A visit to Bangkok wouldn’t be complete without a visit to a rooftop bar. There is hardly any other city, where you’re spoilt with as much choice as here. Even I as a Bangkok resident haven’t visited all of them. I’ve been to 9 of the 17 you’ll find in a link at the bottom of this article.
How to get to Bangkok
Bangkok has two airports. Suvarnabhumi serves the normal airlines, while Don Muang is a hub for low cost carriers. From Suvarnabhumi airport you can access the city by the rail link train, while for Don Muang a taxi is the best option. If you come from Europe and don’t want to sit an endless 10 hours in a plane, why not split up the flight into two segments of six to seven hours? Flights to Bangkok like this are available with Emirates just to give you an example.
Sofitel – L’appart
Why: The design of the place isunique
Description: Imagine this! You enter the lift in the basement, press the button for l’appart and when the door opens you feel like you are in France. Walk around to see the kitchen, dining room, library room and the living room including a bar. From the living room you can step outside, sit down, enjoy the perfect view and a cocktail served by the friendly and professional staff.
For your travel planning: Take the Skytrain/BTS to “Asok” or the subway/MRT to “Sukhumvit”. Exit on the side of Terminal 21 and walk towards Nana for 300 metres. You’ll find the Sofitel between Soi 13 and 15.
Why: Unique architecture combined with a perfect view
Description: Above 11 offers an amazing view towards the Sukhumvit and Phloen Chit roads, really yummy cocktails and PeruvianJapanesefusion cuisine.The French manager of the place is omnipresent and I’m sure he will also say Hello to you if you go there.
For your travel planning: Take the Skytrain/BTS to “Nana”, walk into Soi 11 to its very end, turn left and then right. Enter the Fraser suites compound and go to the lift in the building’s back.
Why: A spectacular rooftop bar with 270 degree views
Description: Before L’appart and Above 11 opened their doors it used to be my favourite rooftop bar. And if you want to see as much of Bangkok as possible this is the place to go.Be warned! They strictly enforce their dress code.
For your travel planning: Take the Skytrain/BTS to “Saphan Thaksin”, walk north on the Charoen Krung road for 400 metres. The Lebua state tower lies at the junction with Silom Road.
Centralworld, Centara Grand – Red sky
Why: A rooftop bar with a great layout and 360 degree view.
Description: Once you have arrived make sure to walk up to the top floor to enjoy the full view. It is possible to walk a complete circle and all along the way small tables are setup to sit down and enjoy the view, while sipping your drink.
For your travel planning: Take the Skytrain/BTS to either “Chit Lom” or “Siam” and walk to Centralworld on the Skybridge. Then walk to the back of the building until you arrive in the lobby of the Centara Grand.
Millennium Hilton – Three sixty
Why: A hidden gem at the Chao Phraya river
Description: I wouldn’t have gone there, if a friend would not have recommended it. I did not even know of the place, but the Millennium Hilton has more to offer than just luxury accommodation. On its top you can sit outside and enjoy perfect views of Bangkok.And it is much more comfy than in other locations! If that isn’t enough for you, go up one floor and have a seat in their 360 degree rooftop restaurant.
For your travel planning: Take the Skytrain/BTS to “Saphan Thaksin”, then go to the hotel boat pier and wait for the next free shuttle boat to the Millennium Hilton.
Please leave your flip-flops and women beater shirts at your hotel or hostel, when visiting those bars. Most have a dress code and some also enforce it. Jeans, a T-shirt and proper shoes will do. You don’t have to dress up business style. Nobody with flip flops, not even women, can enter Sirocco, for example. (I was once refused, because one lady in our group wore flip flops. It didn’t help, that her dress looked decent.)