Wat Arun is probably the most famous landmark if you’re cruising along the Chao Phraya River. After our visit to the Grand Palace, we hopped on the boat taxi and headed towards Wat Arun. To get there, we had to cross to the other side of the pier by taking a boat that charged us 3 Baht per person (that’s 30 cents in RM!). From the distance Wat Arun looked grand and majestic, but it’s even more amazing when you can see and touch it in person. We paid the entrance fee of 50 Baht per person and were told that it would open until 5.30pm. Great, we had about 2 hours to spare.
Wat Arun from across the river
Wat Arun tickets
Wat Arun from near
A close-up shot of Wat Arun
A close up view of one of the buildings around Wat Arun
A ‘prang’ is a Khmer-style tower
The grounds around Wat Arun are not very big, so after walking around the perimeter, we had no where else to head except for up! The steps leading to the top of the tower were quite step and narrow, definitely not for the faint-hearted. We’re fortunate we’re dressed with proper attire and shoes, so we decided to give it a try. Even though some parts of the climb were quite scary, we’re well-rewarded with a nice view of the Chao Phraya River from the top!
Starting point of the climb
Steps leading up
Narrow and steep
Saucer climbing the steep and narrow stairs
View from Wat Arun
The Chao Phraya River
Another view of the Chao Phraya River
Another view from the top
To be honest, it was more scary coming down than going up, because the sight of the height below gave me the shivers. My advice is to go down with your body facing the stairs, much like descending a ladder. That way, you don’t have to be constantly reminded of how high up you are. 🙂 We saw a couple of tourists who were disheartened with the sight of the steep steps, but after going through it, we have to say it’s really not that hard. The tower must have been less than 100metres tall, so the climb would take less than 10 minutes. Just focus on the destination and never look down while you’re on the stairs. And have fun!
The intricate details of the Wat Arun up close
Wat Arun (The Temple of the Dawn)
Entrance Fee: 50 Baht
Wat Arun Ferry to cross the river: 3 Baht
Getting to Wat Arun: Take the Sky Train (BTS) to Saphan Taksin station, head to the Chao Phraya Express Boat pier and take the boat to Tha Tien pier (15 Baht). From there, take the Wat Arun ferry to cross the river (3 Baht).
*Note: Read the rest of my Bangkok Escapade here!