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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Outdoor Sculpture
“Wat Arun, locally known as Wat Chaeng, is situated on the west (Thonburi) bank of the Chao Phraya River. It is easily one of the most stunning temples in Bangkok, not only because of its riverside location, but also because the design is very different to the other temples you can visit in Bangkok. Wat Arun (or temple of the dawn) is partly made up of colourfully decorated spires and stands majestically over the water. Wat Arun is almost directly opposite Wat Pho, so it is very easy to get to. Entry to the temple is 100 baht. The temple is open daily from 08:30 to 17:30.”
  • 64 locals recommend
  • 13 Experiences
Historic Site
“Not only is this temple incredibly beautiful, it’s also a very fun ferry ride away from the center. It was under construction for a while, but it is now open for visitors. Wat Arun is a 17th century temple built along the Chao Phraya River. You can view the temple during your ferry ride and it’s best to go during sunset time to get some amazing photos. The beautifully decorated temple has one large tower and is surrounded by four smaller ones. You can climb the stairs and walk around all the towers to enjoy great views of the river.”
  • 76 locals recommend
  • 10 Experiences
Restaurant
“Great place for a roof top bar, Wat Arun makes it all worth it to go across town. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Tha Tian Market, is one of famous historical ordinary community market in the Phra Nakhon District, Bangkok, Thailand. It is on Rattanakosin Island, located near the Grand Palace – next to Wat Pho, by Chao Phraya River.”
  • 1 local recommends
  • 1 Experience
Restaurant
“ROMANTIC DINNING The food is upscale Thai and western, think duck leg confit in a honey sauce, New Zealand tenderloin, or traditional Thai with ultra-fresh seafood. But actually, this is one place where you aren't coming mainly for the food. While there are plenty of waterfront dining options to pick from in Bangkok, this is the only one with a brightly lit golden temple right in your face. The Deck by the River as it is fully named, boasts the city's best view of its most iconic landmark, Wat Arun, or The Temple of Dawn. If you get here early, you can take in a purple and red sunset with the silhouette of the temple right in the center, and once it gets dark, the temple gets illuminated and becomes a golden beacon. Needless to say, this place is a good choice for a romantic night out.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
  • 1 local recommends
  • 1 Experience
Place of Worship
“Calm Buddhist temple, built in 1825, with a massive seated Buddha statue & an oversize bronze bell.”
  • 5 locals recommend
  • 2 Experiences
Restaurant
“Right on the river with a wonderful view. Great food and great staff. Stayed in the Arun Suite on the top floor with balcony overlooking the river. Fantastic rooftop bar. Highly recommended”
  • 8 locals recommend
Place of Worship
“Temple of the Dawn - Wat Arun is among the best known of Thailand's landmarks and the first light of the morning reflects off the surface of the temple with pearly iridescence”
  • 7 locals recommend
Premise
“Take a ferry down the main river of Bangkok, Chao Phraya, and see the Thai life along both sides of the river, including rich history sights and landmarks”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Eat Sight Story is a quirky new spot that serves delicious Thai fusion cuisine and an exciting array of cocktails, complete with views of Wat Arun and the Chao Phraya River. It is a delightful surprise hidden down an alleyway, quite unassuming and you might not find it if you didn’t know what you were looking for. It’s the ideal spot to relax and watch the colours of the sunset reflected in the river, then admire the sparkling evening lights of the temples.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Museum
“Wat Pho (the Temple of the Reclining Buddha), or Wat Phra Chetuphon, is located behind the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and a must-do for any first-time visitor in Bangkok. It's one of the largest temple complexes in the city and famed for its giant reclining Buddha that measures 46 metres long and is covered in gold leaf. It’s an easy ten minute walk between here and the Grand Palace, and we recommend coming to Wat Pho second, because even though the golden Buddha here is just as popular many people don’t take the time to wander around the rest of the complex so the experience tends to be far more relaxing. This is also a great place to get a traditional Thai massage.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Lodging
“A bit of a trek but so worth it. One of my favorite places in bangkok to enjoy a drink. Go up to the roof and after or at sunset is the best time.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Buddhist Temple
“The second most popular temple is the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. You can choose to walk here, because it is actually very close to the Grand Palace. The temple has a stunning and massive (5 meter high & 43 meter long) reclining Buddha statue all covered in gold leaf. That’s not the only impressive part, because the temple also has 1000 Buddha images and 91 Stupas (a dome shaped Buddhist shrine).”
  • 1 local recommends
  • 1 Experience