Last month, I embarked on a 8-day press trip to Thailand with other LGBTQ+ media. Since we were only in Thailand for a little over a week, I wanted to try and capture as much of the country’s beauty as I could. I mean, if I’m going to travel for 24+ hours, I’m GOING to get some insta-worthy shots to share on my social media.
A lot of us in our new digital age can relate to this desire to capture social-media-friendly images. Pictures that tell a story, capture people’s attention, and (briefly) take them alongside your adventure. SO, here’s my top FIVE insta-worthy spots in the beautiful country of Thailand…
#1: Wat Phra That Doi Suthep – Chiang Mai, Thailand
Overlooking the city of Chiang Mai, the Doi Suthep Temple is a sacred site to many Thai people. On top of that, the sites are straight out of a postcard.
The images above are from the lookout point that is immediately adjacent to the sacred temple, which is why my shoulders aren’t covered in the photos. When I stepped back into the temple area, I ensure to cover my shoulders to respect the Thai traditions.
The lookout point is BEAUTIFUL, and must-visit in Chiang Mai. We were lucky enough to reach the lookout point during a light rainfall, which created a double-rainbow in the distance. The best part about this location is that the breathtaking views do all work for you. While I shot with a 10-22mm wide-angle lens, a smartphone would create a similar impact. The vastness of the clouds, mixed with the mountainous backdrop is sure to WOW your family and friends as they scroll through your vacation feed.
Accessibility Note: Please note that you have to climb about 100 steps to reach the temple. From what I witnessed, there wasn’t any accessibility spots.
#2: Patara Elephant Farm – Chiang Mai, Thailand
Imagine this: you arrive to a sanctuary farm, and all you see are elephants, jungle green space, and waterfalls. The Patara Elephant Farm is located in Chiang Mai, and is a must-visit (and ethical!) elephant sanctuary. You’ll get a chance to meet, feed, and bathe their elephants, which is a life-changing experience in itself!
Not only that, but the people at Patara Elephant Farm take professional photos of you during the entire experience — for free! Now, I obviously took a few photos of my own, only because I was keen to share the experience on Instagram shortly afterwards. However, for no additional charge, you can enjoy the elephant experience without worrying about snapping shots or video footage along the way.
The farm has thousands of acres, filled with aesthetic waterfalls, lakes & ponds, and beautiful elephants that are quite friendly.
I know “likes” on Instagram can be a bit of a self-serving thing to talk about, BUT! It’s interesting to note that my shot from Patara Elephant Farm went mini-viral (at least for me!) on Instagram. It garnered over 10,000 likes, with almost 100,000 impressions. I think those numbers are more of a testament towards the beauty that you’ll experience at Patara Elephant Farm. Next time you visit Thailand, definitely have this on your list!
#3: The Golden Triangle – Chiang Rai, Thailand
Located a few hours away from Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai’s ultimate Insta-Worthy spot is the Golden Triangle: a unique border spot where you can experience three countries (Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos).
The location of these photos were at our host hotel, the Anantara Golden Triangle. The hotel’s primary selling point is their breathtaking view of the Golden Triangle. They offer an aesthetic infinity pool, which I think helps to amplify the grandness of my shot. Standing on the edge of their infinity pool, you have mountains, trees, and two different countries in the background!
I wanted to highlight some spots in Chiang Mai & Chiang Rai, because so many people skip over to tourist hot-spots such as Bangkok & Phuket (which are GORGEOUS!). If you happen to have some extra time in Thailand, be sure to visit these spots & share their beauty on social media.
#4: Wallflowers Upstairs – Bangkok, Thailand (Old Town)
Walking around in Bangkok, it can be quite difficult to find the hidden gems amongst all the noise. Trust me when I say: Wallflowers Upstairs is one of those hidden gems! Located in the Old Town of Bangkok, this café is a literal hole-in-the-wall. Once you start moving up the café’s spiral staircase, you’re teleported to a Tumbr-worthy, botanical paradise! There are plants everywhere, cradled by the antique and slightly run-down benches and table tops (it feels really aesthetic though!). When I say “run-down,” I mean it in a positive way; this café is truly one of a kind, and will feed ALL your #CoffeeGoals on Instagram.
To make matters even more aesthetic, the café, in addition to selling coffee items, sells a delicious Rosé Soda. I mean, COME ON. Can it get more aesthetic than that?! I think not.
#5: Vertigo Bar – Bangkok, Thailand (61st Floor!)
Travelling through a new-age metropololis like Bangkok, it can be difficult to find locations that truly capture the city’s beauty. Let’s be real, the “concrete jungle” of New York is Bangkok’s baby brother; when you’re out on the streets of Bangkok, you’re surrounded by buildings, cars, and pedestrians. BUT, let me introduce you to the Vertigo Bar on the 61st floor of the Banyan Tree Bangkok — one of Bangkok’s other hidden gems!
Located in the heart of the city, the Vertigo Bar is the second-highest point in Bangkok. Grab a drink or dinner, and snag one of the most astounding views in Bangkok.
Pro tip: If you want to elevate your shot, use a wide-angle lens to fully capture the immenseness of Bangkok’s size & beauty. If you don’t have a wide-angle lens, simply purchase a wide-angle smartphone attachment. You’ll be glad you did!
Happy Exploring, you cuties!
Disclaimer: My trip to Thailand was covered by the Tourism Authority of Thailand. For more information, please visit: http://gothaibefree.com/