Best Rooftop Bar Views in Bangkok on a Budget | @brittsbellavita Travel Blogger + Photographer
Bangkok, Thailand is known for having some of the best rooftop bars in the world, although expect to pay a price depending on where you patronize. In this article we will show you two budget friendly rooftop bar options that are worth checking out while you are in Bangkok.
Alright so if you are planning a trip to Bangkok, I'm sure you are already thinking of going to visit a rooftop bar, but may be wondering is it worth the hassle? Maybe you are backpacking through Asia and getting dolled up just to gain entrance into one of Bangkoks popular rooftop bars isn't worth the suitcase real estate, or spending an absurd amount of $$$ on a drink just seems indicative of your low-cost Thailand experience.
Over 8 million people reside in just the metropolitan area of Bangkok, which is comparable to New York City and London in population. The jaw-dropping skyscrapers grace the murky riverside, with temples mixed into the city, makes for a gorgeous contrast of modern and historical beauty.
So, if you know me, I am budget friendly and love a good view. I'm always trying to find a work around to save some money, because money in your pocket feels better than money wasted! When I researched different rooftop bars, there seemed to be a common theme amongst the best ones...EXPENSIVE! Expect pricey cocktails, a dress code, and limited seating on busy hours. During our stay in Bangkok we found two great options to get jaw-dropping views of the city for cheap!
To give you an idea of a Popular Tourist Rooftop Bar:
Average Drink Price = $28.00.- $45.00
View = Amazing 360 Views of the City
Dress Code = Formal
So when you come to Bangkok, make sure to save this article! The Iconsiam is a fancy new mall that opened in 2018 and is one of the largest malls in all of Asia. It stands 10 stories high and hosts a plethora or restaurants, clothing stores, museums, luxury car stores and pretty much will suit any shoppers desire! My husband and I are not big shopping people, more of an Amazon delivery type, but we did need to buy some "Temple approved" pants while in Bangkok. What we thought was going to be a quick 20 minute excursion, ended up being a half a days worth of exploring this insanely cool mall. The ground floor is my favorite because it hosts an indoor market with "street food", a mock floating river market, and tons of handcrafted souvenirs to shop for. We even found a stall selling STAMPS which was a request from my grandpa and I was SO stoked and shocked to come across a stamp collecter!
If you gravitate to the 6th floor, you will come across two restaurants, Fallabella River Front and HOBS. Both are exposed to outside seating and expansive views of the city. Take in the amazing Chao Phraya River and Bangkok skyline views, NO dress code required. We stopped in just for a beer, so I cannot attest for the food, and based on online reviews I would skip the meal and just come for a drink to enjoy the view.
Drink Price = $8.00.- $10.00
View = Vast Skyline and Chao Phraya River
Dress Code = NONE :)
This is the "floating" market on the Ground level floor. Can anyone spot the Durian?
Me enjoying a Thai craft beer with an amazing view! This romper was perfect for exploring Bangkok by day and temple attire approved.
Rooftop Bar at Sala Rattanakosin Bangkok
So, this next spectacular bar view is not at some skyscraper building, but you do have to do a little bit of climbing to get there. You will get views of the two most famous temples in the city, Wat Pho and Wat Arun, and the scenery at night will give you that tingle in your heart and sparkle in your eye that will stay with you forever. This bar is hiding in plain sight right in the Phra Nakhon District. To access you will need to go to the Sala Rattanakosin boutique hotel and climb the stairs to the 3rd level. This area has other rooftop bars, which I would love to check out next time we are in the area. There is nothing more humbling than being eye level with these majestic Temples of the city.
Drink Price = $8.00-$10.00
View = Unbelievable views of the two most famous temples in the city
Dress Code = NONE :)
Tell me what you guys think of these two budget friendly options for a cocktail with a view! :) Would you choose #1 or #2?