Bangkok’s skyline is mostly covered by large skyscrapers; with the hectic atmosphere of the capital, people tend to overlook one of the most beautiful moments they could capture at the end of the day: the astonishing sunsets that create a breathtaking scenery when complemented by the lights of the busy city. Fortunately, there are some establishments that offer you this experience.
Top of the Golden Mount
Thanks to Bangkok’s flat land area, there is a particular temple that stands out because it is situated on a man made mountain. This temple is Wat Saket or The Great Mount Temple. The distinct structure was formed out of the debris of a collapsed chedi commissioned to be built by King Rama III. With its impressive elevation, it's considered one of the top sunset spots in Bangkok.
Near the base of the temple is an unusual cemetery that belongs to the late victims of the plague which happened in late 18th century. The building served as a crematorium during the dark years of Thailand.
You need to climb 344 steps for you to be on the highest peak in the temple. Upon reaching the top, visitors are rewarded with 360-degree views of Bangkok. You will be able to see the Rama VI bridge on the northwest and Bangkok’s business district on the west.
Another great reward for the tourists and locals is the unforgettable view of the sunset and the glittering image of Bangkok’s skyline. The people will be able to witness the two contrasting images of the city - the shiny new apartments and buildings as well as the shackled rooftops of the market and low income houses.
One of the buildings that cater to those who love to chase sunsets is Bangkok's The Deck. It is a hotel and restaurant situated near the Chao Phraya River that has the best angle for Wat Arun otherwise known as the Temple of Dawn. If you're looking for the best spots for sunsets in Bangkok, The Deck is the place to be.
The best time to visit the Deck is in the afternoon. Arrive early to ensure you get the best table and view to have some quiet time before the place gets crowded as the main scenic view gets nearer.
While waiting for the romantic event, you can share some cold drinks with your companion. As the sun starts setting, you will see the daily Bangkok river unfurl along the waterways and the setting and twinkling of the sun behind the incredible skyscrapers - a gorgeous sight that's nothing short of picturesque.
After the sun sets, a spectacular view of the architectural buildings light up in the dark and the view of Wat Arun shimmers in the night sky.
Vertigo Rooftop Bar
Other than good food and relaxing drinks, the most prized feature of Vertigo Roof Top Bar is the panoramic 360 degree view of the breathtaking skyline. Located on the 61st floor of the Banyan Tree Hotel, the Vertigo Restaurant and Moon Bar is an open air restaurant with protective bars at the side and tiered levels to equalize the views offered to its guests.
Octave Rooftop Lounge & Bar
Unlike most of Bangkok's rooftop bars, Octave has an impressive number of seats that offer remarkable city views. Every floor is a window to the dazzling Bangkok skyline - quite literally - since only a clear glass separates people from the vista. The ambience is a mix of modern and traditional - block structures and details are complemented by Thai pottery aesthetics. Friendly and attentive staff are helpful in giving suggestions as you peruse their extensive menu. For a more quiet experience, you can proceed to the balcony bar - the lack of the crowd in this spot offers a great chance to unwind and relax.
The Sky Bar rooftop can be found in the Lebua State Tower, where one can get one of the most picturesque views of Bangkok. Those who want to spend the sunset hour with a cocktail on hand, going to the Sky Bar is a must-do. As high as 63 floors up, you specifically see the sunset with the river view that is simply stunning. The Sky Bar also has an oyster and whisky bar — its outdoor terrace and its sofa area also gives you the relaxed feel that every visitor long for after a long day around the bustling city.
It does not only offer spectacular views of Bangkok. You will find yourself enjoying the unique cocktails and the overall chill vibe in the Sky Bar. This bar has contributed to the vibrant Bangkok sunset and nightlife scene, so a mix of locals and tourists are expected to be found here. If you are a fan of whiskey, make sure you try one of the various heritage bottles. These drinks are rarely found in the usual stores in Bangkok.
In fact, popular Hollywood movies have been filmed in the Sky Bar because its sunset views are amazing. Fans of The Hangover series may realize that scenes were shot here.! It has been proven as a fabulous place, and it does not matter if you are alone or with a group of friends due to the beautiful mood it sets for each of its visitors.
The buzzing vibe in the Sky Bar is infectious and you will just want to let loose, enjoy spectacular sunset views, and drink cocktails or whiskey as you ease your way into the night. Never empty of a mix of loyal and curious customers and guests, enjoying the sunset here is also a way of immersing yourself to the Bangkok culture.
Drink and food are very expensive in comparison. However, for what you get, its totally worth it.