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Whether you’re a photographer, an influencer, or simply want to add some color to your Instagram grid, you’re going to love visiting Bangkok!
Thailand’s capital city is a bustling (somewhat chaotic) colorful hub that is absolutely littered with cool photo spots. From temples and markets to cafes, hotels and parks – every inch of Bangkok City presents an amazing photo opportunity!
However, finding the most Instagrammable places in Bangkok with limited time can be tricky. So to save you the hassle of figuring out where to take photos in Bangkok, here’s our list of the absolute best Bangkok Instagram spots!
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Before diving into this Bangkok photo guide, here are a few extra things you’ll need for a stress-free Bangkok trip.
- While it’s possible to find great last-minute hotel deals, it’s always best to book a hotel room a few weeks in advance. Search the best hotels here or see my top picks below.
- Forget about any transport hassles and book a private transfer from Suvarnabhumi Airport or Don Mueang Airport to get to your hotel quickly.
- Grab a digital Bangkok Explorer Pass so that you can easily see attractions or join tours. The pass has several options to choose from and allows easy access to Bangkok’s top attractions.
- If you’re pressed for time, this Bangkok highlights and temples tour is an easy way to see some of the city’s most photogenic places.
- Unfortunately, things can and do go wrong when you travel. World Nomads offers coverage for more than 150 activities, as well as emergency medical, lost luggage, trip cancellation, and more.
- If it’s your first visit to the city, read my 4-day Bangkok itinerary to plan the perfect trip. These tips for visiting Thailand will also come in handy.
17 Most Instagrammable Places in Bangkok
The Royal Grand Palace
Set right in the city’s heart, the Grand Palace is Thailand’s most famous landmark and a must-visit Instagram spot in Bangkok.
Built by King Rama 1 back in 1782, the Grand Palace served as the royal residence for Thailand’s royalty for more than 100 years. The complex mainly serves as a tourist attraction today, but it’s definitely one you shouldn’t miss!
With over 100 opulent buildings, beautiful courtyards, neatly-kept gardens, and cool statues, the Grand Palace is a great place to snap dreamy Instagram photos. One of the best spots is on the stairway right in front of the Wat Phra Kaew – a stunning temple covered in gold and intricate designs that houses Thailand’s most sacred deity, the Emerald Buddha.
Since the Grand Palace is such an iconic sight in Bangkok, it’s always busy. Come in the early morning if you’d like to skip the crowds. While exploring the Grand Palace independently is doable, joining a guided tour is a great way to learn a little more about its history.
- Address: Na Phra Lan Rd, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
- Opening hours: 8.30 am to 3.30 pm
Next up on this list of Instagrammable places in Bangkok is Wat Pho.
More commonly known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho is one of the most beautiful temples in Asia. And for a good reason.
Located right in Bangkok’s historical center, this ancient temple complex dates back to the 17th century. It is full of beautifully decorated stupas and chedis, hundreds of golden Buddha statues, various temple buildings, and even a massage and medicine school.
However, the highlight on any visit to Wat Pho is the impeccable reclining Buddha – a huge statue entirely covered in gold leaf. The Buddha statue is 46 m long and 15 meters tall, making it the largest of its kind in Thailand.
You’ll need to come early in the morning to get the best photos as the temple is usually swarming with tourists by midday. A great angle to take pictures is to stand near the Buddha’s feet. That way, you can snap the entire length of this stunning statue. Just don’t forget your wide-angle lens! Another unmissable shot is of the statue’s giant feet. They are exquisitely inlaid with mother-of-pearl and depict auspicious symbols of Buddha.
Of course, there are plenty of other great photo spots dotted around the complex. So take your time strolling the grounds because you can get some gorgeous Instagram photos here.
A trip to Wat Pho can easily be combined with a visit to the Grand Palace and Wat Arun. You can visit independently, on a guided walking tour or this private tour. Just a heads up, though – there’s a strict dress code for visiting Bangkok’s holy sites. Remember to include a long-sleeved shirt and pants (or a long skirt) on your Thailand packing list.
- Address: 2 Sanam Chai Rd, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand.
- Opening hours: 8 am to 6.30 pm
By Krisztina from She Wanders Abroad.
If you’re looking for the best photo spots in Bangkok, you can’t miss including Wat Benchamabophit in your Bangkok itinerary!
Otherwise referred to as the Marble Temple, the buildings of this temple complex are a sight to behold. It might not be as grand or overwhelming as the Grand Palace, but it’s definitely a great place to take photos.
The temple complex was built in the late 19th century by King Rama V, who was a great admirer of Thai art and architecture. The temple’s beautiful white buildings are decorated with intricate carvings of animals and flowers, making it a popular spot for photographers.
Wat Benchamabophit is located a bit out of the city center, so it’s less touristy than other popular landmarks in Bangkok. However, it’s only a 15-20 minute drive from the Grand Palace, depending on traffic, so it’s certainly doable!
The entrance costs 50 Baht per person, and as with any other temples in Bangkok, you have to dress modestly by covering your knees and shoulders.
- Address: 69 Rama V Rd, Dusit, Dusit District, Bangkok 10300, Thailand.
- Opening hours: 8.30 am to 5.30 pm
By Becki from Meet Me In Departures.
From a distance, and if you squint a little, Wat Arun looks like a mini version of the iconic Angkor Wat, Cambodia. That’s down to the Khmer style of the central Prang. This intricately decorated, 86 meter high prang is located right on the riverside, surrounded by four smaller prangs at each corner. Named after the Indian god of dawn, Aruna, Wat Arun is definitely a place you’ll want to add to your Bangkok bucket list.
You can technically see the temple at any time of the day, but the official opening hours are between 8 am – 6 pm if you want to go inside the temple. However, if you’re looking for the best photo spots, then two of the best vantage points, especially for sunrise or sunset, are from the opposite side of the Chao Phraya River and the gardens surrounding the temple.
It’s easy to get to the temple, and a quick ferry ride crosses visitors over the river.
- Address: 158 Thanon Wang Doem, Wat Arun, Bangkok Yai, Bangkok 10600, Thailand
- Opening hours: 8 am to 6 pm
By David & Intan at The World Travel Guy.
The Ayutthaya ruins are great for photography, and they’re pretty easy to visit on a short day trip from Bangkok since they’re located only about 1 hour from the city.
Among other things, this abandoned temple city is home to the famous Ayutthaya Buddha tree, where you can see the head of an old Buddha statue mysteriously trapped in Banyan tree roots. It’s probably one of the most famous travel photos you’ll see from Thailand!
During the 14th to 18th centuries, the Ayutthaya kingdom was a center of trade and culture in Siam (now Thailand), and its population of 1 million made it one of the biggest cities in the world at that time.
The Ayutthaya ruins are located about 80 kilometers north of Bangkok, and you can get there by train, bus, car, or riverboat. Most people go by shared bus or van, and these trips to Ayutthaya are easy to arrange from Bangkok in popular tourist areas like Khao San. Alternatively, check out this tour to Ayutthaya from Bangkok.
- Address: Wat Mahathat, Naresuan Rd, Tha Wasukri, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya District, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya 13000, Thailand
- Opening Hours: 8 am – 5 pm
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Bangkok is home to so many cool floating markets that it’s hard to keep track of them all. But one you definitely shouldn’t skip on your list Instagrammable places in Bangkok is Damnoen Saduak Floating Market.
Damnoen Saduak is located roughly 1.5 hrs drive from Bangkok City, and it’s perfect for day-trippers looking for a unique experience. The market was originally built as a trade hub for locals to sell their goods. Today, however, it’s one of the top tourist spots in Thailand and a great place to take awesome photos.
Damnoen Saduak consists of a labyrinth of waterways full of vendors selling their wares all along the canals and right from their boats. It’s not only a great place to shop for souvenirs and colorful paintings but also to fill your belly with tasty Thai food. Definitely don’t miss the mango sticky rice!
Many people opt to visit the market independently, and while that is certainly an option, you’re better off joining a day tour. That way, you won’t need to worry about any of the transport hassles to get there. Moreover, you can also squeeze in a trip to Maeklong Railway Market (see below)! Do watch out for scams, though. And if you can, come in the morning to skip the large tour groups.
- Address: Damnoen Saduak, Damnoen Saduak District, Ratchaburi 70130, Thailand.
- Opening hours: 7 am to 5 pm
Maeklong Railway Market
By Milijana of World Travel Connector.
The Maeklong Railway Market near Bangkok is one of the top Instagram spots in Thailand. The market is popularly called the Train Market and seeing it is among the top 50 things to do in Thailand.
This incredibly unique market got its nickname after a train that goes through it every day. The market is set up directly on train tracks, and vendors exhibit their products on them. Every time a train approaches the market, they take the goods off the tracks. A bell announces the arrival of a train, so vendors have enough time to pick out their products from the train track. As the train passes, they put their stuff back onto the tracks.
The whole event of the passing train and taking off and putting the products back onto the tracks is quite intense. Thus, not surprisingly, the Train Market has become a popular tourist attraction.
The Maeklong Railway Market is about 80 km away from Bangkok. It’s open every day from 6 am to 6 pm. However, a train only goes through the market at 8.30 am, 11.30 am, 2.30 pm and 5.40 pm. You need to be there at the exact time to witness a passing train. The most stressless way to avoid Bangkok traffic and the easiest way to visit the market is by taking a tour from Bangkok.
- Address: C252+25F, Mae Klong, Mueang Samut Songkhram District, Samut Songkhram 75000, Thailand
- Opening hours: 6 am to 6 pm
Ratchada Rot Fai Market
By Mark from Wyld Family Travel.
The Rot Fai Market (Train Market) in the Ratchada area of north-central Bangkok is a thriving sea of people, colors, sounds, and smells. As you walk up and down the aisles of this famous Bangkok market, you will find all types of Instagram opportunities from food, antiques, electronics, toys, and people.
The market’s most interesting aisle is the food lane, where you will see live fish in tanks, stallholders rushing around with steaming coles for hotpots, large piles of Cajun seafood on the tables, and multiple types of street food.
At the end of the market, you will find a section of bars and food trucks lighting up the night with neon signs while people enjoy the warm, sweaty Bangkok nights with music and cold drinks. The Rot Fai Market will provide you with any number of different shots depending on whether you’re into food or just street life-type images.
Take your time strolling the aisles, try the different foods, watch the people and be ready to get that great shot of a market in Bangkok. It is a must-see for everyone, from solo travelers to families in Bangkok.
To get to The Rot Fai Market, you can catch a train to the Thailand Culture Centre metro stop or use Grab to order a car.
- Address: Ratchadaphisek Rd, Din Daeng, Bangkok 10400, Thailand.
Chang Chui Market
By Allen from Live Less Ordinary.
Ever since the original ‘talat rotfai’ train market closed its gates back almost 10 years ago (2013), it spawned a whole new chain of night markets popping up all over Bangkok. Each is unique in its own way, and each tries to outdo the others. So why not a plane?
Unofficially known as the Chang Chui Plane Night Market, but officially Chang Chui Creative Park, this rather unique night market is centered around a rather large decommissioned TriStar Lockheed plane. It’s hard to miss. Inside the plane is a high-end restaurant and other fun stuff, including a departure slide.
Otherwise, the market itself has all sorts of street art and wacky models and creations dotted through a maze of food and fashion stalls, making it popular with both Instagram-obsessed locals and expats living in Bangkok. Then there are bars and restaurants, as well as nightlife venues, running late into the night. But the best time to arrive is around sunset to capture the best photos.
The Chang Chui Creative Park is found in the outside area of Pinklao, a fairly unknown part of Bangkok rarely visited by no one but locals. However, this night market has brought an exciting lease of life to the area.
- Address: 460/8 Sirindhorn Rd, Bang Phlat, Bangkok 10700, Thailand
- Opening hours: 11 am to 11 pm
Bangkok’s biggest outdoor weekend market, Chatuchak Market, is yet another huge must on your list of Instagrammable places in Bangkok.
Originally intended to serve as a flea market, Chatuchak Market has come a long way since its humble beginnings in the 1950s. And today, it’s not only Bangkok’s most famous outdoor bazaar but also the biggest of its kind in the world.
What really makes Chatuchak such a must-visit place in Bangkok is its sheer size. This shopping mecca spans some 35 acres and is divided into 27 sections, housing a whopping 15 000 stalls! You can literally buy anything under the sun here– from antiques and fake designer bags, to souvenirs, food, pets, and much more!
Chatuchak is a colorful labyrinth of shops and stalls. And it’s always teeming with people, so you’ll definitely need to keep your bearings as you try to make your way through it! With that said, there are loads of photo ops here, and you could easily spend a couple of hours exploring all of its nooks and crannies. Just don’t forget to haggle!
If you’re not comfortable navigating the market on your own, this half-day market tour is for you!
- Address: สวนจตุจักร Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900, Thailand
- Opening hours: 9 am to 6 pm (Sat-Sun), although some sections might be open during the week. See the market’s official website here for more details.
King Power Mahanakhon
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One of the most spectacular Bangkok Instagram spots can be enjoyed from the King Power Mahanakhon. This gigantic skyscraper is currently the second-highest building in Bangkok, standing 314 meters tall and comprising 77 floors.
A visit to King Power Mahanakhon is an absolute highlight and should not be missed on a trip to the Thai capital – especially if you want to take amazing Instagram pics.
The rooftop houses one of the coolest sky bars in Bangkok and offers stunning views over the cityscape. If you’re brave enough, walk across the 300m long glass skywalk for even more spectacular views. The skywalk has become a real Instagram hotspot, and you’ll be able to take some really cool photos or reels while here.
An unmissable experience while at this height is to enjoy the sunset over Bangkok. Even though the entrance fee (800 baht) to the King Power Mahanakhon is not the cheapest, it’s a fantastic experience! Tickets can be bought onsite or reserved online in advance.
- Address: 114 1 Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra Rd, เเขวง สีลม Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand
- Opening hours: 10 am to 12 am, last admissions 11.30 pm
By Steph from A Nomad’s Passport.
With its rainbow-colored interior and a seemingly endless amount of unicorn plushies, the Unicorn Café is undeniably one of the most instagrammable places in Bangkok.
Sit down and order some of the unicorn-themed food and drinks before you start your photo session. Just know that it is very sweet and filling, so do not order too much. And if you want to go all out during your Instagram photo session, you can even rent a unicorn onesie!
Things at the Unicorn Café tend to be more expensive than elsewhere in the city, so be sure to factor that into your Bangkok travel budget. Also, avoid visiting it during lunch and dinner, as the café tends to fill up quickly. Around 3 pm tends to be the best time to visit this unique spot in Bangkok.
It is quite easy to get there, as the Unicorn Café is only a short walk away from the Chong Nonsi BTS. There are two Unicorn Cafes, but since they are right next to each other, you can just visit the less crowded one.
- Address: 44/1 Soi Sathon 8, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand
- Opening hours: 12 pm to 8 pm, closed on Mondays
By Jori from The Tejana Abroad.
One of the coolest Instagrammable places in Bangkok is the Airplane Graveyard! This scrap yard has been filled with several airplanes, some more intact than others, and is quickly becoming a unique spot for tourists.
The owner of the yard bought the land and stored several planes there. After stripping the aircraft for parts, he just left them. Now, some families live on the ground and charge tourists a small fee to walk around and take pictures. To get there, you can take the airport link train to Hua Man station and then take a taxi.
It’s definitely a very different type of experience that you should try out if you’re in Bangkok! Be sure to wear clothes and shoes that you can climb in because some of the planes are difficult to reach or have sharp, broken objects spread around.
- Address: Ramkhamhaeng Alley 103, Hua Mak, Bang Kapi District, Bangkok 10240, Thailand.
- Opening hours: 24/7
By Victoria from Guide Your Travel.
Thailand isn’t only known for its beautiful islands. Lumpini Park is one of the most underrated places in Bangkok and a fantastic spot to take Instagram photos.
If you’re looking for a place to escape the crowds and enjoy a more peaceful part of Bangkok, Lumpini Park is a great choice. You can easily get there by bus if you’re brave enough to navigate Bangkok’s public transport system, or you can take a taxi which will only cost a few dollars.
The park is best visited in the early mornings when you’ll only encounter a few locals there. A little later during the day, you can rent little boats to explore the lake, which is another great photo opportunity. You could also spot turtles, lizards, and other animals and maybe even have a picnic on one of the many lawns.
Lumpini Park isn’t incredibly large, but you can still easily spend a few hours here, especially if you want to head out on the water.
- Address: 192 Witthayu Rd, Lumphini, Pathum Wan District, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
- Opening hours: 5 am to 9 pm
By Ania from The Travelling Twins.
Another cool Instagrammable place in Bangkok is Safari World Park. This park has a wide variety of animals, including lions, tigers, elephants, and more! It’s a great place not only when you’re visiting Bangkok with kids but for everyone. Whether taking selfies with animals or just admiring them from afar, this is the perfect spot for anyone who wants to have some fun while on vacation.
The best place to get a selfie is the enormous love birds aviary, where you can feed love birds. Other options for great photos are platforms for feeding giraffes or various animal shows.
Bangkok Safari World Park is located around 30 km outside Bangkok. It’s a popular go-to spot, so make sure to grab your entry ticket in advance to skip the queues. The best way to get there is to take a taxi or an Uber. The trip takes approximately 30 – 35 min. There is also the option of getting there by public transport, but that would take almost two or three hours.
- Address: 99 Panya Indra Rd, Sam Wa Tawan Tok, Khlong Sam Wa, Bangkok 10510, Thailand
- Opening hours: 9 am to 5 pm
Bangkok’s notorious backpackers’ hub, Khaosan Road, doesn’t usually make it to the list of the most Instagrammable places in Bangkok. And that’s a real shame.
While the area can be a bit dodgy with its wild parties, Khaosan Road is still worth visiting because it’s a great place for street photography. During the day, colorful tuk-tuks and billboards make for great backdrops, while neon signs light up the entire road at night.
Khaosan Road is packed with eateries, bars, and clubs, too. And whether you want to grab a bite, down a few pints, dance the night away, or simply people watch, there are lots to keep you busy! Another highlight here is the night market. Dozens of vendors sell all kinds of street food all along the road – from pad Thai to coconut ice cream to scorpions on a stick! If you’re not brave enough to try the insects, don’t worry, you can still pose with them for a small fee.
Come during the day or around dinner time, if you’re not into the crazy party scene. But if you’re looking for a wild night out on the town, definitely stick around longer!
- Address: 161, 163 Khaosan Rd, Talat Yot, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
- Khao San Market opening hours: 3 pm to 2 am (Mon-Sat), and 3 pm to 12 am (Sun)
Another great Instagram spot in Bangkok with minimal crowds is Erawan Museum.
The shining star at Erawan Museum is undoubtedly its stunning pink circular structure with a three-headed elephant sitting right on top. The elephant weighs a whopping 150 tons! Ornate motifs adorn the exterior, and a small pond and various life-size elephant statues surround it. While the building’s exterior is enough to leave you breathless, there’s much more to discover inside the museum.
Not many visitors know this, but the museum actually has three levels. The first level is a great place to learn a little more about religion and mythology. It features a stunning glass-stained roof, beautifully decorated spiral staircases, mythical sculptures, and an elaborate shrine.
The upper level houses a collection of Buddha statues, while abstract paintings depicting the solar system, sun, and planets decorate the walls.
If you still have time, make sure also to explore the basement section. Here you’ll find an interesting collection of art pieces and ancient ceramics dating back to the Ming and Qing dynasty.
One can easily spend 3-4 hours browsing the museum, taking photos, or relaxing in the beautiful gardens. It’s not the cheapest place to visit, so make sure to buy a discounted entry ticket in advance. And even though the museum is technically not in the city, it’s easy to get there by BTS train in less than an hour.
- Address: 99/9 Mu 1, Sukhumvit Sai Kao Road Mueang Samut Prakan, Samut Prakan
- Opening hours: 9 am to 6 pm
Where to stay in Bangkok
Bangkok has loads of accommodation options, and you’ll find hotels and hostels everywhere! Whether you’re looking for a posh stay or prefer something a bit more low-key – there’s something for everyone here!
With that said, if you really want to take your trip to the next level, why not book a few nights’ stay at Bangkok’s most Instagrammable hotels. Here are some of the best ones.
- After a day out exploring the most Instagrammable places in Bangkok, nothing beats kicking back at a dreamy rooftop bar with a boozy cocktail to watch the sun dwindle over the city’s skyline! And the best place to do that is at SO/ Bangkok. [Book your room at SO/Bangkok here]
- If you’re looking to up your Instagram game, book yourself into one of the posh quarters of 137 Pillars Residences. Pack your bikini and camera because the rooftop infinity pool is insane! [Book your room at 137 Pillars Residences here]
- Another great Instagrammable hotel in Bangkok is Hotel Indigo Bangkok. This 4-star hotel features yet another stunning infinity pool, contemporary interiors, and the comfiest beds imaginable! [Book your room at Hotel Indigo here]
- Amara Bangkok is the perfect choice for travelers looking for an upscale stay without the hefty price tag. This 4-star property sports clean, modern rooms, an infinity pool, a hip bar, and an amazing breakfast buffet! [Book your room at Amara Bangkok here]
- If you want to stay right in the heart of Chinatown, then the Shanghai Mansion Bangkok is for you. This gorgeous 4- star hotel oozes old-world charm. It features beautiful rooms, a posh eatery, a bar, and a spa! [Book your room at Shanghai Mansion here]
Need more help figuring out where to stay in Bangkok? Find more hotel deals here on Agoda.
Bangkok Instagram Spots in Conclusion
Congrats on making it to the end of this list! As you can see, Bangkok has no shortage of amazing photo locations and beautiful places to visit.
Did your favorite Instagrammable places in Bangkok make my list? If not, let me know in the comments below so that I can check them out on my next trip to Bangkok!
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