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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)

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4,943 Reviews
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. The Buddha's feet alone are 16 feet (five meters) tall, both exquisitely decorated and inlaid with mother-of-pearl. A walk along the length of the entire statue is a treat in and of itself, but visitors would be remiss if they didn't enter the temple and explore the whole Wat Pho compound, which is full of artwork and Buddha images. The oldest temple in Thailand, the complex also remains a hub of knowledge for traditional Thai medicine and Thai massage, and travelers can even book a massage appointment here.

A key Bangkok attraction, the temple is included in most city and temple tours of the capital, frequently grouped with visits to Bangkok temples such as Wat Arun, Wat Traimit (home to a solid gold Buddha statue), the Gem Gallery, and Chinatown, among other combinations for half-day tours. For a memorable way to visit this and other important sights in the city, join a tour guide for a sunset or night bike tour; hop on a tuk tuk for a fun-filled sightseeing adventure; 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)

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Private Tour of Bangkok's Temples Including Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)
$57.65 per adult
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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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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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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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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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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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 .
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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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A great, quick dash around Bangkok
HAVAHAVA, Dec 2019
Private Tour of Bangkok's Temples Including Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)
Our guide patiently waited for us as we fought Bangkok traffic to meet her. She showed us everything we wanted to see!
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Excellent tour!! Thank you, Tum Tum!
krodean, Nov 2019
Private Tour of Bangkok's Temples Including Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour and were blessed with the BEST tour guide named Tum Tum. She was very knowledgeable and never got tired of taking pictures of us. These temples are a must-see in Bangkok! They are so beautiful, intricately detailed, and will take your breath away. Thank you, Tum Tum! Such a wonderful start to our trip.
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Couple with a baby
Jorge G, Oct 2019
Private Tour of Bangkok's Temples Including Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)
Perfect !!!! Everything was perfect!!! Thanks!!! We have done the 3 temples in the morning!!! Everything was as we expected!!! Thanks

Things to Know Before You Go

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

  • The site is not easily accessed by wheelchair.

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

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How to Get to the Temple of the Reclining Buddha

The sprawling grounds of Wat Pho have two walled compounds divided by Soi Chetuphon. The reclining Buddha and famous Thai massage school can be found on the northern side, while the temple's monastic facilities are located in the southern compound. The easiest way to access the temple is 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.

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