How to get to Wat Saket, Golden Mount via public transport

In my opinion, Wat Saket is a must visit when in Bangkok and its’ main attraction is Golden Mount. Golden Mount, from afar, looks like a temple on top of a walled fortress and is even more spectacular when seen at night. If you’re interested in looking at some more photos of Golden Mount, HERE’s my post on it

Now the train stop closest to Golden Mount / Wat Saket is on the MRT line (blue line) and the station you need to alight at is named Sam Yot. If you plan on staying late keep in my mind the last train scheduled for departure towards Sukhumvit station. I got there at about 11:45 pm and missed it.

If you’re on the Sukhumvit Line (light green line) then you will need to change trains at either Asok and take the short walk to Sukhumvit MRT station (I’ve outlined details of the walk in my post HERE regarding getting to Wat Arun without taking the ferry). Note: if you’re close to Siam station on the Sukhumvit line it may be a shorter travel distance if you change trains to the Silom line (dark green line) then alight at Sala Daeng station to take the train at Silom Station on the MRT line (blue line). It sounds confusing but one you check out the train map, it’ll be easier to understand.

Sam Yot, I think, is the nicest looking station I’ve seen in Bangkok so far as it looks like a more traditional shop house rather than a transport station. Here’s a photo:

I can’t recall how much the fare was but it should be around $30 Baht. Once you alight at Sam Yot station and exit the building you’ll see this:

That’s the direction you need to go. Continue on until you cross the heritage bridge (there’s a brown sign if you wanna read about it). Right after you cross the bridge you need to turn left and keep walking straight. You’ll need to cross the street about 3 times before reaching the Wat Saket premises. Should be about a 10-15 minute walk depending on how long it takes you to get across some of the intersections, I remember one being quite busy and there are no pedestrian crossing lights.

You’ll be looking for this entrance:

Have fun at Wat Saket and Golden Mount!

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Golden Mount, I made it to the top!

After Travelfeed.io’s meetup at the Wanderlust bar in Thong Lo, I had the pleasure of tagging along with the awesome guys and gals to Golden Mount. It was awesome (Thanks, @Travelfeed!) but I didn’t get a chance to stick around and make the hike to the top. Both because it was really crowded due to the Loi Krathong festival and my prior arrangements that I was already late for.

I very much liked the overall “feel” of this wat and felt I needed to come back and check out the summit and the rest of the complex. So I went again the next day even though the festival was still going on. It was less crowded despite being the last day of the festival and the journey to the summit was free. I didn’t even know it was a ticketed venueโ€ฆI just followed the crowd and went straight up. It was only after walking around later at night that I saw the signage regarding ticket prices. Getting up to the top was a fairly easy walk up the gradual stairs. The steps felt really oddly spaced apart and shorter than normal (for me) and I ended taking two steps a stride. There are places to stop and rest on the way up if needed as well as bells you can ring, lots and lots of bells differing in age, material and size.

Once at the top there are Buddha statues in the room as well as a semi enclosed circular structure/room with four major Buddha statues inside that you can offer your prayers/donations to. The walkway around this circular “room” is very narrow, barely enough room for one person to walk so it can get congested very, very quickly.

Before you continue up to the roof to see the golden stupa structure, you can to get your fortune read by shaking a bamboo tube full of sticks on which there is something written and you go and get it translated/explained. I didn’t really get to see where to go as it was getting pretty crowded very quickly. Oh there are water vendors in there (not sure if its only for the festival though.

Also interestingly enough, you don’t have to take off your shoes up there. Making your way up to the roof you will have to climb some narrow stairs with a low entry arch. If you’re taller than 5’10, you’ll hit your head if you’re not paying attention.

The golden stupa is covered with red sheets on which people can write things on it. The sheets are at the base of the stupa and when it’s full it, gets wrapped around the stupa. It’s a nice view up top but hard to get to the edges as people stand and sit in front of it. I bet the view would be even better at sunrise or sunset. But I didn’t have the luxury to stay so long nor space to set things up so down I went to check out the rest of the wat.

If you’re every in Bangkok you should come visit Golden Mount and Wat Saket, even if your Google search for top wats/places to visit doesn’t return Golden Mount. I feel it’s well worth it! I would never have found Wat Saket and Golden Mount if I hadn’t attended Travelfeed’s meetup. If you’re at all interested in travel, you need to check out Travelfeed.io.

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Travelfeed.io’s meetup in Bangkok was awesome!!!

I’m sitting here (smiling much like the lady on the carousel in the photo below) trying to write how I feel about the Travelfeed.io’s meetup in Bangkok, post Steemfest, but I can’t get anywhere because snippets of memories keeps interrupting my train of thought. That and I don’t think I have the words to fully describe everything but I have to start somewhere so I’ll start with the people.

I finally got to meet @for91days he’s one of the first people if not the first person who I actually had correspondence with on Steemit and for sure the person who led me down the travel blogging path. Not only that, he taught me some of the tips and tricks of using the steemit platform as well. I’m pretty sure I would have bailed on Steem if it wasn’t for him and Travelfeed. My only regret thus far is that I only got to buy him one beer and I didn’t even get to buy a beer for @wanderein or @jpphotography it was truly a pleasure chatting and having that photo walk with those two awesome people. I must say that I truly appreciate everyone’s efforts, thank you!

Then there’s @waybeyondpadthai I’ve seen her posts and vids before and recognized her but didn’t know her username. I’ve always wondered how much effort it takes to vlog and always thought it was a lot of work (I hate doing video work) but then out of the blue she turns on her cam, equipped with a dead cat’d mic on a gimbal and “one take” makes an entry, right in front of me! I was like DAAAAYAAAM that was awesome! She made it look so effortlessly easy! I also met some of TeamMalaysia’s members @elizacheng, @fitinfun, @littlenewthings and a few others that I only remember the names of but haven’t found their blog yet. I’m so glad to have met these 3 ladies and chat with them because the Steem positive energies they radiate is contagious! I also got to have meaningful conversations in Cantonese (something I haven’t had in years), which made me homesick a bit.

There are still some people that I didn’t get a chance to talk to. Well, that’s a lie, I did have chances to speak to everyone but I’m the type of person who only starts conversations when I have a question (read: kinda shy). My apologies. Also I must apologize to those people that I did talk to but can’t remember their names and/or handles.

I just came up with a bigger regret. I don’t have any pictures of these wonderful people I met and shared time with, not a single one. To put things in perspective, I’m a photographer, it’s my job to take pictures but I was so enthralled with everyone, I didn’t get around to it! So I guess I’ll have to adorn this post with pics of my fav images I took while on my photowalk at Golden Mount which I never would have gotten if I had not attended Travelfeed.io’s meetup!

Thanks again, for the memories! You “guys” are all so awesome, I can’t wait to meet you all again somewhere, sometime!

If you haven’t checked out what Travelfeed.io is all about, you really should and I highly recommend making it to one of their meet ups!

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Finally I got to jump in the pool!

The above pic is what I’ve been looking at everyday when I take the elevators to head out whilst in Bangkok and everyday I think to myself, that looks so refreshing especially since it’s SO HOT here. So as Steemfest 2019 has come and gone as are the meetups. I found myself with nothing to do today. Full disclosure, I didn’t purchase a ticket for Steemfest, I just went to the venues to see if there were any booths and stuff like most conventions have, sadly there weren’t so I just walked around looking at stuff.

So today, swimming I went. The water looked so refreshing and inviting, I went straight to the deep end and jumped in. That was a huge mistake! The “deep end” of this pool is not at the end, it’s in the middle and even so, it’s not deep. That’s not even the biggest shocker. As refreshing and cooling as the water looked, I didn’t expect it to be freezing or pretty darn close to it. I could literally feel everything shrink, lol. Needless to say, I got out of there pretty fast. Lucky it’s so hot here that I immediately felt better, unlike the time I fell into the Fraser River in Canada, in the middle of winter! If you must know, my brother and I got dropped off onto some logs so we could lay some crab traps and do some fishing. Never in a million years would I have thought that my brother would decide to be a lumberjack and at that moment, start a log rolling competition without telling me. Yup, I lost and we didn’t get picked up for another 2 hours or so.

The funny thing is, that’s not even my worst cold water mishap I’ve had! So my buddies and I whilst in Victoria, BC Canada in March, were sitting in the indoor hot tub at a Red Lion inn and someone thought it would be a good idea to jump into the pool outside. Oh, if you didn’t know, March in Canada is still very cold. So off we went. I took a running start and jumped in, landing near the middle of the pool. It was so cold that my whole body felt like I was being stabbed with knitting needles. I was literally seeing stars and felt close to blacking out. When I surfaced, I was too late to shout a warning as I see two of my bro’s in the air about to hit the water. One jumped in close to the side and was ok, getting out almost immediately but the other landed close to where I did and since I hadn’t made it out yet, I went back to get him. After punching each other, trying to decide who’s stupid idea it was, we kinda looked up at the same time and realized the inn’s restaurant had the pool as a backdrop and it seemed everyone was staring at us. Some people looked astonished / some shocked and some were laughing really hard at us. So we waved and made our way back into the hot tub.

This recent experience brought back so many memories, I just had to share. Hopefully, my mishaps can spare someone a similar incident although it was kinda fun! Oh, I almost forgot, while taking pics in the pool, I slipped and almost dunked my camera! Lucky the pool was so shallow. Although the pool is mosaic tiled, there was enough “slime” on the bottom to negate the grip of the grout lines. Anyways, that’s another thing worth checking before starting any shenanigans in an unfamiliar pool, haha.

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Public transit to Wat Arun without taking a ferry

Ok, so if you’re adverse to sea travel, like me, then you may find this post useful. Even if you don’t get “seasick” you may want to consider this route and make Wat Arun your first stop of the day if you plan on visiting the Grand Palace and or Wat Pho since the ferry straight across the river will only cost you $4 Baht. However, I make that recommendation with mixed feelings having already visited Wat Pho (HERE’s the link to that post) and the Grand Palace (HERE’s the link to that post). I’ll post my trip to Wat Arun shortly. If you’re interested in taking public transport to Wat Pho / Grand Palace, I’ve posted about it HERE and HERE.

On with the directions. The final train station that you will need to get to is Itsaraphap MRT station (dark blue line) so if you’re already on the blue line or your closest train station is an MRT station, you won’t have to change train lines. If you’re on the light green line, which is the Sukhumvit BTS line, you will need to alight at ASOK station and make your way (roughly a 5 min walk) to Sukhumvit MRT station. When you get off the train, look for the blue signage and get to EXIT 3. Then look for the blue signs that point the way to Sukhumvit Station. The first sign you’ll see points to a stair case leading down (it’s outdoors) to Sukhumvit Station but if you walk past that sign you’ll notice there’s a second blue, Sukhumvit MRT sign and that one leads to the down escalators (which is indoors). Both converge at the escalators heading down to the MRT trains. Here’s some pics to help you out:

Once you get down to the ticketing area, you’ll need to buy the train token. The ride cost me $37 Baht each way. I suppose if you have the MRT version of the BTS Rabbit card, you can use that instead. Anyways, tap your token on the gray part of the gantry below the lcd panel. Head down the escalators and check the signage to make sure you’re getting on the correct train, Itsaraphap MRT station should be around 9 stops away.

Alight at Itsaraphap MRT station and take EXIT 1 if you plan to walk to Wat Arun. Once you get onto the street, and if you’re facing the street, go right. By that I mean walk in the direction opposite traffic, see photo below. If you plan on taking transport then you should take EXIT 2 because traffic flows towards Wat Arun on that side of the street. I walked so I don’t know how long transport will take or how much it will cost. Walking to Wat Arun took me about 20 minutes which included me stopping to look at food and buying a drink. Here’s some pics:

When you see the overhead pedestrian bridge, you need turn right at the T-junction just after it.

Then continue straight until you reach the traffic lights. You’ll have to cross the street still going straight. This intersection does not have pedestrian signals so be careful when you cross. I waited for 2 cycles of lights before I realized there’s no pedestrian lights and I only noticed because the locals just crossed when they could.

After you cross the street you’ll see the Navy base, just follow the road as it curves left and becomes a one way street. Looking down the street you’ll find shops on the left and people/vehicles turning into a lane on the right.

The taxi coming out onto the street in the photo below is where you need to go, so turn in there and walk down the lane and at the end you’ll find the back entrance of Wat Arun. This lane is narrow and vehicles use it too, so be careful.

The photo below shows the back entrance to Wat Arun and just inside the entrance on the right is the ticket booth where you’ll pay the $50 Baht entrance fee. There’s also a security guard there that checks that your attire is proper, if not, there is a booth to the right under the green umbrella’s (just visible in the photo below) where you can get what you need to enter.

Enjoy your time at Wat Arun ! ! !

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