Mahanakhon SkyWalk Sunset Experience – Bangkok Best View
We waited impatiently for our Grab and raced to Mahanakhon SkyWalk a little past 4.30 pm.
I remember Ais Sarah telling me to hurry as we finished lunch and waited impatiently for a Grab.
Downtown Bangkok is always rush hour.
The Mahanakhon SkyWalk is Thailand’s highest observation deck at 314 meters high.
The top of the great tower offers 360-degree panoramic views from an indoor and outdoor viewing area.
You must include this must-see attraction to your Bangkok bucket list of romantic places for a date night.
What is the Mahanakhon SkyWalk?
Over the years, I have experienced many Sky Bars in the cities I visited.
- Tokyo Tower (the Eiffel Tower-inspired lattice tower)
- Chill Sky Bar Ho Chi Minh for a Lively Nightlife
- Brilliant Rooftop Bar at Brilliant Hotel, Da Nang
- ZOOM Sky Bar & Restaurant
- Horizon Rooftop Bar and Restaurant at Hilton Pattaya
Bangkok’s newest glass skywalk is the best skywalk, thanks to King Power Mahanakhon Observatory.
Believe me, the Mahanakhon Skywalk – Bangkok’s highest glass skywalk is a terrifying thrill to experience.
Who designed Mahanakhon SkyWalk?
Bangkok’s Mahanakhon SkyWalk was conceptualized and designed by German architect Ole Scheeren of Büro Ole Scheeren Group.
Mahanakhon SkyWalk is an iconic cityscape view atop King Power Mahanakhon, one of Thailand’s tallest towers.
Where is Mahanakhon SkyWalk located?
King Power Mahanakhon is a mixed-use skyscraper built by PACE Development Located in Bangkok’s financial district.
How to Get to King Power Mahanakhon
The building is conveniently located right next to Chong Nongsi BTS station.
Considering traffic in the area, I recommend traveling by BTS Skytrain.
Mahanakhon SkyWalk is easily accessible via Chong Nonsi Station, Exit 3.
Siam BTS Line is three stations away.
How long does it take to reach Mahanakhon SkyWalk?
We arrived at about 4.50 pm.
It took us about 60min to reach the top of the tower.
We experienced one of the most beautiful sunsets in Bangkok.
We spent 35min queuing; for tickets (10min), for security screening (10min), and lift (5min).
The Mahanakhon Skywalk Sunset Glass Skywalk Experience
There are three levels to the Mahanakhon Skywalk experience.
After you go through the ticket booth and security, you will proceed to the “Bangkok-themed” corridor.
Here you will see different animated clips of everything that reminds you of Thailand.
After that, you’re directed to the LG OLED screen display 360°, an elevator that takes you up straight to the 74th floor, your first viewpoint.
I find this a fantastic experience to view the videos but unable to take any photos.
I just wanted to experience it instead of merely recording it for SmartDory Travel and Food blog.
Level 1: The Indoor Observatory on the 74th floor
The indoor observatory is the start of your experience.
Spacious and air-conditioned, they consider this level a “comfort zone.”
Visitors can take their time to go to all four sides of the glass windows to observe Bangkok’s landmarks.
On this floor, there are interactive screens to learn about Bangkok’s attractions.
You can download the “Skywalk AR” app. Which provides details of significant buildings as you look through your smartphone cameras.
Just like most observation decks, you can buy and send postcards from the indoor observatory.
The postcards come with a worldwide stamp and cost THB40 (US$1.2)
As we were running late, we just breezed through this area.
Level 2: The Glass Skywalk and rooftop bar
We took the final glass elevator to the rooftop floor – the home of Thailand’s highest bar and glass skywalk.
The bar offers the usual selection of champagnes, wine, cocktails, and beers.
I overheard some visitors joked they need a liquid courage dose before stepping on the Glass Tray Skywalk.
This was the part I came for and the park when I went “YIKES” in my head.
Was it terrifying? Gulp. Yessssss.
Where to go when you reach the rooftop?
Once you get off, you have 360-degree views from inside the tower.
You can take an escalator up another level, then a circular elevator up to the top, and you will be outdoors on the roof.
The roof deck has a bar (with one free drink with your paid ticket)
There is a stadium-style seating area.
The glass bottom SkyWalk extension overhang from the edge of the building.
There is plenty of friendly staff to guide you along.
The shoe covers are mandatory if you want to access the glass tray.
You cannot use your camera while in the glass area.
You can get your friends to take pics of you from behind the roped-off area.
They extend the glass tray over the edge of the building.
The Mahanakhon SkyWalk is where the action happens.
I watched in anticipation as visitors squeal in fright as they step onto the glass floor.
That first step is where the heart of the thrill lies.
Once my feet land on the glass, I realize that I’m on a solid surface.
It’s not likely to plummet to my death since everyone else is still standing next to me.
The Glass Tray at Mahanakhon Skywalk
The Glass Tray was the challenge we came for – to conquer our fears of height!
The glass skywalk is terrifying, to say the least.
For me, it was a moment of overcoming my fear of heights.
I remember googling frantically and found out that the glass skywalk is not only 310 meters high off the ground.
The glass floor extends over the edge of King Power Mahanakhon, Thailand’s tallest building!
I remember asking my friends to go ahead while I watched behind the ropes.
The final push was when I was almost the third last person in our group.
If you have the guts to take a step foot on one of the world’s largest glass tray floors – you will be rewarded with an unobstructed view of Bangkok’s traffic below your feet, 310 meters below!
This is an incredible experience! I felt my knees go weak and my stomach churn.
I stepped on the glass and froze!
It was a strange feeling to think that I would fall yet, knowing that I won’t.
The glass skywalk at King Power Mahanakhon feels transparent.
Since it’s located over a busy capital, I could see the sprawling city beneath my feet as I step down.
Soon I found the other tourist, and my friends feel comfortable lying and crawling on the glass.
Some started posing for those travel and built-for-social media shots.
Others are doing all sorts of poses for the camera.
I just sat it out – I saw a few people scoot around on their butts!
We tried the walk, and we can confirm this: it is not one for the faint of heart.
Take a photo standing or lying down on the glass tray if you dare to!
Travel Tips for visitors to Mahanakhon Skywalk
Depending on the time and how many people are up there, you may need to wait in line to enter the skywalk.
Bags have to be left in the waiting area.
There are some benches to sit down and put the shoe covers on.
Cameras or any equipment are not allowed in the glass tray.
You may not take your phone with you, so you can’t take a selfie.
Your friends can take a picture of you from the waiting area outside behind a rope barrier monitored by the staff.
If you are alone, the staff will help to take photos for you.
They gave visitors a blue drawstring cloth bag for their valuables.
They must wear slippers over their shoes before stepping in.
The view of Mahanakhon Skywalk Sunset
The best time to enjoy the Mahanakhon SkyWalk is from sunset to dusk.
As the sunset, we sat the skyline turn to gold.
We got a good look at Bangkok’s Green Lung, AKA Bang Kachao, the island at the Chao Phraya River’s curve.
When the sky is clear, you may see beyond the Gulf of Thailand.
The twilight hours are the best viewing window. You can see
- Chao Phraya River
- Bang Kachao, the island at the curve of the Chao Phraya River
Level 3: 360-degree viewpoint at the 314-meter height
We were so glad to be in time to watch the sunset and stayed for the vibrant city lights.
After that, we headed to “The Peak,” on the same rooftop floor with the glass skywalk, to collect our complimentary drink.
“The Peak” requires a few more steps up the stairs.
The view from the top of King Power Mahanakhon is unlike anything you’ve ever experience from other rooftop bars.
We are at 314-meter (1,030 feet) above the ground!
Travel Tip: Once you’re on the rooftop, there is no shade or area to escape from the soaring sun, so be sure to come after 5 pm, and stay for the sunset.
What are the features of Mahanakhon SkyWalk?
The incredible Mahanakhon SkyWalk has the most expansive glass trays in the world.
It is on level 78 at the King Power Mahanakhon building.
The skywalk is opened aired and boasts Bangkok’s highest 360-degree observation deck in Thailand.
Level 78 also has a bar where you can enjoy a drink while you enjoy the Bangkok Skyline’s breathtaking views.
The peak of the deck sits at 314 meters high.
Where is the King Power Mahanakhon building?
The ‘pixel looking’ King Power Mahanakhon Building was conceived to reflect the ambition and excitement of one of the world’s most dynamic cities.
What else is there at Mahanakhon Skywalk
After trying the walk, it is time to recover your composure and tell tales at the outdoor rooftop bar and “The Peak,” Bangkok’s highest viewpoint at 314 meters high.
Is there shopping at Mahanakhon Skywalk?
Visitors end the experience with a walk through a King Power duty-free shopping area before they can exit.
If you like shopping, you can check out the Duty-free shopping giant King Power as you ascend from the Skywalk.
You can also go there in the morning, as the Duty-Free Shops open at 10 am.
Mahanakhon SkyWalk Sunset Best Times to Visit
Sunset in Bangkok differs from your country.
It is best to go early, around 4.30 pm, to catch the sunset around.
Tip: I highly recommended you go before sunset and hang out until the city lights up at night.
Mahanakhon SkyWalk Ticket Price
The price of the tickets is about US$23.
It is an expensive date night in Bangkok but well worth it for the incredible views at sunset and nighttime.
Mahanakhon SkyWalk Opening Hours
King Power Mahanakhon opens from 10 am to midnight, with the last admission at 11 pm.
Mahanakhon SkyWalk Restaurant
Mahanakhon Bangkok SkyBar is the highest restaurant and bar in Thailand.
The upscale brasserie is on the 76th and 77th floors.
The interiors are modern, refined, and luxurious.
You can unwind with wonderful drinks and great vibes on the outdoor terrace that looks like a jungle in the skies.
Mahanakhon Bangkok SkyBar is open every day for dinner and drinks, from 5 pm-1 am.
To make reservations or find out more, visit mahanakhonbangkokskybar.com.
Mahanakhon SkyWalk Sunset Review
The SkyWalk is very expensive for Bangkok.
It can get very windy, freezing with great breath-taking views of the Bangkok Skyline.
You get a 360 panoramic view of the city of Bangkok from the tallest building on the 78th floor.
The experience is the most memorable.
Walking on the glass platform was quite scary, looking down 78 floors.
I only managed to relax when my friend told me to imagine walking on a giant TV screen.
Once you are ready to leave, head to the elevator down.
It will drop you off into the duty-free shopping area and force you into a maze of shopping to get out.
That is the only negative point if you hate shopping like me – mostly when I’m tired and hungry.
Overall, if you can afford it, I think Mahanakhon SkyWalk is well worth the price.
You can go early and spend a few hours enjoying the sunset/night views together.
Date of experience: December 2019
Some Travel Tips to best experience the Mahanakhon SkyWalk
- Go early aim to reach before 4.30 pm.
- Arrive early, and you can stay on top as long as you want to.
- Don’t pack water bottles, as they don’t permit it on the rooftop.
- Travel bagless if you can, then you don’t have to wait in for bag screening.
- Visitors are required to cover their shoes with a disposable shoe cover.
- Visitors are required to keep all loose items, including mobile phones, away from the glass tray.
- Photography of your adventure on the glass tray can be permitted from the official photo-taking area.
- Sunset is the best time to visit.
- The Chao Phraya River forms a lovely backdrop.
- Stay until late to watch the building lights come on.
- If this is your first time in the capital, you need to understand that traffic is relatively heavy in Bangkok throughout the day. The worst times to travel are from 7:30 to 9:30 in the morning and 5 to 7:30 in the evening. From 9:30 am to 5.00 pm, traffic in central Bangkok is still fairly bad.
Mahanakhon SkyWalk Tickets
A regular ticket is BHT 765 (about EUR 22, USD 25).
If you book online in advance, there is a 5% discount.
I recommend booking in advance to visit during your desired time slot.
Please check the website for concessions.
Mahanakhon SkyWalk Security Check
There is a security check before you enter the lift.
Please note that packed food, snacks, or drinks are not allowed.
You may not bring a water bottle with you.
The security checkpoint is like security at the airport.
KING POWER MAHANAKHON | Mahanakhon SkyWalk | 114 Naradhiwat Rajanagarindra Rd, Khwaeng Silom, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500
Covid-19 Protocols for Mahanakhon SkyWalk
Please be informed that King Power Mahanakhon 78th floor has reopened its doors to the public. (Open daily from 10.00hrs-00.00hrs) and the last admission at 23.00 hrs.
Social Distance Policy for Mahanakhon SkyWalk
– New visit protocols at King Power Mahanakhon include a visitor registration at the building entrance,
– A real-time dashboard to monitor the number of visitors,
A temperature scan ensures visitors do not exceed 37.5 degrees Celsius body temperature and a UV-scanned security screening process.
– Each elevator journey provides social distancing between guests, while a few people will be able to access the glass floor per time.
– Not wheelchair accessible