After a botched couchsurfing tour of some of Bangkok’s wats, or temples, we decided to take the matter into our own sweaty hands, and hopped onto a public riverboat, cruised down the Chao Phraya River, and spent an incredible afternoon at Wat Pho. Wat Pho or Wat Phra Chetuphon, is the oldest and largest wat in Bangkok, and houses the largest reclining Buddha, Phra Buddhasaiyas, in all of Thailand! It was built in the 16th century during the Ayutthaya Period and then almost completely rebuilt by King Rama, in 1785. In addition to the Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho is made up of several brightly tiled and gilded pagodas, and houses over a thousand Buddha images and statues. We were also treated to a school field trip, consisting of a swarm of smartly uniformed, well behaved students. Although we had fun snapping tons of pictures of scenery and the locals, we found Wat Pho a bit too touristy for our comfort; it felt a bit more like a tourist trap with its overpriced gift shops and massage parlors, than a working temple and monastery, which it also is. The giant Reclining Buddha is also chopped up into sections, by thick columns supporting its ornately decorated roof, so that an unobstructed frontal view is nigh impossible. Nevertheless, Wat Pho is definately a ‘must-see’ in Bangkok, for its tons of jaw dropping-ly beautiful artifacts and architecture, and the priceless opportunity to mix with wonderful wonderers and super-sweet locals. Grab a cool coconut from the roadside stands across from the entrance and get ready for a transcendent adventure!
Our Expenses: We love a cheap day out, and got a lot of bang for our Bhat at Wat Pho! Use our Currency Convertor to convert Thai Bahts into the currency of your country!
Admission to Wat Pho: 50 Baht/ person
One-Way Public Riverboat: 15 Baht/ person
Coconut Juice: 20 Baht/ coconut