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Bucket list experience:

Glittering view from a rooftop bar

Last updated: 29 May, 2023
Expert travel writer: Chris Schalkx

Few cities in the world have a skyline as impressive as Bangkok’s, and in recent years a rooftop drinking scene has developed that offers the best and widest choice in all of South-East Asia. Sipping a cocktail at one of these head-spinningly high bars gives the chance to fully grasp just how massive this vibrant metropolis is.

Dress up and prepare to pose – these high-rise haunts are all about glamour, often with prices to match. But there are plenty of budget-friendly rooftop joints hidden in this concrete jungle too.

Mahanakhon Bangkok Sky Bar

Bangkok, Central Thailand, Thailand

Mahanakhon Bangkok Sky Bar

Bangkok’s highest sky bar on the 77th floor of the pixelated King Power Mahanakhon towers at least 14 floors above the competition. Views from this inside-outside rooftop bar and restaurant are second to none, and the multi-sensory elevator ride up is an experience on its own.

Min age 18

Best for ages 18+

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Moon Bar

Bangkok, Central Thailand, Thailand

Moon Bar

This dazzling sky bar on top of the Banyan Tree hotel is one of Bangkok’s most popular rooftop spots for a reason: its spectacular 360-degree views reach well beyond the city’s suburbs and, while pricey, the drink list is top-notch.

Min age 18

Best for ages 18+

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River Vibe

Bangkok, Central Thailand, Thailand

Small table on River Vibe sky bar overlooking river in Bangkok at sunset

This low-key rooftop hangout on top of an unassuming guesthouse in Chinatown offers fabulous views of the Chao Phraya River. This is a top spot for frosty Singhas and Thai comfort food at just a fraction of what you’d pay at the fancy hotel rooftops a few blocks away.

Min age 18

Best for ages 18+

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Price: Free
Minimum age: 18
Age suitable: 18+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

Arrive well before sunset at the most popular rooftop bars (Vertigo, Red Sky, Sky Bar) to secure a table with good views.

Leave your flip-flops at the hotel, as most of the high-end rooftop bars have a smart casual dress code. Gents are expected to wear fully covered shoes and generally won’t be let in with sleeveless shirts and sports shorts. Backpacks and other types of luggage are rarely allowed.

When to do it

Most rooftop bars are open year-round, but you’ll want to check the weather forecast during the monsoon season from July to October.

Destination guides including or relevant to this experience

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