Thailand’s capital has an amazing skyline, especially at night. AsiaLIFE suggests some top vantage points for taking in the spectacle and enjoying a drink or two at the same time.
Set on the 32nd floor of the Art Deco-inspired Sofitel Sukhumvit, L’Appart is much more than a room with a view. The Parisian Haussmann-style interior is conceived as a French apartment in the centre of Bangkok where DJs play at night, with an adjoining library and restaurant. But it is the outside terrace that is the real draw with its 270° views of the sprawling city below. Reserve a table and enjoy one of the signature cocktails as the sun sets and the lights come on. Located just around the corner from popular Soi 11, this is the perfect spot to start your night in sky-high style.
32nd Foor, Sofitel Sukhumvit, 189 Sukhumvit Road Soi 13-15
A relatively recent addition to the capital’s lofty nightlife attractions, Attitude has precisely that. Overlooking the Chao Phraya river, the compact bar area affords spectacular views to accompany the chic design, artisan cocktails and delicious fusion food. With live music or DJs each night, this place starts to pop later on, while still allowing customers to chill outside. Take the courtesy boat from the pier next to Saphan Taksin BTS and you can combine your trip with a mini-cruise. Unfortunately the spectacular infinity pool is only for hotel guests, which provides the perfect excuse to stay the night.
26th Floor, Avani Riverside
Obviously it’s not all about the toilets, but, oh my, these bathrooms are something else – dubbed “observatories” of the vibrant cityscape below by management. With ceiling to floor glass windows, the Bangkok skyline twinkling below is probably the best view you’re going to get while sat on the loo. Perched on the 33rd floor of Fraser Suites Sukhumvit, Above Eleven comes complete with a hedge maze, custom-designed structural trees, foliage and fantastic views. Inspired by New York’s Central Park, the bar and restaurant – the first Peruvian Japanese eatery in Southeast Asia – stands out from the crowd, and is definitely worth a visit. DJs pump out the tunes until the early hours and there is a cocktail menu to die for. If you’re wearing flip flops and sleeveless shirts, expect to be turned away.
33rd Floor, 38/8 Soi Sukhumvit 11
With sirocco being the Mediterranean wind that sweeps from the Sahara across North Africa and southern Europe, it comes as little surprise that this super stylish gem serves up refined Mediterranean cuisine coupled with creative cocktails from the Sky Bar. With rare delicacies sourced from across the world – sometimes exclusively to the venue – dinner can come at a price, and may well be visitors’ most expensive in the Thai capital. However, the experience is worth the price tag. Located on the 63rd floor of Tower Club at lebua Hotel, every last detail has been mulled over, from the artistically lit staircase that acts as an entrance, with the city sparkling below, to the soothing sounds of gentle jazz that waft in the warm breeze.
63rd Floor, 1055 Silom Road, Bangrak
Octave Rooftop Lounge & Bar
With its healthy array of seating options and slightly off-the-tourist-track location, Octave affords customers a greater chance of securing a lofty perch of the capital’s sprawling cityscape than other prime locations. Spread across three floors of the Marriot Hotel Sukhumvit starting on the 45th, the first floor has a relaxed lounge vibe, with DJs playing throughout the night. The balcony bar sits above, with the pièce de resistance on the top floor in the form of a 360o rooftop with a circular bar, where cocktails are mixed in style and music blasts until the early hours. A short stroll from Thong Lor BTS station, Octave is the perfect launch pad for hitting the popular Thong Lor and Ekamai nightlife.
45-47th Floor, 2 Sukhumvit Road Soi 57