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Day visit to famous Wat Arun on Chao Phraya river Bangkok 
and short ferry crossing to view temple from at rooftop bar Sala Rattanakosin

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Khun North, Nutch and Anya of Bangkok

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Wat Arun

I would recommend spending at least an hour visiting the temple.

Although it’s known as the Temple of the Dawn,
it's absolutely stunning at sunset, particularly when lit up at night.

Given the beauty of the architecture and the fine craftsmanship,
it’s not surprising that Wat Arun is considered by many as one of the most beautiful
temples in Thailand. The prang (spire) by the Chao Phraya is one of Bangkok's
world-famous landmarks. The imposing spire rises over 70 metres high,
beautifully decorated with tiny pieces of coloured glass and Chinese porcelain
placed delicately into intricate patterns.

Head into the ordination hall and you can admire a golden Buddha
image and the detailed murals that decorate the walls. 

Although Wat Arun is very popular for tourists, 
it’s also an important place of worship for Buddhists. 
Make sure you dress appropriately or pick up one of
the cover-ups that are available for rent near the entrance.

Wat Arun was envisioned by King Taksin in 1768.
It’s believed that after fighting his way out of Ayutthaya,
which was taken over by a Burmese army at the time,
he arrived at this temple just as dawn was breaking. 

He later had the temple renovated and renamed it Wat Chaeng,
the Temple of the Dawn. 

It used to be the home of the Emerald Buddha
before the capital and Palace was moved to the other side of the river. 
This can nowbe seen at the Grand Palace.

The central prang was extended during the reign of Rama III (between 1824 and 1851)
and is now one of the most visited sites in Thailand. It was also Rama III who added the
decoration of the spires with porcelain so that they glimmer in the sunshine.

toilets, food and drink available on site

they also have costume hire 

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Sala Rattanakosin

If taking a boat across the Chao Phraya River. There is a hotel called Sala Rattanakosin

which is well known to tourists. It might be a boutique hotel, but half of this four-story

renovated shop-house is dedicated to dining in full view of the riverside’s star attraction,

Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn). Pull up a seat on the outdoor terrace to feast on a menu

that goes down two routes: one, elegantly plated Thai classics and regional specialties;

the other, Western bistro food. For us though, the highlight is its rooftop bar—the perfect

place for sipping a great selection of cocktails.

Only 4 baht to take a boat across the river

Thai souvenir shop

returning on the short river crossing there are many places to eat / drink and enjoy view

of the temple, we visit Sala Rattanakosin Eatery & Bar - tourism directory https://thaibis.family/SalaRattanakosin

2 min video Sala Rattanakosin

Tourist info


allow a 30 mins to 2 hrs to get there depending on the time of day and transport 
allow a few hours to wonder the majestic temple, known as the "temple of Dawn"
allow a few hrs to view the temple from across the river and enjoy the view and passing boats

temple requires dress code to enter the temple: they have hire clothing on site 
entrance fee is nominal

Getting there

many options for tourism adventure
approx only 6kms in straight line but you can never do that in Bangkok .. lol
depending on traffic by taxi or tuktuk it can take 30 mins to 2 hours
MRT - Subway approx 30 mins from MRT Asok (centra of town)
BTS (Skytrain) to Central Pier (30 mins) and connect with Ferry then 30 mins by ferry

Another option "Adventure"

fast canal ferry via the Saen Saep canal
(many locals don't like the speed or the smell)
but many tourists love it, allow approx 40 mins from Pier Asok to Pier Fa lilat
then around 15 mins in tuktuk or taxi to Ferry pier Tian

Getting home:
the reverse options depending on the time of day / evening to handle the traffic

Knowledge base

Wat Arun 
Famous temple of Dawn on Chao Phraya river opposite grand Palace https://thaibis.family/watarun

Sala Rattanakosin    
Eat and sleep on the river opposite Wat Arun
small boutique hotel on Chao Phraya river opposite famous Wat Arun with
chic 4th flr rooftop open air bar restaurant view of Wat Arun and passing diner boats 

Wat Arun is accredited in the top 10 popular tours of Bangkok

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