11 Iconic Photos You Can't Help But Take in Thailand

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If you do an image search for “Thailand” on Google, Flickr or Instagram, there are certain photos which inevitably come up again and again. Seemingly, there are some photographs of the Land of Smiles which people just cannot help but take! To be fair, they are stunning shots and many of our own photographers have fallen victim to the same impulse. Don’t believe us? Check out our Facebook and Instagram!

If you’ve visited Thailand before, we’re willing to bet that you’ve got at least one of the shots in our list of the 10 iconic photos you can’t help but take in Thailand. Being such a picturesque country, it doesn’t even require the skills of an expert photographer with top-of-the-range gear to get breathtaking results. You just need a camera-phone and a holiday in Thailand.

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    The traditional water transport of Thailand takes its name from the long pole sticking out of the back, with a propeller at one end and an old truck engine at the other. It is common to see them beached close together in a row, making an irresistible target for passing photographers, Thai flags fluttering in the wind. You get bonus points if the beach you get the picture on is The Beach – Maya Bay, where the famous 2000 Leonardo Di Caprio movie of the same name was set. Read More...

    The iconic three-wheeled city transport is naturally a target for camera lenses in Bangkok. Similarly, no one can resist whipping out their camera for a selfie while riding in one. Given the unstable design, the complete lack of seatbelts and the uniquely aggressive driving techniques, this usually results in some rather candid expressions! Read More...

    James Bond Island, Phang Nga

    It is remarkable that one of the more mediocre Bond films – The Man with the Golden Gun from 1974, starring Roger Moore – still attracts floods of visitors to see the tiny limestone islet which housed Scaramanga’s solar power station (Spoiler Warning, by the way). There is no doubting that Koh Tapu (meaning “nail island”, referring to its distinctive shape) is a beautiful spot, though, as is the rest of Phang Nga Bay. Read More...

    The colourful extravaganza of a ladyboy cabaret show remains one of the major attractions of Thailand, which is why almost every popular tourist destination has at least a couple of them (including Phuket, Bangkok, Pattaya, Koh Samui and Hua Hin). The talented and astonishingly beautiful performers can generally be found outside the front doors after each performance, posing in their remarkable costumes with members of the audience, many of whom are still gobsmacked that they really cannot tell that they were not born female! Read More...

    Floating Markets

    The hustle and bustle of a crowded market is one thing, but adding water to the equation certainly makes for some fantastic photos (as well as more opportunities to write-off your camera). Pictures of the floating markets have provided the cover images for many a guide book to Thailand, so it’s hardly surprising that everyone wants to try to capture the image for themselves. Read More...

    Phuket Big Buddha

    Religion is taken very seriously in Thailand, with huge gilded statues of Buddha dotting the scenery throughout the country, usually with lines of tourists sat in front of them, mimicking the pose and facial expression and thinking they’re the first people to have the idea. Rows of smaller statues at the major temples in Bangkok and Ayutthaya also make popular holiday snaps. Read More...

    It’s really odd to see something very familiar doing something very unfamiliar, which is why you will often find visitors having a bit of a giggle outside branches of McDonalds in Thailand. The traditional statue of Ronald McDonald is, in a lot of cases, localised for the Land of Smiles by having him giving a ‘wai’ – a prayer-like gesture meant as a show of respect. Naturally, you’ll also find tourists returning or mimicking the gesture for the camera. Read More...


    With hilly terrain throughout the country, there is no shortage of elevated viewpoints in Thailand. At many of the most popular, you will find breathtaking views of rolling verdant countryside, as well as a queue of visitors waiting for their chance to take their “staring into the distance” or “embracing the world” shot or, for those with a sheer cliff, the slightly risky “on the edge of the world” shot. Mind your footing! Read More...

    Karen Long Neck

    The north of Thailand is dotted with small tribal groups, often historical refugees from neighbouring countries. Some are noted for their unusual cultural practises, with the most iconic being the long-necked women of the Karen hill tribes, who fled Myanmar to take up residence around Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. If you’re going to check it out and take photos (which we would certainly recommend), just try to remember that they’re still people, not just a tourist attraction. Be respectful. Read More...

    Bangkok Skyline

    The massive sprawl of the capital city is best enjoyed from a high vantage point to better allow you to appreciate the jaw-dropping scale of it. Fortunately, practically every tall building has a rooftop bar – and there’s no shortage of tall buildings! Even so, come sunset you will have a hard time finding a space at the railings for people taking pictures of the last of the day’s light gleaming off the surrounding structures. Read More...

    The 'Point of View' shot of your legs (looking like little burnt sausages) while lazing on one of Thailand's best beaches is a classic shot to send to your friends back home. A comparatively recent trend, it is one which has become extremely common in Thailand, as much with Thais as visitors. In cases of unsightly knees, a fresh coconut or a bottle of local beer are popular substitutes. Read More...

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