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Sunset at Wat Arun

Wat Arun is a stunning place to visit during the day.

In fact I think it might actually be the most beautiful place in Bangkok.

But its light colours, and the hundreds of pieces of seashell and broken porcelain that decorate the prangs, make for photos that look evening better in the orange glow of sunset.

When we first arrived in the centre of Bangkok, I got the photo below from beside the doorway to our apartment at Chetophun Gate. The temple seemed to be radiating light, I knew at some point we had to find a spot to get some proper shots.

Wat Arun at Sunset from the end of an alleyway

The problem though is finding a location to get a photo.

Alot of the eastern shore of the Chao Phraya river is filled with housing, making it difficult to get to the banks. 

And where there is no housing it has been taken over by business due to the prime riverside location.

There are lots of restaurants that have great views:

That’s all very well if you want to pay, but what about a free location?


Map of Location

It’s fairly easy to find. Just behind Wat Pho, you will find a number of alleyways that head down towards the water. Alot of these are blocked off with buildings at the end.

If you head down the road opposite the high school, past the ‘Blue Whale Cafe’ you will find a restaurant at the end called ‘Supanniga Eating Room’. Wander past this and you will find a small pier, where you can hand out and watch the sun go down.

Our Photos of the Sunset at Wat Arun

If you’re looking for some more reasons to try and catch a sunset snap, here is some inspiration for you 🙂

Wat Arun in Twilight

Boat at sunset by Wat Arun

Wat Arun sunset close-up

Wat Arun sunset selfie


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