Bangkok is massive, in every sense of the word. The urban sprawl which makes up the city spreads for miles from the commercial and tourist centres, and it has the 11th highest number of skyscrapers in the world, with that number growing as more and more investment flows into the city and additional projects are greenlit.
To truly get a sense of how big the city is, it makes sense to head up, and luckily the businesspeople and venue owners of Bangkok agree: there are numerous excellent, elevated bars, restaurants, and leisure areas in the city, all of which deliver gorgeous views alongside their primary purpose. Acrophobics need not read on, because we’re going to show you the best of Bangkok’s rooftops.
Situated on the 26th floor of the Indigo Hotel, this Bangkok rooftop bar has one of the best views in the city. You can relax and unwind with vintage and house cocktails made my highly trained bartenders, and the retractable rooftop means that you can enjoy the venue regardless of weather conditions. The bar also overlooks Lumphini Park, Bangkok’s largest green space, so it’s not all skyscrapers and bright lights. Open late and with a DJ playing a great selection of lo-fi, downtempo music, you can unwind as twilight hits and the city lights up alongside the stars.
If you’re looking for a high-class rooftop lunch in Bangkok, Cielo is your spot. Located in the heart of the Sukhumvit district and towering above the city on the 46th floor of the Skywalk Condominium, this restaurant and bar delivers panoptic views of the city alongside delicious food and ice-cold beverages. The majority of the menu is pan-European, with a particular focus on Italian and French cuisines, although Thai food lovers will be easily placated by the Thai section of the menu which consists of local dishes with an elegant twist. Although these opulent surroundings are a great backdrop for any meal, lunch is less crowded than dinner, where you will need a reservation if you’d like seats to fully enjoy the sunset.
Red Sky Rooftop Bar in Bangkok is as fun as it is innovative. The atmosphere of the place is quite laid back, especially considering the gorgeous surroundings, but the food and drink on offer suffers from none of the lack of quality one might associate with a relaxed ambience. Placed on the 55th floor, it has both an indoor and outdoor dining section, and the menu is high end European. If you’re looking for a top-quality meal at a lower price, then head here during the day: there is a set menu so you can have the ideal Bangkok rooftop lunch. You can also just pop by for a cocktail or two; just make sure to ring ahead.
Lebua Sky Bar calls itself the “original” sky bar and is most famous for its role in The Hangover Part II. A Bangkok institution, the dizzying heights of the bar are matched by the splendour of the drinks on offer, and at sunset you can truly appreciate just how astonishing this venue is. A high point of any visit to the Thai capital, it needs to be seen to be believed. Smart casual and laid back, if you’re looking for a Bangkok rooftop bar that will take your breath away, Lebua is the answer.
If you’re a fan of dramatic sunset views to go with your evening drinks, then this is the Bangkok rooftop bar for you. Octave is on top of the Marriot Sukhumvit, so right in the heart of the city. With 360-degree views of the Thai capital, you’ll feel like royalty as you sip on your drinks and watch the sun go down. Live DJs add to the atmosphere, and the bar is open from 5pm until late, so it’s an ideal place to warm up for a big night in Bangkok’s party district.
They also serve a selection of Asian-style tapas to soak up the booze, so if you get peckish there’s no need to trudge down forty plus floors. Definitely one for those who love the finer things in life.
Free for hotel residents and THB 1,000 (£25) for a day pass, this Bangkok hotel rooftop infinity pool is one of the best in the city. The day pass also includes access to the fitness centre, steam room, and free parking for up to four hours.
The tenth-floor pool itself is directly adjacent to the serenity of Lumphini Park and overlooks the rest of the city, and is open until the evening when it lights up thanks to some fancy LED work. Background music adds a soundtrack to your chill time, and there’s plenty of space on the “Solarium” (a small lawn next to the pool) to hang out with friends and watch the day pass you by. On the last Saturday of every month this Bangkok hotel rooftop infinity pool is also home to the SO Pool Party, where live DJs play electro and pop from 1pm until 9pm.
Inspired by New York’s Central Park, this Bangkok rooftop bar matches great views with a distinctive aesthetic and a unique Nikkei (Peruvian/Japanese fusion) menu. Situated right in the heart of the Sukhumvit area and overlooking the infamous Soi 11 red light district, Above Eleven is on the 33rd floor of the Fraser Suites. The quirky bar has custom made trees, a maze in the entrance area, and an encapsulated vertical garden. More than a breath of fresh air, Above Eleven opens from 5pm and closes at midnight, but is handily located if you want to continue the party. Classy and cool, this is a must visit on any rooftop tour of Bangkok.
The proud owner of the title of Bangkok’s highest dining experience, Mahanakhon Sky Bar towers over the city with its 76th floor location. There are over 100 outdoor dining spaces available in this chic venue, which maintains an air of sophistication without the associated pretension. Undoubtedly one of the best places for a Bangkok rooftop lunch, the menu consists of modern takes on Thai classics with a French twist. High tea and dinner are also available, and there are almost no better places to watch the sun set than here.
Eating and drinking at Mahanakhon Sky Bar isn’t just a having meal or a beverage: it’s an experience that has been perfectly tailored to satisfy everyone who walks in that door, and you can tell the amount of thought that has gone into every aspect of the venue from the moment you enter.
Looking for a more humble dining experience closer to the ground? Check out our guide to Bangkok’s markets, which includes plenty of street food delights to be enjoyed.
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