Beautiful palaces and temples, vibrant markets and thrilling nightlife. The most instagrammable places in Bangkok are exactly what you would expect from Thailand’s capital. Bangkok is one of the most photogenic cities in South East Asia and this article will show you why.
Choosing the most instagrammable places in Bangkok was not easy, as there are just so many great photogenic spots asking for a shot. I have visited the capital of Thailand three times already and I still have a few in my mind which I did not have the chance to explore by myself yet. It is just full of breathtaking temples, vibrant markets, beautiful luxury resorts and modern architecture or buzzing nightlife. Let’s have a look together on the 10 best photo spots I could think of in Bangkok.
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10 most instagrammable places in Bangkok
If there is one general recommendation for photographers in Bangkok – come early. Bangkok is the center point of tourism in the whole South East Asia and the crowds are even bigger than in other places. However, this advice, of course, does not apply to the nightlife spots, which start waking up around 7 PM but get really lively after 8.
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The Grand Palace
The Grand Palace is probably the most touristy site in whole Thailand and you can hardly be surprised. With its large golden stupas and opulently decorated temples, it was obviously built to impress. Due to its popularity though, you can arrive early in the morning for the beginning of its opening hours (8:30) and you will still need to share it with dozens of organized Chinese tourist groups. So either be fast and run inside before the slower tours do, or simply focus on the details and benefit from some of the less frequented, yet stunning places like I did.
Address: 1 Na Phra Lan Rd, แขวงพระบรมมหาราชวัง Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200
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Well, it is actually the first pic from the palaces of Bangkok. When I had randomly looked backed to them, I realize how amazing they are and I feel like I want to share them with you all the time! —— What made me search for them in the first place was the fact that today, we spent a half a day in the Royal Palace in Cambodia. The Royal Palace in Cambodia is the pearl of Phnom Penh, but I have not seen any more beautiful palaces like the ones in Bangkok. What about you? Where did you like the palaces the most? Any tips?
If you would ask me about my favorite temple in Bangkok, my choice would without hesitation go for Wat Arun aka the Temple of Down. Due to its white color and extremely detailed mosaic decorations, it is the most elegant of all the temples in the city. Located on the opposite side of the Chao Phraya River as the Grand Palace, it is also much cheaper and does not attract such terrible hordes of tourists.
Address: 158 Thanon Wang Doem, Khwaeng Wat Arun, Khet Bangkok Yai, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10600
You have most likely heard of this temple as of the one with the largest golden statue of reclining Buddha in whole Thailand. Well, not denying its spiritual importance, but the relatively dark and narrow hall full of tourists where the Buddha statue resides makes it a terrible spot for photography. So, just give it a quick look and head further inside the temple, where you will find its real beauty – dozens of these awesome stupas decorated with incredibly detailed mosaic waiting for you and your camera.
Address: 2 Sanam Chai Rd, แขวงพระบรมมหาราชวัง Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200
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The last temple on the list, I promise! Wat Benchamabophit aka the Marble Temple temple is one of the lesser known temples in Bangkok and lies a bit outside of the major areas, which is keeping it away from the largest tourist masses. But as it seems, it is not unknown to photographers. Throughout our visit, we met 3 professionals with tripods waiting for the sunset already by the gate. The temple itself offers many really pretty spots for photography, but for the best one, you need to go inside to the main court. Only in there you can take the photo of the main temple framed by this beautifully ornated golden gate. Be prepared to go really low, if you decide to go for this shot. The best time to visit the temple is just before the closing time (6 PM) when you can get the shot with sky painted with the colors of a sunset.
Address: 69 Thanon Si Ayutthaya, Khwaeng Dusit, Khet Dusit, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10300
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One of the hidden gems 🏆of Bangkok. What is the most mystical place you have ever been? ——— This picture is edited with Lightroom, which I really recommend for pictures that are originally very dark.💡 Check out my ig stories for the before and after version of this photo. *** #katiespostcard #postcardfromthailand
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
The Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is well known as probably the biggest tourist trap in whole Thailand. But still, it is the kind of trap you want to get trapped in. Get yourself a boat, head on the river and let yourself surrounded by vendors selling out fruits, vegetable, and other goods directly from the deck. As it lies about an hour drive from Bangkok, the easiest way to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is on an organized tour. But in such case, you will arrive there around 9 AM with all the other tourist groups. However, you can also take an early morning van for 90 Baht from the Victory Monument (double check if it is really going to the market, there will be a lot of different vans in there) or stay overnight the day before in one of the hotels around.
Address: 9 Tambon Damnoen Saduak, Amphoe Damnoen Saduak, Chang Wat Ratchaburi 70130
➯ Katie’s tip: Save time and money see three of Bangkok’s famous floating and railway markets in one day with Klook. Moreover, register with this link and get another 3.2 USD discount.
➯ Check out: Hotels nearby the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
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Happy Friday!! Floating into the weekend like…🚣♀️ ••••• I can’t even describe how amazing it was to visit Bangkok’s famous floating market. To see how people lived, how they traded, socialized and just went about their day. I could just imagine. Sure, now they’re selling coconut icecream (awesome), hats, clothes and other trinkets but it didn’t take away from the uniqueness of this amazing place. Travel is such an inspiration, you get to experience things you haven’t even imagined, and this was certainly one of those places for me. I’ve so many other experiences from Thailand I can’t wait to share with you, but now after 36 hours back in Kuala Lumpur, we fly to Vietnam tomorrow. I couldn’t be more excited. Have the most amazing weekend everyone! 💕 ••••• 👗 @esther.com.au ••••• #beautifulmatters #culturetrip #beautifuldestinations #thailand #amazingthailand #blondesandcookies #womenwhoexplore #floatingmarket #thetravelwomen #beautifulmatters #dametraveler #darlingescapes #sheisnotlost #sidewalkerdaily #wearetravelgirls #femmetravel #ladiesgoneglobal #neverstopexploring #backpackwithme #letsgoeverywhere #speechlessplaces #beautifuldestinations #travelbloggeres #thetravellingnomads #backpackerstory #gltlove #womenwhotravel
Maeklong Railway Market
The Maeklong Railway Market is another totally unique street market within an hour reach from Bangkok. Its uniqueness lies in the fact that it is located in a narrow street surrounding an actual railway. As such, there is a real singletrack train passing through the market 8 times per day to/from the Maeklong station located just behind the market (leaving at 6:20, 9:00, 11:30 and 15:30 and coming back at 8:30,11:10, 14:30 and 17:40). The real show comes just before the train passes through, as the vendors pull their stalls in, making a way for the train. The easiest way to visit the market is taking an organized tour from Bangkok. Nevertheless, the market recently became very popular and if you wish to take such a cool picture like Jacob below, there is no other option to avoid the crowds than being there at 06:20, when the train leaves the station for the first time.
Address: Mae Klong, Mueang Samut Songkhram District, Samut Songkhram 75000
➯ Katie’s tip: Stay overnight in Maeklong to be able to wake up at a reasonable morning hour and still make ut to take a shot of the first morning train at 6:00 AM. Check out the hotels by the Maeklong Railway Market.
➯ Katie’s tip: If you still prefer to take a tour, try this one joint with a visit to the nearby Amphawa Market and save 20% of the price and another 3.2 USD if you register via this link.
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Who can spot the train? 👀 Strolling through local markets, #Bangkok style! 🍌 This was by far one of the most unique markets I have ever been to; strolling down train tracks with fresh fruit, vegetables, seafood and meat being sold either side. That part was pretty standard, but then sound of a train horn pierced the air and all the shop keepers began to pull back their awnings and watch as a train came inches from their stalls. @theluxurycollection #TheLuxuryCollection @beautifuldestinations #BeautifulDestinations #Thailand
Bangkok Sky Bars
Similarly to other Asian Metropoles as Hong Kong, Hong Kong or Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok is a city of high rise buildings with a breathtaking skyline. And the best way to enjoy the view is with a drink in your hand from one of its amazing sky bars. Most people would probably send you to the famous Lebua Bar, which made its name as one of the filming locations for the Hangover 2 movie. However, my choice goes for the slightly cheaper, but no less impressive Moon Bar.
Address: 21/100 Sathon Tai Rd, Silom, Khet Sathon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10120
Lumpini Park from So Sofitel
You could easily call Lumpini Park the Central Park of Bangkok. Huge 575 000 sqm large mass of relaxing greenery inside the glass and concrete jungle of one of Asia’s busiest capitals. The best view on the park is then from the So Sofitel hotel, either from some of the rooms or ideally from the rooftop swimming pool on its top.
Address: 2 North Sathorn Road, Bangrak, Bangkrak, Bangkok 10500
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The Chong Nonsi Bridge (Sathorn SkyWalk)
Unlike other places on the list, I am pretty sure you have not heard of this one before. We have discovered it by chance when living in the area and I knew immediately it is going to look great on the camera. This large metal ladder bends over the sky bridge above the Sathorn Street just next to the Chong Nonsi station and it looks awesomely metropolitan especially with the large administrative buildings in the background.
Address: Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500
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So let’s play a game again!🙏🏼Any of you can guess in which city was this photo taken?It is one of World’s largest metropoles and most popular tourist destinations and I have visited it several times during my travels this year.🌟🍸The first one who can come up with the right answer will earn a shoutout in my ig stories.❤️ *** #katiespostcard
The Unicorn Cafe
Imagine a place, where every piece of food or drink has the colors of a rainbow and wherever you sit, you are surrounded by unicorns. Well, this is not a fairytale written by an LSD addict, but an actual coffee shop in Bangkok. Reminding me of the best of Korean and Japanese themed cafes, especially the Kawai Monster Cafe in Tokyo, I just couldn’t leave it out from my list.
Address: 44/1 ซอย สาทร 8 สีลม Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500
Bonus tip – The Ghost Tower
Yes, this time I decided to make an exception and add one extra 11th item to my list of 10 most instagrammable places in Bangkok. The Sathorn Unique Tower, aka the Ghost Tower, is an unfinished luxury apartment complex nearby the Chao Phraya River (and also the Unicorn Cafe), whose construction had been abandoned due to the 1997’s financial crisis in Asia. Imagine and unfinished skyscraper with views like the one below… Nevertheless, the reason why I included it just as an extra is that these days, the building is actually closed and well guarded and it is almost impossible to get inside. There might be a chance you could bribe the guards, but… well, let me know if any of you actually managed to get in even these days.
Address: 266/14-15, Soi Siam Square 3, Rama 1 Road, Pathumwan, Khet Pathumwan, Bangkok, 10330
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Wasn't expecting to go back up here anytime soon after they locked and welded the gate shut. Today I met up with a drone pilot and climbed up the wall of the building onto the 2nd floor to access the stairway to the top. On the way back down was a police officer waiting with hand cuffs – to make matters worse it was impossible to climb back down the wall and we were stuck! Luckily someone bought us a rope and we managed get down. On another note the drone footage looks unreal, I can't wait to show you guys in my next video edit soon to come! Bangkok, Thailand.
Let me hear from you
We have spent hours shooting around Bangkok and I can’t wait for the next time I will have the opportunity to do it again. I have introduced you to my 11 most instagrammable places in Bangkok, but there is just so much more to find in this lively city. Let me know which one is your favorite photo spot in Bangkok and how did you manage to cope with the crowds of tourists.
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