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Bangkok: Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho) Self-Guided Audio Tour

Activity provider: Action Tour Guide

Bangkok: Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho) Self-Guided Audio Tour

Activity provider: Action Tour Guide

From US$ 8 per person

Walk the hallowed grounds of one of Thailand’s most famous temples, learn the history and significance behind the art and architecture, and see the enormous Reclining Buddha statue at Wat Pho

About this activity

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Valid 365 days
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Audio guide included
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore a beautiful Buddhist temple in the heart of Bangkok
  • Visit the Reclining Buddha, the largest Buddha statue in Thailand
  • Uncover the significance behind Wat Pho’s artwork and sculptures
  • Dive into the history, legends, and legacy of Buddhism
  • Tour at your own pace, without the hassle or risk of tour groups
Full description
Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Once downloaded, your tour of Wat Pho begins just outside the temple complex. Once you’ve entered, you’ll stop first at the number one attraction: the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. As you admire the 150-foot statue inside the temple, you’ll discover what exactly it depicts, as well as why that matters a whole lot! Next, you’ll head to a raised garden featuring a painted mural and a Bodhi tree—that’s the same kind of tree the Buddha meditated under while he was trying to reach enlightenment. Afterward, as you make your way to the Scripture Hall, you’ll encounter huge statues representing guardian demons. In the Scripture Hall itself, you’ll find a whole library of the Buddha’s early teachings. After that, you’ll make your way to the Sermon Hall, one of the oldest buildings in the compound. Then you’ll continue on to the towering pagodas of the Royal Chedi. Up next is Phra Rabiang, containing a staggering 400 images of the Buddha. During your visit, you’ll learn how they all got there, as well as what some of them mean. You’ll then cross the chapel yard to the south entrance, which features a statue of the Buddha delivering his first sermon. Here, you’ll learn a little about the Eightfold Path before continuing on into the Ordination Hall, the most sacred building in the complex. There, you’ll hear all about the Buddha, his teachings, and legends about him which were integral to the creation of Wat Pho. After taking your time admiring the art, the statues, and the history contained here, you’ll arrive at the conclusion of your tour.
Includes
  • Mission: Join us to explore the world and its stories. Let us start with this area.
  • Discover at your own pace using a mobile app.
  • An audio guide, map, and tour book - all in one app on your phone.
  • A link to download the Action Tour Guide app. Password for your tours.
  • Easy to use - auto-play based on your GPS location. Hands-free.
  • Live Offline GPS map- works without a cell signal. Gives stop-by-stop directions.
  • All-day support line: Call, Chat, or Email.
  • Don’t miss a thing: Full itinerary, travel tips, and professionally narrated audio.
  • Visit key & hidden points. Enrich your experience with historical images/videos/text.
  • Start when there is less crowd, stop to take pictures, break for hikes, or go for lunch.
  • Valid for life - Listen to it before, during, and after the tour. Use it on multiple days.
  • Transportation, parking fee, food/drinks.
  • National Park/attraction passes, entry tickets, or reservations.
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments

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Participants

Date

Meeting point

This is a self-guided experience and not an entrance ticket. It begins at Reclining Buddha (พระพุทธไสยาสน์), Wat Pho, Khwaeng Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand. Be sure to check your email before you begin to download the Action Tour Guide app, enter your unique password, and access your tour. These steps require good data/wifi. From there, simply follow the audio instructions and the route. Have questions? Visit Action Tour Guide’s Help page: https://actiontourguide.com/faq/

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sun hat
  • Headphones
  • Long pants
  • Charged Smartphone
  • Face mask or protective covering
  • Sarong
  • Long-sleeved shirt

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • This tour is a self-guided mobile app with a map, audio stories, and a guide.
  • Buy one tour per couple. Use a phone speaker or share the headsets.
  • The app offers a full itinerary, tips, professional audio stories, scripts, images, videos, deep dives, hidden gems, hikes, and offline directions.
  • Flexible Schedule: Use it on any day and at any time- over multiple days.
  • Use it on your next trip here. This tour never expires.
  • Go at your own pace.
  • It auto starts based on you reaching the starting point GPS.
  • All stories play based on your GPS location. Requires no buttons to press.
  • Get HELP by calling, chatting, or emailing - all day long.

Product ID: 397928