Sunset drinks at Vertigo is a fantastic – and surprisingly cheap – way to lord it over Bangkok. It rarely fails to impress friends and family when they visit the city.
27 January 2011, 4 Years Ago: There’s no shortage of rooftop bars in Bangkok, but my favourite is still Vertigo, perched 51 floors above the Banyan Tree hotel in Sathorn.
Vertigo is aptly named – one friend found the 360 degree panoramic open air views a little too much to cope with, although perhaps it was simply the altitude giving his gin an adverse impact. But pretty much everyone else I’ve brought here have been wowed by the new perspective on the city, being above most of the surrounding skyscrapers as well as the endless slow moving neon of the traffic and the huge, looping curves of the Chao Phaya river.
Get to Vertigo at 5pm just as the bar opens and you stand a good chance of getting the sofa seats with the best view of the main event – the Bangkok sunset. Seen from up here, it rarely fails to disappoint, with the sky becoming a theatre of light above the darkening city below.
While the Banyan Tree is a luxury hotel with prices to match, drinks at Vertigo are expensive but not exorbitant and well worth it for the ever changing sunset view, so it’s a great start to the evening before heading off around 630 pm to one of the nearby restaurants in Sathorn or Silom. you can also dine al fresco at Vertigo as well which is a full blown gourmet restaurant as well as a bar – in truth, the food is good but not mind blowing but the ambience and views of nighttime Bangkok are the real reason to linger.
If you visit during rainy season (roughly June to October, with Sept and Oct most lightly for big downpours), you can still go up to Vertigo if there’s no rain or big winds. On one occasion a squall came in just after we’d settled with our drinks – before the first drops of rain began, the staff had already appeared to guide us downstairs a few floors below to another bar that’s open sided but with a huge roof from where we could watch a full blown electrical storm move across the city.
One last thing to note: Vertigo operates a dress code policy for men – no open toed shoes or shorts or vests – and they’re strict about it. It’s a pain but worth the effort.
What Is 12 Years Of Travel?I'm publishing a photo each week during 2015 that was taken in the same week sometime in the previous 12 years on my travels. Join me in my journey to combat early senility by trying to remember what the hell I was doing over the last decade.
- Week 1: Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Melbourne
- Week 2: Cannibal Rock, Komodo, Indonesia
- Week 3: Ocean Reflection, Ari Atoll, Maldives
- Week 4: Vertigo Bar Sunset, Banyan Tree Hotel, Bangkok
- Week 5: Talc Alf Sculptures, Flinders Ranges, Australia
- Week 6: After The Tsunami, Khao Lak, Thailand
- Week 7: Drugs Warning, Jakarta Airport, Indonesia
- Week 8: Beng Mealea Temple, Angkor, Cambodia
- Week 9: Failing To Climb Mount Kinabalu, Borneo
- Week 10: Night Diving At Maaya Thila, Maldives
- Week 11: Schwezigon Paya Temple, Bagan, Myanmar
- Week 12: Octopus, Hin Daeng, Thailand
- Week 13: A View With A Room, Bangkok Tree House
- Week 14: Koh Haa, Thailand
- Week 15: Angry Whopper, Singapore
- Week 16: Kuda Gili Shipwreck, Maldives
- Week 17: Model Shoot, Bangkok
- Week 18: Banda Islands, Indonesia
- Week 19: Port Eliot, Cornwall
- Week 20: Exmouth, Australia
- Week 21: Newquay Cliffs, Cornwall