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  • Baiyoke Tower in Bangkok

    Bangkok Highest Rooftop and Thailand's 2nd Tallest Building

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    With 84 stories the Baiyoke Tower is an unmissable towering landmark in Pratunam area. The skywalk with large viewing windows on the 77th floor is the best place to get sweeping bird’s eye views of the skyline floor while the revolving rooftop observation deck on 84th floor is a bit too noisy and hot to keep visitors very long. Bayoke is currently the 2nd tallest building in Thailand, at 309 metres. Adding the 34.35-metre spire, the building is 343.35 metres tall in total.

    Baiyoke Tower (pronounce 'Bayok') is an aging hotel built in 1998, and has mostly become an attraction and a shopping complex all in one. The area where the tower stands is the famous Pratunam market with thousand shop all selling clothing and garments. It's not glamourous and a can even be a bit dispappointing, but it's all about the views.

     

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  • Baiyoke Tower Observation Deck

    It is one thing to see the Bangkok skyline from your hotel window, but watching it from the 84th-floor outdoor revolving deck is entirely another. Up top, the cool breeze, the excitement, the open space and the sense that you are on top of one of Thailand’s tallest buildings make all the difference.

    For 300 baht, the price of one T-shirt from the shopping mall underneath, you can get access to the skywalk on the 77th floor, the revolving observation deck and one free drink (from a small selection of fruit juices, soft drinks, cocktails, beers or spirits). The skywalk, with huge display windows all around and coin-operated viewing scopes, is a prelude to what’s to come once you actually get to the rooftop. Facing the four directions, the skywalk offers information on the landmarks, major areas and highways spreading out below.

     

    Depending on the time of day and how clear the sky is, the experience will be different. Sunset and night time are very popular, although the views are equally amazing in the daytime. You might be able to see way beyond the Chao Phraya River to the west and south. Once you are up on the revolving deck, you can spend as much time as you want, before going down one level to enjoy the complimentary drink. The whole place is a bit old and doesn't have the charm of all the new rooftop bars and restaurants in Bangkok, but this is really about getting a unique bird view, trying to recognize familiar places in the far or even the hotel you are staying at.

    Baiyoke Tower II Shopping Experience

    Apart from the view points, Baiyoke Tower II offers six levels of shopping. But don’t expect glitz and glam, as shopping in Pratunam area caters to wholesale, mass market type of clothing. Instead of brand names and designer labels, think affordable clothes that are good for blending in rather than for making a fashion statement. You don’t have to buy in bulk as prices are already very cheap even if you pay the retail price for single pieces. Most shops will offer a discount when you buy three or more items.

    Compared to nearby Baiyoke Tower and Pratunam Market, Baiyoke Tower II shopping offers more variety for men and indie type of clothing. The second basement level is interesting, as it has all kinds of graphic-printed T-shirts imaginable, whether cartoon characters, football club logos, graphic nude women, heavy metal types, rock emblems, reggae style, embroidered patterns, tie dye, and many more. Accessories like bags, beads, necklaces, hats, belts and more T-shirts can be found on the fourth floor.

    Baiyoke Tower II is also home to the four-star Baiyoke Sky Hotel, one of the highest hotels in Bangkok. Divided into three zones (depending on the floor heights), the guestrooms and suites offer various panoramas of the city skyline and come complete with modern amenities.

    Another way to enjoy the view  is the international and seafood buffet at Bangkok Sky Restaurant (76th, 78th floors). If you are not a hotel guest, you can purchase a combination which comes with access to the two view points for 690 baht. Crystal Grill (82rd floor) specializes in grilled meat but also offers an international buffet. Read More...

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    The 88 storey Baiyoke Sky Hotel towers over all other buildings in Bangkok and is in fact the tallest building in Thailand so its not difficult to find your way home.With all that space, its not surprising that there are many restaurants and activities for guest to enjoy in this Bangkok icon.First off, there are nine separate dining options spanning all major world cuisines including the famous Baiyoke international buffet, fruit buffet, al fresco dining on the 81st floor and the fun and unique Thai floating market style for lunch or dinner.On top of that, there is a driving range, a mobile Thai puppet show, fish spa, a dedicated convenience store in the marbled lobby, free access to the breathtaking views on the observation deck and a brightly decorated swimming pool with murals of summer scenes and plenty of sun loungers and shaded areas. Read More...

    Bayoke Rooftop

    • Opening Hours: 10:00-22:30 (skywalk and rooftop observatory deck)
    • Location: Ratchaprarob Soi 3, Pratunam
    • Price Range: THB 300
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