Best Rooftop Bars in Bangkok

When it comes to rooftop bars, Bangkok is probably the coolest city in the world! There are so many spectacular bars to choose from I can’t list them all. I have picked seven of the best rooftop bars in no particular order. Make sure to visit at least one of these on your Bangkok stay.

1. CHAR Bangkok

CHAR Bangkok is not by far the highest rooftop bar, but it certainly has the most spectacular skyline view of Bangkok.

Address:
26th floor at Hotel Indigo Bangkok 81 Wireless Road, Lumpini, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330.

Lofoten in Norway – When I’m not in Thailand

Yes, this is a blog about Thailand, but I thought I should share some stuff from Norway where I live and work when I’m not vacationing in Thailand. Most recently we spent a weekend in Lofoten, an archipelago in northern Norway known for its dramatic spiky mountains, crystal clear arctic waters, and picturesque villages and harbors. This place is just too beautiful not to be shared.

Leknes

Stunning airplane view over Leknes

Tup Kaek Sunset Beach Resort in Nong Thale, Krabi Province

One early morning after taking pictures of the sunrise at Nong Thale Lake we went to Tubkaek Beach before heading back to Ao Nang for a quick walk on the beach. We parked the car opposite Tup Kaek Sunset Beach Resort because there was a small road leading down to the beach.

I thought I should share some pictures from the surroundings outside the resort as it might be useful for someone interested in vacationing in Krabi away from the crowds.

Tup Kaek Sunset Beach Resort. Looks pretty inviting.

Phuket vs. Krabi: Where to Go?

Phuket or Krabi? Personally, I don’t like to compare these two places since they are so different from each other. Phuket is an island famous for its long white sandy beaches and nightlife while Krabi, located on the mainland, is known for its natural beauty including limestone mountains, idyllic beaches, and mangrove forests.

Why choose when you can visit both?
 There is a bridge connecting Phuket with the mainland, and you can drive to Krabi via Phang Nga in two hours. But if you need to choose one place, you might want to know some differences between these two tropical paradises.

Development

First, the most obvious difference; Phuket is an enormous tourist destination and has been around longer than Krabi. Here are over 200 spas to choose from, world-class hotels and award-winning restaurants. And you can’t compare the nightlife – Phuket is a different world. This means Phuket attracts more people, which in turn makes prices a bit higher.

Water sport activities

If you’re into water sports like jet ski and parasailing, you’ll need to go to Phuket. Several national parks incorporate the beaches and offshore islands in Krabi why motorized water sports aren’t allowed.

Floating Markets in Thailand – the Old Style of Selling Goods

A floating market is a market where you buy goods from vendors straight out of their boats, usually by a river. In the past, most villages in Thailand were built on the riversides, and boats were mainly used for trade. As Thailand’s road and rail system developed, floating markets were forced to move onto the land, and today most of the floating markets are aimed at tourists.

It’s pretty cool to see how they sold things in the past, and a visit to a floating market should be on your list. Below are four floating markets I have visited in Thailand including the famous Damnoen Saduak Floating Market.

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market (Ratchaburi)

Kopi 1942: A Famous Breakfast Place in Nakhon Si Thammarat

Nakhon Si Thammarat, the largest province in southern Thailand, is located on the east coast of the Malay Peninsula with Krabi to the west. My wife studied traditional Thai dance here when she was a young girl and still visit the town from time to time when some errands need to be done.

Most recent, she needed to meet a dermatologist, and before we went back to Krabi, she wanted to show me Kopi 1942, which is a famous breakfast place in the center of Nakhon Si Thammarat Town serving old-style coffee, traditional tea, dim sum and other Chinese/Thai food.

Although it’s known for being a breakfast place for the locals, you can come here for dinner as we did or simply have a coffee and enjoy the old colonial style restaurant – highly recommended if you are in Nakhon Si Thammarat.

Kopi, which is a Malay/Hokkien term for coffee, was established in 1942 and little has changed since then.

Three Years Ago Today I Married My Wife

Three years ago today my amazing wife Thiprudee and I went to the Amphur office in my wife’s home town with two witnesses – her parents – to sign the marriage certificate. Almost two years later we had the wedding party with nearly a thousand guests at my in-law’s house surrounded by a forest of palm trees in Lam Thap, Krabi. It felt like the entire village was invited and people parked cars and scooters everywhere between the palm trees. It was like what we in Sweden call a “folkparksfest.”

Mountain View Bar – a Nice Hideaway Overlooking Patong

Even though my wife lived seven years in Phuket, she was never up to the hills of Patong. She didn’t even know there was a panoramic view of Patong until I showed a picture on the internet and suggested that we should drive up and take a look. There are a few restaurants and bars up here, but it is a very quiet area despite its closeness to Patong Beach.

View over Patong from Mountain View Bar

Sunrises in Thailand Are a Good Reason to Get up Early

Most people don’t like to go up early in the morning, and if it weren’t for my interests in flying drone during the early hours of the day, I wouldn’t haul my ass out of bed before the rooster crows.

But every time we do get up early, I’m fascinated by the incredible light that you do not see at sunsets. And the breakfast buffet tastes so good when you get back to your hotel after a little morning adventure.

If you’re staying at a west-facing beach, it can be hard to find a good spot, but if you have the opportunity to get to a good location, I strongly recommend it – especially if you’re flying a drone.

Below are a few places I have visited during sunrise.

Koh Yao Noi in Phang Nga Bay