The Grand Palace, Wat Arun, Wat Pho – the same Buddhist temples get all the tourist glory when it comes to Bangkok. And while these are undoubtedly architecturally and religiously stunning temples worth the scores of visitors they attract, their popularity ironically draws away from them possessing the calming, meditative atmospheres that they should.
Enter Wat Ratchabophit – just a 50 baht tuk-tuk ride from the Grand Palace and yet on barely any tourist’s itinerary, this oasis of gold stupor charm is one trick the tourists are missing out on. Quiet, untouched and genuinely Thai in nature, with not much besides a few kids playing ball games in the grounds or others quietly picnicking in the shade, Wat Ratchabophit is a peaceful release from the chaos of Bangkok and more than worth a wander round.
With thanks to the guys at the Travelfish on Bangkok blog for the heads up!