Bangkok is an amazing city at night boasting spectacular rooftop bars, impressive temples, neon signs, and colorful tuk-tuks slalom through the traffic. Below are just a few examples of what to photograph in Bangkok by night.
Drones are so popular now for both aerial video and photo capture, and you might be thinking about getting one when traveling in Thailand. If so, there is a Phantom store on the second floor at Siam Discovery Shopping Center in Bangkok. The guys working there were so knowledgeable and helpful I decided to blog about them.
I choose to go for the DJI Phantom 3 Professional 4K, and they helped me out with updating to the latest firmware, which took a while, so we asked if we could come back later. I also bought a Phantom backpack and asked if they could put the drone in the backpack instead of the original box ready for me to just put on my back and start the journey.
When we have traveled out of Bangkok to places like Ayutthaya and Damnoen Saduak, we have taken a minibus as it was the fastest option. But the drivers are pretty crazy, and after reading news about a horrible accident on the highway involving a minibus, we decided to go by train to Maeklong Railway Market. The journey, including a short ferry ride, takes about 2½ hours and cost only 23 baht.
Vertigo & Moon Bar, situated on the 61st floor of the Banyan Tree Hotel, is the second highest rooftop bar in Bangkok after Sky Bar at Lebua. The fully open-air rooftop bar is one of the first and most famous rooftop bars in Bangkok. Located atop a five-star hotel, Vertigo & Moon Bar request that guests observe a smart casual dress code.
Wat Pho, or The Temple of the Reclining Buddha, is a temple complex located in Bangkok’s Old City on Rattanakosin Island just south of the Grand Palace. The complex has the largest collection of Buddha statues in Thailand with the massive reclining Buddha as the big attraction.
The temple is classed as the highest grade of the first-class royal temples in Thailand and was featured in world’s top 25 landmarks by TripAdvisors Travelers’ Choice Awards 2016. This place is the real deal!
The best rooftop bars aren’t necessarily the highest. CHAR in Bangkok is “only” 26 floors up at Hotel Indigo’s rooftop, but the views of Bangkok’s skyline is absolutely breathtaking – especially during sunset. CHAR is a pretty small rooftop bar but well designed with private lounges by the glass facade. The music was good, the drinks were good. We loved it here!
Yaowarat or Chinatown as most tourists would call it is a must-visit in Bangkok. It’s a good vibe here, especially at night between 6 p.m. and midnight when both locals and tourists can be seen everywhere along the Yaowarat Road munching one of the best street foods in the world (except Mondays as there are no stalls due to sidewalk cleaning).
We visited Chinatown after 10.00 p.m., and some neon signs were already turned off. You should, therefore, come here earlier because the long strip of neon signs are really cool and provides some great night photos.
Here are some dishes you need to try when in Chinatown.
Maeklong Railway Market is a unique market and tourist attraction. Located in Samut Songkhram, 80 km outside of Bangkok, it looks just like any other market in Thailand; stalls filled with tropical fruits, vegetables, meat, seafood, herbs and flowers. But what makes this market unique is that it’s built over the railroad tracks, with trains running through it four times per day.
As soon as the trains coming, alarm sounds and the market vendors quickly pull back their umbrella awnings – why the market is known as “Talat Rom Hoop” in Thai, which translates to “Market Umbrella Pulldown.” Welcome to the craziest market in Thailand!
If you’re looking for a good spot to take pictures of the impressive Wat Arun in Bangkok, you should consider staying at Sala Arun. This charming little hotel offers a few rooms with balcony and a view out over Chao Praya River and Wat Arun.
If you are staying in another hotel, you can always enjoy the hotel’s open-air bar on the top floor called Eagle’s Nest or the restaurant Eat Sight Story. Unfortunately, Wat Arun is under restoration at the moment with scaffolding around the temple, and it was not lighted up at evening. But it is still gorgeous.
Sala Arun is located in the center of Bangkok’s Old City with easy access to all the attractions and landmarks, such as Wat Pho (the Temple of the Reclining Buddha), The Grand Palace and Chinatown.
The entrance to Sala Arun.
The famous Kang Ban Phe (Mantis Shrimp Noodle Soup) from Rayong can also be enjoyed in Bangkok. The mantis shrimp is a delicious type of crayfish with a sweet taste like lobster and tender meat like crab. The Kang Ban Phe Noodle & Seafood Café is located in a hip spot in the area of Lumpini Park, near Ploen Chit BTS station in Bangkok. At the prices of around 200-250 baht per dish, it’s quite a reasonable price, given the quality; fresh mantis shrimp caught in the morning. The only downside is the small portion. If you love seafood, give it a try, but avoid rush hour (12-1 p.m) if you don’t want to stand in a long line.