The Five Star Vagabond

Super travel tips, all road tested by David Herd. I'm an Australian guy who moved to Thailand in 2011 & still travel the world as often as possible.

Spectacular Bangkok Sky Bars

May 22, 2017 by David Herd

Breathtaking view from Red Sky Bar

Spectacular Bangkok Sky Bars

Spectacular Bangkok Sky Bars

 

Spectacular Bangkok Sky Bars, I really doubt if any city in the world has as many amazing rooftop bar/restaurants than Bangkok. This photo is from the 56th floor of the Red Sky Bar located above CentralWorld.

Happy hour at Red Sky Bar

Spectacular Bangkok Sky Bars

Generally as you can imagine Sky Bars are expensive venues, however between 5 & 7 pm buy one get one free is a good deal, for instance  a Jack Daniels or a beer is B360 or $10.50 usd, so getting 2 for 1 is a good value.

I rate Red Sky Bar 5 stars.

Spectacular Bangkok Sky Bars

 

At the Hotel Indigo Bangkok 81 Wireless Road, Pathumwan, on the 25th and 26th Floor.

I give Char a 4 star rating.

The amazing Bangkok skyline.

Spectacular Bangkok Sky Bars

 

Open at 6 pm in time for the sunset.

 Char Bar walking distance to CentralWorld.

Spectacular Bangkok Sky Bars

 

An easy walk from Char Bar to Red Sky Bar.

I rate Char Bar 4 stars.

Long Table sky bar

Spectacular Bangkok Sky Bars

  Long Table sky bar Bangkok is located on the 25th floor of the Colomn serviced apartments in Soi 16 Asoke. Obviously not as high as many of the Bangkok sky bars but still offers an incredible view of this great city.

I rate Longtable 4 stars.

Spectacular entrance

Spectacular Bangkok Sky Bars

 

Walk in the door and this is the fabulous view of Bangkok. Obviously not as high as many of the Bangkok sky bars but still offers an incredible view of this great city. Photo credit Asia Web Direct.

Use THIS LINK for a great rate of around $80 USD + tax for a 62 M2 serviced apartment.

Cielo Sky Bar & Restaurant

Spectacular Bangkok Sky Bars

Another spectacular venue to add to the many other “must do” places to visit in this great city. Located between Sukhumvit 69 & 71 only five minutes walk from Phra Khanong BTS station.

A small beautifully designed intimate restaurant

Spectacular Bangkok Sky Bars

 The Cielo Sky Bar & Restaurant menu caters to a variety of budgets and offers a small selection of well known international dishes. Try the simple Spaghetti Carbonara (250 Baht), the fancy Roasted Duck with Fresh Orange Thyme Sauce (320 Baht), or for those wanting to splash out: the grilled Australian ribeye steak (850 Baht).

Sirocco Restaurant & Bar

 Spectacular Bangkok Sky Bars

Sirocco Sky Bar State Tower Bangkok is one of the best rooftop restaurants bars in the world. In fact I really doubt if any city in the world has more roof top bars than Bangkok. I would certainly like to know if there is any place more spectacular than Sirocco which is located of the 64th floor of the State Tower building in Bangkok.

I rate Sirocco 5 stars.

Top floor Lebua Hotel

Spectacular Bangkok Sky Bars

  Great location close to the Sky Train and the river ferries. One of the nicest ways to spend an hour in Bangkok is cruising along the mighty Chao Phraya river. The river ferry takes you up the lazy river for only B150 for the whole day. It is a great way to see many of Bangkok’s wonderful landmarks. A ticket to Chinatown is only B40, get off at pier number 5 at Ratchawong and walk 10 minutes up the road.

For a great room rate at the Lebua Hotel just book throughh THIS LINK.

 Sirocco to Red Sky

Spectacular Bangkok Sky Bars

 

Via Roof 33 & Char Bar.

Roof 38 Bar Sathorn Rd

 Spectacular Bangkok Sky Bars

Located on the 38th floor of the Mode Sathorn Hotel which is right next door to Surasak sky train. A nice relaxing atmosphere and the drinks are rather expensive as you would expect.

Rawiwan (Lucknam) Thaikam @ Roof 38

Spectacular Bangkok Sky Bars

  The lovely lady is the Roof manager, very friendly with a beautiful smile. She has worked at some other bangkok Roof bars and I think the 38 bars is very lucky to have her on the staff.

Brewski Sky Bar Radisson Blu Bangkok

Spectacular Bangkok Sky Bars

Brewski Sky Bar Radisson Blu Bangkok on Sukhumvit Road near Soi 25 claim to be the only rooftop craft beer bar in Bangkok. I’m not into craft beers however an Asahi bottle was reasonably prices at B160, or $4.50 USD.

Book your Bangkok hotel through THIS LINK for a great discount, you can pay later or cancel if you wish.

Two Pattaya reprobates

Spectacular Bangkok Sky Bars

 Joergen Ulitzka & Pothole aka John Martin were very impressed with the view.

Octave Rooftop Lounge Marriott Bangkok

Spectacular Bangkok Sky Bars

 Sukhumvit is one of Bangkok’s busiest roads so catch the sky train to Thong Lo station and walk 5 minutes to 57 Sukhumvit Rd.

I rate Octave 4 stars.

Waiting for sunset at Octave.

Spectacular Bangkok Sky Bars

The drinks are quite expensive at most roof top bars however  here you get two for one cocktails at happy hour before 6pm.

For an excellent room rate here at the Marriott just use this link to book and you will be very happy with the result.

Rooftop Restaurant Bar Sofitel Bangkok

Spectacular Bangkok Sky Bars

On the left is the Westin Hotel which is next door to Terminal 21, & on the right is the Sheraton.

I rate Sofitel 4.5 stars.

Farewell from the Sofitel & the Spectacular Bangkok Sky Bars

Spectacular Bangkok Sky Bars

Thanks for visiting my Spectacular Bangkok Sky Bars photo blog. One popular Sky Bar Cloud 47 closed the end of March, see the story on THIS LINK. Soon I will reveiw Above 11 & the new Park Hyatt which open on May 12th 2017.

Book your Bangkok hotel through THIS LINK for a great discount, you can pay later or cancel if you wish.

iCheck Inn Soi 11

Asoke Nana along Sukhumvit Road Bangkok

When I’m in Bangkok I like to stay in Sukhumvit Soi 11, here is an excellent budget hotel, if you USE THIS LINK you will get a great rate of around B1100 per night, or $30 USD.

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Sirocco Sky Bar State Tower Bangkok

March 22, 2016 by David Herd

Totally awesome

Sirocco Sky Bar State Tower Bangkok

Sirocco Sky Bar State Tower Bangkok

Sirocco Sky Bar State Tower Bangkok is one of the best rooftop restaurants bars in the world. In fact I really doubt if any city in the world has more roof top bars than Bangkok. I would certainly like to know if there is any place more spectacular than Sirocco which is located of the 64th floor of the State Tower building in Bangkok.

Sirocco Sky Bar State Tower Bangkok

Sirocco Sky Bar State Tower Bangkok

Otherwise known as the Dome the distinctive gold roof glints in the Bangkok sunshine and can be seen from all over this great city. The tower is also home to the Lebua Hotel, for a great room rate just use this link.

 A different angle

Sirocco Sky Bar State Tower Bangkok                    Sirocco Sky Bar State Tower Bangkok

An impressive building.

Sunset from Sirocco Sky Bar Bangkok

Sirocco Sky Bar State Tower Bangkok

 Sky bar at Sirocco is amazing, the restaurant is very popular with the trendy Bangkok crowd, the food is good but the price is ridiculously high.

Centre Point Silom Hotel 

Sirocco Sky Bar State Tower Bangkok

 

One of my favourite Bangkok Hotels, use this link to book and get a great room rate.

 Centre Point Hotel Silom

Sirocco Sky Bar State Tower Bangkok

Great location close to the Sky Train and the river ferries. One of the nicest ways to spend an hour in Bangkok is cruising along the mighty Chao Phraya river. The river ferry takes you up the lazy river for only B150 for the whole day. It is a great way to see many of Bangkok’s wonderful landmarks. A ticket to Chinatown is only B40, get off at pier number 5 at Ratchawong and walk 10 minutes up the road.

Back to Sirocco

Sirocco Sky Bar State Tower Bangkok

Here are some friends of mine from Wiltshire west of London. Naturally among the many places I showed them in Bangkok Sirocco was a must see. Of course we also did a canal cruise on a long-tail boat.

Fabulous food

Sirocco Sky Bar State Tower Bangkok

As you would expect the food is fabulous but the price is very high. Make sure you have your credit card with you. 🙂

 Beautiful smile at Sirocco Sky Bar State Tower Bangkok

Sirocco Sky Bar State Tower Bangkok

The beautiful smile helped take away the pain of the price per glass. 🙂


Silhouettes on the stairs

Sirocco Sky Bar State Tower Bangkok

A wonderful lighting effect showing silhouettes on the stairs.

State Tower Bangkok

Sirocco Sky Bar State Tower Bangkok

The familiar golden dome at the top of the State Tower.

From the movie Hangover 2

Centre Point Hotel Silom

Sirocco Sky Bar State Tower Bangkok 

Centre Point Hotel Silom is the white building close to the State Tower, excellent 45 M2 rooms, for a discounted room rate just book through THIS LINK. 

A spectacular sight.

Sirocco Sky Bar State Tower Bangkok The building dominates the skyline.

Farewell from Sirocco

David Herd Thailand Thanks for visiting my Sirocco Sky Bar State Tower Bangkok photo blog, featuring one of the sky bars in the city.

When I’m in Bangkok I like to stay in Sukhumvit Soi 11, here is an excellent budget hotel, if you USE THIS LINK you will get a great rate of around B1100 per night, or $30 USD.

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The best Bangkok budget hotel I have ever stayed in.

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Bangkok travel tips with photos

August 2, 2013 by David Herd

Bangkok, one of Asia’s most dynamic & exciting cities.

Bangkok travel tips with photos, I hope I can offer some travel tips & advice to help you plan your trip to Bangkok one of the great Asian cities.

Bangkok travel tips

 

Below is the magnificent Sirocco restaurant at the Dome in Bangkok, a magic experience awaits you, located on the 63rd floor with breathtaking views of the City of Angels, ph(66) 2624-9555 click here.

One night in Bangkok makes a hard man humble
Not much between despair and ecstasy
One night in Bangkok and the tough guys tumble
Can’t be too careful with your company
I can feel the devil walking next to me

Murray Head released One Night in Bangkok in 1984.

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market 2 hours north of Bangkok.

Bangkok travel tips

An excellent adventure.

The Grand Palace in Bangkok.

Bangkok travel tips

The Grand Palace  is a complex of buildings at the heart of Bangkok, Thailand. The palace has been the official residence of the Kings of Siam (and later Thailand) since 1782. The king, his court and his royal government were based on the grounds of the palace until 1925. The present monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX), currently resides at Chitralada Palace, but the Grand Palace is still used for official events. Several royal ceremonies and state functions are held within the walls of the palace every year. The palace is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Thailand.

MBK shopping center Bangkok

Bangkok travel tips

 

Lots of bargains to be had here.

Bangkok is famous for it’s traffic jams.

Bangkok travel tips

 

Bangkok travel tips, it is so much easier to get around the city using the Sky Train.

Bangkok is famous for its Street food.

Bangkok travel tips

Thai people love to eat out on the street, it is so cheap it’s not worth the effort to cook at home.

They not only eat on the street they shop there also.

Bangkok travel tips

Street vendors are all over the city selling all types of gadgets, food etc. 

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Super travel tips & information.

Hotel bookings. For the best deals in Asia, book now and you can choose to pay when you check out.

MBK is one of the best shopping centers in Bangkok, see the above photo, if you want to stay in a good hotel connected to the shopping mall then Pathumwan Princess Hotel is the place for you.

Pratunam market. If markets are more your thing you should stay at an older hotel, the Indra Regent which is across the road from Pratunam markets, which I think are the best in Bangkok. This is a major market selling clothes, shoes, and fashion accessories at wholesale prices. Enter the small alleys and jam-packed small streets and you will find yourself in the middle of a clothes-maze. Prices are very cheap, you may have to pay retail prices for single pieces.


Bumrumgrad hospital,  great place for all your health needs & checkups

Check out the best rooftop bars in Bangkok.

Bangkok taxis are very cheap, but avoid catching them from outside your hotel, walk up the street a little and always confirm the meter is on before you depart. Many drivers will try to charge an over the top fixed fare, politely decline, get out of the taxi and wait for another one. You can easily negotiate a 2 hour taxi trip to Pattaya for only 1000 Baht.

A Longtail boat river cruise is a great way to see Bangkok, the most popular choice for travelers is stating from the Central Pier at Sathorn (easily access from BTS at Taksin station) cruise to the north and get off at Tha Chang Pier (N 03 pier). The Grand palace wall is opposite to this pier. Views from this route are really fantastic. The fare is just 10 Baht.

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market 2 hours north of Bangkok is also a must do tour. Here is a nice little YouTube video of the market.

 

 Please be very careful in Bangkok

This shocking incident took place on August 23 2013, don’t let it happen to you.

Two Thai policemen have been arrested and authorities were hunting for two others yesterday for allegedly kidnapping and extorting money from Italian tourists. The officers were arrested in Bangkok on Friday after Interpol lodged a complaint against them, the Bangkok Post newspaper reported yesterday.

Danillo de Vito, 51, and Antonio Di Muno, 62, were allegedly detained by four policemen last Monday, hours after they arrived in the kingdom on holiday, while withdrawing cash from an ATM, Metropolitan Police commander Suebsak Pansuri said. They were accused of using a fake ATM card, and told to pay 2 million baht ($64,515) for police to drop charges.

The Italians managed to reduce the amount by half and alerted their relatives in Italy to the scam when calling them to ask for the money. Their relatives alerted Italian police who passed on the complaint to Interpol. Police found the two Italians in a Bangkok motel on Tuesday, after they had already transferred the money to Thailand. The two men were unharmed.

Police have also arrested an Uzbekistani national, Muhiddin Sharipov, who acted as interpreter for the police officers, The Nation newspaper reported yesterday.

Bangkok travel tips & other posts I have on this great city I hope will help you enjoy this great city.

Click on the photo below to see my post on Chiang Mai.

 

Two hours south of Bangkok is Thailand’s sin city Pattaya, click here.

 

 

 

Jet Ski scammers

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 Along the Beach Road in Pattaya, often between Soi 10 and Soi 13/4 (entrance to Walking Street), Thai Jet Ski touts will approach the tourist. Most likely time to witness the scam unfolding would be between 5pm – 5:30pm as it is getting dark. Particularly outside Mike Shopping Mall, Royal Garden Plaza, and Soi 13/2 to Soi 13/4. The tourist is required to sign a contract with the Jet Ski operators before they board the Jet Ski and have their fun. Cost is around 700 baht ($20) for thirty minutes. When the tourist returns to the beach the Thai Jet Ski operator will board the Jet Ski and bring it up on to the beach. Here is where the scam starts, as they (theatrically and dramatically) point out the damage and demand that the tourist pay for it, typically ranging anywhere from 30,000 baht ($950) to 70,000 baht ($2,200), but it can be 100,000 baht ($3,180) and up. Of course this damage (deep scrapes on the underside of the Jet Ski, scratches to the paintwork, or a broken plastic bumper) has been there all the time. Often, if not most times, it is a group of tourists that are scammed. More people, more money.

If they use the version of the scam where the tourist boards the Jet Ski when it is already submerged in the water, thus hiding the damage that is already on the underside, the scammers don’t need to cover the damaged areas. The damage is revealed once they bring it on to the shore after the tourist has rented it.

More government warnings etc here.

Be careful, you have been warned.

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