【How to get to 】Wat Arun & Wat Pho byself.

【How to get to 】Wat Arun & Wat Pho byself.

Hi, everyone Sawadee kap~!!
Japan still has a cool day, but Thailand was scorching over 35degree, It was hell !!

Thailand seems to be the hottest season in April and May!

On that day, we went to Wat Arun & Wat Po by public boat by myself.

This time, I made a “boat map” and “sightseeing spots in Bangkok” to make you easy to understand!!

Thailand is a very cheap public ship (15 ~ 32Bath!), So it is possible to go for 48Baht (about US$1.6 !!) even if it is only the fare for the boat!

Let’s go to Wat Arun & Wat Pho by yourself  !!

How to get to
Wat Arun

Wat Arun & Wat Pho is a representative temple in Bangkok, in the city of them!

As it is Bangkok city, we can go without spending much time, and movement is mainly “boat”!

It goes across the river of life of Bangkok, “Chao Phraya River”!

It’s very Bangkok like this and very fun,  it’s cool and comfortable to move around the water by boat

Well, the first step is to get to the “Sathorn Pier”!

How to get to Wat Arun①
Saphan Taksin Station
& Sathorn Pier

Bangkok Route Map

Bangkok tourist site route train boat Map

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‘Sathorn’ is a main Boat landing place. There is a BTS (sky train) station ‘Saphan Taksin’ near this.

First of all, go to the ‘Saphan Taksin’ station!

As soon as you exit Exit 2 of Saphan Taksin station, there is a boat landing for Sathorn!

How to get to Wat Arun②
Take a Boat

Once you arrive at ‘Sathorn’, take a boat called ‘Chao Phraya Express’ and go to ‘Wat Arun’!

‘Chao Playa Express’ is a cheap public boat in Bangkok, around 13~32Baht (US$0.42~1) !! Let’s use it!!

 There are 3 types of the boat at ChaoPhrayaExpress!

The type is determined by the color of the flag attached to the rear of the boat.

To get to Wat Arun, take ‘Orange Flag’ or ‘Yellow Flag’!

It depends on the time of day, but it is recommended  ‘Yellow Flag’, because the boat has fewer stops.

 Orange Flag  …nomal stop boat
・Fee 15Bath (US$0.5)
 Yellow Flag…Express boat (only morning/night)
・Time 6:00~8:00, 17:00~20:00
・Fee 20Bath (US$0.65)
 Green flag…Express boat  (only morning/evening)
・Time 6:00~8:00, 16:00~18:00
・Fee Change in distance13~32Bath (US$0.4~1)

Route map of ChaoPhrayaExpress

Bangkok tourist site route train boat Map

The departure of the boat is the Red Line ‘Sathon’! You will take a boat from there.

How to get to Wat Arun③
Buy a Boat Ticket

Chao Phraya Express boat ticket place of Sathorn pier

Then you get to Sathorn, buy a ticket for the boat!

If you got there,  the Chao Phraya tourist boat staff(wearing a light blue shirt) saying “Hellow, Where do you go?”, and induce the ‘Chao Phraya tourist boat ‘… but it’s not ‘Chao Playa Express’!!

It is hard to find the ticket place of Chao Phraya Express …

Chao Phraya Express boat ticket place of Sathorn pier

Buy a ticket here. You will be asked the destination, so if you say ‘Wat Arun’, they will sell tickets for ‘Orange Flag’ or ‘Yellow Flag’!

When I got there, already arrived a ‘Yellow Flag’ boat, we bought one for 20Baht and got on board!

Chao Phraya Express boat ticket

How to get to Wat Arun④
Take the Orange flag boat
or Yellow flag boat

yellow flag boat

The flag of Chao Phraya Express is behind the boat!

We saw it↑ “What is it Gold flag…!?”, but it’s a Yellow flag!!

In the case of the yellow flag, the third stop was ‘Wat Arun’, it was good early◎!

You can go there by Chao Phraya Tourist Boat(HOP ON HOP OFF BOAT)

Chao Phraya Tourist Boa(HOP ON HOP OFF)

By the way, you can also go to Wat Arun with ‘Chao Phraya Tourist Boat’◎!

The boat travels the main tourist spots around the Chao Phraya River!

★Chao Phraya Tourist Boat 
         =travels the main tourist spots
・Time 9:30~17:30
・Fee 180Bath/day (US$6)

The Boat is expensive BUT heavy traffic can be avoided!

 ‘Chao Phraya Tourist Boat’ is more expensive than a public boat, and business time is short, but there are many seats! 

And there are not many people buying tickets because high price than the pubic one, so it seems that they can certainly sit and move. If you want to move comfortably, it may be better to use this◎

Moreover, if it is this ship, it can go to Asiatique! (But business time is short!)


Wat Arun 

Wat Arun

The boat will stop right in front of Wat Arun, so it’s quite easy to understand the timing of getting off!
Introduce you to Wat Arun !!

Wat Arun

First of all, from the basic information of Wat Arun! Unlike Japanese temples, there are restrictions on clothing, so you need to be careful about clothing, though it is hot Thailand.

Opening hours: 8:00 to 18:00

Wat Arun opening hours: 8:00 to 18:00

Be careful that the ticket office closes at 17:40!

Admission fee is 50 baht

Wat Arun admission fee is 50 baht

This brown building is the ticket office! As soon as you get off the ship and walk straight you will see it. 50Baht (= about US$1.6)

NG outfit

Dress sleeveless · put out legs · those with clear lines of the body is NG

Wat Arun seems to be particularly bad when you can see your feet! It is better to be careful with the tops as the Wat pho can not wear a dress that looks like a shoulder. The T-shirt is OK! Thai pants are also OK!

How about Wat Arun

The highlight is the temple wall!
The highlight is the temple wall! The decoration of the outer wall is beautiful!

It’s just a white tower when seen from afar, but when you look near it you can see that it has very fine decoration! Not only the shape but also the color is vivid!

Look like this when you look at it ↓ It is a surprise because of the decoration of all wall. The tower is supported by Indra God Garuta, Monkey God, and other gods that appear in Ramakien!

watarun wall

Wat Arun can climb the second floor!

watarun climb 2ndfloor

And Wat Arun can climb up to the second floor, although the stairs continue to the top. I can not go further than that. However, the second floor had a great height! The pattern on the wall is cute!

Animal statues are also cute!

Animal statues

There are statues of these animals near the stairs of Wat Arun, but they all have lovely faces and they are cute!

That’s it, Wat Arun!

How to get to
Wat Pho

After seeing Wat Arun we will go to Wat Pho!

These two temples are on the side of the river, but Wat Po is on the opposite side so take a pass by a ferry boat!

In the old days, a public boat seemed to have arrived at Wat Pho, but now it doesn’t stop …so it’s the only 2way to go to the Wat Pho,

1 From Wat Arun take a ferry boat
2 Go to Wat Phra Kaeo’s ‘ThaChang’ and 15 minutes walk.

I will introduce the first way.

How to get to Wat Pho①
Take a Ferry Boat

watarun watpho across ferry

This is the Ferry dock for Wat Arun!

From Wat Arun, take the ferry to Wat Pho’s ‘Tha Tian’ dock!

How to ride a ferry is very easy, and the price is 4 baht (US$0.13). Quite cheap!

But if it is the first time, the landing area may be a bit confusing!

The location of the ferry is the most right seen from the Wat Pho!

boading point watpho watarun ferry

I think that you’ll confuse there cuz there are some docks…

When you see Wat Arun from Wat Pho like that, the ferry located most right on Wat Arun (Yellow circle). So, if you are in Wat Arun, aim to the left end!

How to get to Wat Pho②
Pay for Ferry fee 4THB

watarun watpho across ferry fee

This photo is the Tartian Pier (Wat Pho side)…Wat Arun also looks like this!
Pay 4 Baht and wait for the boat. The boat leaves at about 15 minutes interval!

How to get to Wat Pho③
5 Min’s on Foot

How to get to Wat Pho from the pier map

It takes about 5 minutes to get to Wat Po from the dock, but you may get lost at the ticket office.

Even if you can see the site of Wat Pho, go straight as shown on the map and you will see the entrance on the right side.

Wat Pho 


From Wat Arun to Wat Pho is close! You go sightseeing together! There are many temples in Thailand, but Wat Pho is amazing and I love it!

Wat Pho

Then it is the basic information of Wat Pho.

Opening hours 8:30~18:30

watpho ticket counter

As there are many places to see in Wat Pho, I think it’s better to estimate your stay for an hour!

Admission fee 200Baht (with a drink ticket!)

watpho ticket

The admission fee for Wat Pho is slightly higher at 200Baht (US$6.5)! However,  the ticket with a drink ticket so does not lose it! It is hot in Thailand, so this water is quite thankful!

 NG outfit

watpho dress

The clothes at Wat Poe are a bit stricter and it is NG that the body line comes out! If you want to wear something that fits your body or if you want to wear shoulders, you may want to bring something that can hide the lines of the body!

How about Wat Pho

golden statue is famous 'Nirvana Buddha'

Wat Pho is the oldest and largest royal temple in Bangkok! It is this golden statue that is famous ‘Nirvana Buddha’!

It is huge with a total length of 46Meter and a height of 15Meter! It has a calm face. This is spectacular!!

Another thing you should look at is the soles of his feet!

watpho flatfoot

And you should see one more thing is the sole!

This seems to have 108 figures representing the Buddhist worldview, This stunning flatfoot represents the enlightened Buddha’s “superman’s aspect”! I have flat feet too!

Overwhelmed mural

watpho wall pictuer

The statues are amazing, but the walls surrounding the statues are amazing too! A picture is drawn on the entire surface of the wall! The touch and color of this soft picture calm me down.

The use of color patterns is also cute!

watpho wall pictuer

Let’s throw away the 108 worldly passions!

watpho 108coin

You need to look at Wat Poe and you have to do it!

There are 108 pots for throw away the worldly passions, on the back of the statue. It is said that if you put coins one by one in these pots, you will lose worldly passions!

At first, buy coins for 20Baht.

watpho 108coin

Like this, put one coin in one pot and walk. Now you throw away your worldly passions! Let’s go ahead without mind!

「(nothing)………(forget the ‘nothing’ soon)………be rich、be rich、be richbe rich!Buddha, Change me to be a rich! Namu-Namu! 

You can get water with a ticket!

watpho free water

After observing the statue and having 108 worldly passions that can not be abandoned, you should be tired!! Let’s exchange water with a drink ticket!! 

The water stand is out of the temple and its left-back! It is a light blue tent!

watpho free water place

This back of the building is in a statue, there is a drink stand just to the right hand when you see this!


It was so hot on this day that just looking at Wat Arun and Wat Pho had limited my strength, so I could not go around and see anything else!

There are various exhibits as well as the statue, so I think it’s better to go around if you are energetic!

It’s Expensive!
Massages in Wat Pho

There are two massage shops in the area! We can receive students’ massage at massage school! But!! Here’s an expensive massage!

It depends on the course, Foot massage 420Baht/1hour(US$13.5) etc.!

That’s too high!! You can get a massage at a better price in town, You can go to the discounted massage area with the orange flag boat, so it is recommended! (Directions will be written last!)

↓ This Massage was only 100THB/1hour($3.25) !!


Way back to Sathon 

There is Wat Phra Kaew (Royal Palace) about 10 minutes on foot from Wat Pho, it’s good to go there◎!

From Wat Phra Kaew, there is a nearby ‘ThaChang’ dock where you can get on the Chao Phraya Express ‘Orange Flag’ and ‘Green Flag’ boats so you can return from there!

I did not go to Wat Phra Kaeo, and back in the same way as when I came, but it is difficult to understand the boat landing place, so I will write about it and finish it!

Get Thai Pants

thatian souvenir thaipants

Souvenir shops are in the vicinity of the ferry landing area.

The souvenir shop’s Thai pants are abundant and cheap! If you want to get tie pants here is recommended!

There are Free size (Adult size) and M size (Child size), and various types of tie pants from standard pants style to rolled skirt style!

However, durability is weak, and it seems that men tend to tear their crotch…

Way back to Sathon①
Take a ferry to Wat Arun

Take a pass from Wat Pho to Wat Arun in the same way as you came!

The landing place for the return boat is the left end of the orange circle when seen from the Wat Pho side! (When you arrive you will be dropped in the middle)

There is a landing place along the left wall so walk-off there when you get off the ferry!

 Way Back to Sathon②
Buy a Boat Ticket

Chao Phraya Express staff

Chao Phraya Express staff are waiting around the corner! Buy a ticket from this person! (Or you can buy it on the ship, but the ship’s staff is often quite frustrating…lol)

 Way Back to Sathon③
Take an Orange or
Yellow flag Boat

watarun sathon saphantakusin boat

You can return to Sathorn (Saphan Taksin) by taking a boat with an Orange or Yellow flag!

Depending on the time and timing, if the yellow flag is express, so convenient to arrive early◎ As this boat is always crowded, it may be hard because it will be a bit crowded & time consuming if it is orange …!

Drop by on the Way
Cheap Massage Area

If it is an orange flag boat, it takes about 15 to 20 minutes to “Sathorn”…If you get off at the next stop at ‘Sathon’,  named ‘Wat Worachanyawas’ !! There is a super cheap massage area! 

It is a ‘temple’ rather than ‘area’ but …! Anyway, there are many cheap massage shops !!

I have received a massage of 100 THB for 1 hour at a massage shop with the best location to see the river!


As these two famous temples are in Bangkok, I could easily go around by myself for the first time, so let’s try!

It was 48Baht (US$1.6) only the fare for the boat, so I was able to do it cheaply!

★If you are not confident in your fitness, you can go on tour!

Thailand heat and temple crowd included, Furthermore, the temple is quite large…It’s hard for ourselves (around 30). So if you haven’t confidence in your physical fitness, I recommend book tour!!

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