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Let’s start with a bang! 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, 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…
The Mahanakhon, or rather officially King Power Mahanakhon, has become the tallest rooftop bar in Bangkok (and Thailand), thus knocking the Baiyoke Sky Bar off its throne. Baiyoke was Bangkok’s tallest sky bar for a long time, but of course it was bound to happen sooner or later…. We wonder when Mahanakhon will be dethroned…. Is the Mahanakhon now the tallest building in Bangkok and in Thailand? No, not quite, because the new residential/commercial tower next to the super-luxury ICONSIAM shopping center is just two meters taller. As far as we are concerned, the King Power Mahanakhon building is the most extraordinary tall building in Bangkok and who pays attention to a few meters.
The Mahanakhon is not to be missed when you are in Bangkok. First, of course, this is because the standout is very tall, and therefore it can be seen from many places in Bangkok. But what is most special about this iconic building in Bangkok and what makes it impossible to overlook is its extraordinary design!
Pixel Tower or Tetris Building
The nickname of the King Power Mahanakhon is Pixel Tower or Tetris Building, this because the entire building consists of glass blocks that look like pixels or the blocks from the old school game called Tetris. 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 includes an indoor and outdoor observation room, the Mahanqkhon CUBE, a very special restaurant (Ojo Bangkok) and rooftop bar (Sky Beach) and a King Power duty free store, with well-known brands and special Mahanakhon souvenirs. In addition, there is also a luxury apartment complex of The Ritz-Carlton Residences Bangkok (floors 23 to 73) and an insane hotel with an outdoor swimming pool will open on May 11, 2022. You can read more later in this article.
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 KNOW
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!
Image: King Power Mahanakhon
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.
Image: King Power Mahanakhon
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! (soon to be called Sky Beach)
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
FOR YOUR INFO
This year (2022) a lot is going to change, in a positive way! The rooftop bar will be completely renovated and renamed to Sky Beach, but also a super cool hotel will be opened! In addition, you can eat delicious Mexican food at Ojo Bangkok or at the many highly rated restaurants in the Mahanakhon CUBE. more to follow as soon as possible.
Rooftop Bar (Sky Beach)
After you’ve been on the Mahanakhon SkyWalk and The Peak, it’s time for a drink at Thailand’s highest rooftop bar, Sky Beach. With a tasty cocktail, juice tail or special beer in your hand, it’s double enjoyment! Take a seat at one of the tables or on the cushion on the stairs and enjoy the beautiful view! For a cocktail or juicetail you pay 480 baht. There are also small snacks for sale to accompany your drink such as popcorn and banana chips (150 baht). Another option is the Mahanakhon Picnic Package with 2 special beers and 2 snacks of your choice (800 baht). On its own, a special beer costs 330 baht.
Every day there is a live band or DJ at Sky Beach starting at 5:30pm. When we were there, there was a band playing well-known covers. So you can hang around after your SkyWalk adventure!
Image: King Power Mahanakhon
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
New in King Power Mahanakhon! (2022)
The Standard Bangkok
Bangkok is a buzzy and bold city, planned not from the top down but created from the bottom up. That exact spirit of innovation and unconventionality has made the Thai capital the perfect locale for our Asia flagship, with The Standard, Bangkok Mahanakhon. Located in one of the most iconic buildings in the city, the 155-room hotel is already a landmark. With rooms ranging from 40 sqm to a sprawling 144 sqm penthouse, a terrace pool, fitness center, meeting rooms, and a dynamic variety of food, drink, and nightlife venues, The Standard, Bangkok Mahanakhon is a fit for any traveler, at any time of day or night. There’s The Parlor, the hub of the hotel for socializing, cocktails, work, lounging, live music, lectures, and more, the eclectic and unexpected tea room; Tease, American steakhouse classics at The Standard Grill, an award-winning Chinese cuisine by Mott 32, and two remarkable sky-high dining experience from Ojo Bangkok a Mexican-inspired restaurant directed by one of the finest young chefs in Mexico to Sky Beach the highest alfresco rooftop bar in Bangkok.
155 guest rooms featuring comfy beds with fancy bed sheets, rain showers and/or soaking tubs, Nespresso machines, Bang & Olufsen Bluetooth speakers, floor-to-ceiling windows, natural light and city views, big flat screen TVs, access to our 24-hour gym, minibars, plushy seating areas, custom robes, access to Mahanakhon Sky Walk, Davines bath amenities, free Wi-Fi, and ADA compliant features.
>>> More information or book a room in The Standard Bangkok.
It’s space-age. It’s retro glam. It’s dining like you’ve never seen it before. For the first time ever, find your midday cravings and midnight ravings all in one place at OJO. Helmed by award-winning chef Francisco Paco Ruano, our menu features creative twists on authentic Mexican cuisine and cocktails. Dine amidst nuanced decor inspired by Mexican culture, dance through the night, and pause for panoramic views from the 76th floor of our iconic Mahanakhon building.
Get sky-high with us at Sky Beach. Being the highest rooftop bar in Bangkok comes with its perks. Sure, the 360-degree views may be anything but casual, but the boozes, bites, and blissed-out ambiance certainly are. Our outdoor playground serves up American-style bites and a creative cocktail selection from one of Bangkok’s most celebrated mixologists. Grab a seat, watch the sunset, have a cocktail (or two), and remember that the sky’s the limit at Sky Beach.
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)
Adults: Monday – Friday from 10:00 – 22:00 = 530 baht | Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 – 22:00 = 880 baht
Children: (under 12 years of age) and seniors (60+): 250 baht
Last admission is 21:30
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 Sky Beach, we have seen people who looked at their best, but there were also many people who just had shorts on, do what you like!
More information such as opening hours, itinerary, hotels, restaurants and more fun near the Mahanakhon can be found in the infobox below!
Address: 114 Narathiwas Road, Silom, Bangrak, Bangkok
Daily open from 10:00 till 22:00, last admission 21:30
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 and Cooking School
Famous gourmet restaurant in Thailand also known for its excellent cooking workshops.
- 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
Insanely good restaurants where you can order fantastic authentic dishes.
- Luka Bangkok
Breakfast and brunch restaurant, western comfort food and excellent coffee and tea!
- 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
Just get on one of the boats on the Chao Phraya River Express and be surprised by the special environment it’s only 2 stops from BTS Chong Nonsi!