Wat Arun - outside 2

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].

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Alight at Tha Thien Pier (N8).

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Heading to the pier where Wat Arun is located, enjoying the view and wind.

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.

 Wat Arun - outside

Outside Wat Arun with greenery as background, peaceful…

Wat Arun - ticketing counter

The ticketing counter was right in front of the entrance.

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 while :)

 Wat Arun day view 1

Majestic architectural and Buddha statue.

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Late 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.

Wat Arun day view 2

Visitors are allowed to climb to the top of this high central prang.

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…

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Steps are so steep…

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~~

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People on the ground were so small while we look down from the top of central prang.

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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.

=> Click here to continue to our next destination in Day 4:  The Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho

Alec Chan

Alec Chan is an intrepid traveler, travel writer, author, speaker, serial entrepreneur and self professed Asia travel ambassador. Traveling all around Asia since 2003, and still traveling, Alec is an accomplished and passionate traveler seeking to bridge the cultural gaps in Asia. Through his unique perspective as a Canadian born Chinese, Alec shares his special insights on Asia to help others around the world to have a better understanding on Asian culture so that they can have a more meaningful, fun, and stress free trip to Asia. Alec has written numerous travel guides on several destinations in Asia and is the editor in chief of AlecTravelGuide.com

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