Bangkok is the world’s unofficial skybar capital and even though the restaurant and bar at Baiyoke Tower II totally suck (old furniture and no outdoor seating) the viewing platform is definitely worth a visit. The 85 storey skyscraper is 304m high and if you included its antenna it comes to 328m which makes it not just the highest building in Thailand but also the fourth-tallest all hotel structure in the world.
Baiyoke Tower II is located in Bangkok’s Pratunam district and it’s fairly easy to get there by public transport. Take the Airport Link city commuter to Ratchaparok station and from there it’s just 200m or a five to ten minute walk to the entrance of the hotel. When I visited I got off Phaya Thai station (which is also on the Sukhumvit BTS line) and had a very nice and surprisingly relaxed 30-minute walk along the track, past local kids and chicks towards the ever increasing Baiyoke structure.
Now for taking the elevator up Baiyoke guess what – foreigners have to pay an admission fee of 300 baht while Thais go for free. The ticket gives you access to three floors: The observatory on the 77th floor, the boring bar I mentioned before called “Roof Top Bar & Music Lounge” on the 83rd floor and the 360 degree revolving deck on the 84th floor which is obviously the highlight because it’s the highest point you can get to in Thailand and it’s also outside, just the grid is a bit annoying but yeah would be a bit dangerous without.
The views from Baiyoke Tower II are spectacular and pretty memorable. But then it’s definitely a one-time visit, there are better skybars than the one they have here. Check out this post to see what’s by far my favorite skybar in Bangkok.
In 2015 the Ocean I Tower, a skyscraper holding apartments and business centers in Jomtien near Pattaya, will replace Baiyoke Tower II as Thailand’s highest building.
Does anyone of you know why they call it Baiyoke Tower II – so where is Baiyoke Tower I? I have no idea.