Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), located at Thonburi side of the Chao Phraya River, it is one of the most outstanding Buddhist Temples in Thailand, also a striking riverside landmarks of Thailand.
It is also well known with its’ spectacular view from the east side of the river, during sunset and night, with lights of temple was on and skyline at the background. It opens daily 08:00 -17:30, cost you 50 baht per ticket. Long pants, long sleeve and no slipper (no exposed shoulder and skin above knees), remember to follow the dress code to show respect to this sacred temple, or you can rent these at entrance.
Getting to Wat Arun
We took Chao Phraya Express Boat to Tha Thien Pier (N8) [15 baht per ticket], follow by taking cross-river ferry to the other side of the river [3 baht per ticket].Alight at Tha Thien Pier (N8).
There was only 2 mins walk from the pier to Wat Arun, after crossed river. We like the greenery along the way and that as the background of the external view of Wat Arun, felt so refreshing at that windy late afternoon.
I was being attracted by this spectacular and dignified place when first stepped into it. Wat Arun’s area is not as huge as Grand Palace, and not as many architectural, but I personally like Wat Arun better. I felt peaceful wondering around, like I was free from annoyance for a moment, so amazing!
Our plan worked out as expected, late afternoon is one of the best time to visit Wat Arun, less crowded and quite windy. We took our own sweet time exploring the temple, to enjoy the relaxing atmosphere, and took the opportunity to free our minds for a whileLate afternoon is a good time to visit Wat Arun, less crowded.
The central prang is a very high building, visitors are allowed to climb to the top for best view of Chao Phraya River and writing their wishes on a long cloth wrapping against the wall. Well, I decided to give a try and challenge myself to conquer my fear of height.
The steps are very steep, luckily handrails are available, make sure you make full use of them to help balancing, especially for those whose legs might start shaking when getting to higher level, just like me…
I kept climbing without any rest, just wanted to finish it to the top as fast as I can, no looking down along the way for weak hearted like me. At the highest point, you can see the winding Chao Phraya River, Grand Palace and Wat Pho located opposite, across the river. It wasn’t easy for me to stand straight at the top when first reach, but I am glad to try and eventually did it, it worth the effort and attempt for the breathtaking scenery and refreshing wind up there, woohoo~~Spectacular view at the top of Wat Arun’s central prang.
Of course we didn’t forget to write our wishes on the cloth wrapping against the wall. Do remember to bring pen as it is not provided up there.
I find it more difficult and scary to getting down from the top than climbing up, spent some time figuring out the best posture for myself to get down fast and safe. My suggestion is to face the step and grab both handrails, keep looking at the next step to take and walk slowly. Wat Arun, what a relaxing but yet challenging visit, for me…
We took the cross-river ferry back to Tha Thien Pier (N8) [3 baht per ticket], and walked to the next destination, Wat Pho.