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Smile Please

We guide you to the city's best backdrops for your posing pleasure

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Like dodging soi dogs on the streets, taking photos has become an integral part of daily life for many Bangkokians. However, when you realise that you and 25 of your Facebook friends have taken a picture with the exact same sculpture at the same mall, it's time to consider exploring other destinations for photo ops that lie across the city. For the love of photography, we present 10 photo-taking destinations - both well and lesser known - that aspiring photographers (as well as shameless self-promoters) should check in at and check out. 

GOLDEN LINING

Saphan Phra Ram VIII is a bridge crossing over the Chao Phraya River, opened for use in 2002. What make this 475-metre stretch of concrete a destination for lensmen are its yellow cable lines and single tower. With lighting during night time, the cable-stayed bridge glows with golden majesty. Try taking a photo of yourself with the background of the pylon, cables and moving cars to give it a fast-paced city feel (and you may even look thinner in comparison to the great pylon). The bridge is also known as a place where couples go to take pictures before their wedding. Lovebirds who want to go the distance with each other, like those long cable lines, can capture their sweet moments here with the added bonus of cool symbolism. On the Phra Nakhon side of Bangkok, it connects to Visut Kasat Road near the Bank of Thailand. On the Thon Buri side, the bridge connects to an elevated road near the Office of the Royal Development Projects Board in Bang Phlat district.

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