We took a taxi from Lumphini MRT station to the Moon Bar Banyan Tree Bangkok, it’s about a 5 minute journey. We could have walked to the hotel, but I was wearing a smart pair of jeans and did not want to arrive looking too hot! In my previous trips to Bangkok I had never experienced a sky bar in the city before, this is my review. Just ask the taxi driver to take you to the Banyan Tree Hotel, South Sathon Road.
Stunning sunset views over the city of angels
After arriving at the Banyan Tree hotel and walking through reception, we took the lift up to 59th floor. At the 59th floor you have walk up two flights of stairs, the lift does not go any further. A couple of western tourists were in the lift with us, they were going to the Moon Bar too, except they did not follow the dress code. There is a reception area before you can enter the Moon Bar and the two men were politely told, no shorts, no vests and no flip-flops. It always pays to do some research before you go somewhere and I had!
Once we had walked up the two flights of stairs and reached Vertigo, it was a short walk across to the Moon Bar. Vertigo is the restaurant part of the roof complex and was getting ready for opening when we arrived at 5.30pm. The Moon Bar Banyan Tree Bangkok was not too busy when we arrived, so we sat on one of the tables around the edge for a good view of the sunset and it was near the bar.
I already knew that the drinks would be expensive by Bangkok standards, so 300 Baht for a 330ml bottle of Heineken was not a surprise. I cannot remember what my wife’s orange juice was, but I think it was about 250 Baht. The waitress also left three bowls of nuts on the table, they were wasabi, cashews and salted peanuts, quite moreish!
The Moon Bar Banyan Tree Bangkok started to fill up after 6pm, lot’s of people taking photos and admiring the view from the 61st floor. The view is fantastic when you are 61 floors high. I could see the curving of the Chao Praya River, Lumphini Park and other landmarks of the city.
As the sun began to set around 6.30pm, the bar was now full of clientele, mainly western couples and some Thai couples too. To celebrate the sunset, I ordered another bottle of Heineken and kept on nibbling away at the peanuts, the wasabi nuts were a bit too spicy for me!
Dusk had now fallen over the city of angels and the views were spectacular, just enough sunlight to illuminate the city scape. A lovely glow of red, orange and yellow on the horizon, mixing in with city’s haze. At street level I could see the typical Bangkok rush hour traffic that had come to standstill and the neon lights of the nearby hotels starting to illuminate the skyline.
I love sunsets in Bangkok and a sunset on the 61st floor was a brilliant experience. Next time I’ll use a better camera, I had a 12 mega pixel, 5x zoom Samsung camera, 20x zoom would have been good, always next time…
The Moon Bar Moon Bar Banyan Tree Bangkok summary
We thoroughly enjoyed the two hours that we spent at the Moon Bar Banyan Tree Bangkok and I would definitely go there again. The drinks are expensive, but there is no entrance fee and the staff do not try to hurry you up either. The drinks list is extensive, various cocktails, lager, wine, champagne, whiskey, vodka, soft drinks, juices and bottles of water, expect to pay double the price of regular bar in Bangkok.
The decor of the Moon Bar Banyan Tree Bangkok is very sophisticated, wooden panel floors, gun-metal and glass barriers with low-level lighting, plus some potted shrubs near the stairs and bar area. There is a separate smoking area near the stairs leading up to bar. Is this the best sky bar in Bangkok?
There are more sky bars in Bangkok and I hope to visit them this year. Octave at The Marriott Hotel in Thong Lor and Cloud 47 in Silom are the two on my list, any other suggestions?
- Moon Bar, 5pm to 1am
- Vertigo restaurant, 6pm to 11pm
- Smart/casual, no shorts, vests or flip-flops
- Banyan Tree
- Asia Bars
- The Jai Yen Country
- Travelling King
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Have you been to the Moon Bar Banyan Tree Bangkok before? If you did let me know what you think and comment below? Or maybe just leave a comment if you did not and you just want to say hello…