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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)
$52.85 per adult
Traveler Favorite
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.
star-5
Great Day
Joseph_M, 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
star-4
good tour
Stephen_R, 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
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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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
Nicholas_P, 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
David_E, 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!
Kim_R, 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
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good and informative tour
GDR311, Jun 2018
Private Tour of Bangkok's Temples Including Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)
It was a good decision to get this private tour it was really comfortable for us to go around especially with the hot weather.. The tour guide is good and informative will recommend this to evryone
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Short and good tour
Ivan_S, Dec 2018
Private Tour of Bangkok's Temples Including Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)
This tour is a perfect option if you don’t want to get up early in the morning and don’t want to waste the whole day in Bangkok only on one tour.
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Fantastic tour
Nelson_R, Aug 2018
Private Tour of Bangkok's Temples Including Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)
Tour guide was excellent, very informative. Had a wonderful time. Would definitely recommend to friends and family.

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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