While in Bangkok the view of the city from a rooftop bar of one of the city’s skyscrapers should not be missed.
We were lucky enough to get to the Lebua State Hotel’s Sky Bar (as recommended by Adam’s brother) my favourite time of the day: dusk.
This is a good place to visit if you are in the Saphan Taksin / Central Pier area as the hotel is only about 10-15 minutes walk from the station / pier.
We came here after spending a day visiting the Grand Palace / old town area of Bangkok. We got off the boat at Central Pier shortly after 5pm in the afternoon and walked through a local park and a street busy with people trying to get home after work and market stall holders setting up for the evening trade.
Another good reason for coming here after visiting the Grand Palace and various other holy sites in the area is that for the SkyBar a strict dress code applies: no shorts or athletic wear and no backpacks either. We already had our change of clothes with us for the day, so we were led straight to the elevators and then unto the 64th floor of the building.
This place does give a very smart impression – you are led to the bar by several very glamorous hosts and hostesses, all incredibly polite and smiley, really making you feel as if you were the VIP guest they have been waiting for all day!
When you step out of the foyer into the outdoor bar area the most spectacular view of the city greets you.
You can either have dinner or just drinks up here, but the hostesses ask you even before you enter the elevator. I’m guessing most people will come here specifically for the view, but you are expected to have at least a drink.
By the way, if this scene looks familiar it might be because this location was used in the Hangover II movie, which you are kindly reminded of on a couple of big posters in the hotel. Well, it is beautiful here, so I am not surprised at all that it was chosen as a location for a Hollywood movie.
We watched dusk turn into sunset and then darkness falling on the city and even the steep drink prices were worth the view!
The drinks cost a small fortune, especially by now you have got used to incredibly cheap prices in the city – we got the two cheapest cocktails on offer and paid 1500 Baht (£32), which I would say even by London standards are pricey drinks! But I guess you are paying for the view and for that it was worth every Baht!