Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Bangkok's Sky Bar: Lebua vs Baiyoke

I went to Bangkok again and this time I managed to enjoy it a little more. The highlights of the trip are the sky bars. Visiting a sky bar is actually a must-go tourist attraction, and let me tell you, you won't regret trying it.

For my boyfriend's birthday, we decided to dress up and go somewhere fancy place in town. After dinner, we went to Lebua Sky Bar. There are a quite a few staff at the front door, carefully directing us to the elevator. They speak good english and are very friendly. The elevator took us all the way up to the 63rd floor. We were escorted to the outdoor bar by the staff as soon as we stepped out of the elevator.

I was stunted by the breathtaking view and literally froze in my steps for a few seconds. I couldn't believe that it was real. There's was a band playing soothing music throughout the night. The bar was crowded and ordering a drink can take awhile. We had two Mai Tai and they were good, and why won't they be? They cost RM80 ringgit each. But honestly, they're definitely  worth it. Great service, friendly staff and spectacular view.

FYI, the dress code is casual smart, so guys, no flip flops and shorts.

On the last day, we went to the tallest building in Thailand, Baiyoke Tower. The lobby was so crowded because there was only one elevator to go to the 77th floor which is the skywalk with larger viewing windows. From there, we took another elevator to the 83rd floor. We chilled at the bar first before going up to the 85th floor. The entrance fee was RM25 per person and is entitled to a drink at the bar. 

Baiyoke Tower has a revolving roof deck, but it's a quiet old and may need some maintenance as it makes noises. It's not disturbingly loud, just a little uncomfortable when you're on top of a 997 feet building. The fence by the edge are quite high for the viewers' safety, so in order to get a decent photo you'll have take photos between the bars.

 This is how we get a decent photo.

So, Lebua vs Baiyoke? Well, it's a question of Luxury vs Budget. If you're going to enjoy a bird's eye view of Bangkok in style, Lebua is the place to be. But, if you're on a tight budget and still you want to cross off "visit a sky bar" on your to-do list, then Baiyoke is just right for you. Basically we're looking at the same city but just from a different angle and environment.

For me, I personally loved Lebua Skybar. The environment isn't like any typical cliche tourist spot. It's so classy and romantic. A perfect place to just have and drink and relax.