Whether you are looking to build your following or get some extra likes, take your Instagram to the next level in the City of Angels. Here are Bangkok’s best Instagrammable views.
While the view is certainly stunning, Above Eleven’s innovative and unique decor only adds to this rooftop bar and restaurant’s Instagram-worthiness. The bar was inspired by a park some thousands of miles away; Central Park in New York City. And while the real green space is one of the top attractions in the city, Above Eleven certainly gives it a run for its money with its modern take on shrubbery and its impeccable views from the 33rd floor of the Fraser Suites Sukhumvit.
Sky bars can sometimes be intimidating and snooty, with strict dress codes to abide by, but this is not the case at Cloud 47, the most casual rooftop bar in the city. On top of its chilled-out vibe, it is here that visitors will find some of the best views of the entire city. Bangkok’s skyline seemingly never ends from Cloud 47’s rooftop, situated in Silom off the BTS Skytrain Station Sala Daeng. From MahaNakhon, Thailand’s newest and tallest skyscraper (otherwise known as the Pixel Building), to the lighted Ferris Wheel at Asiatique, there are plenty of noteworthy sites from this particular bar and restaurant.
All of the thousands of temples found across Thailand are stunning up close and personal, but that does not make them any less Instagram-worthy from afar. Exhibit A: Arun Residence. Located just across the murky Chao Phraya River from the historic Wat Arun is this restaurant and hotel duo. Inside, there is a handful of seating areas, providing some of the best views in the city of the well-known temple, Temple of the Dawn. Almost all of the five towering prangs can be seen from Deck By The River Restaurant and Amorosa, two of the dining options found at Arun Residence.
Bike trail at Benjakiti Park | Courtesy of Kelly Iverson
While Lumpini Park may take the biscuit for the most popular green space in Bangkok, the park with the most Instagram-worthy view of them all is Benjakiti Park. It is located in the heart of the city, and just a short walk from the BTS Skytrain Station Asok. The park is small yet quaint, with a path around the shimmering lake for both walkers and cyclists to enjoy its stunning backdrop of a handful of staggering skyscrapers.
Pool parties just got a whole lot cooler at SO Sofitel Bangkok. While rooftop pools can be found throughout the city, none are as Instagram-worthy as the pool here. Overlooking the most famous park in the city, Lumpini Park, sunbathers and swimmers alike will want to arm themselves with a waterproof cellphone case and wade over to the glass wall that separates guests from some of the most stunning views of Bangkok.
Towering over the River of Kings is the Millennium Hilton Bangkok. There are plenty of views to go around, whether guests find themselves in one of the 533 rooms and suites the hotel is equipped with, or enjoying a cocktail at sunset from the 32nd floor at the Three Sixty Lounge. The location does not get much better, as the hotel overlooks the river, Sky Bar (made famous by The Hangover Part II), and more.
While there are a handful of red light districts found across the country, none are as infamous and camera-ready than the legendary Soi Cowboy. Blazing neon lights greet those brave enough to take on the seedy street, vibrant with workers and tourists. This street is best visited after dark when the neon lights make the entire street glow, and oftentimes, visitors see more than they bargained for.
Just as abuzz as Soi Cowboy, but for an entire different set of reasons is Yaowarat Road in Chinatown, one of the oldest and most historic areas in the city. There are a handful of hotels and restaurants with rooftop dining making for a good view, but the most Instagram-worthy of them all is down amongst the bustling crowd. Large vertical signs sporting neon lights written in Chinese light up the street for as far as the eye (and your camera) can see.
The Erawan Shrine came to be in the 1950s. It was meant to bring about good fortune, as its location seemingly brought about nothing but bad luck. After a series of unfortunate events, the shrine was built, and Hindu Brahman priests then came to lift the adherent curse. Since then, the shrine has remained abuzz with locals and tourists alike, bringing offerings, lighting incense, and enjoying traditional Thai performances that take place here often. The Erawan Shrine can be both beautifully photographed from the walkway between Chit Lom and Siam or even on foot, as a close-up photo really captures its gleaming existence.