The Most Instagrammed Location of 2012 is an Airport in Bangkok


There are well over 100 million users on Instagram (assuming a quarter of them didn’t just up and leave), and even though the typical Instagram photo stream consists of food and the family pet, there are certain places that show up more often than others. Times Square, The Eiffel Tower, Disneyland, the Bangkok Airport… wait… that last one seems out of place doesn’t it?

As it turns out, no. Not only is Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport the number one most Instagrammed location of 2012, but Bangkok’s massive shopping mall, Siam Paragon, took second. Only then does the list become populated by the locations you might expect to see.

How Bangkok managed to snag both spots 1 and 2 is anybody’s guess, but according to Instagram’s official list, there were more than 100K photos of or in the Suvarnabhumi Airport uploaded to the service this year.


The rest of the list consists of Disneyland in third, followed by Times Square in fourth, the AT&T Park in SF in fifth, LAX airport in sixth, Dodger Stadium in seventh, the Eiffel Tower surprisingly low on the list at eighth, and the Staples Center and Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles in ninth and tenth, respectively.

If you’re looking to the list for inspiration it looks like the must-Instagram places on earth are airports, baseball stadiums, amusement parks, Times Square, the Eiffel Tower (optional) and, of course, Bangkok.

  • JackF

    What is so interesting at an airport?

  • foggy flute

    If you pass the airport as male and again as female, you will take a lot of picture like them too.

  • Benicio Murray

    It’s one of the biggest transit destinations in the world

  • Sean Denny

    It would be more interesting to see what types of pictures generated the most engagement/conversation. It looks like most of the list is dominated by “hey I’m here” snapshots – which isn’t a bad thing, but not very interesting from a photography standpoint?

  • F200

    It’s one of the busiest airport in Asia and an important international transit. Most European going to East Asia will either stop in Bangkok, Singapore or Kuala Lumpur.


    Staples Center? Really?

  • Ingemar Smith

    Most interesting is that the top spots are asian. What the article says without saying is that its readers (assumed to have a particular profile: you all know) expected to see European and American sites at the top. This article provides a glimpse of what the future of the internet will look like. Asian. And that’s a good thing.

  • Adam Sparks

    There are indeed two large airports in Bangkok, so it is an airport in Bangkok. The old airport is still open for domestic travel.