There are so many gorgeous locations in Thailand, but the most Instagrammable places in Bangkok is where it’s at. Bangkok has everything from stunning architecture to incredible street food to art sculptures made of condoms (seriously – keep reading and you’ll see I’m serious).
If you’re planning a trip to Bangkok, or perhaps you’re returning, make sure you don’t miss out on some of these iconic locations.
Most Instagrammable Places in Bangkok
For your ease of scrolling (you’re welcome), I’ll divide this into sections. We will start with most Instagrammable temples in Bangkok because that’s what everyone flocks for and are also objectively the most stunning, going onto the most Instagrammable Sky Bars in Bangkok because views are breathtaking and drinks are awesome. Let’s not forget the most Instagrammable Parks in Bangkok, as well as the most Instagrammable restaurants and cafes and ending with the most Instagrammable hotels in Bangkok because #infinitypools.
Instagrammable Temples in Bangkok
There are so many gorgeous temples in Bangkok so if you have any to add to this list please let me know in the comments below! (Let’s be honest, I’ll probably be going back again at some point.)
I’ll be biased for a hot second, but Wat Arun is 110% my absolute favorite temple in Bangkok. Also known as the Temple of Dawn, it’s so unique and the detailing is gorgeous.
If you want to climb the temple and go into the vicinity, entry is only 50 Baht (that’s about US$1.50). I guarantee it’s well worth it.
Wat Saket was one of the first temples I saw when I went to Bangkok the first time so it will always have a special place in my heart. This Instagrammable temple in Bangkok is high up and you’ll probably walk many steps to get there, but the temple is gorgeous and the views are even better.
Entry into Wat Saket is also only 50 Baht and well worth the trip to the top. This Instagram worthy spot in Bangkok is also great exercise – but be sure to bring water!
This pretty temple in Chinatown is home to the Golden Buddha but unfortunately I never saw it because I guess I was dressed like a harlot. Sigh. It’s a beautiful temple though so you should definitely check it out even though I could only admire it from the outside.
This temple was up there in my list of favorites because it was the quietest. Since tourism is huge, it can be hard to find Instagrammable places in Bangkok without any people photobombing your shot. Plus, it’s nice to experience the serenity of a temple in the way it was meant to – rather than the chaos of tourists.
Other than Wat Arun, Wat Pho is my other favorite temple in Bangkok. Unfortunately, it was very touristy, unlike Wat Ratchanadda, but there were some areas you could walk to within the temple grounds that were much quieter.
The claim to fame of Wat Pho is the Reclining Buddha. At around 140 feet long, it’s the biggest Buddha in all of Thailand! You’ll truly feel dwarfed standing next to it. This is one of the top Instagrammable spots in Bangkok if there ever was one!
The most well-known and top Instagram worthy temple in Bangkok is the Grand Palace. I don’t love this one because it’s super busy and also one of the priciest temples. It’ll cost you about 500 Baht to get in, which is still only about US$15, but that’s money I’d rather spend on other things than a super busy tourist attraction.
With that being said, people love this temple and I will admit it’s very beautiful. If this is high up on your list, great! You do you. Just keep in mind you may need to wait in lines and set aside a good amount of time to do it.
Finally, the last temple on the list, is Wat Benchamabophit – a stunning location nicknamed the Marble Temple and I think you can imagine why. It’s also a pretty quiet temple and only costs 50 Baht to get in, like many of the others.
The best time to come to this temple is at sunrise or sunset because the colors in the sky behind the temple are truly stunning.
Most Instagrammable Sky Bars in Bangkok
There are so many sky bars in Bangkok it can be hard to narrow down the best ones both in terms of views and affordability. This list is going to include a little of both – you don’t need to be rolling in money to get gorgeous views of this incredible megacity while still enjoying a cool drink after a long, hot day of sightseeing.
Octave Rooftop Lounge and Bar
Officially this bar is part of the Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit (one of my favorite hotels in the area) but you don’t need to be staying there to enjoy the bar. However, if you do stay there you can get some discounts on drinks so be sure to read my review here on how to do that.
What I love about this rooftop bar is that the drinks are normal prices and actually pretty affordable, the view is spectacula and there’s a great atmosphere with plenty of seating. This beautiful Bangkok photography spot will have you snapping away while enjoying drinks in one of the coolest cities in the world.
Sky on 20
I guess I’m a little biased and I love the Sukhumvit area, but this hidden gem on top of the Novotel has a great atmosphere and wonderful views.
Prices are expensive by Bangkok standards, but by no means expensive. An average cocktail costs around 300 Baht (around US$9), but they also have a happy hour 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. daily so you can save a bit that way as well.
Vanilla Sky Bar and Club
This bar with a DJ has beautiful panoramic views, but you are going to pay for it. With the drinks flowing until 2 a.m. and prices starting at 320 Baht, be prepared to have some moolah ready. With that being said, this is a prime photography spot in Bangkok so perhaps one drink is worth the ‘gram.
Speakeasy Rooftop Bar
Although not super cheap, this cozy but modern bar will give you incredible views and lots of local flavors to try. Boasting ‘style and sophistication’ it does manage to achieve both.
One of the highest rooftop bars in the world, this is a must-not-miss Instagrammable place in Bangkok. Located at the top of the Lebua Hotel and 820 feet in the air, it will cost a pretty penny, but if you’re looking for one of the best views in Bangkok then you’ll find it here.
Instagrammable Parks in Bangkok
In a city like Bangkok, it’s nice to have some quiet green spaces to walk around and relax in. Sometimes you just want to be away from the hustle and bustle of the city and be in nature without needing to actually travel outside of the city. Luckily, Bangkok provides this with several beautiful park locations that you won’t want to miss.
This is the most well-known park in Bangkok and for good reason. It’s 142 acres of ponds, a lake, grass, gardens and… water monitors. Don’t worry, they’re relatively harmless but don’t go trying to pet one.
The best thing to do in Lumpini Park other than walk around is to take a paddle boat out onto the artificial lake. Like most novel things in life, most come in the shape of a swan (sorry, no unicorns… yet).
Although not as big as Lumpini Park, Saranrom Park is well located sitting just adjacent to the Grand Palace. It’s got pretty greenery and a lovely fountain so it’s a great place to take a break in the shade from all of your sightseeing.
There are many Instagram worthy spots in Bangkok, but I absolutely love showing the green side of it too since it’s so underappreciated.
This park is a little out of the way for just an Instagram photo opportunity unless you’re staying in the Sukhumvit area, but if you find yourself in this neck of the woods, it’s a nice little space that you can stop into if you need a break.
Instagrammable Restaurants and Cafes in Bangkok
There is so much awesome food around Bangkok it’s a food lovers dream. However, when you’re searching for that perfect Instagram photo, it’s not always about the food, but the ambiance. The following are Instagram opportunities you won’t want to miss in the food scene (apart from sky bars since we already discussed those).
Cabbages and Condoms
Do you remember at the beginning of this post when I said that you would find sculptures made of condoms? Well, you have arrived! First off, the food at Cabbages and Condoms is delicious and one of the finest dining establishments in Bangkok. Plus, it’s insanely affordable.
However, what makes this place especially awesome is that it operates as a “Business for Social Progress” and partners with The Population & Community Development Association (PDA) to educate on sexual health, HIV/AIDS, rural development, primary health and more.
Apart from the good cause and the delicious food, almost all of the decorations in the restaurant are made out of condoms. Which sounds weird, but is truly awesome. Please note the lanterns made of condoms below.
Basically if you want to be living a pinker, prettier version of Alice in Wonderland than this is the cafe for you. Don’t miss this perfect Instagram spot in Bangkok for delicious cakes.
This cafe/bar is all about the darker side to fairy tales and I absolutely love it.
Hia Tai Kee
This historical cafe has been around in Bangkok for more than 60 years and still retains its authentic charm, making it an excellent stop on your eating tour of Bangkok. While it might still be a cafe with cute charm, it’s the history that makes it special.
Instagrammable Hotels in Bangkok
Hotels are some of the coolest aspects to a city, especially one in Bangkok where infinity pools are so popular. From incredible lobbies, to awesome rooftop bars to breathtaking infinity pools, these hotels are an absolute must for the ‘gram.
U Sukhumvit Bangkok
I’ve stayed at this hotel twice now and I think the hotel itself is a great place to stay, but I love the infinity pool on the top. While it’s not the most impressive of Bangkok infinity pools, it’s quiet and that’s what I love about it.
Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit
I know I’ve already mentioned this hotel, and I love the rooftop bar, mentioned above, but I also am in love with the pool here as well. With all of the plants you almost feel like you’re in a small jungle.
The Peninsula Bangkok Hotel
With a first class swimming pool and stunning views, this is one of the most gorgeous hotels in the whole city. And with this being Bangkok, you can stay there for less than $200/night depending on when you travel.
FX Hotel Metrolink Makkasan Bangkok
This hotel may not have the top notch infinity pools or killer views like you may be used to throughout the city, but what it does have is a sleek modern presentation. As a fairly new hotel, everything should still be spick and span for your Instagram photo (although it probably is always spick and span, let’s be honest).
There are some hotels that just lend themselves to being absolutely stunning in Instagram images with the perfect feng shui and the W Bangkok does just that. Who doesn’t want to lie in that bathtub overlooking that view with a glass of champagne? (I’m not looking at flights now…)
Trang Hotel Bangkok
It’s unusual to find an indoor swimming pool in Bangkok so you might be thinking nah, I’ll pass. However, the Trang Hotel does an awesome job making this indoor pool feel like a modern urban jungle. I also love the ceiling of windows because it really brightens up what would be a dark and dreary space.
Bonus Instagrammable Places in Bangkok
Because I love you and I want to reward you for reading this far, here are two bonus Instagram worthy locations in Bangkok because I think they are 100% worth your time and I personally love them.
Look, I know, it’s a shopping mall. But this is like no other shopping mall. Terminal 21 has a large replica (not to scale – obviously) of the Golden Gate Bridge and each floor is a different city theme from London to Tokyo.
On top of how cool all of that is, the top level, Pier 21, is a delicious and super cheap food court. It’s not like a food court in the traditional sense, but rather like street food stalls but… indoors. It’s awesome and you should definitely check it out.
Taling Chan Floating Market
This is not a super convenient location in Bangkok but it was an incredible experience and I’m so glad I trekked out there on the bus system. There are all these people in little canoes selling just-caught fish, other foods and items. It’s so cool and is one of the most unique things about Bangkok.
If you have the time, this is not only an awesome Instagram opportunity, but it’s an amazing experience. And if you like fish, you’ll never find any fresher.
Whew! If you made it to the end, I’m so grateful you decided to keep reading. Bangkok is beautiful, vibrant city and is one of my favorite in the world so I hope you have an amazing trip and get all the shots that you want. This might be an Instagram guide to Bangkok, but I hope you go out there and explore some of your own and come back and tell me what you find!
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