Best time to visit Wat Pho, Bangkok – Great family friendly temple to visit!
After three days of jetlag, getting used to the heat and eating our way through Bangkok, we decided to do some sightseeing. The Grand Palace was of interest as well as the several temples (Wats) surrounding the Palace region. Our jetlag still hadn’t worn off, especially for the children, as they would never normally sleep in till 12 noon! This was a problem as the Grand Palace closes at 3:30. We ended up leaving the house at 130pm and thought even if the Palace is closed, we would just get to the boat terminal, hop on the local boat and just see where we end up – If nothing else it will be a lovely boat ride on the Chao Phraya river with lovely views of the city. Little did we know then, that the timing worked out best for visiting Wat Pho!
You can get to the Phra Nakhon region where Grand Palace is located several ways. Easiest way is just to take a taxi but you have to deal with lot of traffic on the road. You can also get here by boat and Sky Train. There are different types of boats, one can find more details here on costs and where each type goes to. We first took the BTS Sky Train and then got on the Orange Flag Boat. This costs only 15 Baht (30 pence) per person, you just stand in queue, hope on the boat and buy the ticket on the boat. The ride was great with many interesting sights to see. We passed this historic buildings more than 100 years old, flower markets, Chinatown, several fancy Hotels and Malls, and many other famous landmarks.
We decided to visit Wat Pho as it was home to the Reclining Buddha and that’s the one the kids and I wanted to see. Short walk from the pier to the Temple, passing through such fascinating food and drinks stalls. We had fresh watermelons and mangoes along the way. This really is the best part of being here, having so many new and fresh fruits and fruit juices 🙂
Located just next to the Grand Palace, Wat Pho is one of the oldest and largest Wats in Bangkok. It is home to the Reclining Buddha and also contains more than 1000 Buddha images. The kids enjoyed it a lot more than they had expected. Wat Pho is very open with lots of outside areas for them to run about and explore whilst also being able to admire the beautiful architecture, shrines and Buddha statues inside. They were handing out free drinking water in many places and the toilets were clean. It cost 100 Baht (£2) per person to get in , children have to pay as well. You had to dress appropriately (shoulders and legs covered) for entering the temple with the reclining Buddha. If you weren’t, they just gave you a green robe/sheet to cover up.
Everything was just so beautiful here! I will just let the pictures speak for themselves 🙂
Shama had been interested in Buddhism for a few months now, (just interested in religion overall), so it was quite fascinating for her to see the prayer rituals, the different Buddha statues, learning more about Buddhism. All the writings were in Thai so we couldn’t read anything, but it was interesting enough just to experience it all visually and then go home and google more information about the history of this temple. Shahaar found all the gold and glitter quite fascinating too! Kids learn so much (as do we) during travels – about different cultures, religion, languages and food. Did I mention how much we are loving the food here?!
Just by default, due to jetlag, we ended up going to Wat Pho after 3pm, but we felt it was the best time to visit. The temperatures have cooled down, there are less people and the light is just perfect for photographing such beautiful and colorful architecture. I am glad we chose to make Wat Pho our first sightseeing destination, and would highly recommend this Wat as a great family friendly day out sightseeing in Bangkok. I just hope the others can live up to the wonderful experience we had here 🙂
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