The 12 Most Instagram Worthy Places In Bangkok (That Aren’t Just Tourist Spots)

This year, Bangkok overtook Paris as the most visited city in the world. It’s also one that spends the most time on Instagram out of any other country. It only makes sense, then, that Bangkok is a city that contains the most Instagram-worthy places in the world.

But anyone can tell you all the over-done tourist Instagram spots in the city — that’s easy. You probably already know all about the Temple of Dawn, the Grand Palace, Yaowarat Road, the Mahanakorn Skywalk, the Jim Thompson House, the Railway Market, and even the front of Sarnies Café (come on, we know you’ve done it). So, you won’t be seeing any of these on our list of the most Instagram-worthy places in Bangkok.

As much as those places are super Instagrammable, they’re also super overcrowded — both on social media and in real life. To give your ‘gram a bit more edge and original content, we’ve rounded up some of the most Instagram-worthy places in Bangkok that are more low-key and lesser known. These spots are still just a few steps away from the bustling hotspots of the aforementioned areas, but you won’t have to fight off a swarm of tourists to snap your pics. Now, let us give you a little Instagram tour.

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Here are the most Instagrammable worthy places in Bangkok

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(This article first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Bangkok)

Josh is a retro-style boutique hotel on the leafy and street-art-lined street of Ari 4 Fang Nua. The exteriors are pretty classic-cool, but explore inside and you’ll also find an adorable ice cream shack, quirky shops, and an old-school art-deco diner.

Address: 19/2 Phaholyothin Road, Soi Ari 4 (Nua), Phayathai, Bangkok, Thailand

Contact: +662-102-4999

Timings: 24-hour front desk

User ratings:

Booking.com: 7.9/10

Trip Advisor: 4/5

Agoda.com: 8.2/10

How to reach: Don Mueang International Airport – 16km

(Image Credit: Josh Hotel, Ari)

Right on the wall of the Portuguese Embassy is one of the coolest pieces of street art you’ll find in Bangkok. Done by a Portuguese artist who goes by the name ‘Vhils’, the wall is titled ‘Scratching the Surface’ and is created using only a drill to etch the design straight into the wall. Continue strolling around this area and you’ll also find other beautiful wall murals and street art.

Address: 26 Charoen Krung 30, Bang Rak, Bangkok

Probably one of Bangkok’s coolest little alley to hang out in, “The Other Soi Na Na” teems with low-key cafés, cool-cat speakeasies, and charming old architecture. Chill with the old-fashioned furniture and crockery in NaNa Coffee Roasters, the sticker-surrounded wooden door of Teens of Thailand, or the tropical plants in front of Wallflowers café.

Address: Soi Nana, Mitchrichit Road, Rama IV Road, China town, Bangkok

Here’s a hotel with an aesthetic that’s quite unlike any other in Bangkok. The courtyard and exterior have a slight Disneyland feel but go inside for a very Instagrammable staircase too. While you’re in Thonglor, you won’t be short of other Instagram-friendly locations; just head over to The Commons, Toby’s, Patom, or any of the area’s neon sign bars.

Address: 24 Soi Sukhumvit 57 (Baan Kluy Nua), Klong Ton Nua, Wattana, Bangkok

Contact: +66 (0) 02 072 2882

Timings: 24-hour front desk

User ratings: 

Booking.com: 8.2/10

Trip Advisor: 5/5

Agoda.com: 8.4/10

How to reach: Suvarnabhumi Airport – 19km

Is there any dish more Instagrammable than the meticulously-arranged acai bowl? We think not. And nowhere in Bangkok does this better than the recently established Paco, located in the vibrant Soi Sawasdee. Not only are the Acai bowls here bursting with bright colours, galaxy patterns, and tons of stunningly cut tropical fruit, but the interiors of the café are also very colourful and full of art.

Address: 249 Soi Sukhumvit 31, Khlong Toei Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok

Contact: 0654246325

Timings: 10am – 8pm

Revamped and opened just this year, this old warehouse space now features a collection of edgy art exhibitions, stalls selling trendy handmade goods, a recording studio, a small concert space, and lots and lots of neon signs. Walk around Lido Connect with a camera and you’ll find loads to snap at while you take in the cool vibes of this indoor “walking-around” spot.

Address: 256 Rama I Rd, Pathum Wan, Bangkok

Contact: +66 96 921 7679

Timings: 10am – 10pm

An art gallery, a screening room, a rooftop bar, and an event space rolled into one — Woof Pack houses cool works of contemporary art as well as stickers of funny quotes that you’ll come across if you hunt around the many corners of this place. Head up to the ‘Woof Top’ for sweeping views of the city and some drinks to feature — responsibly — in that ‘gram.

Address: 1/3-9 Sala Daeng 1 Alley Khwaeng Silom, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, Bangkok

Contact: (+66) 81-825-5628

Timings: 10am – 12am

Here, you’ll step into a fairytale wonderland of a café. The magical-looking drinks and cakes are served on fancy floral china plates and cups, while you could be sitting in some plush pink velvet sofas, engraved-wooden chairs, and be surrounded by so many more eclectic pieces of furniture. A truly fashionable fantasy corner indeed.

Address: Central Embassy, Level 2 Lumphini, Pathum Wan, Bangkok

Contact: +66 2 160 5875

Timings: 10am – 8pm

User ratings: 

Trip Advisor: 3.5/5

How to reach: BTS Phloen Chit railway station

Possibly one of Bangkok’s dreamiest places for afternoon tea, the Author’s Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel is old but most definitely gold. The serene white furniture, wall panels, and elegant imperial staircase makes it one of the most tranquil spaces in the city. The lighting in here is even better when warmed by the natural sunlight that seeps through the overhead skylights.

Address: 48 Oriental Ave, Khwaeng Bang Rak, Bang Rak, Bangkok

Contact: +66 2 659 9000

User ratings: 

Trip Advisor: 4.5/5

How to reach: Don Mueang International Airport – 23.2 km

If you’re willing to take a trek out all the way to Chang Erawan (accessible by BTS), you’ll be greatly rewarded by the incredible visual phenomenon that is the Erawan Museum. With gorgeously ornate pink architecture on the outside and sweeping, swirling sculptures on the inside, be sure to bring a fully-charged camera to this beautiful museum.

Address: 99/9 Mu 1, Sukhumvit Sai Kao Road Mueang Samut Prakan, Samut Prakan

Contact: +66 2371 31356

Timings: 9am – 6pm

User ratings: 

Trip Advisor: 4.5/5

How to reach: Suvarnabhumi airport – 32.8km

Visit the stunning Safari World in Bangkok, one of Thailand’s popular open zoos. The park is divided into two distinct parts, the Safari Park and the Marine Park, each of which has a distinctive collection of species. In the Safari park, up-close experiences with animals like tigers, giraffes and elephants are possible. At the Marine Park, let yourself be enchanted by the splendour of the magnificent aquatic creatures. Don’t forget to attend the various performances the park hosts for guests.

Address: 99 Panya Indra Rd, Sam Wa Tawan Tok, Khlong Sam Wa, Bangkok, Thailand

Contact: +66 2 518 1000

Timings: 9am – 5pm

User ratings:

Trip Advisor: 4/5

How to reach: Suvarnabhumi airport – 26.5km

Since it was built in 1782, the Grand Palace complex has housed numerous government buildings in addition to the royal family. The palace was constructed following King Rama I’s coronation in the year 1782. One of the best places is on the steps directly in front of Wat Phra Kaew, a beautiful temple adorned in gold and elaborate decorations that is home to Thailand’s most revered idol, the Emerald Buddha.

Address: Na Phra Lan Road, Grand Palace, Phranakorn, Bangkok

Timings: 8:3oam – 3:30pm

User ratings: 

Trip Advisor: 4/5

How to reach: Suvarnabhumi airport – 34.8km