The city of Bangkok in Thailand is built to impress and the Thais love their building tall. If you are new to Bangkok and have a taste for dazzling heights, this article is for you. Join us as we check out some of Bangkok’s tallest Skyscrapers.
Standing at 310 meters Tall, the King Power Mahanakhon currently holds the title of Bangkok’s tallest building. With great height comes great responsibility however- Bangkok’s ever-crowded skyline is punctuated with monuments to its economic success, and each has something unique to offer. The Lebua has its famous Sky Bar, the Baiyoke has a revolving observation deck and The Esse provides its residents with infinity pools. Wanting a building that truly connects with the city around it, chief architect Ole Schereen decided on a rooftop that gets its visitors as close as possible to the hubbub below with hitting it. Mahanakhon translates to “Great Metropolis”, and that is exactly what its glass-floored observation deck celebrates.
For the adventurous traveller looking for something new in the capital of Thailand, the skywalk is a perfect choice. Tickets are somewhat pricey but it’s definitely worth it. You can always stay at one of the many backpacker hostels in Bangkok to offset the ticket price.
Officially opening in November 2018, the King Power Mahanakhon dominates Bangkok’s central cityscape, sitting with Lumphini Park to its East and the Chao Phraya River to the West. This provides a gorgeous backdrop for the perfect sunset selfie, atop a skyscraper whose unusual design gives its exterior a strange, almost unfinished look. As informative as it is functional, there are three separate experiences to the sky-walk, from the ticket booth to the terrifying finale.
The first step is the ticket booth. 1050 baht may seem a touch on the expensive side, but you’ve blown through way more than that on a pub crawl right? After passing through the entrance, the walls are covered with all things Thai, from tuk-tuks to Durian, Thailand’s most divisive fruit. From there it’s straight-up 74 floors to the second stage- the observatory.
If you’re too worried or too hungover, this is the spot for you. Described as the “comfort zone”, the observation deck mercifully provides a solid, concrete floor and A/C while displaying Bangkok in all four directions through large windows on all sides. What it lacks in thrills it makes up for in views, with it being possible to see up to the Gulf of Thailand in the South on a clear day. If you came here to test yourself though, it’s the final stop of the journey you’re going to be looking for.
A final glass elevator is waiting to take you to the top of the building, emptying you out onto the observation deck. Be prepared for a small crowd in front of you, all willing themselves to take the first step out onto the Mahanakhon’s glass-floored finale. After walking like Bambi across an attraction that shows both the best of Bangkok and potentially the contents of last nights dinner, there is one more twist- The Peak.
At the opposite end of the roof is a set of stairs, which elevate you a few more dizzying meters to a small platform the very top. The Peak is where Bangkok’s tallest building shines, providing truly unobstructed views of everything from Bangkok’s’ green lung Bang Krachao to Suvarnabhumi Airport. Suitably awed and inspired, stop off at the rooftop bar before you head back down to the solid ground.
While travelling through Bangkok, it’s pretty easy to get bogged down in the street level hustle and bustle, haggling for tuk-tuks and dipping into 7-eleven for emergency toasties. The perfect solution to this is distance, in this case vertically. The King Power Mahanakhon is definitely one of Bangkok’s most unique attractions, but with secret rooftop bars, insane pool parties and delectable dishes available atop skyscrapers across the city there is always another perfect view. Hit us up for more info, we’ve always got time for skywalking.
Location: King Power Mahanakhon, 114 Narathiwas Road, Bangkok, Thailand; 10500
BTS Chong Nonsi, Exit 3 | Open: Daily from 10.00 – 24.00 hrs. Last admission 23.00 hrs | Email: [email protected] | Tel:(662) 6778721
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