Baiyoke Sky Tower
222 Ratchaprarop Rd, Khwaeng Thanon Phaya Thai, Khet Ratchathewi
Built in the capital’s business center – the Ratchathewi district – in 1997, the Baiyoke Sky Tower is one of the most remarkable elements on the city’s skyline. As well as this, it is Bangkok’s highest building: the 85-storey tower stands 309 meters high. Thanks to its record size and remarkable architecture, it can be seen almost from any point in the capital’s center.
Most of skyscraper’s floors – from the 22d up to the 74th – are occupied by the hotel complex, the Baiyoke Sky Hotel and its 673 rooms, giving it the title of the highest hotel in the Southeastern Asia. A multi-level parking lot is situated on the 5th to 17th floors, yet Bangkok’s guests are mostly attracted to the Baiyoke Sky Tower and its observation decks, which offer an opportunity to observe many of the capital’s breathtaking landscapes and landmarks from a dizzying height.
The first open observation deck, the so called public observatory, is situated on the 77th floor of the tower. It is equipped with an interactive map and telescopes and is open not only for the hotel’s guests, but for everyone who visits the tower. However, the Baiyoke Sky Tower’s main attraction is its rotating observation deck, which is situated on the 84th floor at an altitude of approximately 250 meters. It revolves about its axis by a full 360 degrees and reveals Bangkok’s amazing panoramas with a bird’s eye view. Guests can catch the most memorable views in the evening, when the capital is illuminated with its beautiful lights.
It is possible to ascend to this observation deck via the ubiquitous high-speed elevator, but a more interesting way to reach the Baiyoke Sky Tower’s summit is with the special panoramic lift, which rises in the glass shaft along tower’s end wall. This brief upward journey is a memorable adventure in itself.
The Baiyoke Sky Tower is also famous for the fact that it is the location where five Norwegian parachutists established the world record in base-jumping, when they leapt from its 81st floor and landed on the roof of the neighboring hotel in 2002.
The skyscraper also has several restaurants and a Sky Bar on the 77th floor. Guests can choose a beverage there, which served free of charge when they present a ticket for the observation deck.