Last Updated on August 28, 2020 by hungryoungwoman
What’s one thing you check before going on a trip? Apart from itineraries and rules of the country, I love checking up on instaworthy spots when planning for my trip. I wish I had access to this Bangkok Instagram spots guide before planning my budget Bangkok itinerary 4 days. Ah well, at least I’m glad this helps you…
I came across so many Instagrammable places in Bangkok when I was there for my honeymoon and sadly, I couldn’t document them all. This is why I sought the help of some trusted travelers to give me their insights into places that are great for photography in Bangkok!
15 Bangkok Instagram Spots that will Rule Instagram!
Infinity Pools in Bangkok – Lisa from Wanderlust with Lisa
My number one favorite from Bangkok instagrammable places was actually taken at my hotel: Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse. At this 5-star hotel, you’ll find a beautiful infinity pool on the rooftop with great views of the city!
This infinity rooftop pool is the perfect Instagram-picture for your Southeast Asia trip. We happened to be there on a cloudy/overcast day, but it was still beautiful and so serene, and here’s where you can capture some of the best of Bangkok pictures. There’s a rooftop bar next to the pool that offers drinks and a light menu.
Now, I know what you’re thinking – a 5-star hotel with a rooftop infinity pool has to be expensive, right?! Well, think again! In Asia, amazing hotels like this are far more affordable than you would think! Plus, it’s in a great location that is only a short walk or taxi ride to some of the best attractions! It’s definitely worth the money!
Note: For this Instagram picture in Bangkok, you will need to physically be staying at the hotel to gain access to the pool, but it is well worth it! It’s actually a perk that you need to stay there so it’s not too crowded!
Here are my recommendations for the most instagrammable hotels in Bangkok:
The Okura Prestige Bangkok -Apart from having an infinity pool in Bangkok, it is in the Top 25 luxury hotels in Bangkok!
Check out the gorgeous view!
Akyra Thonglor Bangkok – From this infinity pool, you can not only glance at the beautiful hotel but also take some sunset Bangkok city pictures too!
Skyview Hotel Bangkok – Need I say more after you see this beautiful wedding picture which should undoubtedly qualify as one of the attractive places in Bangkok?
They also have an infinity pool with a view in Bangkok and also rooms with the city view
Wat Arun – Maartje from The Orange Backpack
Bangkok is one of the most beautiful cities in Asia. It’s packed with instagrammable temples in Bangkok, palaces, hotels, cafes, Buddha statues, and parks. One of the must-see temples in Bangkok is Wat Arun with its unique location and vibrant colors.
A huge ‘prang’ dominates the temple: this white tower with a colorful mosaic is just beautiful, making Wat Arun the most photogenic temple in Bangkok. The unique location at the river bank adds up to that. One of the best Bangkok photo spots to capture the prang of Wat Arun is actually across the river at the river bank opposite the temple, so not far from the palace and ferry dock.
The best thing about Wat Arun is you can actually climb this white tower. The colorful mosaic is made of porcelain and you can see that from up close when climbing the tower.
Make sure to wear some comfortable shoes, as climbing up the steep stairs can be a bit challenging. The reward will be a beautiful view of the river and one of the best views in Bangkok downtown.
Getting there: This temple is located downtown Bangkok, close to other famous highlights like the royal palace and the reclining Buddha. To get to this instagrammable place in Bangkok, you have to cross the river. You can easily do this by taking the ferry to the other bank, not far from the royal palace. It takes just a few minutes
Unicorn Cafe in Bangkok – Diana from Travelling with Diana
One of the best places that I visited during my trip to Bangkok was for sure the Unicorn Cafe. Is there anything cuter than pink walls, the most instagrammable food in Bangkok, and hundreds of unicorns around you? Nothing.
In this cafe, they offer not only desserts but main courses as well. You can order main unicorn dishes like cheeseburgers, spaghetti, chicken wings, and if that wasn’t enough, they also offer things like rainbow toasts, waffles, cupcakes, and even themed crepes!
Needless to say that all of their drinks are also unicorn and rainbow-themed. It’s definitely the most instagrammable cafe in Bangkok with delicious looking desserts and it’s pretty affordable too!
Because I was traveling alone I got only the Unicorn Rainbow waffles, which is their most popular dessert but it was so huge that you can easily split it between two or even three people. Did I mention that it was only $6! I would definitely love to go back there to try more of their food.
You can even rent a unicorn onesie to take your photo game to the next level! Follow her on Instagram
Getting there: The location of the place is also very good and easy to find. Just search for Unicorn Cafe in Google Maps, get off Chong Nonsi metro station on the dark green line and it will be only 1 minute / 450 meters away by walk
King Power Mahanakhon – James from The Travel Deck
One of the recent additions to Bangkok’s skyline is the King Power Mahanakhon. A skyscraper soaring 78 levels above the city’s bustling streets. The Mahanakhon is now the tallest building in all of Thailand. And with a design of pixelated cubes swirling all the way to the top, you are bound to spot this interesting building while sailing on the Chao Phraya river or walking along Bangkok’s streets.
Just the sight of the King Power Mahanakhon would be enough to entice anyone to visit. And as it happens, on the 76th floor there is the Mahanakhon Sky Bar. A luxurious bar, lounge, and restaurant boasting the best view in Bangkok. From here you will see Bangkok from a different perspective while enjoying an infinite view of this bustling City. From the fine design, service, food, and drinks everything is on point. Whether you choose to stay indoors for a fine meal or opt for the outdoor lounge area, this will be a memorable experience.
Getting there: King Power Mahanakhon is located in the Silom/Sathon District. The best way to get there is to fly over the city in Bangkok’s sky train. Get off at the Chong Nonsi stop and you’ll be just a 5-minute walk away
The Grand Palace – Karolina from Lazy Travel Blog
One of Thailand’s iconic structures, the Grand Palace is a must see in Bangkok, no matter if you are spending just 1 or 2 days in Bangkok, or you are in the city for longer.
The official residence of the Kings of Siam and Thailand, the Grand Palace is literally made for royalty with its maze of colorful buildings, halls, pavilions, gardens, and courtyards.
One of the most popular spots featured on any Instagram Bangkok feed would probably be the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. With the glittering pillars framing the intricately detailed golden doors and colorful temple walls, the white stone steps of this beautiful temple become the ideal location to capture one of the famous places in Bangkok.
Another favorite is the mythical creatures that can be found all over the Grand Palace, like the brightly colored giants guarding the gate, the golden bird-like figures of the Kinnara and Kinnari, and the garudas that guard the stupas of the Grand Palace.
How to go to Grand Palace: The most scenic way to get to the Grand Palace is via the Chao Phraya Express Boat which grants you the opportunity to see Bangkok from a different perspective, which is closest to the BTS Saphan Taksin Station.
When planning your visit to the Grand Palace, make sure to set aside half a day to give yourself enough time to explore and enjoy the spacious complex. Open from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM, the entrance fee costs 500 Baht which is around USD16. It may sound a bit steep, but the temple sights are well worth every cent.
To avoid problems getting in, remember to dress appropriately as this is considered a sacred space in Thailand. Shorts and short skirts are not allowed so long trousers and skirts that go below the knees are recommended. As ladies are not allowed to bare their shoulders, bring a shawl or a light long-sleeved blouse for the visit
Chinatown – Marco from Nomadic Fire
Before retiring to the Philippines, I lived in Thailand for nine months. I took remarkable pictures all around the Land of Smiles. One of my favorite places to take stunning Instagram pics in Bangkok is Chinatown. Yes, CHINATOWN in Bangkok.
I know that it sounds a little off hearing someone tell you to go to Chinatown when you are visiting Thailand. But the contrasting colors, neon lights, and street scenes here make fantastic pics to share on social media.
Chinatown in Bangkok is truly amazing. This neighborhood is the largest Chinese community outside of China. Your photo compositions will get a unique visual mix of Chinese and Thai cultural symbols and icons. Packed with colorful market stalls, street food vendors, and beautiful temples, you can capture some unique pictures of Bangkok city. My two favorite times to snap here are early mornings when there are fewer people, or dusk when the vibrant neon lights start to come on.
Getting there: The heart of Chinatown in Bangkok is Yaowarat Road. My suggestion is to start your pics at the ornate ceremonial China Gate, where Yaowarat runs along the Chao Phraya. Speaking of the river, you can get to Chinatown via an express boat. If you take the waterway, keep your camera out. There are great shots of historic Chinese buildings, including the Lhong 1919 mansion and the eight tiered pagodas of the Chee Chin Khor Temple.
Once on Yaowarat, start walking and take in the sights. You can head to Sampeng Lane. This tiny alley with colorful stalls on both sides makes an excellent backdrop for close-up pics of you shopping for multicolored knickknacks. Stop at any of the multitudes of street food vendors for several pics of the different hued foods
Whether you fill your Instagram grid with travel pics, street scenes, or food close-ups, you will find a colorful and exotic backdrop of Chinatown perfect for your next shoot
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market – Krisztina from She Wanders Abroad
If you’re looking for the most unique places in Bangkok, don’t miss out on visiting the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market! It’s not only one of the best places to visit in Thailand, but it’s also one of the most instagrammable places in Bangkok.
Since the floating market is located quite outside of Bangkok (it takes around 1.5 hours to get there), you will need to dedicate at least half a day for visiting. Although technically you can visit it on your own if you have your own scooter, it’s better to book an organized day trip to avoid driving in the crazy Bangkok traffic. Many companies offer private or group tours and you can combine it with a visit to the nearby Maeklong Railway Market as well.
As Damnoen Saduak is really popular among tourists, it’s better to choose the earliest tour possible (they usually start around 7am) to avoid the crowds and the scorching midday heat. In order to visit the floating market, after arriving at the pier, you need to get inside a long-tail boat
You will find many little wooden houses and floating stalls along the river, selling all kinds of things from local food to clothes, jewelry, and handicrafts. Shopping is not mandatory, but even if you’re not keen on getting some souvenirs, you can try a delicious coconut ice cream or the famous mango sticky rice. Follow her on Instagram
Asiatique The Riverfront – Marya from The BeauTraveler
The combination of a night bazaar, a mall, and a theme park in one spot? Going to Asiatique The Riverfront after the sunset will not disappoint you if you’re looking for an instagrammable place at night in Bangkok.
Open from 5 PM, not only can you have fun going for some window shopping or checking out souvenirs, but it’s also an excellent place to grab some dinner while checking out some entertainment options.
If you’re into shopping, Asiatique The Riverfront can be shopping heaven for you as there are many boutiques and cute stores that sell unique items at affordable prices. Even if you’re not into shopping, there are still many things you can do in the area.
From merry-go-round, Ferris wheel, Calypso ladyboy cabarets to even classic Thai puppet shows, you can get everything here along with some great spots to take some Instagram-worthy pics!
Getting there: There are a few ways to reach Asiatique The Riverfront, but the easiest way to go there is by boat.
The traffic in the area can be quite bad in the evening, so it’s best to take the BTS to Saphan Taksin and take a free shuttle at the pier. The boat runs until 11 PM, but if you plan to stay until midnight, you can easily order Grab from there. Follow Marya on Instagram
Chalermla Park – Rose from Where Goes Rose
One of the coolest and most quirky places in Bangkok that many tourists miss is Chalermla Park also called Chaloemla Park. Bangkok isn’t especially known around the world for street art but here you’ll find some impressive murals which are a must for those seeking Instagram places in Bangkok.
Chalermla Park is a small children’s park that can be found close to Ratchathewi Station, easily accessible from anywhere in the city by Skytrain. As well as fun graffiti-style street art, there’s a quirky mural take on the Mona Lisa which makes for some great photos in Bangkok.
Many of these urban murals were created by Alex Face during the Bukruk Festival, an open-air music festival known for its exhibits and creative collaborations.
Chalermla Park is open daily from 5.30 am to 7 pm; after which the gates will be locked. It’s best visited in daylight houses anyway so swing by in between these hours for a fun and colorful addition to your Bangkok itinerary!
Getting there: Chalermla Park is located just minutes away from Ratchathewi station by walk. It is located on the green line and can be accessed by getting on a Skytrain either to Wat Phra Sri Mahathat or Kheha depending on where you’re starting your journey
Wat Pho Temple – Emma from The World by Emstagram
Wat Pho is one of the largest and oldest temples in Bangkok and is famed for it’s 46m long, 15m tall reclining Buddha. The giant Buddha is covered in gold leaf and it’s feet alone are 5m long!! Wat Pho is thought to date back to the 16th century and is known for being the birthplace of traditional Thai massage.
It’s home to the largest collection of Buddha images in Thailand with over 1000 found in the temple complex and is also recognized as being the first public university in the country.
Wat Pho is undoubtedly one of the must-see attractions in Bangkok. There is so much to admire and appreciate here and its stunning architecture makes it one of the best from the Instagram spots Bangkok has.
What to do at Wat Pho
There is a 100 Baht entry fee (£2.50) to Wat Pho which includes free bottled water for your visit. You must wear respectful clothing, covering your shoulders and knees, and removing shoes for certain parts of the temple. The main attraction of the temple is undoubtedly the Reclining Buddha but there are also 4 chapels containing 394 gilded Buddha images and comical Chinese statues in the courtyards which were once used as ballasts on ships.
How to get to Wat Pho: Wat Pho is located on Maharat Road, close to the river in the Old Town (also known as Koh Rattanakosin). It is around just a 10-minute walk from the Grand Palace.
If you’re staying in a hostel or backpacking Thailand it is likely you will be based around the Khao San Road area which is a 25-minute walk from Wat Pho
Papaya Studio Furniture Store – Helen from Differentville
Furniture shops are possibly not a normal holiday hotspot – but Papaya in Bangkok is not your normal furniture shop. For starters, it’s immense – four storeys high and stretching way back into the store in a rabbit warren of walkways.
And then, what’s inside? Over a million retro items, each more amazing than the last. You’ll find iconic egg chairs, bright colored sofas and shelf after shelf of old phones, typewriters, and computers sitting alongside modern-day collectibles worth thousands. It’s a vintage lover’s dream with bright 1960s furniture and huge Jar Jar Binks statues to pose with, it’s also the perfect addition to your feed although it may not qualify as the perfect Bangkok Instagram place! However, it really is one of the cool places in Bangkok.
To ensure you don’t miss anything, check out @papayastudio on Instagram to get an idea of what you’ll find in the maze inside. There’s quite an intriguing mirror that’s pretty popular!
Getting there: Papaya’s official address is 306/1 (191/509) Soi Lat Phrao Rd. 55/2, Lat Phrao Rd, Wang Thonglarng Bangkok, 10310
You can get here by local bus if you have time, a sense of bravery, and a Sim card to check google maps otherwise, take a Grab taxi. It’s about a 20-minute drive from Sukhumvit (traffic willing). Papaya is open seven days a week from 9 am to 6 pm – and is definitely one of the most unusual things to do in Bangkok (here are some others)
Maeklong Railway Market – Kerrie from Just Go Travelling
Bangkok is known for its bustling streets and nightlife but it has one of the most unique markets on the planet.
Maeklong Railway Market is not a market next to a railway or a market which was once a railway, it is a market that stands today on an active, fully running railway. Stalls are built either side of the railway as local vendors sell their produce. Tourists and locals walk
down the track eagerly trying to sniff out a bargain.
The crazy thing is, vendors have a 3-minute warning which signals that the train is about to run through the track. All within 3 minutes, the vendors have learned to quickly and efficiently gather all their wares and safely allow the train to run through, all to set it back up again as the train leaves.
It is something you truly have to see for yourself in person. Although it may not be one of the instagrammable spots in Bangkok, the backdrop of train tracks and markets surely make for some nice Bangkok photography postcard material!
Getting there: The easiest and most stress-free way to get to Maeklong Railway Market from the center of Bangkok is by taxi / Uber, it should take just over an hour to get there.
The other popular and cheaper way is by local bus. This will take between 1.5 – 2 hours and depart from Mo Chit bus station or the Southern Bus Terminal (Sai Thai Mai bus station) costing under 100 Baht
Ayutthaya – Becki from Meet Me in Departures
Have you even see that iconic shot of the Buddha’s head entwined in the trunk of a Bodhi tree? This is one of the most Instagrammable spots in Thailand and it’s located just outside of Bangkok.
The ruins of Ayutthaya are the remnants of one of the ancient capitals of Siam. They were found at about 1350 and later, an invasion by the Burmese in 1767 destroyed the city. Parts of the ancient kingdom still stand today under the title of ‘The Ayutthaya Historical Park’ which is now a UNESCO listed world heritage site.
The easiest way to get to Ayutthaya is by train. Frequent services are departing throughout the day ranging from local to first class. The cheapest tickets cost around 100 Thai Bhat. You’ll travel about 80 km north of the city, travel through the scenic countryside until you reach the town of Ayutthaya. The journey takes approximately 2 hours
The ruins of Ayutthaya are quite extensive, some of the temples near the center of the town are accessible by foot, while others would require hiring a bicycle (the land is flat, so it’s easy to ride) or hire a tuk-tuk and driver for the day.
Although all the temples are worthy of a visit, the iconic one with the Buddha’s head is found at the temple complex of Wat Mahathat. You will usually have to queue up to get the photo, and a guard is watching over.
A couple of rules you must abide by is that you don’t turn your back to the Buddha’s head and that you have to crouch or crawl in front of it, so your head isn’t higher than the statue
Lumpini Park – Ivan from Mind The Travel
If you’re looking for a special place to respite from the hustle and bustle of Thailand’s capital, Lumpini Park in central Bangkok is an amazing green space for just that. Locals and foreigners alike consider it a spot of tranquility in the heart of the city’s business district. It is also one of the oldest of Bangkok’s public parks. Lumpini was established in early 20th-century by King Rama VI and it comprises 142 acres of parkland, various ponds, and walkways.
Lumpini Park is purely for recreation and is completely free. That is why
visitors will encounter all kinds of people there from the elderly practicing tai chi early in the morning to children playing around. As well as cubicle workers taking an evening jog after work. This entirely man-made park consists of extensive lawns and a large artificial lake, which is a perfect place for romantic photos. Lumpini also offers amazing opportunities for people watching as Thais and expats adore this place.
Depending on where are you in Bangkok, the quickest way to get there is by train. You will find the Silom MRT station (Blue Line) in the southwestern corner of Lumpini Park. Alternatively, the Lumpini MRT station is at the southeastern corner. The nearest BTS (Skytrain) station is Sala Daeng, just a stone’s throw away from the Lumpini Park
ICONSIAM – Tegan from Why Not Walk
Located right on the banks of the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, ICONSIAM is heralded as Asia’s hottest new mall, as well as one of its largest. ICONSIAM boasts sparkling modern architecture with a decidedly Thai twist, spectacular river views from each of its floors, and all the biggest names in international fashion and couture– all inside this ultimately-Instagrammable locale. Iconic, indeed.
While you’re here, don’t miss the SookSiam area, encompassing much of the ground floor. To call SookSiam a food court would be a gross disservice, as it is a market in its own right, showcasing the artwork, cultural contributions, and food of each of Thailand’s 77 provinces.
SookSiam even has its very own floating market to dazzle your following. Also don’t miss the IconLuxe area, with the world’s most exclusive retailers in a sumptuously decorated space. ICONSIAM’s exposed white staircases are an Instagrammable place in Bangkok in their own right, as is Thailand’s first Apple Store.
Getting there: To get to ICONSIAM, you can take a Grab rideshare from anywhere in the city, which will drop you off in a designated rideshare area.
You can also take the BTS to Saphan Taksin BTS Station, then walk over to Sathorn Pier (via Exit 2 from the station), and take the ICONSIAM free shuttle boat! The boat runs from 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM every day and comes roughly every 10 minutes. Stay tuned for a new BTS station called the “Gold Line” that will go directly to the mall, opening soon. Follow them on Instagram
So, there’s our of Bangkok tourist spots where you can find the most stunning places to see in Bangkok and capture imagery that is worth envy 😉
Until then, happy traveling! xx
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