The best way to know what a city is like is by observing it from above. Whenever I visit a new city I try to find some high point that offers good panoramic views over the city.
I prefer when it’s a mountain, but skyscrapers also do the job. And even better if you can enjoy the views while having a beer, cocktail or local food delicacy!
When it comes to the Thai capital, the best way to enjoy panoramic views over the city is from one of its best rooftop bars and restaurants in Bangkok.
Bangkok is completely flat, but it has many skyscrapers. Many of them have rooftop bars and restaurants from which you can enjoy incredible views of this Asian mega-city. The best time to go is between 5 and 6 in the afternoon, so you can see Bangkok in the last light of day day, the sunset, and Bangkok by night.
Your image of Bangkok is likely to change a lot after seeing the city from the rooftop of one of these skyscrapers.
Most of these bars are quite expensive, but having a drink up there will not ruin your trip budget (cocktails usually cost around € 10-20, and soft drinks € 5-10). But if you feel hungry, you’d better check the price list before placing an order! Note that in most of these rooftop bars and restaurants there is a dress code, and clients are expected to dress neatly, no torn or sports clothing, and no backpacks or sandals.
The easiest way to get to these bars is by taxi (most taxi drivers know them). If they agree to put the meter on, you won’t pay more than 120 THB (€ 3).
So here is the list of our 8 best rooftop bars and restaurants in Bangkok: