The main religion of Thai is Buddhism, so one thing that tourists should do when visiting Bangkok is to visit temples. But the question is which temple? Only in Bangkok, there are more than 400 temples!!
Today I would recommend you 3 temples that are worth visiting and you can visit all of them in a day. These three temples are well-known and in the list of Bangkok’s main attractions.
The first temple is Wat Phra Kaew or Wat Phra Si Rattana Satsadaram or the temple of the Emerald Buddha. The second temple is Wat Pho or Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangkhlaram Ratchaworamahawihan or the temple of the Reclining Buddha and the third temple is Wat Arun or Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan or the temple of dawn.
Look at the map below, you will see that the first 2 temples (Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Pho) are located in Rattanakosin Island, while another temple (Wat Arun) is located is on the other bank of Chao Phraya River. So in order not to take ferry back and forth, I would recommend you to visit Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Pho first, then take ferry to visit Wat Arun or vice versa.
Wat Phra Kaew is the most exquisite temple in Bangkok. As you may know from the temple’s English name, the main attraction of this temple is the Emerald Buddha inside the ubosot. Besides, at this temple you will be fascinated by elegant decoration such as mural painting, big gate-keeping giants, and gadura.
Wat Pho is well-known for the huge reclining Buddha and Thai traditional massage. Well, the chedis (stupas) are also worth visiting. You might choose visiting this temple after the other 2 temples, and have a massage to relax after having a long walk.
Wat Arun is also worth visiting and worth climbing. You can have great photos of Wat Arun, while you take ferry cross the river to the temple. And if you climb the grand pagoda, you will see Chao Phraya River and the temples at the other side of the bank.
One important thing that I want to tell you is about dress code. To enter the temples, you need to dress properly. For female, if you want to climb the grand pagoda at Wat Arun, I would recommend you to wear long pants, dress is not recommended.
The information such as how to get there, opening hours, dress code, and admission fee of each temple can be found in the link below.
Wat Phra Kaew: http://www.iamwannee.com/wat-phra-kaewa-must-see-temple/
Have you ever been to Bangkok? Have you visited these 3 temples? Do you like them? Share your experience with me in the comment!