Enjoying Bangkok from up-high
- Published on Wednesday, 26 August 2015 08:45
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At ground level Bangkok is both frantic and energetic, in an appealing way that leaves every visitor wanting more. The 14 million inhabitants of the “Bangkok Metropolitan Region” ensure you will get a full taste of the local life, sounds and sights, which is what makes it such a fascinating city to visit. As you discover just how big Bangkok really is, you realize the depths of how much there is to explore. Tuk tuks weave through the standstill traffic, modern office buildings tower over beautiful old temples, there is no shortage of delicious street food to try, and you don’t think you’ve left enough time to see it all!
One of my favorite ways to take a step back and really appreciate just how big Bangkok really is, is to head to a sky bar and enjoy the view from up-high, with a cocktail in hand. For anyone who is just visiting Bangkok, make sure this is one of your “must-do’s” when you’re here. There’s nothing like enjoying the posh surroundings, the view, and the skyline from one of the great sky bars here, and is a great start to an evening as you watch the sun go down and the city begin to wake.
The most famous bar among the clouds is aptly named “Sky Bar” and at 63 floors up it’s one of the world’s highest open air bars. Located at the top of the luxury hotel Lebua at State Tower, the entire place screams prestige, and has plenty of places to take great photos, like the impressive dome and the sweeping outdoor staircase. If you’re feeling like celebrating and spending a little more time on the rooftop the Sirocco restaurant is right next to it, giving you a unique view of the city and a memory you’ll always cherish. Head back into State Tower and there’s another section to the bar that’s much more chill, with big leather seats to recline in as you enjoy the panoramas out over the city.
Another favorite is the sophisticated Vertigo Grill and Moon Bar, which sits atop the chic and classy Banyan Tree hotel. Located on the 61st floor you can enjoy the al fresco restaurant, or just grab a drink at the moon bar. On all sides you have sweeping views, with tables and chairs right up to the edge so you’ve got an uninhibited view of the city. Compared to Sky Bar the Moon Bar’s tables and seating is a welcome retreat, giving you and your partner enough space to enjoy an intimate night out while enjoying a busy crowd. For a refined and luxurious night out, you won’t find much better.
For a futuristic feel as you gaze down from up-high, check out the Red Sky Bar at Centara Grand (it’s part of Central World). Decidedly chic and modern, the terrace wraps right the way around the building to offer guests a 360° view of the heart of the city. Every night there’s live jazz, and you can enjoy upscale bistro fare from the menu, alongside a wine list that literally has hundreds of different options. When you’re looking for a relaxed yet trendy spot to start your evening, the comfortably curved seating of the Red Sky Bar is definitely the spot to enjoy a drink or two.
As a landmark you can’t go wrong with the Baiyoke Sky Hotel. Standing at over 300 meters it’s Thailand’s highest hotel, and one of the tallest in the world – and at 83 floors above the city, it’s no wonder this is an iconic location to see, with its retro decor and floor to ceiling windows, from the observation deck you can see out to the Gulf of Thailand. It’s perhaps less trendy than some of the newer sky bars in the city, but Baiyoke Sky Hotel were really the first ones to build a bar in the sky, and they’ve got several different restaurants you can try as well. Well worth a visit in my opinion.
If you’re more interested in design and fashion, you can’t pass on the opportunity to visit Long Table. The dark and inviting space contains both a bar and restaurant that will have you feeling like a supermodel, in a relaxed, smart-casual atmosphere. In the al fresco terrace bar you overlook the indoor restaurant and it’s 25 meter “long table,” which is surrounded by smaller and cozier sections packed with big leather seats and chic sofas. The romantic lighting adds to the intimate experience, and waiters actually need flashlights so you can read the menu. Sitting just 25 floors up, the view is high enough so you can look down on the city, but you’re not so high you feel detached from it.
The best sky bars in Bangkok deliver a magical experience, and they’re the place to visit when you want to celebrate, feel a little special, or just want to raise your glasses and enjoy the best “red carpet treatment” Bangkok has to offer. Sipping cocktails as you overlook the city makes you realize just how cosmopolitan Bangkok really is, and what better excuse to get all dressed up?