If you are unsure about which of the many iconic attractions is worth the visit, here is a list of the best of the best places to visit in Bangkok for you.
Dear Culture Vulture, if you didn't get a shot of the following places, were you even in Bangkok? Presenting our top picks of must-visit iconic, legendary, beautiful, chaotic, and impressive places that prove you were in Bangkok. BRING A CAMERA!
Who you gonna call? Not Ghostbusters!
You can ignore Baiyoke Sky Hotel’s reputation for being haunted because you are going to the Tower instead. One of the tallest towers in Bangkok, this place offers a good height to capture a shot of Bangkok’s skyline. The perspective is akin to having a drone take this shot. Go on to the observation deck at the top and you will be standing on a rotating floor that takes you for a #360. We are calling all instagrammers, not ghostbusters.
Baiyoke Tower II
Address: 222 Rajprarop Road | Pratunam District, Bangkok 10400, Thailand
Wat's in the background?
Here’s a skyline you can’t miss. Head towards Sala Rattanakosin Hotel’s riverside. With Wat Arun across the river as your background and the pink sky on the horizon, your picture will be stunning. You might even catch boats going past on the river. You might just want to consider if adding yourself in the picture is a good idea.
Sala Rattanakosin Hotel (head over to the riverside)
Address: 39 Maha Rat Rd, Khwaeng Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep MahaNakhon 10200, Thailand
Let's get luck at the Erawan Shrine
This shrine has drawn travellers from all over the world to get a chance at good fortune. After a series of unfortunate events around the landmark, this place has become even more Instagram-worthy. You may catch traditional Thai performances in your frame if you get lucky. Since this place is all about luck, we are optimistic for you.
Address: Ratchadamri Rd, Khwaeng Lumphini, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand
Yee-ha! Imma Soi Cowboy
Yes, you went to the red light district. Yes, who cares what kind of fun you had? You grab a shot. The blazing neon lights and buzzing activity give your shots full of life. Try to take the shot before you head for the drinks, otherwise we can’t guarantee that your photo won’t be made into a meme.
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Floating on Markets
This is the iconic shot that will serve as evidence that you made it to Thailand. Many will envy your experience of being there even though in reality you could have been sweating buckets under the hot sun. The richness and colour you’ll have in your pictures will make you forget the effort you made to grab this shot.
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Address: Damnoen Saduak, Damnoen Saduak District, Ratchaburi 70130, Thailand
Amphawa Floating Market
Address: Amphawa 75110, Thailand
Talin Chan Floating Market
Address: 300 Soi Chak Phra 17, Khwaeng Khlong Chak Phra, Khet Taling Chan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10170, Thailand
Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market
Address: Village No. 15 30/1 Bang Ramat Rd, Bang Ramat, Taling Chan, Bangkok 10170, Thailand
Bang Nam Pheung Floating Market
Address: Bang Nam Phueng, Phra Pradaeng District, Samut Prakan 10130, Thailand
Get Grand on Culture
To prove that you weren’t in Bangkok just for shopping, head to the majestic Grand Palace. The history and grandiosity of the place will overwhelm you and you may want to take a picture of every corner you see. This palace was the formal residence of Thai Kings and you can feel royalty in the air while you walk the grounds. Now, be a king or queen and own this picture.
Address: Na Phra Lan Rd, Khwaeng Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
Your weekend at Chatuchak
Everyone visits chatuchak at least once, if not every time they are there over the weekend. Another iconic shopping area of Bangkok, you can’t miss this. The rows of shops are probably the only thing you can get in your photo, unless, of course, you have a drone to capture the aerial view that will make everyone envious.
Address: Kamphaeng Phet 3 Rd, Khwaeng Lat Yao, Khet Chatuchak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10900, Thailand
Hipster market checked!
Talad Rot Fai has risen in popularity over the past years and now everyone, young or old, hipster or geek, makes a trip down to find trendy items to buy. Since it’s so packed with people these days, it might be hard to find a space to grab your shot, but forget being shy and just do it!
Talad Rot Fai Ratchada
Address: Ratchadaphisek Rd, Khwaeng Din Daeng, Khet Din Daeng, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400, Thailand
I partied on the streets
Only Khao San Road has that vibe, created mostly by intoxicated tourists. After you have your bucket full of alcohol, you can dance with them to the loud blaring music from the bars. To add some spice into your photo, you might want to get dreadlocks done as well.
Khao San Road
Address: Talat Yot, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand