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Wat Arun


What :

Known as the Temple of Dawn in English, Wat Arun is one of Bangkok’s most visited tourist sights.

Built over the remains of another temple during the 19th century reign of Rama II, Wat Arun is named for the Hindu god Aruna, whose dominion is the rising sun. Built in the Khmer style found in Cambodia, Wat Arun stands apart architecturally from the vast sea of temples visited throughout Bangkok by travelers on luxury tours of Thailand.

Though named for the dawn, Wat Arun is particularly beautiful with the setting sun as a backdrop. Once full dark falls on the city the entire temple glows a brilliant gold, lit by lamps on the temple grounds.

When :

The temple grounds are open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., but the best time to view Wat Arun’s unique architecture is with the setting sun as a backdrop.

Most travelers come to Bangkok between November and February to evade the heat in the summer months, and the heavy rains in July and August.

Where :

Across the Chao Phraya River from the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand, Wat Arun can be accessed by private vehicle, but most visitors take a short boat ride across the water from the Western bank.

Who :

Architecturally unique, the sharp edifice of Wat Arun silhouetted by the setting sun is a sight no traveler on tour in Thailand should miss.

Appropriate Attire :

A functioning temple, guests who enter Wat Arun’s grounds should dress modestly by covering their shoulders, arms, and legs. For certain sections of the grounds, guests will have to remove their shoes when entering.

Guest Reviews :


Candace Washington - October 2013

If you want to get the most out of your trip to Thailand and have a personalized experience that you will enjoy the entire way, book with Easy Tours of Thailand. We had a fantastic time.

The Thai food was amazing and our guide knew the best local and authentic places to dine. The amount of knowledge and insight our guide had about each site, and Thai culture overall, was so helpful. We could have visited these sites on our own, but having our guide along the way really gave us an entirely different perspective and made our experiences seem "full."

Our guides made sure we arrived to popular sites ahead of big tour groups so that we could get the best photo ops (they acted as great amateur photographers too!), and also guided us to amazing 'off the beaten track' areas that I am so glad we didn't miss. We saw everything we wanted to see and more. From the moment we were picked up from our hotel in the morning everything was expertly taken care of the whole way.

We were also provided a private driver and vehicle that was air conditioned (very important!) and safely driven. All things considered, the price of the tour is very reasonable and well worth the money.

I would highly recommend Easy Tours of Thailand to anyone thinking about doing a similar tour.



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