Wat Arun Stupa
Wat Arun offers visitors a taste of the unique temple architecture in Thailand. The huge stupa is covered with thousands of pieces of colourful chinaware, including plates and teacups, and its 67-metre spire can be seen from quite a distance across the city. You can climb up towards the top of the tower to get a closer view of the intricate details of its decoration, and this is well worth the sweat you’ll spend getting there. It’s not a difficult climb, and in the late afternoon, this area is virtually deserted, which makes for a pleasant experience. For women, it is important to remember that in spite of Bangkok’s often oppressive heat, you will not be admitted to these temples unless your knees and shoulders are covered. To that end, I recommend either a knee-length skirt or light linen short trousers, and you can carry a scarf along with you to throw over your shoulders as needed. Some temples will not enforce this rule too strictly, but it is always better to err on the side of caution, and to remember that these are still sacred spaces for many people, and a certain amount of respect is necessary.