Bangkok has long held a reputation as a city filled with bars and colourful nightlife. The modern city of Bangkok has expanded to the extent that it can now quite simply be described as vast; a recent trend has been to move the bars from the busy and crowded streets of the city into the sky.
Sitting on top of some of Bangkok's most lavish building's rooftop bars are the city's new craze and can there be a better way of viewing the sprawling metropolis than from one of these chic, smart and beautifully designed bars.
The aptly named Vertigo bar can be found on top of the sixty one storey Banyan Tree Hotel. From above the restaurant resembles the bow of a great ship and provides visitors with a chilled atmosphere and the option to enjoy a relaxing meal with their drink. Popular with British Ex Pats this is a reasonably priced bar and is free of all obstructions to the view including walls and a roof. While there sample the signature cocktail the Vertigo Sunset with its Malibu base. ( Banyan Tree, Bangkok, 21/100 South Sathon Rd, Bangkok)
2. Sky Bar
Found on top of one of the most coveted sleeping quarters in the city, the Lebua Hotel, this bar has an international flavour and live jazz music to compliment its chic decor and stylish clientele. The actual bar itself, which sits on a promontory above the city, is illuminated and changes colour throughout the evening. Open until 1 am guests can sip the bars speciality A Sunset 63 a concoction based on Absolut Vodka and watch from this tranquil haven as the city chases itself through the night. ( Sky Bar at Scirocco, Lebua at State Tower, 1055 Silom Rd, Bangkok)
3. Blue Sky
One of the newest additions to the Bangkok rooftop bar collection this elegant bar is lined by glass walls providing an unobscured view of the metropolis. This is a bar of split personality, frequented by city workers in search of peace and tranquillity in the early evening but becoming a party goers haven as the night progresses. The Blue Sky is open until 2 am and sits on the roof of the Sofitel Centara Granda. (Blue Sky Bar, Sofitel Centara Granda, 1695 Phaholyothin Road, Chatuchak, Bangkok.)
4. The Long Table
A few floors above the famous infinity edge swimming pool of the luxury Column Hotel, The Long Table provides shelter from the elements with its roof and glass walls and has to be the coolest of all the Bangkok rooftop bars. With a view over the city's lake and the Banjakiti Park this club was created by the same team who created the club scene institution the Bed Supperclub and the guest list reflects the bars status. This is where you will find the Bangkok in-crowd possibly seated at the seventy seater table believed to be the longest in the world. (The Long Table, The Column, 48, Sukhumvit Soi 16, Klongtoey, Bangkok)
5. Three Sixty
For a more close up view of the city skyline try the Three Sixty, a favoured haunt of F1 star Lewis Hamilton. In the heart of the city's luxury hotel area it can be found on the banks of the Chao Praya river and is a cosy place where its guests can relax and listen to the often internationally renowned jazz singers who play here. (Three Sixty, The Millennium Hilton, 123 Charoennakorn Road, Klongsan, Bangkok)
John is a freelance travel writer, who documents his travel experiences on various websites as well as his own. He is currently working with Cheapflights.com.au.