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The Mahanakhon SkyWalk is a dream for thrill seekers and a nightmare for people with fear of heights. But WOW what did we enjoy the Mahanakhon SkyWalk, it truly was super cool!
If you don’t know yet, the Mahanakhon SkyWalk is the highest observation deck in Thailand and it has an inside and outside area. Apart from the fantastic 360 degree view, the absolute high point is the glass platform on the 78th floor which is equivalent to 310 meters high! The glass platform is attached to one side of the building, that’s all. The rest just hangs in the vacuum, just like a large balcony, so you look into the depth!
Nice and special to see of course, but that is not all. For the complete Mahanakhon SkyWalk experience you have to go one step further… literally! But let’s start from the beginning…
King Power Mahanakhon
King Power Mahanakhon has the highest rooftop bar in Bangkok and with that the Baiyoke Sky Bar is knocked of the throne. This because for a long time Baiyoke has been the highest sky bar in Bangkok. It was, of course, once to come! Is King Power Mahanakhon now the highest building in Bangkok? No, not just, the new living and working tower next to ICONSIAM is just 2 meters higher. But as far as we are concerned, the King Power Mahanakhon building is the most extraordinary high-rise building in Bangkok, and whoever pays attention to a few meters!
King Power Mahanakhon is not to be missed when you are in Bangkok. First of all, this is of course because the Mahanakhon building is very high and the building can therefore be seen from many places. But what is most special about this building that makes it impossible to overlook is the special design!
The nickname of the King Power Mahanakhon is Pixel Tower, this because the entire building consists of glass blocks that look like pixels. But halfway and at the top of the King Power Mahanakhon building, there are just missing blocks, as if they have fallen out. This gives the building a bizarre shape.
The building has an indoor and outdoor observation deck (Mahanakhon SkyWalk) and a restaurant and bar(Mahanakhon Bangkok SkyBar), a King Power duty-free shopping area with famous brands and special Mahanakhon SkyWalk souvenirs. In addition, there are also ultra-luxury residences located at The Ritz-Carlton Residences Bangkok (floors 23 to 73) and a hotel will soon be opened with an outdoor swimming pool and an entire floor dedicated to wellness (floors 1 to 18).
Because the outside of the building also consists almost entirely of glass, it sparkles towards you! And at the very top, if you bend your head back as far as possible, you’ll see the infamous glass of Mahanakhon SkyWalk!
DID YOU KNEW
King Power Mahanakhon and the Mahanakhon SkyWalk were designed by the German architect Ole Scheeren.
To the SkyWalk!
Before you go to the Mahanakhon SkyWalk, you first must go through a metal detection gate and your bag goes through a scanner just like at the airport. In addition to the usual prohibited items, it is also prohibited to take food and drinks to the Mahanakhon SkyWalk. Bags larger than 22 cm x 35 cm x 56 cm are not allowed on the Mahanakhon SkyWalk. To the right of the cash registers are free lockers (to be used from 10:00 to 24:00), which you close with your passport number or telephone number as a combination of numbers. Ideal if you have come to the Mahanakhon SkyWalk with too many things. Once you have gone through the gates you immediately walk into a special corridor! Don’t forget to look up because on the ceiling you see Bangkok upside down!
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Special projection elevator
Soon after you step into the elevator, you realize that this elevator is no ordinary elevator. As soon as the elevator starts to move, the sound comes on and all the walls turn into screens on which moving images of Bangkok can be seen. For people with fear of heights, this is probably an ordeal because you feel like you are floating over Bangkok. In 50 seconds (which literally fly by) you have arrived on the 74th floor!
Bangkok behind glass
On the 74th floor is a large hall with floor to ceiling windows, here you have a great 360 degree view of Bangkok. Bean bags have been placed in front of these windows, so you can really take the time to see Bangkok in chill modus, because you need some time for that.
There are also interactive touch screens, so you can learn everything about the most important sights of Bangkok. Instead, you can also download the app in advance. The app, Mahanakhon SkyWalk VR is only fully activated when you are actually on this floor.
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Greetings from Bangkok!
On the 74th floor you will find a red postbox from those good old days, you can still send an old-fashioned postcard (40 Baht) with greetings from Bangkok’s highest postbox! But probably that is something for later as you are eager to go to the 78th floor rooftop!
From the 74th floor you take an escalator to the 75th floor and from there you take the beautiful glass elevator to the 78th floor. Now there is almost no way back!
The last meters ..
As soon as you step out of the elevator you are immediately in the open air and you will be overwhelmed by the amazing view over Bangkok! You feel, hear and see Bangkok from a height of 310 meters! You can see for miles on a clear day! You see a bar in a haze, but soon your eyes are drawn to the glass platform, the SkyWalk!
The Glass Tray experience
Time for the real thing, the moment is there! You have put the protective covers over your shoes and the Glass Tray is just one step away. You will undoubtedly look at how thick the clear glass is and wonder if the glass is strong enough, reassure yourself, stop thinking and take that last step! Once you are on the Mahanakhon SkyWalk and you dare to look down, you really see how high 310 meters are! WOW! Cars are like toy cars and people can hardly be distinguished!
How it feels to stand on the glass platform with Bangkok far below you cannot be described, you just have to experience that for yourself! Certainly so!
SkyWalk from beneath | Image: Fabio Achilli (Flickr)
The Peak is really the very highest point of King Power Mahanakhon and the highest point you can stand on in all of Bangkok. You have to go up one last set of stairs for this! From The peak you have 360-degree uninterrupted views of Bangkok! The view is ridiculously beautiful! Seeing the sunset from The Peak is really fantastic! But also large dark clouds and rain showers in the distance are great to see!
So even if the glass platform is a step too far for you, King Power Mahanakhon is still a must to visit!
The Peak | Image: King Power Mahanakhon
After you’ve been on the Mahanakhon SkyWalk and The Peak it’s time for a drink at Thailand’s highest rooftop bar. With a delicious cocktail, juice tail or special crafted beer in your hand it is double enjoyment! Take a seat at one of the tables or on the cushion on the stairs and enjoy the beautiful view! You pay 480 Baht for a cocktail or juice tail. There are also small snacks for sale with your drink such as popcorn and banana chips (150 Baht). Another option is the Mahanakhon Picnic Package with 2 specialty crafted beers and 2 snacks of your choice (800 Baht). Los a special crafted beer costs 330 Baht.
Every day from 5.30 pm there is a live band or DJ playing music at the rooftop. When we were there a nice band was playing well-known covers. So you can feel free to linger after your SkyWalk adventure!
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New in King Power Mahanakhon! (2019)
Mahanakhon SkyBar and Restaurant
Mahanakhon Bangkok SkyBar is a luxury brand new restaurant and bar on the 76 and 77 floor. It is officially the highest restaurant and bar in Bangkok and Thailand! Here you can finish the Mahanakhon SkyWalk adventure in style! The restaurant has 130 seats inside and 82 seats outside. The view is magical! We have already been able to drink delicious cocktails here but will definitely come back because the menu looked promising!
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Mahanakhon SkyRides is a ParadropVR City Flyer experience where you are completely in control. In the two-minute adventurous ride, you get VR Glasses in which the 3D movie you see gives you the impression that you are paragliding. Because the chair in which you are sitting can also be raised and lowered and you can determine this yourself, this effect is further enhanced! You can choose from a paragliding adventure in the city, safari, desert or in space!
Mahanakhon SkyRides information
Price: 250 baht per person
Open: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Where: Lobby on the ground floor
When to visit the Mahanakhon SkyWalk
The most popular time to visit the Mahanakhon SkyWalk is around sunset, which is incredibly beautiful because you see Bangkok in daylight but also the beautiful lights that come on when it gets dark in Bangkok. Come well before sunset, it will take awhile before you get to the top. Most people will want to be there around 5 PM. Come earlier if you want to be ahead of the real crowds. In Bangkok, depending on the seasons, the sun sets between 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM. Through this site you can see exactly what time the sun goes down.
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Mahanakhon SkyWalk when it rains
Before you visit the Mahanakhon SkyWalk, check if rain or storm is forecast, as the SkyWalk and The Peak will be closed. The 74th floor (Bangkok behind glass) is always open. If you have just bought a ticket and the SkyWalk is closed because it is raining you will get a stamp on your tickets and you can come back on another day.
Very good service from King Power Mahanakhon! Check with an employee or the service counter for more information.
Prices for Mahanakhon SkyWalk (74th, 75th, and 78th floor rooftop)
Adult: 880 baht (as of October 2019)
Children: (under 12 years of age) and seniors (60+): 250 baht
There are regular discounts on the King Power Mahanakhon website, so be sure to take a look for the current prices and latest offers before you go.
Dress code Mahanakhon SkyWalk
There is no dress code for the SkyWalk and The Peak, we have seen people who looked at their best, but there were also many people who just had shorts on, do what you like! There is a dress code for the restaurant on the 76th floor, Mahanakhon Bangkok SkyBar, (see info box) keep this in mind if you want to combine a dinner or cocktail in the restaurant with the SkyWalk.
Mahanakhon Bangkok SkyBar dress code
No athletic clothing / no open shoes / no sleeveless shirts / tailored shorts are allowed.
More information such as opening hours, itinerary, hotels and more fun near the Mahanakhon SkyWalk you can read in the infobox below!
Address: 114 Narathiwas Road, Silom, Bangrak, Bangkok
Open: Daily from 10 a.m. to midnight, last entry 11 p.m.
Great accommodations to spend the night in Bangkok
- Plubpla Hostel
Super clean hostel, good location, cozy living room and small roof terrace where you can meet fellow travelers.
- Novotel Bangkok Fenix Silom
Comfortable rooms, nice swimming pool and hospitable staff.
- Amara Hotel
Modern hotel, fine rooms and friendly staff. Beautiful views from the pool and rooftop bar AkaAza.
- Pullman Bangkok Hotel G
Excellent service with a smile! Lovely rooms and a nice restaurant on the 38th floor with a lovely terrace!
- W Bangkok
Beautiful hip 5 star designer hotel with lots of personal attention, extensive breakfast buffet and a special swimming pool.
Very good restaurants and bars in the vinicity of Mahanakhon
- Blue Elephant Restaurant en Cooking School TIP
Beroemd gastronomisch restaurant in Thailand ook bekend om de uitstekende kookworkshops
- Namsaah Bottling Trust
Terrace with a large selection of special cocktails. On the 1st floor authentic modern thai food is served in a bright pink house.
- Supanniga Eating Room TIP
Insanely good restaurants where you can order fantastic authentic dishes.
- Luka Bangkok
Breakfast and brunch restaurant, western comfort food and excellent coffee and tea!
- Blue Parrot Bangkok TIP
Nice affordable family restaurant with swimming pool(!) and play area for the kids. In the meantime, enjoy a cocktail yourself!
- The House on Sathorn
If you have something to celebrate, this is the place! This restaurant is located in a beautiful 130 year old building and has a nice terrace. You can go there for lunch, dinner or a delicious high tea. The staff is very friendly.
King Power Mahanakhon is directly connected to BTS Skytrain station Chong Nonsi, take exit 3 and then the escalator down. The entrance to King Power Mahanakhon is right in front of you.
Metro (MRT – Blue Line)
If you are traveling with the MRT at MRT station Silom to the BTS at station Sala Daeng, get off at BTS Skytrain station Chong Nonsi, this is the next stop.
Chao Phraya River Express
Take the Chao Phraya River Express to Sathorn Pier and walk in 2 minutes to BTS Skytrain Saphan Taksin. Take the skytrain with National Stadium terminus and get off at BTS Skytrain Chong Nonsi (this is the 2nd stop).
More information about using the Chao Phraya River Express boats and the BTS Skytrain? Check out all our full articles about transportation in Bangkok here.
Also nice to discover near the Mahanakhon SkyWalk:
- Chao Phraya Rivier
On the Chao Phraya River of Bangkok it is always lively and crowded, also on the river are special attractions such as Wat Arun, shopping mall Icon Siam and Asiatique The River Front Market.
- Sri Maha Mariamman Temple
Busy little but beautiful colorful Hindu Temple.
- Patpong Night Market
Looking for fake items? Then this market is the place for you to try out your negotiating skills!
- Perception Blind Massage
All massages here are performed by employees who are visually impaired.
- Blue Elephant Restaurant en Kookschool
Follow a (multi-day) cooking course at a high level and learn to cook like a chef in a cozy casual atmosphere!
- Lai Lai Sap Market
Authentic market, here you can have lunch like the locals do. This market is best visited before noon. Sell everything in between clothing and cutlery. Near the market is also a small shopping center, Trinity 3 (with air conditioning) where you can shop and eat cheaply.
- ASIATIQUE The Riverfront
Modern market on the banks of the Chao Phraya River with the famous Ferris wheel
Brand new shopping mall by the river, where you look your eyes out