Beautiful Bangkok: Top 10 Instagrammable places in Bangkok, Thailand
Looking for the ultimate list of Instagrammable places in Bangkok? You’re in the right place!
Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand, is one of the most beautiful cities in Asia and one of the best Instagram-worthy spots in the world! This awesome destination has some iconic landmarks and photo spots such as beautiful temples, rooftop bars, parks, infinity pools, reclining Buddha statues and everything in-between. No wonder people from all around the world flock here for the amazing culture, architecture and gastronomy.
If you’re up for some unforgettable Bangkok photography in this ancient city, you’re in luck! Below I have compiled a list of the 10 best Bangkok Instagram spots, as well as an additional list with some other lesser-known photo spots to check out.
Let’s get to it!
Top 10 Bangkok Instagram spots
The list below contains some of the most famous temples in Bangkok, as well as some markets, museums and bars. The following places are an absolute must for everyone that will visit Bangkok for the very first time!
1 - Wat Pho Temple
Most famous for its 46-meter-long reclining Buddha statue, Wat Pho Temple is one of the main tourist stops and a gorgeous Buddhist temple complex. The decorations are simply breathtaking and there are photo opportunities everywhere you look- think towering golden spires, Buddhist statues and intricate courtyards.
Entry cost: 200 Baht (6.40 US$)
Address: 2 Sanam Chai Rd, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon. Find it on Google Maps here.
2 - Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Visiting a floating market in Bangkok is a unique experience during which you will get an insight into the history of Bangkok back to when the city heavily relied on water transport. You can take boat tours, explore the different stalls and produce and even chit-chat and negotiate with the local vendors.
Address: Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Damnoen Saduak District. Find it on Google Maps here.
Other than Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, some other nice floating markets:
- Amphawa Floating Market
- Taling Chan Floating Market
3 - Airplane Graveyard
If you’re feeling adventurous, the Airplane Graveyard is one of the coolest photo spots in Bangkok! As it’s further out of the city, it’s less visited than other photo spots – which, if you ask me, is an excellent advantage! Here, you’ll find 3 airplane bodies – two of them are quite small, but one of them belongs to a huge 747 that you can enter and explore. If you’re feeling creative, this location is a photographer’s paradise!
Address: Ramkhamhaeng Alley 103, Hua Mak, Bang Kapi District. Find it on Google Maps here.
RELATED READ: You can find more information and details about the aeroplane graveyard in my complete article about Bangkok – 5 Unmissable Tourist Places to Visit in Bangkok
4 - Wat Arun Temple
Get ready for some more temple recommendations, as these are simply some of the best Instagram-worthy spots in Bangkok! On the western riverside of Bangkok, Wat Arun is one of the most famous temples in Thailand by far. Also named the Temple of the Dawn, it is insanely pretty and one of the most Instagrammable places in Bangkok!
Wat Arun has four large spires surrounding a central prang that reaches 80m above the ground. Also, while you’re in the area (and you’ll surely be, as Wat Arun, Wat Pho and the Grand Palace are all in the same “neighbourhood”, just across the river), make sure to check out the views of Wat Arun from the east side of Chao Phraya river at sunset. The moody silhouette with the orange sky as a backdrop is simply stunning!
Entry cost: 50 THB (1.60 US$)
Address: 158 Thanon Wang Doem, Wat Arun, Bangkok Yai. Find it on Google Maps here.
5 - Maeklong Railway Market
A visit to a train market is definitely a must-do while in Bangkok, Thailand!
Maeklong Railway Market was built on the outskirts of Bangkok around the beginning of the 20th century. The market is located literally on top of the train track. Upon the sound of an inbound train, the stall owners quickly pack up their stalls and move aside, allowing the train to rumble past before they set up shop again.
Address: Mueang Samut Songkhram District, Samut Songkhram 75000. Find it on Google Maps here.
NOTE: I know, the idea of a railway market sounds really scary and it actually is a bit! But you shouldn’t worry about getting squashed, you’ll hear the train coming and the stalls packing up long before it arrives.
6 - The Grand Palace
The Grand Palace is not only one of the most Instagram-worthy spots in Bangkok, but also, without a doubt, the most famous site in the country. This comes with both advantages and disadvantages – and if you want to find out why I don’t really advise you to go there, I recommend reading my complete guide to the Grand Palace here.
This tourist hotspot was, from the 18th to the 20th century, the official residence of the kings of Thailand and it is also home to the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), one of the most sacred Buddhist relics in the world.
Entry cost: 500 THB (16 US$)
Address: Na Phra Lan Rd, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon. Find it on Google Maps here.
TIP: The Grand Palace is super crowded, so if you do decide to go, I advise you to get there very early in the morning and preferably on a weekday. The crowds can be intense. You have been warned!
7 - Wat Benchamabophit Temple
Wat Benchamabophit (also known as the Marble Temple) is one of Bangkok’s hidden gems. 99% of the tourists flock to the more popular temples such as Wat Pho and Wat Arun, so Benchamabophit is always less crowded and you’re much more likely to have it all to yourself – how awesome is that?! This is such a bonus when taking photographs, as you can take your time finding angles and never need to worry about getting a clear shot.
Address: 5 Dusit, Dusit District, Bangkok 10300. Find it on Google Maps here.
8 - Erawan Museum
The Erawan Museum is undoubtedly one of the best Bangkok photo spots due to its amazing architecture. From its curved stairways to its amazing stained glass windows, your visit will literally be other-worldly and you’ll find amazing photography angles everywhere you look. Also, let’s not forget about the famous three-headed elephant located here!
Each of the floors is organised on the Hindu representation of the universe. The underworld on the ground floor, the earth on the second floor and heaven on the third floor – cool, right?
Entry cost: 400 THB (12.20 US$)
Address: 99 Bang Mueang Mai, Mueang Samut Prakan District. Find it on Google Maps here.
9 - A sky bar
Did you know that Bangkok has one of the most beautiful rooftop bars in the world? And visiting one of them is your best shot to scope out some of Bangkok’s most stunning city views – trust me, nothing compares to the skyline seen from a sky bar, with a cocktail in your hand!
There are TONS of amazing rooftop bars in the city to explore and some great ones include:
10 - Wat Samphran Dragon Temple
The Dragon Temple is seriously so cool! A gigantic dragon surrounds and protects the Wat Samphran Temple, one of the most gorgeous places in Bangkok – and still unknown enough to be less crowded than other famous attractions!
This creative architectural work is renowned all over social media for its obvious unique feature that is so well captured from the sky (drone pilots, this one’s for you!). At the top, close to the dragon’s mouth, you can find a Buddhist shrine.
Address: หมู่ที่ 7 92/8 Sam Phran, Sam Phran District, Nakhon Pathom. Find it on Google Maps here.
FUN FACT: If you’re looking for the reason behind the mystical beast, you’re out of luck. It remains a mystery.
Some more Instagram-worthy spots in Bangkok, Thailand
In case this is not your first visit to Bangkok, you might’ve already been to ALL the well-known places I’m mentioning above. If that’s the case, worry not, as I have some additional Instagrammable places in Bangkok for you down below. This list is full of lesser-known spots and some new places to see in Bangkok:
- Unicorn Cafe – I’m sold just by the name! The Unicorn Cafe is an explosion of colours and unicorn items and it’s hard not to find a perfect corner to photograph. There are actually 2 unicorn cafes in Bangkok right next to each other and both of them have some pretty good desserts too.
- Chang Chui Plane Night Market – if you’re looking for a combination of an abandoned plane and a night market, this one’s for you – a place to try out traditional Thai food and see some art exhibits!
- Wat Ratchanatdaram Temple / Loha Prasat – small but super beautiful temple, still pretty unknown among tourists. It has 37 gorgeous spires that go up to the rooftop and you can also climb to the top to take some cute photos!
- Mahanakhon Skywalk – this glass skywalk is not for those afraid of heights for sure! It’s located at the top of the tallest tower in Bangkok and it offers an unbeatable birds-eye view of the city. Lots of photo corners everywhere you look!
- Lumpini Park – if you’re looking for some nature and peace of mind, this huge green space is perfect for you. There’s a nice artificial lake there, as well as numerous walking paths and lots of photo opportunities!
- Rot Fai Market – a gorgeous, huge open-air market with tons of delicious food, local goods and souvenirs.
- Sunkist Basketball Court – in case you have access to a drone, this beautiful basketball court makes for some amazing photo opportunities, as it’s located right between two highways!
- Sofitel Bangkok Hotel – if you’re looking for an Instagrammable hotel in Bangkok, this one’s for you! One of the best things about this accommodation is, probably, its gorgeous infinity pool that makes for some unforgettable Bangkok photo opportunities.
- Pak Khlong Flower Market – tons of colourful flowers everywhere you look – what can be more wonderful than this?
- Chinatown – this gorgeous neighbourhood in Bangkok awaits with tons of photo spots everywhere you look!
BONUS #2: Recommended camera gear for Bangkok
Bangkok provides amazing photo opportunities. If you want to make the best of them, make sure to pack your best camera and lenses. Here is what we have in our gear:
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
- Everyday lens: Canon EF 24-70mm F/2.8L II USM Zoom Lens
- Portrait lens: Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM Lens
- GoPro camera: GoPro HERO8 Black
- Tripod: Benro Mach3 Tripod Ser 2 Alum 4 Sect
- NV filter: Hoya 82mm Variable Density Screw-in Filter
- Camera bag: Manfrotto MB MA-BP-BFR Advanced Befree Camera Backpack
- Hard Drive: LaCie 4TB
This was my ultimate list of Bangkok scenic places that are absolutely perfect for a photoshoot while you’re in the capital city of Thailand! Just pick your favourite ones and add them to your list – you’ll find everything here from temples to bars, museums and some other lesser-known spots such as a basketball court, a unicorn-themed cafe, some markets and more!
With 20 places to choose from, rest assured that your trip to Bangkok will be unforgettable and you’ll end up with some pictures that will make all your Instagram friends jealous, haha!