Wat Arun Ratchavararam, also known as the Temple of Dawn is one of the famous attractions in Bangkok, Thailand.

When we visited Bangkok, we had a tight schedule and the weather was not with us, it was raining on and off so we made some changes to our itinerary and we decided to visit only one temple and that was Wat Arun.

I think we made a good decision to choose Wat Arun because it was affordable and beautiful at the same time.

 So if you’re going to visit Wat Arun Temple, here are some details that you need to know.

Opening hours:
The Wat Arun opens daily from 8:30 am until 6:00 pm.

Entrance fee:
Admission charged at the ticket booth is (Thai Baht):

  • Adult 50
  • Child 50
Wat Arun

How to go to Wat Arun

Wat Arun is located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River.

 Exact Address: 158 Thanon Wang Doem, Wat Arun, Bangkok Yai, Bangkok 10600, Thailand

River Boat

If you have a lot of time, I’m pretty sure that Grand Palace is part of your Itinerary too. So the best way and most affordable way to go to Wat Arun is to take a boat across Chao Phraya river from Grand Palace and Wat Pho. Ferries are available to take you across the river to Wat Arun. Fare is about 3 baht.


If you are in a hurry and wants to make your time efficient and you have spare cash to spend, you can take a taxi directly.

Tuk Tuk

Wherever you are in Bangkok, you can see a lot of Tuk Tuk. Make sure to hangle the amount because most of the time the drivers charges a lot than the usual price.

BTS Saphan Taskin

If you want to commute here are the steps to get to Wat Arun from BTS Saphan Taskin

  1. Take the nearest BTS Station to Saphan Taksin
  2. Go to Sathorn Pier.
  3. Take a boat that will take you to No. 8 Tha Tien Pier. It will take you to the same stop to Wat Arun. Approximately 30 minutes depending on the number of passengers embarking and debarking at the pier.
  4. Then hop on a ferry to take you to the opposite side of the river.


  • Public service boat are available during the day time
  • Take Orange Flag boats. It is cheaper than the blue one and less crowded

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What to wear in Wat Arun

It is always good to respect their religion so please dress politely when visiting the temple. Over the knee and with sleeves are recommendable.

What to bring:

  • It is always a good idea to bring a bottle of water to keep you hydrated
  • Bring a scarf as well to keep you covered if you are not dressed accordingly to the temple.
  • Camera to keep a record of memories visiting Wat Arun

Reminders: (from the ticket)

  • Do not climb the rail
  • Do not dangle any doll
  • Do not drop any waste on the area

Nearby places to check out

Thailand Floating Markets Day Tour: Damnoen Saduak, Maeklong, and Amphawa Markets

  • Visit Thailand’s famous markets and learn all about them from an informative guide
  • Watch a train pass through the middle of the bustling Maeklong Railway Market
  • Relax at the authentic weekend market of Amphawa, frequented by the locals
  • See the iconic Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, the most popular one in Thailand


Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha Skip-the-Line Combo Guided Tour

  • Discover Bangkok’s history and culture as you explore the world-famous Grand Palace complex
  • Simply meet up with your guide at Starbucks at Tha Maharaj and avoid the long queue on the ticket counter!
  • Visit the Wat Phra Kaew, one of the most important Buddhist temples that houses the sacred Emerald Buddha
  • Check out the Wat Saket Private Tuk Tuk Tour for a unique and unforgettable tuk tuk experience in Bangkok


Check out: Day trips from Bangkok

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