A little-visited temple area that is extremely easy to visit and free of charge is Wat Rachanatdaram. It is close to Khao San Road and Phanfa Leelard Pier, and also has a great Phra Mahakan, which is one of the two white forts of Bangkok.
This temple area is a great place to explore Buddhist temple areas for those who have never visited one before and who want to do so quickly, without the hassle and entrance fees. You can wander around the area for a while, but if you go somewhere inside, the shoes should be left out. The area has an extremely peaceful atmosphere, which is wonderful in itself, as the streets surrounding it are the busiest in Bangkok.
The biggest attraction in the area is Loha Prasat, or “Iron Palace,” built by Rama 3rd in the 1840s. It is said to have been inspired by temples built in India and Sri Lanka as early as a couple of thousand years ago, and it is quite unique to see. You can go inside for a small entrance fee, but there is nothing to see there per se.
The area is open from 8 am to 5 pm, and although it is in a very central area, there are only a handful of tourists to meet.
Wat Saket – Golden Hill
Next to Loha Prasat and Mahakan Fortress is the golden stupa of Wat Saket on the hill , most often known by its English name, Golden Mount. It is a suitable place to visit even for those who have already seen several temple areas, as there is everything else below it and there are great views from the hill. At the foot of the hill it is worth touring, as Wat Saket is a great temple area and there is also a so-called Wednesday Buddha Temple.
If you want to go up the hill, there is a 50 baht entrance fee and a hard climb up the steep winding stairs. From above, there are panoramic views around Bangkok, and the views attract incredible numbers of tourists. The hill is artificial and was completed during the 19th century. There is no actual sighting there, but the hill is a good place to visit either early in the morning or in the afternoon of four to five countries (open from 7.30 am to 5.30 pm).
Even if there were enough temple areas, in many ways it is worthwhile to visit the temple, located between the Chinese district and the main railway station, with the so-called golden buddha. It is easy to get to the area by subway, but the streets between the station (Hua Lamphong) and the temple area are wide and busy. It is perhaps best to walk here from the Chinese district (Chinatown) as it is at the end of the main street of the area and there is also a subway station (Wat Mangkon).
Wat Traimit is an extremely popular place to visit, but there is usually a lot of space there and it is easy to get a picture of the golden Buddha as well. Admission is only to the pagoda, or temple, where the golden Buddha is, and the shoes are put in a plastic bag and or left out. A ticket to the temple costs 40 baht, and if you wish, it only takes a quarter to visit.
The area is open from 08:00 to 17:00. If you absolutely want to avoid the crowds, you should come to the place other than on the weekends and preferably in the morning.
The temple areas are slowly starting to saturate the Bangkok, because while they are more wonderful than each other, their gift is, after all, pretty much the same style. However, one popular and worth visiting temple area is Wat Arun across the river , which is best reached by taking a river boat to Wat Arun’s own pier or crossing the river from the Tha Thien pier next to Wat Phon.
Wat Arun, or “Temple of the Dawn,” is one of the most iconic structures in Bangkok, and while it is an extremely popular place to visit, there is plenty of space there, at least in the morning and late afternoon. You can tour and photograph the area without an entrance fee but if you want to go to the temple yourself, there is an entrance fee of 50 baht. However, the attraction of the whole area is the famous tower, which is a rare tower that can be climbed at the top to admire the river scenery. However, there are steep stairs, and the footwear and condition must be good. This “prahng” or Khmer-style tower is 82 meters high and its construction began in the early 19th century. There are some other buildings in the area, and you can tour there for a quarter of a century if there’s enough enthusiasm.
Wat Arun is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and there are plenty of good cafes and eateries behind the temple area where you can relax for a while while hawking or drinking something.