There are so many places to visit in Bangkok especially if you are into photography. We were after a good mix of must-see landmarks to satisfy our touristy cravings and at the same time, Instagram friendly locations that will get those likes up.
After planning for days on what places to visit in Bangkok, as soon as I arrived, I realised that Bangkok is a true gem with photo opportunities pretty much at every corner. I was surprised with how big the city is but at the same time chuffed at the low price of a taxi ride. Just make sure you use the Grab app over Uber if you would like to save a few pennies on your rides. However, in whole honesty, Bangkok’s metro system is pretty impressive and for 50 scents you can travel to most of the places in the city.
Without further ado as clearly I could go on about this city, here are my Top 5 places to visit in Bangkok if you are into photography.
Wat Arun must be one of the most beautiful temples I have ever seen and truly a photographers dream. If you come here in the early morning you can really play with the light and photograph the temple without many tourists. The temple is located on the west side of the river Chao Phraya and if you add the river views in the equation, you will agree that this must be one of the most beautiful locations to photograph. The colourful details featured across Wat Arun really make it so special to take pictures of. Aside from it being so beautiful to see, the energy of Wat Arun was also what made it one of my favourites and truly a must visit if you are in Bangkok. The temple is open daily to admission from 8.30a, to 5.30pm and the cost of entry is 100 baht.
A short and cheap boat journey away across the river from Wat Arun lays the Grand Palace which is truly a magnificent piece of architecture. Although this is one of the most visited landmarks in Bangkok and filled with tourists from all over the world, it’s truly a must see to learn more about the Thai culture and of course to photograph. However, prepare yourself to be patient if you don’t like your pictures to have random people in them. We were really lucky but we did have to wait for people to clear before taking the photos. Since the Gran Palace is home to the Temple of Emerald Buddha which dates back to the 14th century, it’s truly one of Thailand most sacred places. This means that you have to be very respectful when you are visiting and must wear long clothes and cover your shoulders. I feel like I probably could have done a better job in this department but lucky I wasn’t refused admission or told off. The Grand Palace is open daily from 8.30am to 3.30pm and the entrance fee is 500 baht.
Chinatown made it to my top 5 places to visit in Bangkok to photograph as it really represents the Asian culture so well and there are so many cool signs and details to make any photo stand out. We went in the afternoon so the sun was quite bright but if you want to avoid the brightness I recommend visiting early or in the night time with the bright signs and displays as a backdrop. It really is a cool spot and you can buy a lot of cool things here.
Short Tuk Tuk drive from the Chinatown is a Lumpini Park also known as the Green Lung of Bangkok. The park is a perfect spot to escape the city life and have a moment to appreciate the mother nature. Gorgeous palm trees and a view of the city provide a perfect backdrop for any picture. We strolled through the park stopping at a local market stall to buy a fresh coconut and enjoy it whilst gazing at the lake. If you are feeling adventurous, you can always rent a small swan boat and go on the lake. We really liked visiting the park and recommend that you do it as it really provides a nice break from Bangkok’s busy life.
Approximately 20-minute walk from the Lumpini Park you will find the Unicorn Cafe. Although this place is very popular with children and young families, we couldn’t resist to pay it a visit and try some of their Udelicaciesicasies. You will probably get a feeling that unicorn exploded here and with all the pastel blues and pinks, it can brighten even the darkest of the days. It really is a cute spot for a picture and a great way to add a pop of pink to your feed.
I feel slightly delayed with my content at the moment but only because we are more active than I anticipated. I will do my best to post more as we are going to Bali in few days and I will have more time to relax and work.
In the meantime, I would love to hear if you visited Bangkok and what were your favourite spots?
Lots of love.