Bangkok’s famous temples are found in the old city area (Rattanakosin Island). This includes the major attractions of 1. The Grand Palace, 2. The Reclining Buddha, 3. Temple of Dawn and 4. The Golden Mount. These four Bangkok temples are within short distances of each other and can be reached by foot, a quick metered taxi or tuk-tuk.
Temple of Dawn is the hardest to reach of the four Bangkok temples as it sits on the far side of the Chao Phraya River. To reach it you take a 5 minute river ferry from Tha Tien Pier (near reclining Buddha) direct to the temple.
To see the four Bangkok temples is an extensive day trip. It can be by organised tour or if you prefer independently (as above). If you plan on going it alone take a taxi direct to the Grand Palace then the best route from here is next to the Reclining Buddha across the road, a short walk and boat to Temple of Dawn and if time to spare a short taxi to the Golden Mount.
Entrance fees to Bangkok Temples as below:
1. The Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew): 400 baht
2. Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho): 100 baht
3.Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun): 50 baht
4. Golden Mount (Wat Saket): Free
Organised tours start around 1000 baht inclusive of entrance fees and generally take in the first 2 or 3 attractions. They tend to be hurried and the cheaper tours add in a hard-sell stopover. If unfazed by hard-sell then a stopover over at a gem and jewellery factory isn’t a complete waste of time.