Stunning Sky Bar Cityscapes
The city grabs you by your flip flops, and pulls you along in a swirl of colour, culture and life.
Bangkok is energetic, frenetic and chaotic, with the rich colour of sights, sounds, and life, all around. It’s not surprising why so many visitors find the city so fascinating and engaging. The more you see the more you realise just how much there is to explore and the city grabs you by the coat tails, or perhaps more likely by your flip flops, and pulls you along in a swirl of colour, culture and life. Tuk tuks weave in and out of busy traffic; impressive modern buildings tower next to the sparkling greens and golds of beautiful old temples; sizzling woks fry up Thai treats on the street and add to the outdoor living ambience; and the iconic Chao Phraya River cuts through the city. One of the best ways to take a step back and appreciate all the wonder of Bangkok is to actually take a step up and experience the most spectacular views of cityscapes, with a cocktail in hand, at one of the many sky bars.
Perhaps the most renowned of the sky bars is one of the world’s highest open air bars at the Lebua at State Tower, a luxury hotel right next to the river. If a bar could be an A list celebrity Sirocco restaurant and the amazing Sky Bar which seems to jut out into the sky is it. When you arrive at the top of some sweeping outdoor steps above the restaurant and bar you feel as if you’re making a grand entrance and walking through the air as you glide down. You can walk round the illuminated circular bar filled with smart looking cocktail waiters, and stand by the see-through walls for a unique view of the city from 63 floors up.
Chic, exuding class and with an air of sophisticated cool is the Banyan Tree, another 5-star hotel with Vertigo Grill and Moon Bar, an al fresco restaurant and sky bar on the 61st floor. Panoramic views of the city stretch out on all sides with block banquette seating for chilled-out sipping and tables and chairs right up to the edge to give you your own personal view of the expanse of urban landscape. The restaurant has white table-clothed tables and covered white chairs separated into different areas so that you have enough space to people-watch, and take in the views whilst still being enjoying an intimate meal out. This is definitely a special occasion sky bar which feels luxurious and refined.
A revolving roof deck 84 floors up and a sky bar on the 83rd floor, the Baiyoke Sky Hotel is Thailand’s highest hotel and at over 300 metres it is one of the tallest in the world. It has been a Bangkok landmark for many years and the bar has a retro feel with seats right by the big floor to ceiling windows. It is perhaps less on-trend than some of the newer, swankier sky bars but with an observation deck and several sky-high restaurants it really was the first to really show off the vibrant life of Bangkok at night.