Self-Guided Tour in Bangkok, Thailand: 3 Amazing Temples in 1 Day

This is the second installment to my Self-Guided Tour series which will help you achieve freedom and complete control of your itinerary. If you haven’t read the first one, CLICK HERE.

Thailand is one of those countries with stunning temples and amazing history. No trip in Bangkok is complete if you won’t visit any of its famous temples. These temples are near to each other which you could easily reach using public transport. What’s great is that you could visit all of them in one day! Here is the self-guided tour in Bangkok, Thailand showcasing 3 amazing temples in 1 day.

1. Grand Palace

Credits to Andy Marchand

Being the most famous landmark in Bangkok, the Grand Palace might be a must-see for the first-timers visiting the city. The palace was once the home of the King of Thailand. The most famous temple at the Grand Palace is the Wat Phra Kaew which houses the Emerald Buddha. If you’re planning to visit the temples in Bangkok, I suggest you start with the Grand Palace because it could get very crowded later during the day.

How To Get There?

  • From the Suvarnabhumi Airport, take the Bangkok Airport Rail Link and stop at Phaya Thai. From there, you can take the Bus 503 or Bus 59.
  • If you’re coming from the city, take the Silom Line (BTS) to Saphan Taksin Station, also known as the S6 Station. Go out through Exit No. 2, and look for the dock for the Chao Phraya Express Boat.

TIME TO SPEND: 1-2 hours

2. Wat Pho

Wat Pho, also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, is regarded as the most important royal monastery during the reign of King Rama I of the Chakri Dynasty. It houses the largest golden reclining Buddha in Thailand and also considered the first public university of Thailand and the birthplace of Thai massage. Of all the temples I visited in Bangkok, this one is my favorite! Go ahead and visit to see why. πŸ˜‰

How To Get There?

  • From the Grand Palace, it’s just 10 minutes walk according to Google Maps. However, due to the heat, it would feel like an eternity to walk under the sun!

FEE: 100 THB
TIME TO SPEND: 1-2 hours

3. Wat Arun

Wat Arun, also known as the Temple of Dawn, is the third most popular landmark in Bangkok. It’s not a building where you can go inside. It’s like a pagoda with a nicely decorated exterior in white porcelain. You can climb the central prang (Khmer-style tower) if you want, but the steps are very steep.

How To Get There?

  • Wat Arun is almost directly opposite Wat Pho. Go to the Tha Tien Pier and take the Chao Praya Express boat to get across the river.

TIME TO SPEND: 30 mins-1 hour

Key Takeaways

Bring a bottle of water with you. This will help you survive the heat. In case you forgot, there’s a free bottle of water included in the entrance fee you’ll pay in Wat Pho.

When trying to go across the Chao Praya River, beware of the numerous boats at the pier. They would rip you off! Take the Chao Praya Express Boat. It’s the local ferry with a transport fee of 15 THB going to the Grand Palace or Wat Pho.

Beware of scammers! If you plan on taking the tuktuk, they might take you to unknown and smaller temples. It’s better to be always careful. Follow this guide so you won’t need to rely on tuk-tuk drivers or taxi drivers.

Visit during low season. I visited in August. The weather was nice and not very crowded! πŸ˜‰

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15 thoughts on “Self-Guided Tour in Bangkok, Thailand: 3 Amazing Temples in 1 Day

  1. I was in Thailand for a day and did all these amazing temples tour skipping other things of Thailand. I was amazed to see the splendid architecture of all temples. You have taken wonderful photos of Wat Po and Grand Palace.

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  2. This is such a good guide! I saw the Grand Palace on my first visit to Bangkok, but on my second visit, I actually didn’t visit any palaces. I didn’t want to just see that one again, and I wasn’t sure what others were worth visiting. Wat Arun looks stunning; even if you can’t go in, that beautiful exterior is reason enough to check it out. I will be sure to visit that one the next time I’m in the city!

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  3. We’re hoping to visit Thailand next year and have come to absolutely love self guided walking tours. It’s so nice to go at your own pace and pop off into other little places if you find cool ones as well.

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