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Explore the best places for photography at Bangkok, Thailand

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Bangkok is a magical city where the ancient meets the modern in the best way. This juxtaposition attracts some of the most talented photographers. There’s so much to see in Thailand, where the countryside and the cities look like nowhere else on Earth.

Bangkok is a fast-moving city that can easily overwhelm. Read our guide to discover the top spots to capture dynamic scenes.

Capture the essence of Bangkok at the Ratchada Night Market. Brightly colored tents pop in this busy market that is home to hundreds of stands selling souvenirs and food. Or Tor Kor Market is a less touristic covered market brimming with stalls selling delicious food.

The Bangkok Chinatown Gate in the Odeon Circle is a gorgeous structure that announces China Town. Walk around Bangkok’s Chinatown to experience the nonstop atmosphere of Bangkok. Plenty of bustling shopfronts make interesting photo opportunities.

Bangkok’s Floating Market - Damnoen Saduak gives visitors an idea of what Bangkok was like decades ago. Vendors sell food and other goods from their paddle boats, which they row up and down the canal.

Bhumibol Bridge is a stunning rope bridge that no photographer should miss. With interesting angles, lights, and arches, you can capture something truly unique here.

The magnificent Grand Palace is the most visited sight in Bangkok. Arrive early to capture photos without the throngs of tourists in the way. This complex of ornate buildings was the official residence of the country’s royalty. Enclosed in a fortified wall, the Grand Palace is actually comprised of multiple buildings, throne halls, and a museum.

Lumpini Park is a large urban park in Bangkok. From here you can relax and take a boat out on the lake. Surrounded by glittering modern towers, you can get great photos of the cityscape from the park.

Head to the famous Buddhist temple, Wat Arun. Sitting on the west banks of the Chao Phraya River, it stands out with its unique prangs or spires. The building tells a story through the colorful porcelain that covers the temple. Although the interior closes at night, it lights up and makes a wonderful photo from across the river.

Golden Mount is another temple in Bangkok with fewer crowds. Situated on top of a hill, there are great views if you want to make the climb.

Travel tips for Bangkok

If you want your time in Thailand’s capital city to be relatively dry, then visit between November and February. This avoids the country’s infamous rainy season.

Stay in the Siam district to be close to the nightlife and action. Public transportation takes you from the airport to the center of Bangkok easily. Once in the city, the metro, taxis, and water taxis will take you everywhere you need to go in Bangkok.

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