Spend some #Templetime at Wat Arun
Pack away your stilettos and slip into something comfortable—you’ll be climbing a lot of stairs at this historical temple on the west bank of Chao Phraya River. Wat Arun, or the “Temple of Dawn,” dates way back to the 16th century and was later restored to honor the victory of King Taksin over the Burmese army. The best photo op of all has to be its 79-meter central pagoda, with floral mosaic walls, encrusted with stained glass and porcelain, that give off an opalescent glow in the first light.
Just a heads-up: The central spire is currently closed for renovation. Construction should be finished later this year, and the rest of the temple remains open. Remember the dress code: It’s hard in the Bangkok heat, but make sure your knees and shoulders are covered. If not, you’ll have to rent a sarong ($27) and climb the stairs with it wrapped around you. $11 entrance fee, 158 Wang Doem Rd., Wat Arun, Bangkok Yai, Bangkok.