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“Boat trip to Wat Arun” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)

Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)
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Owner description: This temple is considered to be the most famous and photographed temple in Bangkok, which features a soaring 70-meter-high spire decorated with tiny pieces of colored glass and Chinese porcelain.
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“Boat trip to Wat Arun”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2013

We decided to take a long boat from the central pier and travel down the canals to Wat Arun. It was just 2 of us and we "splurged" on a private boat. It was interesting to see where people lived on the canals - some nice places and mostly not so nice places. At one point there was an older lady in a small boat selling trinkets and drinks and she encouraged us to "buy a beer for the boat driver", which we did!
We arrived at the spectacular Wat Arun and climbed the steep steps as high as we were allowed to for the beautiful view. I bet it would have been lovely at night-maybe next trip? If you have short shorts, you can rent a sarong to wear, right beyond the gate. My daughter did this and I think she received a deposit back when she returned the sarong. We stayed for about 45 minutes-it was very hot and quite a climb, so bring water and stay hydrated. Don't forget your cameras.
When we were ready to leave, we spotted our boat driver and waved him over to pick us up. It was a short, direct ride back to the pier. I think the entire trip was 2 and 1/2 hours, including the time at the temple.

Visited March 2013
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“A "must see"”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2013

You can climb several levels up very steep stairs, which affords and outstanding view of the river and nearby sights, including the Grand Palace and Wat Pho. Easy to get to by a 3 baht ferry ride from the Wat Pho pier. And the rows of demons that appear to hold up the upper levels are worth seeing.

Visited December 2012
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“What a Wat!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2013

No trip to Bangkok would be complete without visiting Wat Arun. Taking a ferry across is no problem. You have to climb the steps to the top for the most amazing view. A little narrow climbing up the stairs but worth it. The Wat is decorated by seashells and bits of porcelain. It is incredible to see.

Visited January 2013
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“Amazing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2013

A must visit for anyone headed to BKK. An imposing structure with steep steps. Being right next to the river lends it ever more picturesque view.

Visited March 2013
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“Very Difficult to Climb....”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2013

*) Opening Hours: Open daily, 08:00 -17:00
Location: Located on the west side of Chao Praya River (opposite Tha Thien Pier)
*) At the river take a boat to wat arun.
*) To get there by boat, take a cross-river ferry at Tha Tien Pier, which costs 3 Baht. Once there enter the grounds and climbed the temple stairs. Great views from the top (about half way up) but stairs are very very steep.
*) Admission Fee - about 50B
*) This temple is considered to be the most famous and photographed temple in Bangkok, which features a soaring 70-meter-high spire decorated with tiny pieces of colored glass and Chinese porcelain.
*) Once you start visiting this places you have to very careful, people keep misguiding you. Take a tourist group and go, then you will not waste time searching for this place.
*) The stairs are quite steep and you really have to hold on to the rails to ensure you won’t fall. However, be warned that climbing up is the easy part. Climbing down is quite scary since the stairs are really that steep. I found it is much better for me climb down facing the stairs. However, we cannot discredit the beauty and history, not to mention architecture of this site. It was truly breathtaking. All I'm saying is, if you don’t like heights, it might not be for you. You have to earn those memories with a steep climb up stone steps to the first level which provides lovely views over the river and surroundings. The real test awaits those who tackle the climb up to the second level. Beyond any question whatsoever, this is not for the faint-hearted.
*) There wasn't a very strict dress code and we didn't have to remove shoes.
*) Try to shoot this from the river so you can get it all in. Fabulous in the daylight, amazing at night.
*) It is easy to go this temple just crossing river after visit grand palace and Wat Pho.
*) Tip: Visit after being to Wat Pho, and if possible in the evening when lights add up a magical aura to the place. you really don't need to spend long hours when you come to visit this attraction - an hour would be more than enough.
*) My Verdict – Must-Visit.

For a detailed trip list feel free to visit http://bangkokandpattaya-itinerary.blogspot.in/

Visited March 2013
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