Have you been to the usual temples? Wat Arun, Wat Pho (Reclining Buddha) and Wat Phra Kaew? Here’s an option that sits high above the Chao Phraya River, is not far from the beaten path but most certainly off of it. Wat Bukkhalo is across the river in Thonburi and the new BRT bus system, which crosses the Rama III bridge, makes it easier than ever to get to it.
The temple has its origins in the Ayutthaya Period but the best reason to check it out is the perch it gives you with a shaded rooftop view of Bangkok and the river running through it. Buddhists don’t like leaving their Buddha images in the harsh sun and so the rooftop statues are covered by small ornate pavilions. Other than that the roof is open to the skies. Being three stories up, the roof often has advantages for at least a small breeze during days when ground level is sweltering.
As is popular in the riverside settings, Buddhists come to make merit by feeding the river fish and the roiling lot of catfish vie for the bread crumbs at the end of the temple’s pier. Admission is free.