Uncover four of Bangkok’s most sacred temples on this half-day tour, visiting the huge Reclining Buddha of Wat Pho, the towering prang of Wat Arun, beautiful Wat Benchamabophit and the gold seated Buddha of Wat Traimit.
While Bangkok is a vibrant modern city, it’s also scattered with ancient temples exhibiting opulent Buddhist architecture and inspiring golden statues. Stretching 150-feet, the gold-plated Reclining Buddha of Wat Pho is one of Bangkok’s most impressive sights, with its eyes and feet inlaid with mother-of-pearl. Wat Arun, or the ‘Temple of Dawn’, lies opposite on the western banks of the Chao Phraya River and features a distinctly unique design in its colourfully decorated spires. The ‘Marble Temple’ of Wat Benchamabophit is renowned for its classical proportions and European influences in its use of Carrara marble and elegant stained-glass windows. Wat Traimit on the edge of Chinatown houses the world’s largest golden seated Buddha, stretching nearly five metres in height and weighing in at around five and a half tonnes.
Your second stop is at Wat Pho, the ‘Temple of the Reclining Buddha’, established in the 16th century as the first open university in Thailand. It was once renowned for teaching literature, astrology, medicine and massage, with the latter still on offer today within its peaceful surrounds. But most come for a glimpse of its immense Reclining Buddha which stretches 46 metres long and stands 15 metres tall.
Just across the river lies the distinct Khmer-style prang of Wat Arun from where outstanding views across the city of Bangkok are on offer.
From Wat Benchamabopit you will travel along the Royal Way, passing magnificent temples and architecture of note, including the City Pillar Shrine, National Museum, Democracy Monument, Golden Mountain, Thai Boxing Stadium, Anantasamakhom Palace, Parliament House, Dusit Zoo and Chitlada Palace King’s Residence.