Few cities in the world have a skyline as impressive as Bangkok’s. As such, a rooftop drinking scene has evolved here that’s nearly as memorable as the street food and is far removed from the backpacker scene that crowds the bars and patios of Khao San Road.
Unless you’re willing to pay through the roof for a river-view suite at the Peninsula Hotel, the best way to take in the 360-degree awesomeness that is the Thai capital’s cityscape is to imbibe on a rooftop with a stiff drink in one hand and your phone with its camera at the ready in the other. The city’s rooftops come alive in the evenings as dozens of bars and clubs host happy hours, DJs, and general revelry — though no one will blame you if just stand by the edge, staring at the Mahanakhon with a stupefied look on your face. Just don’t let vertigo grab hold of you — it’s a long way down from those skyscrapers.