Wat Ratchabophit – an oasis in Bangkok

Bangkok, Evergreen, Temples, Thailand / Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

 

 

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!

Wat Ratchabophit
Wat Ratchabophit
Wat Ratchabophit
Wat Ratchabophit
Wat Ratchabophit
Wat Ratchabophit
Wat Ratchabophit
Wat Ratchabophit
Wat Ratchabophit
Wat Ratchabophit
Wat Ratchabophit
Wat Ratchabophit
Wat Ratchabophit
Wat Ratchabophit

2 Replies to “Wat Ratchabophit – an oasis in Bangkok”

  1. […] There’s also a stop at a so-called floating market, which while technically floating is probably not what you have in mind from a talat nam – essentially it is a collection of stalls on a jetty. There’s more good food to be had here, though, including tasty tod man pla fish cakes and a yum luk chin pla salad of (highly processed but always good) fish balls. But the real high point of the tour is simply gliding along the river around the island, with silky, smooth, glistening and incredibly quiet waters that are a world away (and then some) from the choppy waves ridden by the Chaophaya Express just a little upstream. It’s the perfect chance to unwind just a little, and also an opportunity for some enviable snaps as you turn corners into tight waterways alongside stilted houses and past stunning temple stupas. […]

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