The Best Places For Photography In Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok is a mix of classic and modern, with a countless number of small corners that you can take the most beautiful and vivid pictures. For the tourists who love to take photos when travelling, you surely can’t visit Bangkok without any photos. Then where are those best places and when is the best time to take the most beautiful photos of colorful Bangkok? Here are some suggestions for you!

Photographed in historical buildings

If you are walking on the central streets of Bangkok, you can easily discover and be attracted by the architecture of the Thai Royal Palace, Wat Pho and Wat Arun, these places are very close together so you can easily visit all at once. Besides, Chinatown, Jim Thompson's house, etc. are also worth a visit and taking pictures.

Wat Arun

Located on the shore of Chao Phraya, Wat Arun is one of the most ancient and impressive temples in Bangkok. Dubbed the temple of the dawn, Wat Arun is most beautiful in the early morning when the sunlight reflects the decorative lines of stained glass. At this time, you will see the temple as a goddess glowing and radiating all over the river. Beside the sunrise, sunset and nightfall are also when Wat Arun is most beautiful and most photographed.

• The best photography angle: from a boat on the river or across the river
• Address: 158 Wang Doem Rd, Wat Arun, Bangkok Yai, Bangkok 10600, Thailand
• Opening hours: 08:00 - 17:30
• Suggestions for you: you can choose the cruise down the Chao Phraya line such as Princess, Grand Pearl, ... to admire all the beauty of the temple in the sunset and at night.

Golden Chedi in Grand Palace

The splendid Golden Chedi tower featured in the Grand Palace is one of the most photogenic attractions of Bangkok. To reach this place you have to buy a ticket to enter the Royal Palace (about 500 baht). Also, this is a great opportunity for you to visit the Jade Buddha Temple - one of the most sacred places in Thailand.

• The best angle: right in front of the tower, you should use a wide-angle lens to take a panoramic view of the tower.
• The most unique angle: from the grass next to the box office, especially when the sun shines on the whole palace
• Address: Na Phra Lan Rd, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok
• Opening hours: 8:30 - 15:30
• Note: You need to dress discreetly, cover your shoulders and knees
• You must not take pictures of Buddha statues in the Jade Buddha Temple, pay close attention to the signs before taking pictures.

Wat Pho

It is the largest and oldest temple in Bangkok and the first massage school in Thailand. Wat Pho also proudly displays the largest reclining Buddha statue - more than 40m long. Unlike Wat Phra Kaeo, you can take photos almost everywhere in Wat Pho (however, you should also pay attention to the signs before taking pictures).

• The best photo angle: the main panoramic view
• The most unique photo angle: taking pictures from the feet of reclining Buddha
• Address: 2 Sanamchai Road, Grand Palace Subdistrict, Pranakorn District, Bangkok

Wat Pho - Thailand

Erawan Shrine

This small temple in the heart of Siam centre is one of the most famous and photogenic places. Visiting this temple, you can see it is always full of flowers, incense and devotees. With unexpected luck, you can also enjoy the traditional Thai dances here. Traditionally, if the wish is granted, the prayers must come back here and dance a traditional dance.

• The best angle: taken from the skywalk, on the way from BTS Siam to BTS Chit Lom
• Address: Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok, Lumphini, Pathum Wan, Bangkok

Yaowarat Road (China Town)

Chinatowns, wherever they are in the world, are always bustling and colorful. If you come to Bangkok Chinatown to take photos, you could find out uncountable spots to take photos in this place. From bustling restaurants, crowded street, to colourful neon light boards and delicious street food. You can take great and beautiful photos even day or night.

• The best angle: photos with lots of colorful signs with capital letters on them.
• Address: Yaowarat Road
• Directions: from MRT to Hua Lam Phong station and walk or taxi to Yaowarat Road.
• Recommendations: Look for 7-11 on the corner of Yaowarat Road, in this position you could have an amazing view.

Soi Cowboy

With the continuous flashing green lights, the 50m distance in Soi Cowboy becomes endless for travellers who like to stay here. Unlike other red-light districts in Bangkok, at Soi Cowboy, no one will mind if seeing you taking photos outside the bar.

• The best angle: taken from the end of the road (opposite to Terminal 21 and BTS Skytrain).
• Address: Opposite Terminal 21, 100 from Sukhumvit Road, between Sukhumvit Soi 21 and Sukhumvit Soi 23.
• Directions: MRT: Sukhumvit Station or BTS: Asoke
• Note: do not take photos in the bar, or take photos of other visitors directly.

Photographed in the markets

Pak Klong Talad Flower Market

Pak Klong Talad is a typical market in Bangkok, dating back to the time of King Rama I. By the fifth generation, this place was a fish market. Today, Pak Klong Talad becomes the largest flower market in the capital. If you want to take good pictures here, you should come from around 5 am, because, at this time, the provincial traders such as Samut Sakhon, Samut Songkhram or Nakhon Pathom bring flowers to the stall.

Damnoen Saduak floating market

One of the most famous floating markets in Bangkok is the Damnoen Saduak floating market, located 100km southwest of Bangkok. The best time to hang around Damnoen Saduak is in the early morning. Coming here, visitors will feel the Thai people's life on the canal most clearly with small boats specializing in selling handicrafts, souvenirs, agricultural products, fruits, spices, flowers...

Floating market in Thailand

Asiatique Night market

Asiatique is the largest night market in Bangkok. Coming to this market, you will have dozens of chances to make a sparkling album. From the train you walk up the jetty running about 300m, this place looks very romantic at sunset. With the long, wide roads between the stalls, Asiatique is a great place to take photos: electric cars running on rails, anchors, trolleys ... all make a great space.

• Opening hours: 17: 00- midnight
• Location: Chareonkrung Soi 74- 76
• How to get there: The easiest and fastest way to get there is by boat. Take BTS to Shaphan Taksin and hop on a free shuttle at the end of the pier which only takes 10 minutes to reach the market. Taxis are not recommended because the traffic ‘s situation in the area is not good.

Photographed from high buildings

The Dome – Sky bar

High-rise buildings will always be a great place for you to take extremely beautiful wide-angle photos. The Dome located on the rooftop of the State Tower is also such a place. Here you can see a large part of the city, enjoy food, cocktails and of course, take the best photos from the luxurious sky bar.

• Best photo corner: panorama of the city at night or sunset
• Address: 63rd floor, 1055/42 Silom Road
• Opening hours: 18:00
• Directions: BTS: Saphan Taksin

Lumpini Park from Sofitel So Rooftop Bar

This is the greenest park in Bangkok's inner city, the most beautiful and open view is from the 29th floor of the Sofitel So Hotel. Ideally, you should watch between 17:00 and 18:00, at which point you will be able to capture Bangkok scenes during the day and at night. If the bar is too crowded, you can shoot from the lower floor so as not to disturb the guests there.

• The best angle from the rooftop bar overlooking the park
• Address: 2 North Sathorn Road, Bangrak, Bangkok
• Opening hours: 17:00 - 03:00
• Directions: MRT: Lumpini

Panoramic city view from Baiyoke Tower

Although the tallest skyscraper in Bangkok no longer belongs to Baiyoke Sky Tower, it is still one of the best places to take photos. At over 80 stories high, this tower is the ideal address for you to take panoramic city photos, time-lapse, or simply sightseeing.

• The best angle: from the 84th-floor observation deck or through the glass panels on the 77th floor
• Address: 222, Thanon Playa Thai, Ratchathewi, Bangkok
• Directions: Take a taxi straight to Baiyoke Sky Tower
• Suggested for you: enjoy Thai dinners or an international buffet at Baiyoke you will visit the observatory located on the 77th floor and free access to the 360-degree rotating observatory on the 84th floor.


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