Wat Kalayanamit Tours

Wat Kalayanamit is an elaborate Bangkok temple that sits on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. It’s located near the mouth of the Bangkok Yai Canal, although any time spent on this part of the river means you’re unlikely to miss it; the temple’s giant ochre-roofed viharn tends to stand out and demand attention.

While Kalayanamit’s viharn can be said to be traditionally Thai in architectural style, the temple’s other buildings and pavilions have a distinct Chinese influence. This is because Wat Kalayanamit was built in the first half of the 19th century when China was seen as the ideal counterbalance to the growing European influences in southeast Asia. As such, Chinese architecture, sculptures, and other decorative artefacts became increasingly popular.

Inside the huge viharn, an equally huge Buddha statue almost fills the entire prayer hall, while the walls are painted with scenes from the time of the temple's construction. Located next to the viharn, a bell tower houses the largest bronze bell in Thailand.

Practical Info

Due to Wat Kalayanamit’s location, the best way to reach the temple is by boat. The Chaophraya River Express goes to Ratchinee, where a cross-river ferry makes the trip to the pier located next to the temple entrance.
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Bangkok Canal Tour by Boat and Bike

See Bangkok on a bicycle and boat tour with a professional guide who shares a new perspective on the vibrant city. Pedal through alleyways to discover atmospheric neighborhoods, lesser-known Buddhist temples and important sites like the Grand Palace. Board a boat on the Chao Phraya River to explore hidden canals and find golden temples and historic landmarks en route. Stop for a delicious lunch at a waterside Thai restaurant, see a traditional puppet show and learn about Bangkok's history and culture on this small-group tour limited to 10 participants.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Past and Present Bike Tour of Bangkok

Pedal through Bangkok’s glorious past and glittering present on a guided, half-day bicycle tour of the city’s historic districts. Join a small group of travelers and slip through secret alleys, vivid flower markets and diverse neighborhoods. Board a ferry across the Chao Phraya River and explore the Thonburi riverbank and a gilded trio of temples: Wat Arun, Wat Prayoon and Wat Kalayanamitr tower above the broad waterway, dominating the skyline of Thailand’s most vibrant city.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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