10 places for photography in Thailand

Jean Claude Reuille24-Sep-2020

Thailand as a destination is blessed with turquoise and palm-fringed beaches, beautiful night markets, gold-tipped Buddhist temples, ruins, and rugged coastlines. Photography is an art form and Thailand is one of the best subjects to shoot making it an absolute favorite for the professional and aspiring photographers. It is a traveler’s dream and also for the photographers who wish to capture the picture of a lifetime.

Thailand has got a mix of everything-exotic islands, white sands, unique and fascinating streets, and rural heartlands. It has numerous Instagrammable spots for all kinds of photography. Whether you are a lifestyle photographer, selfie lover, street photographer, still life photographer, architectural photographer, or anything in between, you will find countless photography spots.

Having traveled from Northern Thailand to Southern Thailand, we came across some of the best locations for capturing. Here are the key photography spots you can refer to for your next trip to Thailand:

Bangkok Riverfront   

Thailand’s capital Bangkok has a business district overlooking the Chao Phraya River. The riverfront is packed with plush and upscale hotels, skyscrapers, parks filled with greenery and water lily ponds, magnificent temples, and mega-suspension bridges across the water. You can capture the charismatic riverfront from top of a skyscraper or Ferris Wheel for an unforgettable memory.

Doi Ang Khang Mountain, Chiang Mai Province

Doi Ang Khang Mountain is home to an agricultural station and center of Bonsai that was set up by King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1969. Kiu Lom Viewpoint also offers amazing and breathtaking views of sunrise and sunsets over the clouds. This spot is very popular for bird-watching and mountain biking. If you are a nature photographer, you would love to explore this place for a stunning view of nature and the tea plantations.

Doi Inthanon National Park, Chiang Mai Province

Doi Inthanon is the country’s highest mountain that lies within the National Park of Doi Inthanon National Park. It has been named as “The Roof of Thailand” due to its high altitude. The park has a couple of waterfalls within the borders, royal chedis that are surrounded by ancient rainforest, mossy wooden trails, and multiple villages where hill tribes reside. An aerial view of the National park is mesmerizing.

Grand Palace, Bangkok

The most famous landmark of Bangkok city is the spectacular Grand Palace. The palace is also well known as Wat Phra Kaew meaning “Temple of the Emerald Buddha”.  Built in 1782, this glorified landmark was once the home of the Thai King, the administrative seat of government, and the royal court.  Now it is used for ceremonies, serves as a museum and a place of worship. 

For the architectural photographer, this place is the best to click gold-filled pictures:  golden stupas, Buddhist sculptures, and intricate details of the temple. You can visit early in the morning before tourists walk in for the best shots. Please follow the strict dress code for visitors while entering the temple else you will not be allowed inside the temple.

Maya Bay, Koh Phi Phi Island

This sublime beach was made famous through Leonardo DiCaprio’s hit movie “The Beach”. Maya Beach has been heralded as one of the most stunning and gorgeous beaches in Thailand. Thousands of tourists flock to this beach and admire the visual beauty as this beach boasts of krast-studded water and soft sands. 

This beach offers the perfect picture opportunity as this location looks beautiful with hidden lagoons, huge sandstone cliffs, and lush rainforests. You can get a spectacular view during the golden hour- after sunrise and before sunset.

Wat Arun 

One of Bangkok’s most photogenic temples, the photos captured here are incredible. It is a must visit if you want to capture the beautiful detailing of the temple. Wat Arun means “Temple of the Dawn” is located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, just opposite to the Grand Palace. 

The spire on the river bank is covered with minute pieces of colored glass and Chinese porcelain. You can also capture it at night when it is lit up as it gives a golden beam of light over the river. If you wish to see the best view of Bangkok’s skyline, then you can climb this steep 70-meter high spire. Look out for the sunrise and sunset here as the tilted facade reflects the rays beautifully.

Rod Fai Train Market, Ratchada

This train market is one of the most famous night markets in Bangkok. It has got its name from the original Rod Fai night market which is located next to the train tracks on the outskirts of Bangkok. To take an aerial view, you need to visit the Esplanade Mall located right next to the night market, take the lift up to level 4. At level 4, you will have to walk up to the car park ledge (left upon entering the parking lot) and you will be rewarded with the most photogenic picture of colorful stalls. 

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

A cool place to shoot as there are multiple bridges in this famous floating market outside Bangkok. As a day trip, you must explore this location. You can go up the bridges and click the boats going past the bridges selling their products. This will give you some great shots. You can also capture while traveling in the boat but it is a bit difficult to get decent angles from the boat. The best time to click pictures in this spot will be in the daytime. 

Khwae Yai River, Kanchanaburi Province

This province is popular for the bridge over the Khwae Yai River. If history fascinates you, then you can take a lot of historical photos in Kanchanaburi. You can take a day trip here and visit Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, the river, Hellfire Pass, and Thailand-Burma Railway Centre Museum.

Khao Sok National Park, Surat Thani Province

In the National Park, The Ratchaprapha Dam is one of the most commonly photographed spots. Surrounded by thick jungles, limestone cliffs, pristine and crystal blue waters, this location will give you astounding pictures. This park is home to a large variety of animals like bears, wild boars, and elephants. You can also trek here till the top of the hills and capture pictures. 

A hidden gem was discovered here-the Floating Bungalows. This will be an easy spot to take pictures as the scenery lets you take only striking photos here.

These are some great spots where you can capture pictures for a lifetime. As we promised you good spots in Thailand, so there are some more that you should not miss. 

You can also take awe-inspiring pictures at Phraya Nakhon Cave, Similan Islands National Park, ruins at Ayutthaya and Lopburi, Red Lotus Lake at Udon Thani Province, Erawan Falls at Kanchanaburi, Mae Hong Son Mountains, Railay Beach, Kaeng Krachan National Park, Koh Poda Island, Airplane Graveyard, Maeklong Railway Market, Pai Memorial, Wat Ratchanatdaram, Lebua Hotel Skybar, Yaowarat Road in Chinatown, Wat Pho temple, Octave Rooftop Bar, Baiyoke Tower II, Wat Saket (Golden Mount), Soi Ram Butri street, Elephant Jungle Sanctuary in Chiang Mai, the  market at Soi Cowboy, Lumpini Park and Erawan Museum.

If you are a photographer, then Thailand must be on your bucket list to get unbelievable views. Bring a camera, get packing and embark on one of the most exciting journeys!

Written by "Jean Claude Reuille" on 24-Sep-2020

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