Busy, balmy Bangkok and the rest of Thailand are a shoo-in when it comes to unrelenting nocturnal pursuits.
In fact, this Buddhist country can probably out-party known carousing cities like Tel-Aviv, New Orleans and Ibiza. (Well, probably not Ibiza, but it’s still Asia’s answer to Las Vegas, except with a few extra trimmings like party river cruises!)
With its year-round warm weather, there’s little wonder it’s home to spectacular rooftop bars. From Chiang Mai to Bangkok and all the way to Phuket, these lofty, alfresco spots help patrons send the sun off and drink the night away. (Or, you can simply enjoy a laid-back night out, sipping champagne and chatting with friends.)
The Speakeasy at Hotel Muse
With Mixologist Ersak Jamkadsin at the helm, The Speakeasy is not only one of the best rooftop bars in Bangkok, but also a top spot for yummy cocktails. Set on the 24th and 25th floors of Hotel Muse, this award-winning, East-meets-West bar blends international cuisine, local and Asian fare, several themed watering holes, wine from all over the world and impressive cocktails wrapped in an appealing 1920’s Prohibition era package.
And it all comes with gorgeous panoramas of that legendary Bangkok skyline.
Come for a proper dinner or for nibbles and cocktails. Then, pop into their cigar lounge at some point during the night.
Vertigo and Moon Bar at Banyan Tree Bangkok
Set atop modern luxe Banyan Tree Bangkok, the aptly named Vertigo and Moon Bar is one of the highest rooftop bars and most famous spots in the metropolitan area. The 360-degree panoramic view is awe-inspiring on the 61st floor, and the vibe is upscale and classy.
Whether you come for a delicious and unforgettable dining experience—Vertigo’s steaks and seafood are on point—or stop by for a couple of hours to enjoy sunset cocktails, it’s certainly the place to be in Bangkok.
Come early to watch the colors of the sunset paint the sky as you sip on premium drinks, but stay a little while longer to dine under the stars.
Baba Nest at Sri Panwa
Phuket may not have Bangkok’s towering skyscrapers, but it does boast more stunning views. They’re even better at the luxurious Sri Panwa, one of the best resorts in the country and home to Baba Nest. The exclusive rooftop bar comes with picturesque views of the sunset and the Andaman Sea as well as an infinity pool-wrapped deck flourished with oversized floor pillows and coffee tables for a more relaxed drinking and dining experience.
Come just before sunset, and sip on high-end cocktails or fine wine while indulging on easy bites and tapas. Smoothies are on hand for those who don’t drink alcohol.
Myst MAYA Chiang Mai
Like Bangkok, Chiang Mai also has its share of great, (albeit more grounded), rooftop haunts.
One such perch is the popular Myst MAYA atop the Maya Shopping Center. Myst has been the venue for many of Chiang Mai’s swinging parties and events. It is best known for its lovely views as well as excellent, (and at times, very scientific), concoctions.
The food here might not be the best and service might be a little slow, but the cocktails are fun and colorful. Liquid nitrogen-based drinks seem to be their specialty, so sample those. And come when there’s live music.
Sky Bar at Lebua
The Lebua Hotel might be one of Bangkok’s most coveted addresses, but it’s the rooftop bar that is world famous. It’s all thanks to “The Hangover Part II” film.
Still, nestled in the epicurean paradise of The Dome on lebua’s State Tower’s 63rd floor, Sky Bar hardly needs a blockbuster movie to sell it. It has everything from creative cocktails and a vibrantly illuminated bar to spectacular views and an exciting vibe. The drink menu is long and diverse, making it an ideal bar for all types of partiers.
For fun, try the Hangovertini, a cocktail inspired by the movie.