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20 Most Instagrammable Places In Bangkok

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If you’re looking to visit some beautiful Bangkok attractions and capture some stunning pictures that will bring colour and life to your Instagram profile, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, I’ll break down what I think are the most Instagrammable places in Bangkok.

These destinations are Instagrammable for a reason; they’re all exceptionally beautiful! They’re not just backdrops for your pictures, they set the stage for a range of amazing experiences.

Visiting these beautiful places in Bangkok will brighten your trip to Thailand just as much as they will brighten your Instagram profile. So don’t forget to tuck your phone or camera away once you’ve captured your best shots, and experience the magic of the moment.

Wat Benchamabophit temple in Bangkok, Thailand

Wat Benchamabophit temple in Bangkok, Thailand

Most Instagrammable Temples & Buildings in Bangkok

Bangkok is home to hundreds of photogenic temples and buildings. These are some of my favourites!

Wat Arun

One of the most stunning temples in Thailand, Wat Arun stands out thanks to its notably different design from other temples in Bangkok.

Set on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, the temple is a grand and striking sight that will enchant you and your Instagram followers! When the sun sets over the city, Wat Arun is lit up like a shimmering tower of gold against the inky night sky.

Whether you capture its beauty from across the river, or climb to the top and snap some close-ups and shots of the view, Wat Arun is one of the best sights in Bangkok and a perfect backdrop for your Bangkok photography.

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Wat Pho

Also known as ‘Temple of the Reclining Buddha’, Wat Pho is a beautiful temple complex that houses one of the city’s most famous attractions: a 46-meter long statue of Buddha. The statue shows Buddha in a relaxed, reclined position, and is covered entirely in gold leaf!

The rest of the temple is equally magnificent; ornate patterned ceilings arch over intricate interiors, and lush sprouts of greenery pepper the colourful courtyards. I recommend getting an iconic picture standing amongst the spires!

Wat Pho gets quite busy during the day, so if you want to get some cool shots with the reclining Buddga you should aim to get here early in the morning. However we visited in the early afternoon and were able to find peaceful corners among the spires in the courtyard even if other spots were busier.

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Exploring the outside grounds of Wat Pho in Bangkok, Thailand

Exploring the outside grounds of Wat Pho in Bangkok, Thailand

Exploring the outside grounds of Wat Pho in Bangkok, Thailand

Exploring the outside grounds of Wat Pho in Bangkok, Thailand

Wat Benchamabophit

Built from marbles imported from Italy, Wat Benchamabophit is also known as ‘the Marble Temple’. I think it’s one of the most beautiful temples in the city, and one of the best places to see in Bangkok. It flaunts a photogenic symmetry that will stop Instagram scrollers in their tracks!

Light coloured marble is adorned with splashes of red and gold, while the structure is shaped with balanced curves and angles that the eye can’t help but find pleasing! Snap a strikingly symmetrical shot from the front of internal courtyard, or capture the temple glowing in the soft golden hour light. Bonus points if you frame it with the archway of the door frame, you want to be a bit creative with your Instagram shots after all!

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Wat Ratchanatdaram

The temple grounds of Wat Ratchanatdaram are best known for the shining structure at their centre: Loha Prasat. This staggered building is referred to as the ‘metal castle’ for its unique appearance and the fact that it’s the only building in existence whose roof tiles are made entirely of bronze!

Jutting from the brazened roof are 37 shimmering, gold-covered spires that will make your photos pop! You can also venture up to the open-sided top-level to capture some shots of the panoramic views.

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Wat Ratchanatdaram in Bangkok - photo by Alex, author of Swedish Nomad

Wat Ratchanatdaram in Bangkok – photo by Alex, author of Swedish Nomad

Wat Samphran (Dragon Temple)

Located around 40km outside of the city, Wat Samphran is a truly unique temple. Known as ‘Dragon Temple’, it’s an 80-meter tall, pink, cylindrical building wrapped by an enormous dragon sculpture. The brightly coloured dragon is a pretty impressive sight and makes for a top-notch Instagram picture. Where else can you find a dragon to feature on your feed?

The temple is not particularly well known, and for now, isn’t on the tourist map, so you’re likely to have a peaceful visit! You may even be lucky enough to walk through the tunnel inside the dragon that leads up the temple.

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Grand Palace

A vast and impressive building complex, Grand Palace is undoubtedly the most popular tourist attraction in the city. It lies at the heart of Bangkok and was the official residence of the king for centuries.

The buildings in the complex boast more golden spires and sweeping rooftops, and are decorated with ornate detailing. Housed within them is a myriad of ancient treasures, including Emerald Buddha, which is the most important statue of Buddha in the country!

A visit to the Grand Palace will allow you to get some of the most iconic Instagram pictures in Bangkok!

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Tip – If you want to see several of the most famous temples in Bangkok, it’s a good idea to book a guided temple tour. That way you’ll be able to tick off a few in one go and learn a whole lot along the way. You’ll also have people around to take a few photos of you!

Ancient City (Mueang Boran)

Mueang Boran, or Ancient City, is the largest outdoor museum in the world. It’s a park that takes the shape of Thailand and contains replicas of some of the country’s most famous temples and landmarks. Some of the buildings are life-size, but the majority are scaled-down which makes for some interesting pictures!

The buildings are mapped out in the Thailand shaped park to match their correct positions geographically. It’s a great place to get pictures of some of the country’s finest architectural wonders and temples while not straying far from its capital city.

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Most Instagram-Worthy Markets and Streets in Bangkok

Thailand is famed for its incredible markets, thanks to their top notch food and great vibe. But they also make for some pretty amazing Instagram shots!

Railway Market

Bangkok’s Maeklong Railway Market is certainly unique and stands out from the other markets in the city. The market is set on either side of an active train track, and trains pass right through the middle of it several times a day! The vendors scuttle to fold in their awnings as the trains make their approach.

The train barely scrapes past the stalls, which makes for a really cool and unexpected Instagram video or boomerang! While you’re there, you can pick up some unique local delicacies or fresh produce from the stalls.

Booking this guided market tour from Bangkok is a great way to see the Railway Market and the floating market in one comprehensive trip.

See the exact location here.

The train driving through the famous railway market in Bangkok

The famous railway market just outside Bangkok, Thailand

Floating Market

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is the most popular of its kind in all of Thailand. It’s a food market set on the Damnoen Saduak Canal and is comprised of a plethora of floating stalls and kitchens.

The market presents some of the most interesting and iconic photo opportunities in the world, with vibrantly coloured produce stacked high in the boats that line the canal. If you want to get shots from one of the wooden boats I recommend getting there early in the morning, as later in the day it can get very busy and there can be proper traffic jams of boats along the canals!

Located about 100km outside of Bangkok, getting to the floating market is a bit of a journey. But the unique atmosphere and neverending stream of striking visuals are well worth it! The easiest way to get to the market and navigate through it is with a guided day tour from Bangkok.

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The floating market close to Bangkok, Thailand

The floating market close to Bangkok, Thailand

Khao San Road Night Market

Thailand, and Bangkok in particular, is world-renowned for its exceptional street food. You can pick up world-class dishes from roadside stalls for an absolute bargain! Khao San Road Market is one of the best places in Bangkok to try this famed style of dining.

Just as inviting as the cuisine, is the lively market which surrounds it! Khao San Road is lined with restaurants, bars, and stalls, with music floating through the air. The beautiful roadside trees are strung together with colourful lights, which makes the night market a gorgeous spot for some Instagram shots!

Khao San Road gets very busy in evenings, it’s the backpacker hub of Bangkok and you’ll find plenty of people partying the night away. One cool to capture this street would be with a tripod and slow shutter speed to really catch the hustle and bustle of the street.

Check out the exact location here.

Khao San Road night market in Bangkok

Khao San Road night market in Bangkok

Ratchada Rot Fai Night Market

While Khao San Road is a road that doubles as a market, Ratchada Rot Fai Night Market is a market through and through. The narrow lanes are lined with hundreds of colourfully tented stalls, each selling their own delectable delicacies and treats!

The night-time atmosphere is wonderful, delightful aromas flood the air, and the colourful aesthetic will really make any Instagram post pop! Immersing yourself in the market is a great way to find Bangkok photo opportunities, but I also recommend to the mall next door for a birds-eye picture of the colourful stall tents! Just walk up to the third floor of the mall (you’ll find it right next to the underground station) and go outside in the parking area, the view from up there with all the colourful tents glowing and the Bangkok skyline in the distance is simply stunning!

See the exact location here.

Chatuchak Night Market in Bangkok as seen from above

Chatuchak Night Market in Bangkok as seen from above

Most Instagrammable Hotels and Pools in Bangkok

These picturesque hotels and rooftop pools are the stuff of instagram fantasies. There’s nothing quite like an inifinity pool with view over a city skyline to make all your Instagram followers jealous of your trip to Bangkok!

137 Pillars Suites and Residences

If you’re after endless insta-worthy scenes and views, 137 Pillars Suites Bangkok is a top-notch destination. It’s a luxury hotel housed within a tall building, with incredible interior design, and exceptional outdoor spaces!

The crown on this stunning hotel is the rooftop pool and bar. The crystal blue infinity pool merges with the sky and offers unparalleled views of the surrounding cityscape. The gardens, common areas, suites, and the views from the balconies are also stunning, and present some awesome Instagram opportunities!

Check out the exact location here.

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The stunning pool of 137 pillars with view over Bangkok, photo by Christine of Christine Abroad

The stunning pool of 137 pillars with view over Bangkok – photo by Christine, author of Christine Abroad

SO Sofitel Bangkok

This stylish hotel is also incredibly photogenic, but comes at a more affordable price! SO Sofitel Bangkok features elegantly designed rooms and shared spaces, that are easy on the eye and the lens. The rooms are each individually styled in interesting ways, and boast floor to ceiling panoramic views out over the city!

The common spaces are just as eye-catching. From softly lit lounges to a rooftop pool and deck that look out over the city, you won’t be short on photo-worthy moments! Head up to the pool at night to capture its purple glow under the night sky.

See the exact location here.

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The rooftop pool of the SO Sofitel in Bangkok, Thailand

The rooftop pool of the SO Sofitel in Bangkok, Thailand

Amara Bangkok

If you want to sip on a cocktail pool-side with city skyline views, Amara Bangkok is a great affordable option. The classy interiors and wall to ceiling windows offer awesome photo opportunities and stellar views. A shot of your colourful cocktail backed with Bangkok’s epic cityscape will demand attention on any Instagram feed!

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Novotel Bangkok Sukhumvit

The Novotel Bangkok Sukhumvit is housed in one of the most striking buildings in the Bangkok skyline. The multi-tiered outdoor decks place you in the open-air high above the city streets! Snap a picture of the views, or head to the rooftop pool for a swim with a view. There is a bar on the rooftop where you can sit and have drinks and nibbles as the sun goes down over the skyline of Bangkok.

Check out the exact location here.

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W Bangkok

W Bangkok Hotel boasts a rooftop garden and pool, wrapped in a striking sculpture. The giant ‘W’ on the side of the building also makes for an Instagram post that’s sure to stand out. Expect more city views and unique interior design from this classy hotel!

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Most Instagrammable Rooftops in Bangkok

If you’re looking for rooftop magic without having to invest in a hotel stay, these rooftop bars and clubs are my top picks!

Sky Bar

Perched on the 63rd floor of a 250-meter tall building, Sky Bar is one of the highest open-air bars in the world! With ambient lighting, elegant design, and spectacular views, Sky Bar is one of the most aesthetic places in Bangkok to sip on vintage wines and cocktails with your head in the clouds!

You’ll have panoramic views of Bangkok and the Chao Phraya River. Your photos will twinkle with the lights of the city and the glow of this bar in the sky! Sky Bar is also the filming set of the popular movie “The Hangover”, which makes it a must see for many movie fans! If you visit at sunset you can enjoy the stunning views as you watch the sky turn pink over Bangkok, and the city skyline light up as it gets dark. The cocktails are pricey (around 30 GBP) but the view (and Instagram shots) is well worth it.

See the exact location here.

Enjoying the sunset view over Bangkok from Sky Bar

Enjoying the sunset view over Bangkok from Sky Bar

Octave Rooftop Lounge and Bar

On top of the Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit is a beautiful rooftop bar. Unlike some of the other hotel rooftops in the previous section, this one’s open to the public! Glide on up to the top of the hotel for views that soar out over the city. Sip on colourful drinks and snap some pics of the gorgeous surroundings.

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Vertigo and Moon Bar Bangkok

On the 61st floor of the Banyan Tree hotel, you’ll be able to sit, drink, and dine with nothing above you but the wide-open sky. The building is strikingly narrow in shape, and the photo opportunities are really awesome.

Head up to Vertigo and Moon Bar for an evening session and capture the full moon rising over the city skyline! The twinkling city lights and skyscrapers in the background are a perfect backdrop for your pictures.

See the exact location here.

Vertigo Bangkok by A World to Travel

The view from Vertigo Bangkok – photo by Jose Martinez, author of A World to Travel

Vanilla Sky Bar & Club

Not quite as high up as some of the other bars, but in a great location for watching the bustle below, Vanilla Sky Bar is set on the 36th floor of Compass Skyview Hotel. Comfy sofas, lush green plants, a neon-lit bar, and city views are what you’ll find at this rooftop bar and club.

The outdoor deck and indoor club section are both funky and colourful, with lights that will make your Instagram pictures sparkle! Enjoy the drinks, the music, and the views while snapping some pictures.

Check out the exact location here.

Take beautiful Instagram photos with this camera gear:

You now know all the most Instagrammable places of Bangkok, but what about getting those shots framed beautifully for the ‘gram? While a simple phone photo will do most of the time (especially if you have portrait mode!) there is some gear you can use to step up your photography game. All the items listed below are the exact cameras and lenses I use for taking all the photos you see on my Instagram.

Nikon D3300: This is my main camera that I take all my Instagram photos with. It’s a bit heavy to carry around but very easy to use, and great value for money especially if you’re new to DSLRs. You can change the lens so when you feel the need to step up gear you don’t have to change everything.

Bokeh lens f/1.8 35mm: If you want to take your photography a step further think about investing in a f/1.8 35mm lens. This lens will allow you to create a nice soft blurred background effect, known as “bokeh”.

Enjoying the pool of SO Sofitel Bangkok at sunset

Enjoying the pool of SO Sofitel Bangkok at sunset, with the blurred background bokeh effect

These are some of my personal favourite Instagram-worthy spots in Bangkok, but I would love to hear about some of your favourites! Leave a comment below and tell me about your Bangkok photography adventures. If you go to any of these spots I’d love to see some of your Insta shots from Bangkok, so make sure to leave a link below!

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