Fodor's Expert Review Wat Arun
This riverside spot is inspiring at sunrise, but it's even more marvelous toward dusk, when the setting sun throws amber tones over the entire area. In front of the monastery facing the river is a square courtyard containing an impressive 341-feet tall prang (Khmer-style tower), surrounded by four smaller ones. All five prangs are covered in mosaics assembled from broken Chinese porcelain originally used as ballast on ships coming from China. Energetic visitors can climb the steep steps about halfway up the main tower overlooking the Chao Phraya; the less ambitious can linger in the small riverside park.