We had a few things on our checklist of things to do in Thailand, one of them was to check out the amazing view from one of the rooftop bars (aka Skybars) in Bangkok. So, on our last night in Bangkok (and Thailand), we set out rooftop hunting in Bangkok.
We did some research beforehand on which bars are the best for a great view, and pulled together a list of a few that we could try check out. We marked a few spots on our map, figured out the best stop to hop off from the Sky Train and made our way into the madness of Bangkok city at night (decked in our finest new outfits, freshly brought from the Chatuchak market that day).
After walking around with wide eyes for a bit, I finally spotted a hotel name that I recognised from the research – Sofitel. We waltzed on in, trying our hardest to look like we belonged in this very fancy hotel and went straight to the lift. Then up to the top floor, where the restaurant/bar was. The view was absolutely incredible, we were both completely blown away.
We then hit the streets again on the hunt for another rooftop bar. While looking very touristy holding a map up on the side of the road trying to figure out where the hell we were, a really friendly young guy came up and asked if we needed some help. He then pointed us in the direction of Above Eleven, a rooftop bar on the 33rd floor of the Fraser Suites Hotel. He mentioned that there are three floors in the bar, but the third is only found by a secret door. He then wished us luck…
We were intrigued, what was this secret door? We followed his directions and very easily found ourselves in the lift heading up to Above Eleven. It turned out to be a really cool bar, and much more down to earth than the very fancy Sofitel Skybar. The views weren’t as great, but still pretty breathtaking. Turned out the secret door was actually very easy to find, and led us up to a fairy-tale garden type bar at the very top of the hotel called Gramercy Park.
We bought ourselves a drink (a very expensive G&T and Heineken), sat back and enjoyed the amazing view (and unfortunately our last night in Thailand).
If you’re on the hunt for amazing rooftop photos of Bangkok, I’d suggest going to one of the bigger hotels (like the Sofitel) first. But if you’re looking for a more relaxed place to chill with a drink and amazing view, then definitely go to Above Eleven. I wished we could have stayed longer, but by the time we eventually made it there they were already closing in half an hour (it was also a Sunday).
Most of the Skybars in Bangkok have a dress code, so make sure to dress up appropriately so that you don’t get turned away.