Wat Pho (Wat Phra Chetuphon) is Bangkok’s oldest temple and is popularly known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha for the largest gold reclining Buddha and known for their famous Thai massage school.
How to get to Wat Pho
Wat Pho is located on Rattanakosin Island directly south of the Grand Palace and right next to Wat Arun making the journey there worth your time for temple hopping.
Address: 2 Sanamchai Road, Grand Palace Subdistrict, Pranakorn District, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
There are many ways to reach this historic temple. One of the most popular ways is by express boat to Tha Tien (N8) along the Chao Phraya. If you would like to save some money then you can take the bus (1, 3, 25,44,48,91,503,508, and 512) which all stop nearby Wat Pho.
If you’re good at bargaining or want to split the cost with a group then feel free to take a Taxi or Tuk Tuk just make sure you’re not getting ripped off!
Wat Pho Price
The entrance fee is to get in now is 200 baht but that includes everything to see within the temple aside from the massage school. If you would like a traditional Thai massage ranges from 260-420 baht for 30 minutes to an hour massage.
Where to stay
Anywhere in central Bangkok or near Khao San road is ideal. I stayed at NapPark Hostel which is located in the center of Bangkok with only 2 blocks away from Khao San Road and close to many of the tourist attractions including Grand Palace and Wat Pho.
When to visit Wat Pho
The temple opens from 8AM-5PM and is recommended to go early in the morning or towards closing if you want to go when it’s less crowded. The average time people spend there is roughly a 1-1.5 hours to go through the whole area.
What to do there
There’s lots to see and do at the temple. There are 99 chedis of all sizes covered with colorful and vibrant tiles. There are plenty of sights to see throughout the temple including the temple’s halls, central shrines, and numerous sightings of Buddha.
The main attraction is visiting the largest reclining gold covered Buddha. You can also get the infamous Thai massage there and if you have an interest in learning they also teach lessons on Thai massage in their school.
- Be on the lookout for fake guides who will overly charge you to take you to the temple and for overly price transportation who will offer to take you but end up driving you to other places instead.
- Also be aware of scammers who claim to be staff members and will tell you that the temple is closed and instead offer to take you to another temple for a crazy price.
- Dress code is very important. You should be covered for the most part meaning no shorts, tank tops, or any clothing that shows bare skin.
- Men and women is recommended to wear pants and long sleeves mainly when going inside the Reclining Buddha building or any of the chapels.
- Shawls are available to wear and shoes must be removed before entering. This applies to majority of the temples in Thailand.
Why should Wat Pho be on my bucket list?
Wat Pho is one of the oldest temples in Bangkok even older than the city itself enrich with beautiful architectural sculptures, chedis, and paintings where you can get a Thai massage from the original birthplace of traditional Thai massage. It’s an amazing historical site containing the largest golden reclining Buddha statue and a must see in Bangkok!