There’s no way to visit Thailand without going to temples. I’m not someone who has the need to visit temples everyday. However, seeing a few of them is a must-do in my opinion.
On our first day, we visited the Wat Arun Temple. When I saw some pictures online, this temple seemed quite impressive and not too far from our hotel.
We simply took a Grab car to this temple. Keep in mind that when you visit a temple, you have to be dressed properly. For men this means that you have to wear long pants, or at least shorts that cover your knees and a T-shirt that covers your knees. The same applies for women. If you’re not dressed properly, you can borrow a scarf/robe/… at the entrance of the temple for a small fee.
Entrance to the temple is cheap and Thai nationals can enter for free. Once at the temple, you would be able to go around quite quickly. You spend some time admiring the view and the nice craftmanship and that’s about it. I’m not the type of person that would go into looking in the history of the temple.
With hot temperatures of reaching +35°C, I advise to go to the shop next to the temple to order a refreshing smoothie or iced coffee.
For a change, we didn’t took a Grab car to our hotel. Instead we took a tuk-tuk to a mall nearby. Tuk-tuks are more expensive than metered taxi or Grab cars but you have to do it at least once when in Thailand because it’s still a great experience.