The magic of Thailand is not lost on anyone who has travelled there. There is a serene feel to this country, and to its capital Bangkok, that is truly unique in the world today. Bangkok, for its part, is however not just a Buddhist idyll - there are plenty of modern attractions to visit, opportunities for excellent shopping and the chance to eat in excellent restaurants every night. More than anything, the city is visually stunning everywhere you turn. If you’re someone who enjoys posting your holiday snaps to social media, you’ll get a lot of enjoyment out of a holiday in Bangkok - and with our guide to the most Instagrammable places in Bangkok, you can be sure you’re getting the best snaps.
This breathtaking Buddhist temple is one of the can’t-miss sights you’ll see on any trip to Bangkok. To give it its full name, the Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan - whose name translates as “Temple of Dawn” - is one of the best-known landmarks in all of Thailand. The temple itself was built in the 17th century, with its famous spires (or prang) added in the 19th century, and a restoration in 2017 brought it back to its best. It’s one of the most important buildings in Bangkok and, if you’re coming to this city, you must see it up close, and of course, Insta-click the same.
Grand Palace, Wat Pho & Wat Arun: Flexi Private Temple Tour
Duration: 3 hour
The story of Jim Thompson is an intriguing one. American-born, he settled in Bangkok after the Second World War and, beguiled by the dormant Thai practice of silk-weaving, set about reviving the art himself. In the 1960s, while on holiday in Malaysia, Thompson went missing suddenly and was never seen nor heard from again. To this day, no-one knows what happened but his home, which houses an incredible collection of curios, silk, ornaments and more besides, has become a key tourist spot in his adopted home city. It’s well worth a visit and a few Insta-shots if you’re in Bangkok.
Jim Thompson’s Story of Silk
Duration: 3 hours
In central Bangkok, you’ll find a large complex of buildings which used to form the residence of the Thai Royal Family. The Grand Palace may no longer be “home” to the monarchy, but it remains an official building and is used for official events and state pageantry on a regular basis. This, and its stunning golden edifice have made it perhaps the most recognisable tourist destination in the entire city - and it’s well worth an Instagram update, particularly if you’re in town at the time of a major event.
The Grand Palace Bangkok Entrance Ticket With Hotel Pick Up
Duration: 3 hours
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This splendid temple, also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, is another of the remarkable gilded temples which give Bangkok its signature aesthetic - but it’s more than just a (very) pretty picture. Wat Pho is recognised as the birthplace of traditional Thai massage, which is still taught there, and there is also a school of Thai medicine on the site. On top of this, it is the oldest centre for public education in all of Bangkok, making it a building of huge historical significance.
Flexi Walking Temple Tour: Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Wat Arun
Duration: 2 hour
While Bangkok is justly famous for its temples and schools of medicine, it has more than one level on which it can be encaptured. This is best exemplified by Dream World, a superb theme park which will be well-received by members of the family both young and old. Amusements include regular shows and thrilling rides such as the Speedy Mouse. Meanwhile, the Colours of the World parade featuring famous cartoon characters will amuse and delight everyone in your party.
Dream World Bangkok Admission Ticket
Duration: 1 day
6. Unicorn Cafe
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What would you expect from an establishment that refers to itself as the “Unicorn Cafe”? If you’ve got a picture in your mind right now, it’s probably pretty accurate for this heavenly slice of kitsch in the Silom neighbourhood of Bangkok. Indeed, this is a spot that could have been designed for Instagrammers - you can even borrow a unicorn onesie for selfies! The decor is heavily unicorn-influenced, with pink a dominant colour. The food? Well, everything you’ll order comes with a little horn on the top, and much of the menu is also rainbow-coloured. It would be easy to be cynical about a place like this - but if you have an ounce of innocence or romance in your heart, it’s hard to deny the attraction.
Address: 44/1 Soi Sathon 8, Khwaeng Silom, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500,
Opening hours 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm every day except Monday
Website: Unicorn Cafe
Khao Yai is one of Thailand’s largest, and arguably its most fascinating, national parks. Covering upwards of 300 square kilometres (115 square miles), it is filled with forest and grassland. Most interestingly, it is also home to a large number of native species - animals, birds and plants. Here you will have the chance to see Asian black bears, coral-billed ground cuckoo and much more besides. In addition, there are stunning waterfalls to see - an ideal nature walk that features something new around every corner.
From Bangkok: Khao Yai National Park and Thai Cooking Class
Duration: 10 hour
Bangkok’s floating markets are a famous part of the city’s culture - the famous Chao Praya river flows through the city, and its waterways are thronged in places by these fascinating markets selling souvenirs of the city as well as food both hot and cold. There are more than a few markets on the outskirts, but even within the city, you’ll find the famous floating stalls, including at markets such as the famous Khlong Lat Mayom - which is perhaps the most authentic example of this kind of market. Here you will find noodle soups, fresh fruit and veg and much more besides, but more importantly, you’ll find the real Bangkok, Instagrammable, memorable!
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market 6-Hour Tour
Duration: 6 hour
It’s fair to say Bangkok is a city of surprises, and one of the biggest surprises you’ll witness is a train driving through the middle of the market in which you were shopping just moments before. That’s what awaits you at the enthralling Maeklong Railway Market; one moment you’ll be shopping for groceries and taking in the local colour. The next, you’ll hear a whistle and the stallholders will be moving to pull their specially-designed stalls back from the trackside as a real, live train drives past. Odd? Yes. Hashtag-worthy? Definitely!
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market & Maeklong Train Market Tour
Duration: 6 hour
The Baiyoke Sky Tower is the tallest skyscraper in all of Bangkok, towering over the rest of the city and simultaneously being impressive to look at while also offering an amazing vantage point for amazing Insta-snaps. At 85 storeys high, it offers hundreds of hotel rooms (some with, as you’d imagine, spectacular views), as well as restaurants and, on the 77th floor, a free public observatory. On the 83rd floor, meanwhile, there is an excellent bar and lounge which offers a 360-degree revolving roof deck. The views from there are better, but you’ll need to pay around 400 Baht (around USD 15) to experience them.
BAIYOKE SKY DINNER 76 or 78 FLOOR IN BANGKOK
Brilliant, beautiful Bangkok
The famously stunning scenery of Bangkok will draw your eye from the moment you set foot in the city, and you’ll fall in love with the classic Thai aesthetic from early on. Whether it’s a Buddhist temple, or something as kitschy as a unicorn-themed cafe, there is something new to look at wherever you go. Just make sure to bring your phone with you so you can preserve the stunning visual memories of this remarkable Instagrammable city.
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