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Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)
Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)

Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)

Sanamchai Road, Bangkok, 10200

The Basics

The gigantic golden Buddha statue is the largest in Thailand, measuring 151 feet (46 meters) long and 50 feet (15 meters) tall. After admiring the statue, enter the temple proper—the oldest in Thailand—and explore the whole Wat Pho compound, home to artwork and Buddha images. You can even enjoy a traditional Thai massage.

Most city and temple tours visit the temple, alongside Wat Arun, Wat Traimit, the Gem Gallery, and Chinatown on half-day tours. Alternatively, join a sunset or night bike tour to the temple or board a longtail boat to arrive via the Chao Phraya River.

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Private Tour of Bangkok's Temples Including Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)
Private Tour of Bangkok's Temples Including Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)
US$53.57 per adult
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Great half day tour
This was a great half day tour. Going in the morning we beat the crowds. Our guide was very knowledgeable and may the morning very interesting. I would definitely recommend this tour.
Slynch, Feb 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Bangkok

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If you are short on time I had a one...
Mike M, Dec 2016
Private Tour of Bangkok's Temples Including Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)
If you are short on time I had a one day stay on my way to Bhutan, this is the perfect short tour to see the cultural highlights. The guide was friendly, picked me up, even a little early at my hotel. His english was good, not perfect, but he was knowledgeable and engaging, the car was clean and comfortable. Highly recommended
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Excellent tour in clean comfortable...
William W, Jun 2016
Private Tour of Bangkok's Temples Including Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)
Excellent tour in clean comfortable car with air con with friendly knowledgeable guide and great driver
star-4
good tour
reynoldsstephen, Jan 2020
The Best Bangkok Temples ( Wat Traimit Golden Buddha - Marble Temple - Wat Pho )
do this one day before doing Royal Palace - least that was what I did and it helped having this one first - the temples move fast and that is great - there is only so much time to spend there - guide gives you the information you need
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Trip was amazing... car we were...
Craig, Apr 2016
Private Tour of Bangkok's Temples Including Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)
Trip was amazing... car we were collected and toured around in was clean and spotless... our tour guide was fantastic very knowledgeable and was more than happy to help take pictures... I would definitely recommend this to anyone visiting bangkok and would like to see the temples and budahs.. thanks
star-5
Great tour and great value.
GrandTour45803803227, Oct 2019
Bangkok Temples Tour, Including Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho
This tour was one of the highlights of the trip. we were picked up at our hotel exactly on time. Our guide Luck was very friendly and informative. I would definitely recommend this tour.
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Great tour of Bangkok city temples, local street foods and excellent foot massages
nperagine, Sep 2019
Private Tour : Bangkok City Temples & Wat Pho Thai Massage
Peter was a very informative guide who had the experience to find secluded shaded spots along the tour where he was able to not only educate us, but answer all of our questions. Plus, his timeline for avoiding long lines and the heat of the day was very much appreciated.
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very good private tour for a solo...
luke.szarafinski, Mar 2016
Private Tour of Bangkok's Temples Including Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)
very good private tour for a solo traveller who likes a little luxury and special treatment. The car was clean and new and the driver polite. The tour guide very knowledgeable and flexible - he allowed me to change the itinerary on whim without any issue.
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Very good 👍
Richard_S, Feb 2020
Private Tour of Bangkok's Temples Including Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)
Very knowledgeable guide and comfortable transport. Highly recommended. Just the right length of tour, as you could get “Templed” out. Take plenty of water.
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The guy that was very experienced...
Michael E, Apr 2018
The Best Bangkok Temples ( Wat Traimit Golden Buddha - Marble Temple - Wat Pho )
The guy that was very experienced and knowledgeable. He knew the best spots from which to take photographs. He knew the best routes to take to maximise and appreciation of the unique culture that existed in ancient Khymer culture . I fully recommend it to anyone who is interested in soaking up Culture of those times.
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I really enjoyed seeing all these...
Helen S, Apr 2018
Bangkok Temples Tour, Including Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho
I really enjoyed seeing all these temples, it was very interesting to learn about them, our guide was really good, and they are so beautiful.
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Great Day
jrm34997, Feb 2020
Private Tour of Bangkok's Temples Including Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)
Expert guide, great information . The reclining Buddha was incredible and the story behind it is very interesting
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Seeing the different Buddha temple and understanding the Bangkok history
noelfanny, Jan 2020
Private Tour of Bangkok's Temples Including Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)
Well organized trip and our tour guide Han was very knowledgeable. I like when he gave cold bottled water after the temple visits as it helps us to feel comfortable due to heat .

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The temple is most often visited on half-day sightseeing tours of Bangkok.

  • You can get an on-site massage at the Temple of the Reclining Buddha.

  • The site is not easily accessible for wheelchair users.

  • Dress conservatively—visitors shouldn't wear shorts or low-cut tops, and women must cover their arms.

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How to Get There

The reclining Buddha and famous Thai massage school can be found on the northern side of the Wat Pho compound, while the temple's monastic facilities are located in the southern compound. The easiest way to access the temple is on a guided tour or by boat—take the Chao Phraya River Express to the Tha Thien pier. The temple is located next to the Grand Palace and behind the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew).

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When to Get There

Visit during the morning or evening to beat the heat and crowds of the middle of the day. Alternatively, take an atmospheric sunset tour of the area, many of which stop by the temple complex.

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The Reclining Buddha

The largest of its kind in Thailand, the Reclining Buddha statue is a sight to behold. The Buddha's feet alone are 16 feet (5 meters) tall, both exquisitely decorated with the 108 auspicious characteristics of the true Buddha and inlaid with mother-of-pearl. Symbolically, the reclining Buddha represents the Buddha during his final illness, prior to reaching parinirvana.

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