Can you imagine the thrill of walking on a glass tray that’s extending over the edge of Bangkok’s second highest skyscraper 310 meters above the ground? While that might sound too crazy to be true, this is actually one of Bangkok’s new favorite attractions called The King Power MahaNakhon SkyWalk.
Setting the first step on a see-through glass floor with lego sized cars and people as small as ants hundreds of meters below me was the most horrifying and exciting feeling ever.
Are you up for it too?
What is The King Power MahaNakhon SkyWalk?
The MahaNakhon SkyWalk is 314-meter high observation deck in the heart of Bangkok. It offers breathtaking 360-degree panoramic views from an indoor viewing area on the 74th, 75th and outdoor rooftop on the 78th floor.
The King Power MahaNakhon Building is the 2nd highest building in Thailand. The first place belongs to IconSiam, the hotel and residence building that opened two years later and beats MahaNakhon by only two meters.
Due to its unusual design of cuboid-surfaced spiral cut into the sides of the building, MahaNakhon stands out in the Bangkok urban jungle. Apart from the MahaNakhon SkyWalk, the building is home of The Ritz-Carlton Residences as well as King Power Retail and Duty-Free supermarket, which you will have a chance to visit on the way down from the SkyWalk.
The elevator ride
The elevator ride up to the SkyWalk is your first chance to see the 360 views of Bangkok.
As soon as the elevator door closes all four walls turns into bright screens and takes you to a virtual journey from a birds eye through Bangkok’s parks, rooftops of the buildings, over bridges, temples and other most popular spots in the city.
While being amazed by the breathtaking views around you, it’s hard even to notice how 50 seconds have passed, and you’re already at your destination: the 74th floor.
The Indoor Observatory on the 74th floor
This is where the SkyWalk experience starts. The modern indoor space with glass walls offers 360-views of the city, allowing you to take a closer look to famous skyscrapers, temples and the Chao Phraya River.
Large touchscreens in front of the walls allow you to see close-ups of different landmarks you see outside. You can also download the augmented reality app “SkyWalk AR” on your phone to do the same.
On 74th you’ll also find a mailbox where you can buy and send postcards to anywhere in the world for 40 THB. What a great way to remember this experience later when you return home, isn’t it?
The Glass SkyWalk on the 78th floor
After rushing through the 74th floor, everyone is heading up to 75th to board the glass elevator that will take people up to the wild experience on the 78th floor; the main reason for coming here!
The top floor offers an open-air experience with 360 views and the most important attraction: the glass tray that gives the feeling that you’re stepping off the edge of the skyscraper and walking on air.
It takes a lot of courage to make the first step. The glass floor is clear without a single scratch. You can see the street below so clearly, that it’s almost like the glass isn’t even there. Once you finally make the first step, the fear instantly turns into curiosity.
The Rooftop Bar
After you’ve tested your adrenaline limits, you deserve a drink! Sit back on a puffy mat with a cocktail in hand and watch the nightly sky turn into warm tones while the sun is slipping away behind the horizon.
Their signature cocktail is Aperol Spritz – which is the best in Bangkok for sure! Beverage menu also offers a variety of wines, beer, cocktails, and lemonades. Prices are from 350 – 800 THB. There aren’t any food options available.
The best time to visit
The best time to visit is definitely before the sunset – as you’ll get to experience the views during the day and night.
Just bear in mind that right before the sunset is the most popular time to visit the SkyWalk and it’s going to get crowded. During the sunset hours, time on the glass floor is limited to 10 minutes per person.
Make sure to arrive earlier than half an hour before the sunset. Otherwise, you might end up standing in a queue to get up to the roof for an hour and miss it.
Also, bring a jacket if you’re planning to stay up there after it gets dark, as it’s pretty chilly. But the views are worth it!
Location & Tickets
The MahaNakhon SkyWalk is conveniently located in the middle of the Bangkok business district Silom next to BTS station Chong Nonsi. It’s also easily reachable by Grab or regular taxis.
It’s open daily from 10:00 – midnight.
- Adults: 1050 THB to access everything or 850 THB for the observation deck on the 74th floor only.
- Children (3 – 12 y.o.) and Senior (over 60): 250 THB
You can buy tickets at the entrance or online through King Power MahaNakhon’s website, where they sometimes have special promotions.