Bangkok temples are a main attraction when visiting this amazing city and because of their popularity it’s very hard to get the perfect photo without the masses of people ruining your shot. The two best Bangkok temples for photography are Wat Benchamabophit and Wat Arun due to their beautiful structures, features, and noticeably smaller crowds.
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Where to stay in Bangkok
Bangkok is a giant city with endless accommodation options. The most popular place to stay for a backpacker is close to Khao San Road in Khaosan. This spot is famous for parties and being full of backpackers. A popular hostel located right on the main strip is Nitan Hostel Khaosan. If you’re after a more local experience, staying close to a train station will give you easy access to explore Bangkok. We stayed near the popular W Hotel in Bang Rak. It’s located next to Chong Nonsi train station and is super close to everything and only a few stops away from the major shopping centres.
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My favourite Bangkok temple is Wat Benchamabophit, otherwise known as the marble temple. Wat Benchamabophit is full of marble floors, large marble columns from floor to ceiling and its roofs that are covered in red and gold, making for amazing photography.
Wat Benchamabophit opening hours / Best time of day to visit
The opening times for Wat Benchamabophit are from 6am till 5:30pm. The tour groups start to arrive at 10am so its best to get there early to take some amazing photographs and have the whole place to yourself.
How to get to Wat Benchamabophit
One of the reasons Wat Benchamabophit is slightly quieter than other temples is because its not located right in the centre of Bangkok unlike other popular Bangkok temples. However, depending on your location it still shouldn’t be too hard to get to. There are many ways to get to Wat Benchamabophit such as join a tour group or hop in a taxi. The transport I’m listing is the cheapest and best way to get around.
- Ferry (this is what we did) – We got a train to the Sathorn Pier (26 baht) then caught a ferry to Thewet Boat Pier which is stop number 15. Once we got off the ferry it was a 15 minute walk. You pay a flat rate of 15 baht for the ferry and you can hop off the boat at any stop.
- Bus – From Sathorn you can get a bus to Ratchaprarop Road near Centara Watergate Pavilion Hotel, then get another bus which takes you right outside the temple. We decided not to use this method because we’re not yet familiar with the bus system in Bangkok.
Wat Benchamabophit Entrance free
20 Baht per person
Dress code for Bangkok temples
Commonly at all Bangkok temples you must cover your knees and shoulders so its best to dress appropriately. You’re also not allowed to wear flip flops at the temples. If the guards have any issues with your clothing they will just ask you to cover your shoulders or knees. They usually have large scarves that you can borrow. For my outfit I covered my shoulders with a scarf then quickly took it off for photos.
Wat Arun is located right along the river and is also known as the temple of the dawn because of the beautiful sunset that sets behind it. Most people will dine at rooftop bars or restaurants across the river to watch the amazing sunset. This temple is very unique and covered in tiles that have detailed patterns.
Wat Arun Opening hours / best time of day to visit
Wat Arun opens from 8am till 5:30pm. We arrived at 7:30am and waited till it opened and by this time there were a few other photographers there, but no large crowds. I recommend arriving as it opens because it is very quiet and watching the sunrise hit the temple is beautiful.
How to get to Wat Arun
Wat Arun is definitely easier to get to by public transport because its right next to the river. The ferry would be the easiest option, but if you’re coming from somewhere else you can always get a bus. For us we found the ferry the best option.
- Ferry – we got the train (26 baht) to Sathorn Pier. From there we took the ferry (15 baht) which stops right out front of Wat Arun at stop number 8. It is a very quick trip and once you hop off the ferry you’re only a few steps away from the temple entrance.
Wat Arun entrance fee
50 Baht per person
The dress code is the same as most temples around Thailand. Respectful clothing covering the shoulders and knees is recommended as well as ensuring you don’t wear flip flops.