From glittering temples and pagodas to soaring skyscrapers, Bangkok is a scenic city of contrasts. Whether you want to see it from the water, a Ferris wheel, or from above while enjoying a drink, here’s where to find the best views in Bangkok.
Take to the air on a helicopter sightseeing tour to enjoy a unique view of Bangkok in style. Hear live commentary while admiring a bird’s-eye view of the city and landmarks such as the Chao Phraya River, Koh Kret Island, and Rama VIII Bridge, as well as the city’s many temples and skyscrapers.
There’s no shortage of rooftop bars in Bangkok, where you can enjoy a cold beverage while savoring the expansive views. Popular spots include Sky Bar at Lebua Tower, Vertigo and Moon Bar at the Banyan Tree, and the Blue Sky Bar at the Centara Grand. Some bars offer 360-degree views, while others have dining options as well.
Admire Bangkok landmarks such as the Grand Palace and Wat Arun on a Chao Phraya River cruise, whether on a traditional longtail boat or an elegant river barge. Cruises usually last several hours and can include lunch, dinner, and live music and other entertainment.
The highest observation deck in the city at 1,030 feet (314 meters), Mahanakhon Skywalk offers panoramic city views. It features indoor and outdoor viewing areas, one of the largest glass tray floors in the world, and an augmented reality experience of Bangkok’s key landmarks.
Climb the 300 steps to the top of Bangkok’s only hill to Wat Saket, better known as the Temple of the Golden Mount, for sweeping views across Bangkok’s old city. This is a particularly popular spot to catch the sunset.
Enjoy broad city views in air-conditioned comfort at Sky Asiatique, the tallest Ferris wheel in Thailand at 197 feet (60 meters). Part of the Asiatique open-air mall and entertainment complex, Sky Asiatique is open daily from early evening to midnight, making it a great option for taking in the Bangkok skyline illuminated after dark.