Top Ten Photographic Places to visit in Bangkok

April 8, 2024
Street Food in Bangkok

Bangkok offers a plethora of photogenic attractions. Here are my Top 10 places for photography in Bangkok! Giving you a Thai culture with modern city life.

Making sure I experience everything through my lens.  However, at the same time, I love travelling, so it’s also important to take it all in.  I guess if you are planning for photography, make sure you allocate yourself enough time. As, each place you visit has so much detail to photograph!

Panning in Bangkok in a Tuk Tuk

I have put a list of my favourite top ten must-visit places for photography in Bangkok:

What to photograph in Bangkok?

Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew: The opulent architecture of the Grand Palace. Along with the intricate details of Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha). It’s no doubt, provides ample opportunities for capturing stunning photographs of Thai craftsmanship and spirituality.

Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn): Without question, this iconic riverside temple boasts a unique design. Hence, its adorned with colourful porcelain tiles and intricate spires. It looks particularly enchanting during sunset when its silhouette is highlighted against the sky. That golden hour is worthwhile if you can make it.

Chinatown (Yaowarat): Explore the bustling streets of Bangkok’s Chinatown, filled with vibrant markets, street food stalls, and historic temples. Capture the energy and chaos of this lively district, especially during the evening when the neon signs illuminate the streets. There is so much culture in Thailand.

Chatuchak Weekend Market: As one of the largest markets in the world.  It’s not joke, Chatuchak offers endless photo opportunities with its diverse array of people, and street scenes. Get lost in the maze of stalls and capture the vibrant atmosphere. I would find a comfortable place to sit for a while and photograph everything that moves.

What is a floating market in Bangkok?

Floating Markets: Although, this market is very commercial, its lovely to try only once!  I must say I felt very uncomfortable, as you find many animals, such as monkeys and pythons.  They are just put into your hands, and then you are expected to pay.  So, you need to be very firm! The floating market is special, just once!  So, go and experience the unique charm of Bangkok’s floating markets.  The best two I would say is Damnoen Saduak or Amphawa. You will be able to photograph colourful boats laden with fruits, vegetables, and local delicacies as they navigate through narrow canals.

Man Selling Coconuts

Jim Thompson House: This former home of an American expatriate turned Thai silk entrepreneur is a treasure trove of traditional Thai architecture. Here you will find the lush gardens, and exquisite antiques. Capture the serene ambiance and timeless beauty of this cultural gem.

Khao San Road: Known as the backpacker hub of Bangkok. Khao San Road is a melting pot of cultures, offering endless photo opportunities with its eclectic mix of street vendors, travelers, and vibrant nightlife. It can be a little bohemian, so be prepared.

Lumphini Park: Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and immerse yourself in the tranquility of Lumphini Park. You will not believe the birds!  Capture serene landscapes, lush greenery, and locals engaging in various recreational activities against the backdrop of Bangkok’s skyscrapers.

What is street food?

Street Food Scenes: The Street food is the best part of Bangkok. The food is so delicious.  But you are able to really play with light, especially at the night markets.  For us, Westerners, eating scorpions and bugs is fascinating, so trust me you will want to photograph it!  Ultimately, the street food is YUMMY! It’s a feast for both the taste buds and the camera lens. Wander through the city’s diverse neighborhoods and capture the colorful culinary delights being prepared by street vendors. Also find a good spot to sit and make sure get long exposure photographs at night.

Chao Phraya River: Embark on a river cruise along the Chao Phraya River and capture breathtaking views of Bangkok’s skyline, iconic landmarks, and traditional stilt houses along the riverbanks. Don’t forget to photograph the majestic temples that line the river’s edge. Another, bonus of photography in Bangkok!

When is the best time to visit Bangkok?

Bangkok is hot and humid during its summer months.  I would not recommend you go walking through the streets at noon. it’s the hottest time of the day.  Rather go after 3pm, its cooler and bearable! It’s important to note, respect local customs and privacy when taking photographs.  Especially in religious sites and markets. Additionally, be mindful of your surroundings. Beware its easy to lose your travel partner! I did for 45 minutes!  I literally could not find my mother!  Yes, I had 17 panic attacks, ran around a massive night market trying to find her. Finally, found her chilling and chatting to the locals.

As in any country, exercise caution when exploring crowded areas or unfamiliar neighbourhoods. Photography in Bangkok gets a 10/10 from me!

Bangkok, Thailand

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