Wat Sunthon Thammathon Temple

Wat Sunthon Thammathon Temple, Bangkok: Tickets, Tours, Address, Wat Sunthon Thammathon Temple Reviews: 3/5

Wat Sunthon Thammathon Temple

Wat Sunthon Thammathon Temple
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David D
By David D
Nice Temple but........
Mar 2017
Thursday morning, 2nd March and we had just arrived in Bangkok for weeks stay at Casa Nithra Hotel. Once we had settled into the hotel we decided to go out and have a bit of an explore of the area. We started walking in the direction of Khao San and we were approached by a guy welcoming us to Bangkok and asking if it was our first time. So it began, we heard all about the cheap petrol and government subsidies, which were ending today. We were asked what sights we were going to see, we mentioned a few places, we were then told that his friend had a tuk tuk and he would take us on a tour for 40 Baht ( less than £1). We thought what the hell and got in. Tuk Tuk driver was very friendly and chatty, asking did we want to go shopping, we said yes, he said he would take us to good places, so what he had in mind and what we had in mind were 2 completely different things. We were taken to 3 Temples, including the Marble Temple and the Lucky Buddha, which was appropriately named because it is only open 1 day a year and was closing in about 10 minutes, most unlikely. The Lucky Buddha Temple was very nice and worth a vist it is just a shame how it is used by Tuk Tuk drivers as part of their scams. In between each visit to a temple we were taken to tailors, who were desperate to make a suit or shirts, offered a great price of 3 shirts at £85 each. We had no intention of buying anything. The Tuk Tuk driver told us it would help him a little if we bought something, he got a bit upset when we said no and we were not going to anymore shops. One of the best things to do when engaging with a tuk tuk driver is at the outset to say no shopping. Another trick used by Tuk Tuk drivers , when you tell then what you want to see, for example Wat Pho, they will tell you that it is closed, they will offer to take you somewhere else, no doubt shopping, till the attraction reopens in an hour and a half. None of the attractions we visited closed during the day. We don't feel that we were scammed, however, the potential is there. We were driven around  Bangkok for 3 hours, yes we did go to 3 shops with pressurised selling, we were not interested so no problem. We also saw parts of Bangkok that we might never have seen and we got to see 3 very nice Temples including the Marble Temple and all for under a £1. During a walk about Bangkok we encountered an official Tourist Information Officer, who gave us some really good advice which was "don't believe anyone unless it is a police officer or at the ticket office of an attraction". For piece of mind it is a lot less hassle to take a taxi, might not be as much fun. We took a taxi one day it was about 7 kilometers and due to traffic it took about 30 minutes but only cost 100  Baht ( just over £2).

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Mglap
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia159 contributions
This is the 'lucky Buddha' temple - part of the scam
May 2018 • Couples
Do not go! Let the temple be and you move away from the people wanting to take you there, immediately. They all work for a scam that is running for many years. Notify the police or tourist police on their location so that they are able to get them.

No Thai person speaks English so well, No Thai person is so open in engaging with a total strangers in any discussion, No Thai Government wants to give you any discount for any reason whatsoever!
Written May 2, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

David D
Devon, UK12,286 contributions
Nice Temple but........
Mar 2017 • Couples
Thursday morning, 2nd March and we had just arrived in Bangkok for weeks stay at Casa Nithra Hotel. Once we had settled into the hotel we decided to go out and have a bit of an explore of the area.

We started walking in the direction of Khao San and we were approached by a guy welcoming us to Bangkok and asking if it was our first time. So it began, we heard all about the cheap petrol and government subsidies, which were ending today.

We were asked what sights we were going to see, we mentioned a few places, we were then told that his friend had a tuk tuk and he would take us on a tour for 40 Baht ( less than £1). We thought what the hell and got in.

Tuk Tuk driver was very friendly and chatty, asking did we want to go shopping, we said yes, he said he would take us to good places, so what he had in mind and what we had in mind were 2 completely different things.

We were taken to 3 Temples, including the Marble Temple and the Lucky Buddha, which was appropriately named because it is only open 1 day a year and was closing in about 10 minutes, most unlikely. The Lucky Buddha Temple was very nice and worth a vist it is just a shame how it is used by Tuk Tuk drivers as part of their scams.

In between each visit to a temple we were taken to tailors, who were desperate to make a suit or shirts, offered a great price of 3 shirts at £85 each. We had no intention of buying anything. The Tuk Tuk driver told us it would help him a little if we bought something, he got a bit upset when we said no and we were not going to anymore shops.

One of the best things to do when engaging with a tuk tuk driver is at the outset to say no shopping.

Another trick used by Tuk Tuk drivers , when you tell then what you want to see, for example Wat Pho, they will tell you that it is closed, they will offer to take you somewhere else, no doubt shopping, till the attraction reopens in an hour and a half. None of the attractions we visited closed during the day.

We don't feel that we were scammed, however, the potential is there. We were driven around  Bangkok for 3 hours, yes we did go to 3 shops with pressurised selling, we were not interested so no problem. We also saw parts of Bangkok that we might never have seen and we got to see 3 very nice Temples including the Marble Temple and all for under a £1.

During a walk about Bangkok we encountered an official Tourist Information Officer, who gave us some really good advice which was "don't believe anyone unless it is a police officer or at the ticket office of an attraction".

For piece of mind it is a lot less hassle to take a taxi, might not be as much fun. We took a taxi one day it was about 7 kilometers and due to traffic it took about 30 minutes but only cost 100  Baht ( just over £2).
Written March 16, 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Tom G
Toronto, Canada19 contributions
Pretty nice
Dec 2015 • Couples
Pretty good temple but the "lucky Buddha" review was spot on. We got the 40 baht story and then taken to a suit shop. I'm truely shocked at how accurate the previous review was.
Written December 8, 2015
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MattwalesNorthWales
Chengdu, China1,937 contributions
Part of the "lucky Buddha" scam
Sep 2015 • Couples
This is a pleasant local temple, but because it is not part of the main tourist route has been adopted as part of a well run tourist scam. A friendly local will tell you "didn't you see the tv last night? To promote tourism the government has decided to pay the fuel for all tuktuks, so you can have one all day for only 40baht". This is true, but he will take you on a temple tour which will include this one.Here you will meet a fake local who will tell you that you are so lucky to have come here today as it is only open two days a year. He will then proceed to tell you that the government are promoting Thai gemstones this week with a tax free offer, your tuktuk driver will then take you to a very overpriced jewellery shop. Do not buy any! The temple is nice but ordinary and certainly not lucky!
Written September 24, 2015
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DanieleGiuffrida
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates233 contributions
Quiet and amazing
Mar 2015 • Solo
I liked this temple very much. Go up into the main building if renovation is over. A maze of corridors suggesting meditation, or wandering around, at least!
Written March 15, 2015
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must_travel_soon_10
Mississauga, Canada1,389 contributions
Another temple
Nov 2014 • Couples
Apologies to those who frequent this temple, but for a tourist nothing special compared to the larger well known temples. Appears to be a quaint local temple.
Written December 6, 2014
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