Vertigo is the highest open-air bar in Asia, and on some nights it provides the most stunning sunset views over Bangkok
I’ve written before about Vertigo, the open air bar on the roof on the Bangkok’s 5 star Banyan Tree hotel. Happily, little has changed about Vertigo in the three years since I wrote about it last – the drinks are still well made, the staff still attentive, and you still can’t get in if you’re not wearing trousers and closed shoes (if you’re a bloke, anyway). I recently took my parents who were visiting Bangkok to Vertigo and we witnessed a truly epic changing of the light, starting with a cloud formation that looked like God was splitting the sky and then a sunball so intense it was like Sauron’s eye had just opened over Bangkok. The intense, vivid light that turned the clouds blood red was an eerie if amazing finale to a 90 minute impromptu skyshow. Vertigo’s drinks may be pricey – around 350 Baht for a Gin and Tonic – but it’s cheap when you consider what you might see looking out over the city. All the shots below were taken on my iPhone and have not been twiddled with in Photoshop – the colours really were that intense.