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by captain kait
Houghton, New York
June 20, 2005
When we visited in the early morning, the grounds were incredibly peaceful, though that is apparently normal for this temple. While it was beautiful at dawn, it is even more popular to view this site at dusk. While it's fun to see the temple up close and climb around the structure, the best views are actually from outside, on the river, where you can take in the whole complex. The river ferry is incredibly cheap and gives a gorgeous view of this famous structure.
From journal The First, and Unforgettable, Bangkok
October 25, 2004
From journal The City of Angels
by Laura Rabbit
June 27, 2003
Take the Skytrain to S6 Saphan Taksin Station (Silom Line). Leave via Exit 2 and walk to nearby Chao Phraya Express Boat - Pier 8. Take a cross-river ferry to Wat Arun. Admission to the Wat is a 10 Baht donation.
First of all, the 2baht ride on the river was interesting in itself. These commuter boats are cheap and fun. A great way to see a part of the city that you may not otherwise see (if you can't afford to stay at the Penninsula Hotel).
Views of the temple from the river are gorgeous and upclose the structure is amazing. Take a stroll around and enjoy the peace. It is uncongested and quiet. Watch the monks and take lots of pictures. As with all temples dress appropriately -- avoid tank tops and shorts.
From journal Jet-lagged in Bangkok... get over it
February 14, 2003
We hopped onto the BTS skytrain to the end of the Silom line. A short walk from the station was a boat terminal of sorts. We paid about 4 Baht each for a ticket to ride the boat up the river. There was no indication of how regularly the boats came, or which one to take. We simply waited and hopped on the one that seemed to be going up river.
Make sure you keep your ticket stub (as they do check), or buy a ticket on board. The boat trip was a noisy one. There was some seating, but no signs stating how many passengers were the limit. The ride took about 15-20 minutes. We then had to take another 2-Baht boat ride to get across the river to Wat Arun. The boat terminal seemed rather shaky, so watch your step.
Wat Arun has a rather stately look to it from the river. There seemed to be preparations for some festivities on the day we arrived. We didn't ask because there were quite a few vendors waiting to empty our wallets. We almost got into a dispute as we'd been about to take photos with some cardboard cuttings of Thai dancers--we didn't see the sign about the cost to do so until we were just about to take the photo. Fortunately, we had a digital camera and could prove we hadn't taken a photo.
The Wat itself is decorated with pieces of porcelain procured and donated by Bangkokians to the Emperor of the time. The steps are steep (the road to enlightenment is not an easy one) and one can't climb all the way to the top.
Our trip ended with an offer to take a photo with a rather large snake, resembling a python. The lack of photos here speaks for itself.
From journal Trip to Thailand
March 19, 2002
From journal Bewildered in Bangkok
February 22, 2001
From journal Bustling Bangkok
by world designer
Rancho Santa Fe, California
January 7, 2001
From journal Bangkok- A city of charm and mystery