The Rooftop culture is pretty impressive in Asia, and Bangkok is probably the capital of it. There are tons of rooftop around the city, and yes, that is definitely worth it to go there, even if it’s a bit pricier than your average Singha beer.
Note that almost all rooftop bars and restaurant requires a minimum of a dress code, meaning that you need to get there with closed shoes (for men), trousers, avoid tank tops etc. Basically if you’re a backpacker, don’t look like one.
Sky bar Lebua at State Tower
The Sky bar might be your first choice if you want something sparkling and impressive. Benefiting from the popularity of the movie Hangover 2 that’s been shot there, this rooftop is beautiful and offers one of the nicest view (even without Bradley Cooper around). The downside I see there are the overpriced drinks (way above average) and the crowd : it gets complicated to access the edge to take a picture. Though, the place is awesome and gives a 360 degrees view over Bangkok.
If you happen to have the budget, spending the night there might be a better deal to enjoy the view and the very good breakfast.
Address : 1055 Si Lom, Khwaeng Silom, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500
Nearest BTS/MRT : BTS Saphan Taksin
Red Sky at Centara Grand CentralWorld
Right over CentralWorld, the Red Sky is a causy and fancy dinner / bar rooftop. Located right in the middle of the Siam area (between Siam and Chidlom BTS), it’s a really nice place to sip a drink or have a great steak after a long day of shopping. It can happen to be pretty windy up there but you’ll have the space you need.
Address : Centara Grand at CentralWorld 56F, Khwaeng Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330
Nearest BTS/MRT : BTS Siam or Chidlom
Vertigo and Moon bar at Banyan tree
Located on Sathorn, very near Lumphini park, the Banyan tree offers a few classy options on his rooftops. The set up is absolutely gorgeous, as well as the view from over 60 floors. The Vertigo and Moon bar offers a fine restaurant as well as cocktails and bar options which will be perfect for a sunset if the weather allows it.
Address : 21 S Sathorn Rd, Khwaeng Thung Maha Mek, Khet Sathon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10120
Nearest BTS/MRT : MRT Lumphini
The Rooftop Bar at Baiyoke Sky Hotel
While this one might be less classy and out of date, the Baiyoke still remain the highest rooftop in Bangkok, and was until recently the highest building (now second after the MahaNakhon Tower). You have to pay a ticket to get access to the 83rd floor but it includes a drink so it’s comparable to the competitors (around 400thb).
Address : 222, Thanon Playa Thai, Khet Ratchathewi, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400
Nearest BTS/MRT : BTS Phaya Thai or Ratchathewi
Octave Rooftop Lounge at Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit
If you’re wandering in the Thonglor area (where there’s a lot of dinner opportunities), you might want to go to the Octave rooftop. It’s a personal favorite as the place is less crowded, fancy enough and not so expensive (300 to 350thb for a cocktail). The service is absolutely perfect and the view amazing. Plus, there’s a covered place just below where you can get if the rain arrives.
Address : 57 Sukhumvit Rd, Klongtan-Nua Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110
Nearest BTS/MRT : BTS ThongLor
Vanilla Sky at Compass Skyview Hotel
One of the newest addition in Bangkok, the Vanilla Sky comes to give an additional possibility in the Sukhumvit area. Located very near the Phrom Phong BTS on soi 24 (near the Daniel Thaiger truck if you’re hungry), the Vanilla Sky offers a nice view from the 35th floor right in the center of Sukhmvit. Cocktails are in the average prices for this kind of venue (around 350thb per drink) and they often offer DJ sets from asian MCs. Look up to it if you’re looking for a nice way to conclude a day after spending time in EmQuartier.
Address : 11 Sukhumvit 24 Alley, Khwaeng Khlong Tan, Khet Khlong Toei, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110
Nearest BTS/MRT : BTS Phrom Phong