NileGuide Expert Says:
If you had to see one thing in Bangkok, this arguably would be it.
2 Sanamchai Road
Phra Borommaharatchawang Sub-District
10200 Bangkok, Thailand
tel: +66 2 222 5910 / +66 2 226 2942 / +66 2 226 1743 / +66 2 225 9595
fax: +66 2 225 9779
Daily 8am-5pm; massages offered until 6pm
NileGuide Expert tip:
Get a Thai massage in an air-conditioned salon inside the temple complex. Some signage may spell this as Wat Po, without the H. A rose by any other name...
Over 200 years old, Wat Pho is one of Bangkok's largest and oldest temple complexes. For an entry fee of 50 baht, visitors can roam the grounds with or without a guide, stopping along the way at numerous notable temples and sites. The most famous of Wat Pho's relics is the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, wherein lies an impressive 46 meter-long gold-plated image of a reclining Buddha. A first grade royal monastery, Wat Pho is also Thailand's oldest learning center and the birthplace of traditional Thai massage. Take a Chao Phraya River ferry to Tha Thien (pier). The Grand Palace
is a short walk from Wat Pho. You can also cross the river from the pier to see Wat Arun
. Beware that scam artists (often tuk-tuk drivers) will try to claim that the temple is closed for the day. Don't believe it.
[Note: Pho is pronounced with a P like Paul not an F like a Vietnamese noodle soup]