Picture This

By Kiran Khanijow

Free open spaces in Bangkok for a pre-wedding photo shoot. 

Athough indoor studios have numerous benefits for pre-wedding photo shoot sessions, such as full light and climate control, shooting outdoors has become a growing trend for the last few years. The benefits are numerous: from the natural joy of being outside, to endless options for alternate shots and backdrops, increasing both visual interest and versatility. For many, it’s a unique and romantic way to show yourselves off, with couples even going to London, Paris, or other more exotic locations to get that perfect shot. However, for the budget conscious, fear not! Bangkok is also home to some beautiful parks and open spaces that could provide the perfect stunning backdrop – and better yet, for free.

Before you explore any of these magical sites, however, things to keep in mind include getting your shots during the magic hours of sunrise and sunset, comfortable shoes as you walk between locations, and staying hydrated.

  1. China Town (Yaowarat Road) and Old-Town Riverside

    You may think that this and the adjoining ‘Little India’ are a strange place to organise a pre-wedding photoshoot, but it can be one of the most unique and exquisite backdrops in the city. Always a busy and charming place with its vibrant décor and colour, narrow and busy side streets, food stalls, and tuk-tuks galore, it’s a street full of stories waiting to be discovered – and you can easily create your own, any time of the day or night. Depending on the time of day, the shots can look completely different, and the area is a maze with many surprises, including the street art-filled hub, Talaad Noi. You can even take unique pictures among old car parts if you visit the latter, for a less ostentatious and more industrial vibe; or in the middle of Yaowarat Road itself, for a daring, long-exposure shot. If you’re a couple fascinated by people, history and cultural diversity, this is the place for you.|

  2. Siam Square
    If you want a more urban- jungle vibe, this is the perfect spot for you. While in China Town you can capture the beauty of old Bangkok, Siam Square is the hub of all things cool. Lately revamped with a whole new look, this hotspot for teens and young adults can turn out to also be a hotspot for your photo shoot. Even though this area lacks greenery, it makes up for it with trendy cafés, boutiques and markets. The skywalk, the zone that connects to all the main department stores in the area such as Siam Paragon and CentralwOrld, could be one of the most interesting spots you’ll find in the city. With its structures for shade that are reminiscent of lily pads, this entire district is covered in art by renowned Thai street artists, and will be sure to make for some distinctive shots if you can edit out the crowds.

  3. Rama IX Park 

    If you want to capture the skyline but still add variety to your photos, then the largest park in the city would be one of the best choices for you. This slice of paradise behind Seacon Square features beautiful pavilions, a large lake, and extensive flower gardens. Here, there are gardens with exotic flowers inspired by some of the greatest gardens in the world, such as the French garden replete with a colonnade and sculptures, and the Italian garden with its beautiful fountains. There’s also a Chinese- and American-inspired garden as well (THB 10 entrance fee).

  4. Bang Krachao

    Thanks to the government’s orders to keep this place commercially undeveloped to preserve its lush beauty, Bang Krachao is a portal to a whole new world away from the chaos of the city. Also known as the ‘Green Lung of Bangkok,’ you can take raw and authentic photos on this river island without the city’s skyscrapers and shopping malls, especially
    if you want to incorporate the beauty of nature. Options include any of its numerous walking or cycling trails (look out for cyclists if you choose the latter); along its canals; at the eco-friendly Bangkok Tree House hotel (though you may have to ask the hotel for permission); the Sri Nakhon Khuean Khan Park and Botanical Garden; and its many picturesque cafés.

  5. Lumphini Park 

    Another oasis that also functions as the city’s green lungs is Lumphini Park, the oldest public park in the city and widely considered by some to be one of the world’s best parks. With carefully- curated lawns, an artificial lake, and local flora, you will undoubtedly get beautiful shots here, with the best views of the surrounding skyline through the trees and over the lake. There are numerous spots for you to choose from, such as the famed clock tower, or the Lanna Pavilion.

  6. Chocolate Ville

    A whimsical setting that still looks modern, you’ll forget that you’re in Thailand when you step into Chocolate Ville. A charming place with its European village theme, can take photos with the chapel, barn, clock tower, railway station or my personal favourite, the windmill and the lighthouse. The list is endless and you’ll definitely have a blast with your partner! Every corner is Instagram-worthy and will transport you – and your pictures – to a different time in another country.

  7. Rama VIII Bridge 

    This suspension bridge crosses the Chao Phraya river, with Arun Amarin on one side. There is space for pedestrians and cyclists on both sides of the bridge so you won’t have to worry about traffic while you take that perfect shot. The asymmetrical structure of the bridge makes it one of the most recognisable in the country, and it’s also the world’s largest asymmetrical-styled cable bridge. From the height of this bridge, you’ll get to capture the cityscape and the stunning River of Kings, and it’s one of the best spots to capture the sunset as well. Right next to the bridge is also the Rama VIII Park, another beautiful spot by the river bank where you can get some shots while you’re in the area.