Bangkok’s hot and sunny weather makes it one of the world’s best cities for sky bars. Rainy season aside, the weather in Bangkok is warm all year, making it easy to enjoy the sunset without worrying about being rained on.
Add a great skyline and a population that loves to drink and you’ve got the perfect city for rooftop drinks and dining. Bangkok has many sky bars, ranging from cheap hangouts to ultra-expensive sky bars featured in famous movies.
Feel like a drink with a view? Below, we’ve cataloged three of Bangkok’s best sky bars, from iconic favorites to cheap and simple sky bars that are priced more in line with the city’s other nightlife options.
Best for: being seen.
Famous for its role in The Hangover II, Sky Bar at Lebua is a ritzy rooftop bar on top of the absolutely massive State Tower building in Silom. It’s arguably Bangkok’s fanciest rooftop bar, with extremely ornate decor and prices to match.
Sky Bar at Lebua has a great view of the Chao Phraya River, but it’s a bit too far from Bangkok’s main business district to have a perfect city view. You can still enjoy a good look over the city, but you aren’t right in the buildings like you are at other sky bars.
Drinks at Sky Bar at Lebua are very expensive (think 400-500 baht for a cocktail) but are strong and taste great. The bar has a moderately strict dress code and won’t let in men in shorts or open shoes.
Is it Bangkok’s best sky bar? If you like to be seen and be surrounded by tourists and hi-so locals, it’s a good choice. However, Sky Bar at Lebua’s stupid photo policy (you are only allowed to take photos in a small section of the bar) loses it a few points.
Best for: taking your family.
Vertigo is a rooftop restaurant atop the Banyan Tree Hotel on Sathorn Road. Moon Bar, the adjoining bar, has the same view and a selection of seats and tables for guests to relax at and enjoy the truly stunning view of Bangkok.
Of all Bangkok’s sky bars, Vertigo has arguably the best view. It’s right in the city, so you can see plenty of other skyscrapers and interesting buildings. It’s also close to Lumpini Park, giving you a view over the city’s biggest central park. You can catch a glimpse of the river in the distance, but if you want to see the Chao Phraya it’s better to go to Lebua.
Drinks at Vertigo and Moon Bar are expensive, but not as ridiculous as Lebua. The whole place also has a much less pretentious and more welcoming attitude, making it more of a place to hang out and enjoy yourself than a fashionable spot to be seen.
Best for: taking your friends.
Another Silom area rooftop bar, Cloud 47 is MUCH more laid back and casual than the two hotel bars listed above. This bar is located on top of the United Centre building on Silom Road, with simple terrace tables and a live band (or DJ on certain nights) making it feel more like a nightclub in the sky than a high-end rooftop bar.
Is it fancy? Nope. Is it fun? Definitely. The view isn’t quite as dramatic as Bangkok’s other rooftop bars, but it offers an incredible view of the city, cheap drinks and an exciting party atmosphere that makes it a more exciting option than the two hotel bars listed above.