Sukhumvit Road is the commercial centre of Bangkok and is lined with international hotels, shopping malls and nightlife. It runs from Nana at one end to the district of Bearing at the other. And it’s also the area where I live, work and feel home. After my recent blog post about “Best Photography Spots in Silom, Bangkok” i decided to continue my series with Sukhumvit. I have put together a list of my top photography spots and hope to inspire some of you to explore my neighbourhood:
Benjakiti Park is located at Asok, two minutes by walking from Asok BTS or north up the road from Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre MRT Station. The park is dominated by a lake, and two separate lanes around the perimeter which have been designed specifically for cycling and jogging. The park is ideal for reflection shots with the office buildings on one side. There are lots of photographers trying to get the best pic so you won’t be alone.
The “Asok Intersection” area is one of Bangkok’s main business centers. Actually, it’s the center of many things, with a large expatriate community, several hotels, restaurants and entertainment establishments. The intersections of streets are often jammed and matched by the intersection of Skytrain and Subway as well. You can shoot light trails photo from the skywalk. You just have to be fast as the security guards are watching this area and might force you to stop – depending on their mood. 😉
The Exchange Tower is located on the doorstep of the Asoke BTS station and connected via a sky bridge link. While I didn’t find a way to get access to the rooftop yet, I found a nice spot to take photos of the Asok intersection. Just take the entrance from the BTS, go to the elevator up to the 10th floor, go out at the parking area and right to the railing. Haven’t seen any security there so you have plenty of time to get your tripod up and take photos.
The Westin Grande Sukhumvit, Bangkok
Yep, this spot is still one of my favourite rooftops in Sukhumvit. Not only because I work here, but also because the view is amazing. You can see Nana on one side and Asok intersection on the other. The view gets crazy at night when the city comes to life. A lot of cool photographers have been here and it has also been the location for a Rap Video and Model Shooting. The rooftop of The Westin Grande Sukhumvit is not accessible for the public, so you need to get access by the hotel management.
Phrom Phong BTS Station
The main attractions near Phrom Phong BTS Station include jogger’s favourite Benjakiti Park, Emporium shopping mall and “Dinosaur Planet”. This area is always busy and a good place to stop for some street photography. There are plenty of restaurants and shopping malls nearby, so prepare for a lot of tourists and expats. Wait for the sunset to take the best photos.
Sukhumvit Soi 24
Right next door to the Emporium shopping mall and BTS Phrom Phong is Sukhumvit Soi 24. Thanks to the large volume of apartment buildings down here, Soi 24 offers a nice background for reflection shots during rainy season. Just walk around and you’ll find plenty of spots to stop. I have lived in this street for more than a year and I still live close by, so you might meet me here too. One side note: You’ll find the best foot massage at “Nuch”, located at the beginning of the Soi. Just saying. 🙂
The station is located at Sukhumvit Soi 9, to the east of Nana intersection. It is surrounded by a variety of classes of hotels and facilities for foreign tourists. The red-light district and the Nana Plaza area are also in walking distance from the station so expect a lot of traffic here. The BTS station itself makes a good location for a photo facing Asok. Tripods are not allowed at BTS stations, so you need to have a steady hand.
Long Table Bangkok
Long Table Bar & Restaurant is located in Soi 16 and offers a stunning 25th floor view. The cool feature here is the pool on top where you can take nice reflections shoots too. Drinks during Sunset Happy Hour are affordable too. If you are more the adventurous person you should read my blog post about „How I illegally climbed on one of Bangkok’s highest rooftops“. Hint: It’s in the same building! 😉
Simply walk along the BTS Sukhumvit Line from any BTS station to capture light trails photos. There are hundreds of different photo spots, you just have to grap your camera and go for a walk. I do this quite often when I’m bored, normally around Phrom Phong, Thong Lo and Ekkamai. The good part is that there are great restaurants and bars nearby so your “after-work-beer” is secured. 😉 If you want to read more about light trail photography, check out one of my older blog posts: “How to shoot light trails”.
My own rooftop
Last but not least: my favorite location in Sukhumvit is still my own rooftop on top of my condominium. All doors open, no security, no camera, nothing. I can go there whenever I want, for a beer, for a chat with a friend, or just for a minute of freedom. It is surrounded by other tall buildings with a helipad on top, which makes it a cool photospot too. Read more at my older blog posts: “My private rooftop”.
Sukhumvit is my home, the area where I live and work. Even though I think I know Sukhumvit very well, I’m sure I missed a lot of other cool locations. So if you are around, explore the area and let me know which one is your best spot. Or we go together.. 🙂
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