Are you visiting Bangkok and want to know where many of the best spots around the city are for Instagram and photography? In this post I will tell you the top spots that I have found. Including the best spots for views, landmarks, and some hidden gems. Here are 8 of the top and must-visit Instagram and Photography spots in Bangkok.
1. Wat Arun
Wat Arun in Bangkok, also known as the Temple of the Dawn, is located on the western side of the Chao Phraya River. Due to its amazingly beautiful architecture and the most iconic location right on the river, a visit is a must do on every Bangkok trip. Besides that, also the boat ride for getting there is overwhelmingly beautiful and a unique Bangkok experience. Particularly scenic are the approximately 70-meter-high pagodas that characterize the riverside, and which are beautifully lighted at night. Many consider Wat Arun as the most beautiful temple in the city of Bangkok and so a visit is highly recommended. The best time for a visit is at sunset!
2. Wat Sampran
The Dragon Temple, located about an hour outside the city, has sprung up on Instagram in the last few months, and it is clear why. When looking for a photo that is destined to do well on social media, a pink tower with a green dragon wrapped around it surrounded by dense jungle is a good starting point. To get here, hire a driver or take a taxi. The best time is for sunset, if it's a beautiful day with clear sky, you can also shoot the sun through the dragon's mouth.
3. Wat Benchamabophit
One of Bangkok’s most beautiful temple is the Wat Benchamabophit, also known as “the marble temple” or Wat Ben. As it is classified as a first class Royal temple, it is also a temple of significant importance. The Marble temple is popular for the principal chapel which is decorated with Carrara marble imported from Italy. Inside the building, you will find Phra Buddha Chinnarat Buddha image hosted at the centre of the hall, surrounded by the painting of eight magnificent pagodas in Thailand together with stained glass windows from Florence. Outside of the building, there is a gallery surrounding the principal chapel, collecting the Buddha images in many postures from all over Thailand. Sight-seeing along the gallery allows you to see the Thai style roof with gold statues, being in harmony with the white gorgeous marble. The temple opens at 8 am but go early, just after sunrise to get some amazing photos.
4. Lebua State Tower
The rooftop bar of the Lebua Hotel is probably one of the most well-known places for tourists to visit in Bangkok thanks to the Hangover II movie. Despite the strict dress code and extortionate prices, the views from the top are the best in the city, and if you get a good sunset up there, you're in for a treat. Unfortunately I didn't get an amazing sunset so I decided to find a place to photograph the intricate balconies from instead. The best way to photograph the terraces is from the shooping mall accross the river called Iconsiam with a telephoto lens!
5. Ratchada Train Night Market
The Rot Fai Market (Train Market) in the Ratchada area of Bangkok brings in the same convivial night bazaar feel, antique curios, and street food snacks and treats from its original location, into an area of the city that’s much easier to access thanks to the nearby Cultural Centre MRT Underground Station. Although the original, Srinakarin branch is much larger, it’s also way out in the suburbs of Bangkok, making it challenging for people who find themselves on the other side of the city. This new Bangkok Train Market is more central and compact, meaning it’s easier to pop in for a spot of browsing anytime from 6pm to midnight, Thursday to Sunday. Head to a vantage point on the outskirts of the market for a good shot of the colourful tents below.
6. Ancient Siam
Ancient City, also known as Ancient Siam or Muang Boran, is one of the largest open-air museums in the world. This extensive museum covers over 200 acres, and its ground reflects the actual shape of Thai territory. It boasts 116 down-sized replicas of Thailand’s most famous buildings and monuments that are incredibly exquisite and delicate. Surprisingly, the location of each reproduction exactly matches its original’s geographic location. Aside from replicas, a floating market, an old town market, and beautiful gardens with tons of trees, flowers, fountains, and ponds await you. Ancient City lies around 40 km southeast of central Bangkok and is certainly the best day trip destination where you can spend time savoring the essence of Thai history and culture in a peaceful ambience. This was definately my favourite place to visit in Bangkok, i would highly recommend to come here after lunch and enjoy it until sunset time!
7. Maeklong Railway Market
We know that, at least at first glance, many markets in Thailand look the same. But one that definitely stands out is the Maeklong Railway Market. Why? Because it has a train running through the middle of it several times a day. Right down the middle and close enough to touch. Only in Thailand! This market has everything that we’ve come to know and love in Thai markets. Its stalls have displays of fruits, veggies, meats, seafood, as well as sweet snacks, clothing, and flowers.The major difference is that there are train tracks running straight down its middle! A charming little warning bell goes off over the speaker system just a few minutes before the train comes. Within a few minutes of receiving the warning, vendors pull back their specially designed awnings before the train comes, sometimes only moments before. That’s why the market is locally known as the Talat Rom Hoop (ตลาดร่มหุบ) which translates into “Market Umbrella Close.” The best time to come here is before sunrise, the first train departs at 6.20am so you want to be ready to get the shot!