When I visited Bangkok I fell in love with this exciting city. There is always so much happening and it’s impossible to be bored here. It’s a fascinating blend of old and new, as you will see super modern shopping centres next to ancient temples and religious monuments.
I spent a day exploring Bangkok and taking a tour around to several of the temples, so I could make the most of my short visit.
How to Get Around Bangkok
As I was temple hopping in Bangkok, I found it very easy to get around. There are many taxis to choose from, which will take you anywhere in the city. Make sure that when you use a taxi, you ask the driver to use the meter. You could also take the BTS elevated train and the MRT underground train, which covers the majority of the main centre of Bangkok. A fare usually only costs around 20-40 THB. You could also take a tuk tuk, the colourful motorbikes with the seating carriage attached.
Be Careful When Hiring a Tuk Tuk
Hiring a tuk tuk is a lot of fun, but learn from my experience and always negotiate a price. I realised very quickly that the first quoted price would be very high but I could usually negotiate a cheaper fare. Also, if a tuk tuk promises that he will take you to a “secret place” or on a “special tour”, always say no because they are probably trying to scam you.
Another tip I can share with you is to avoid taking a tuk tuk during rush hour, as you will be sitting in the open cab in the heat for a long time, breathing in everyone else’s fumes!
The Most Famous Temples in Bangkok
Maybe you won’t have the time to visit all of the temples when you arrive on your flight to Bangkok, so here are the most important ones that I would recommend:
Wat Phra Kaew (The Temple of the Emerald Buddha)
This is the most important and most visited temple in Bangkok, as it is home to the Emerald Buddha (carved into a stunning block of solid jade.)
This temple is one of the oldest in Bangkok and it is known as the temple of the reclining Buddha. This huge 43 meter long sculpture is covered in gold leaf and is truly impressive.
Located on the Thonburi side of the city, this is one of the most iconic temples in the city. It was constructed during the 17th century and although it is called the “Temple of Dawn” it looks amazing at sunset.
Other Interesting Temples
I also had the chance to visit a few other interesting temples, if you get a chance you should check them out:
1. Wat Bowonniwetwihan - The architecture of this temple is beautiful, echoing Chinese influences.
2. Wat Sri Maha Uma Devi - This temple was built for the Shaktism religion, one of the denominations of Hinduism.
3. Wat Rakhang Khositaram - Also known as the “Temple of the Bells”, visiting this temple is a great experience and the sound of the bells is beautiful.
I loved my trip to Bangkok on my Hong Kong holidays and enjoyed seeing as many temples as possible on my temple tour. I hope you have a great time too!