Thailand is on! As of July, tourists can freely travel and enter Thailand without COVID-19 restrictions. After years of strict regulations across the world, I’m sure everyone is ready to return to the land of smiles for the never-ending gorgeous beaches, breathtaking temples, and delicious food. Whatever you’re looking for, Thailand has got it all!
Getbybus conducted research on over 600 Thai locations based Google’s Travel Service, Google reviews, and Instagram mentions to find the most popular and Instagrammable locations in the country. To give you a head start on planning your picture-perfect Thai getaway, check out this list of the 20 most Instagrammable locations around this beautiful nation.
Editor’s note: While travelling in Thailand, be aware of animal exploitation. As a rule of thumb, anywhere that lets you ride an animal, bathe with them, or uses them as photo props is not ethical and should be avoided.
1. Khao Yai National Park, Nakhon Ratchasima
Established in 1962, Khao Yai National Park is Thailand’s oldest national park with the greatest number of Instagram mentions at 622,483, and it’s easy to see why. About three hours from Bangkok, it’s home to an abundance of wildlife from the Asian elephant, sambar deer, to pig-tailed macaques, and magnificent waterfalls, including the famous Haew Suwat waterfall which featured in the movie, The Beach.
Address: Mu Si, Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima 30130, Thailand
Phone: +66 86 092 6529
2. CentralwOrld, Bangkok
This massive shopping complex located in Bangkok is a paradise for all shopaholics out there and has had 575,950 mentions on Instagram as a result. It spans over eight storeys with more than 500 shops, 100 restaurants, 15 cinemas, and even an ice-skating rink. There are heaps of photo ops wherever you choose to dine or relax.
Address: 4, 4/5 Ratchadamri Rd, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
Phone: +66 2 640 7000
3. Wat Phra Chetuphon (Wat Pho), Bangkok
Topping the list of most Instagrammable temples in Thailand is Wat Pho with 515,819 mentions. As one of the largest temple complexes in the country, it houses the Reclining Buddha and the most extensive collection of Buddha images in Thailand. A must-see when in Bangkok!
Address: 2 Sanam Chai Rd, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Phone: +66 83 057 7100
4. The Grand Palace, Bangkok
In the heart of Bangkok sits the former royal residence with 503,812 Instagram mentions, and the complex includes the equally Instagrammable Temple of the Emerald Buddha, as well as stunning gardens and courtyards to explore.
Address: Na Phra Lan Rd, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
5. Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan, Bangkok
One of the most stunning temple complexes in Bangkok is Wat Arun, also known as the Temple of Dawn, located on the banks of the Chao Praya River. The best way to arrive at Wat Arun is by ferry to enjoy the amazing view from the river itself, and you’ll see then why this temple has 483,131 mentions on Instagram.
Address: PFVQ+FH9, 158 Thanon Wang Doem, Wat Arun, Bangkok Yai, Bangkok 10600, Thailand
Phone: +66 2 891 2185
6. Asiatique The Riverfront, Bangkok
Asiatique The Riverfront has it all — it’s a mall, a market, and an entertainment venue in one. One of the reasons it has received 463,978 mentions on Instagram is for having the highest Ferris wheel in Thailand. Check it out at night when it’s magically lit up!
Address: 2194 Charoen Krung Rd, Wat Phraya Krai, Bang Kho Laem, Bangkok 10120, Thailand
Phone: +66 92 246 0812
7. Chatuchak Weekend Market, Bangkok
This weekend market is the world’s largest with 15,000 stalls, and is the perfect place for the bargain hunter in you! It’s very colourful and aesthetic for the ‘Gram, hence its 427,990 mentions. In terms of the shopping itself, they’ve got everything from food to fashion to art!
Address: Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900, Thailand
8. Karon Beach, Phuket
When I think of the perfect paradise, I picture a beach with a turquoise sea, soft white sand, and lined with palm trees… and beach bars! If you’re like me, head to Karon Beach for the ‘Gram as it has 293,839 mentions, and the even better paradise escape experience!
9. Wat Rong Khun (White Temple), Chiang Rai
As one of Thailand’s most visited attractions, the White Temple has racked up 254,817 mentions on Instagram, and it’s obvious why! This sparkling white temple symbolises Buddha’s purity and wisdom, while The Bridge of the Cycle of Rebirth fascinates most travellers with its addition of contemporary art to mix with classic Buddhism. Simply stunning to say the least.
Address: 60 หมู่ที่ 1 Phahonyothin Rd, Pa O Don Chai, Mueang Chiang Rai District, Chiang Rai 57000, Thailand
Phone: +66 53 673 967
10. Ao Phang Nga National Park, Kalai
With limestone cliffs rising out of the green water it’s no surprise that Ao Phang Naga National Park is one of the most popular destinations in Thailand with 242,002 mentions on Instagram. A marvel of nature, while here, you can also explore little secluded beaches, caves, and lagoons. Definitely add it to the bucket list!
Address: 80 หมู่ที่ 1 ถนน บ้านท่าด่าน Ko Panyi, Mueang Phang-nga District, Phang-nga 82000, Thailand
Phone: +66 76 481 188
11. Sukhothai Historical Park, Mueang Kao
Sukhothai Historical Park is an ancient walled city about six hours north of Bangkok, but it is well worth the trip for its picturesque locales that have attained 240,982 mentions on Instagram. Besides the spectacular photo opportunities, this UNESCO site is simply fascinating to explore, containing several ruins, temples, and ancient Buddha statutes.
Address: หมู่ที่ 3 498/12 Mueang Kao, Mueang Sukhothai District, Sukhothai 64210, Thailand
Phone: +66 55 697 241
12. Khao Sok National Park, Surat Thani
Similar to Ao Phang Nga National Park, Khao Sok has a colourful and scenic landscape to explore and snap photos of with 223,207 mentions on Instagram. But how could you grow tired of these captivating national parks? Check out Khao Sok for more mysterious caves, gorgeous waterfalls, and amazing wildlife!
Address: 62 Khlong Sok, Phanom District, Surat Thani 84250, Thailand
Phone: +66 77 395 154
13. Erawan National Park, Si Sawat
About three hours west of Bangkok, Erawan National Park boasts magnificent waterfalls, the most famous being Erawan Falls, featured 113,177 times on Instagram. It has seven levels that you can even take a dip in, so be sure to pack your swimmers along for the hike to get there.
Address: 94GV+5HW, Tha Kradan, Si Sawat District, Kanchanaburi 71250, Thailand
Phone: +66 34 574 222
14. Ao Nang Beach, Krabi
Located in Krabi, Ao Nang Beach is one of the most famous beaches in the country with 110,783 mentions on Instagram. It’s a popular place among tourists and locals alike to sit back, relax, and watch the sunset after a busy day of scuba diving, kayaking, and rock climbing. Or for a change of pace, it is also a great spot for Thai massages, bars, and restaurants.
15. Hua Hin Beach, Hua Hin
Hua Hin is a popular getaway for Bangkok locals, and why wouldn’t it be? It’s just three hours south of Bangkok and while the town itself offers many activities and attractions, its beach boasts eight kilometres of clear sea, white sand, and blue skies! This beach paradise has been featured on Instagram 99,265 times.
16. Wat Rong Suea Ten (Blue Temple), Chiang Rai
When in Chiang Rai, the Blue Temple is a must see with 58,076 mentions on Instagram. This temple is absolutely stunning inside and out, painted blue with golden ornamentations and spectacular patterns covering every surface. It’s calling to be photographed!
Address: 306 หมู่ที่ 2 Maekok Rd, Tambon Rim Kok, Mueang Chiang Rai District, Chiang Rai 57100, Thailand
Phone: +66 64 347 3636
17. Rom Hup Market, Mae Klong
An easy day trip outside of Bangkok, you can experience the surreal Rom Hup Market located on a railway that’s garnered 38,327 mentions on Instagram for its uniqueness. Make sure you find a good spot before the train arrives to see vendors move their stalls off the tracks just in time and restore the market once again when it departs.
Address: ตลาดแม่กลอง แม่กลอง Mueang Samut Songkhram District, Samut Songkhram 75000, Thailand
18. The Big Buddha, Phuket
Standing at a whopping 45 metres tall, The Big Buddha in Phuket is the third tallest in all of Thailand. Perched atop the Nakkerd Hills, the white marble Buddha overlooks the island below and makes a great place for your next Instagram post with 35,084 mentions already.
Address: ยอดเขานาคเกิด Karon, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83100, Thailand
Phone: +66 81 891 3827
19. ChangChui, Bangkok
ChangChui is a market designed as a creative park featuring many different shops, bars, and restaurants. However, the most Instagrammable place is an old decommissioned LockHeed L-1011 TriStar airplane sitting in the heart of the market with 29,260 mentions on Instagram. Every Tuesday to Friday, you’ll find a bustling flea market running all around the plane too.
Address: 460/8 Sirindhorn Rd, Bang Phlat, Bangkok 10700, Thailand
Phone: +66 81 817 2888
20. Amphawa Floating Market, Amphawa
About 1.5 hours from Bangkok is a traditional floating market with Thai food cooked on small row boats. It is a magical, colourful, and unique experience that has attracted 22,650 mentions on Instagram. Visitors here will find that while it’s not as large as the Damnoen Saduak floating market, it’s far more authentic, and thus should be added to your must-do list when in Thailand!
Address: CXG3+2X5, Amphawa, Amphawa District, Samut Songkhram 75110, Thailand