. Ahhh then that would be the perfect itinerary et vacation grande, apir! haha!


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