Wat Arun Bangkok Thailand

With one more day in Bangkok before taking off to Sydney, I took a trip out along the Chao Phraya River to explore Wat Arun, otherwise known as the Temple of Dawn.

After grabbing a bite to eat, the day began with a walk to the nearest MRT station from our hotel (the Banyan Tree Hotel) where we would head then to the riverside and hop on a boat that would take us down the Chao Phraya River – the main river in Thailand. On the 20 minute or so journey down the river, we passed by a contrasting mix of modern, ritzy-looking buildings and run, rusty tin-roofed structures.

Along the Chao Phraya River

Looking over to Wat Arun across the river

Looking over to Wat Arun across the river

Once we had reached our stop on the river, we jumped off one boat and onto another which took us across one side of the river to the other where Wat Arun was located. A train and two boats later, we made it to the front gates of Wat Arun.

It was my second time to Bangkok (my last visit was back in 2007) but I only vaguely remember the places I visited. I wasn’t 100% sure if I did actually see Wat Arun when I was first there but after a little wander around the grounds of Wat Arun, a feeling of nostalgia and a sense of familiarity came about convincing me that it mustn’t have been my first time there.

L: A monk within the temple grounds | R: Looking through the doorway to multiple golden buddhas

L: A monk within the temple grounds | R: Looking through the doorway to multiple golden buddhas

As I was flying out of Bangkok that evening and we had to make it back to the Banyan Tree to check-out, it left us just over an hour for us to wander around. It was just enough time to walk through halls of golden buddhas, quietly observe passing monks and even get blessed by a monk inside one of the temples.

L: A shrine inside one of the temples | R: The Ordination Hall

L: A shrine inside one of the temples | R: The Ordination Hall

A lotus in bloom

A lotus in bloom

The trip to Wat Arun was a great way to spend the day as it was nice to get out and about before having to sit on a 9-hour flight back home.