The very top of Thailand’s tallest building is best enjoyed while the sun is going down. One highlight—not for the faint of heart—is the terrifying, pulse pounding glass tray skywalk, which stretches out over Bangkok some 78 floors in the air. The mixed-use luxury skyscraper has been honored with many architectural awards, and is an iconic landmark in its own right. New attractions include Bangkok’s highest viewpoint (314 meters up), an indoor observation deck and an outdoor rooftop bar.
114 Naradhiwat Rajanagarindra Rd., 02-677-8721. kingpowermahanakhon.co.th/skywalk
Siwilai City Club
Enjoy Bangkok’s beautiful skyline from a hammock at this social club that has a little something for everyone. Multi-label fashion store Siwilai has designed a vast complex of rooftop restaurants and bars—six different zones offer everything from coffee and cocktails to tomahawks and grab-and-go sandwiches. It’s a lifestyle oasis in the sky—with unique aesthetics, programming and menus united by white oak planks and an airy atmosphere. The live music offerings, including jazz and DJ sound systems, continue to expand and improve. Order from whatever menu strikes your fancy, relax and enjoy.
5/F, Central Embassy, 1031 Phloen Chit Rd., 02-160-5631. fb.com/siwilaicityclub
Il Fumo just keeps stacking up awards. It’s been Michelin listed twice (2018, 2019) and has landed in BK’s Top Tables four consecutive years—and it’s only been open since 2015. The Rama 4 area villa specializes in charcoal grilling, showpiece dry-aged beef, upmarket steaks and continental new-wave Portuguese flavors. Expect exquisite traditional flavors, crafted with great care using top-flight artisanal produce, plus a signature dry-aging fridge and beautiful flickering open flames.
Inspired by Indian heritage and rooted in a slender Thai soi, Haoma cooks up neo-Indian cuisine shaped by fresh greens and local produce, some of it grown on-site in a small urban farm. It is equal parts South Asian bistro, local garden and modern fine-dining restaurant. Perhaps no one in Bangkok has mastered both farm-to-table and zero waste dining like mastermind chefs Deepanker Khosla and Tarun Bhatia.
Water Library at Chamchuri
A 2018 Michelin Guide award winner, now in its 10th year, Water Library was established by a beverage importer-slash-vineyard owner. It has a floor-to-ceiling bottle display, and as the name suggests, the water menu is impressive—you can try filtered waters from around the world. The food remains the highlight though, and the venue is one of the best known high-end spots in town. The restaurant’s design is also gorgeous, with steel, grey wood and glass walls blending into an ultra-modern elegant boutique space, with cozy corners that conjure a library atmosphere.
2/F, Chamchuri Square, Rama 4 Rd., 095-085-7777. fb.com/waterlibrary
Royal Osha Thai Restaurant & Bar
Osha’s roots lie in San Francisco, where its five casual Thai restaurants helped define the scene. About two decades later, it finally opened a branch in the motherland—albeit one quite opposite its humble California cousins. Its interior is probably Bangkok’s most stunning; bosting a soaring entrance, opulent upholstery, high ceilings and chandeliers, Thai traditional mythological murals, a brilliant winding staircase, and lavish crowning gold leaf. The wine list is superlative and the service is stellar.
99 Wireless road, 02-256-6555. oshabangkok.com
Muay Thai Live Bangkok
A must see for visitors, theatre aficionados and martial arts buffs alike. Asiatique redeveloped a dockfront warehouse into a 600-seat theatre specifically to showcase the ancient Siamese fighting art. Better still, if you’re unfamiliar with Muay Thai there is no better place to start. Shows blend staged Hollywood-style scenes—from ancient Siam to modern Bangkok—with a realistic conclusion: “Warriors Rising” an actual fight in the ring. It is 90 minutes of exhilarating action and sheer athleticism, with internationally-acclaimed choreographers unleashing the art, and its history, beautifully.
Asiatique Warehouse 4 - 2194 Charoenkrung Rd., 02-108-5999 & 02-108-5929. Tue-Sun. muaythailive.com
Home to perhaps Bangkok’s most elite designer cocktails, Liberation is a mysterious venue—dimly lit, with dark décor and smooth furnishings. It’s slightly hidden—tucked up on the fourth floor—with an interior design built around a long, curved corner bar backed by an entire wall of elegant, glowing spirit bottles. The cocktail menu is not only advanced, it’s incredibly creative too—and includes drinks designed off World War II propaganda posters.
Piman 49, Sukhumvit Soi 49, 093-654-2500. fb.com/liberationbkk
Black Amber Social Club
The last house on the right at the end of Thonglor Soi 6 is a full-on gentlemen's whiskey bar—a sophisticated and cozy combination of a barbershop and speakeasy. It’s a modern, yet classic bar with 1920s touches, Persian rugs and clubhouse leather couches plus a premium focus on rum, whiskies and single malts.
160/17 Thonglor Soi 6, 02-102-8617. fb.com/blackambersocialclub
Ultra hip Soi Nana’s Shophouse No. 8 offers a stylish taste of Old Chinatown. Set behind a classic antique shophouse front and tucked beneath neon Chinese letters lies a den of Hong Kong cool. Oriental cocktails (like Chinese five spice-infused rum) and classic comfort food (like duck wontons) fill the tables. And in true Chinatown style, there are two (hotel) rooms, upstairs for rent. Step back out and the open frontage spills right out into the chaos of Yaowarat’s streets.
8 Soi Nana, Maitri Chit Rd., 064-635-1989. fb.com/8bahao