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“Wat Pho Must See” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Wat Pho Thai Traditional Massage School

Wat Pho Thai Traditional Massage School
2 Sanamchai Road | Wat Po, Tatian, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
(+66) 2 221-2974
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Ranked #48 of 359 activities in Bangkok
Type: Spas, Educational Sites
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Bellingham, Washington, United States
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“Wat Pho Must See”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

This is a great temple complex. The Reclining Buddha is a must see and since this is a massage school, the massages are fabulous and a great value. Beautiful grounds and once you get away from the tourist groups, its very quiet and peacful.

Visited January 2013
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“Give it a shot, and decide on re-visits..”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

I personally like visiting Wat Pho and have been returning yearly. It is quite an experience in appreciating the grand Reclining Buddha as well as the surrounding area. Sometimes you get to see school kids learning / reciting; some days on company visits.

There is a counter for coins exchange where you get to fill up the 108 bowls along the insides of the temple. It is for good luck and sometimes people make wishes or just think good thoughts. 20 baht each.

I tried the foot massage and it was very relaxing. For ladies wearing skirts, they have fisherman's pants for you to wear to cover up. Slightly more expensive than massage parlours on the street, but quality is great.

Of course the question has always been, why would visitors get charged for visiting a temple.
My take - just give it a shot, and if it is nothing special / you don't connect with it, then at least you wouldn't question "what if" :) Entrance fee is 100Baht, and you get a bottle of drinking water.

Visited August 2013
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“Good experience but has an assembly line feel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

I've been coming to the Wat Po massage school for years, and insisted on bringing my husband over a weekend stay. While I have been very impressed with the quality of the massages provided in the past (foot, Thai, and Thai herbal), I was somewhat less impressed on this visit. With so many people being served out in the open, I felt like I was part of an assembly line. The quality of the massage I had was also not as good as the massages I had at other places in Bangkok and ones I had received on previous visits. Husband was not impressed at all and thought he had been ripped off.

Visited May 2013
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“Worth seeing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

Not our favorite Temple, this one has the well-worn feel of being used in daily life ~ which it is. The home of the Traditional Thai Massage School, definitely worth seeing.

Visited January 2013
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“The mother ship of Bangkok temples”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

This is the mothership of Bangkok Temples. Not only the oldest and largest,it has a lively lived-in,faded grandeur where it is used as the foremost center for public education. It is of-course, the magnet for every tourist in the land due to the Reclining buddha.
But its fame is because of its Traditional Medicine School including the Institute of massage. Look out for the stone plaques embedded in the inner walls of the paviliion,showing massage points. To book a rub, plan a head of your visit. Ask your hotel to organize this.

Visited May 2013
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