Our dinner reservation was at six in the evening. We were stuck in traffic for two hours and we’re just traversing a good two kilometers from our hotel to our endpoint (gotta love Manila traffic eh?). We then decided to jump out of the cab and go on foot to the highlight of that evening, the Baiyoke Revolving View Point at Baiyoke Sky Hotel.
|Traffic is really bad in Bangkok|
The 85-storey (997 ft.) Baiyoke Tower II holds the record as the tallest building in Bangkok (and in Thailand). It houses the Baiyoke Sky Hotel (seventh tallest all-hotel structure in the world and the tallest hotel in Southeast Asia – as of writing – check rates) and nine restaurants/bars plus an observation deck.
We booked at Crystal Grill Restaurant for dinner buffet beforehand and were greeted by an attendant and went straight ahead to our assigned table. We were famished and all we wanna do was to dive into the lovely buffet spread and just feast.
|Crystal Grill Restaurant|
The interiors and fixtures were all modern. The restaurant hugged the tower thus the circular layout. Food selections were very diverse and we didn’t have much time to look around and just dug into the yummy dishes on the spread. And then we realized that there’s a gorgeous view on the huge glass windows around the restaurant.
We had Lobster Bisque, Sushi-Sashimi, Steamed Seafood, Seafood Tom Yum, Australian Lamb Chop Steak, Australian Tenderloin Steak, Salmon Steak and Double Cooked Duck Maryland with Tamarin Sauce. It was a feast!
|Seafood Tom Yum - the rockstar that evening!|
|Double Cooked Duck Maryland with Tamarin Sauce|
After about two hours of lounging at the Bangkok Balcony, we decided to check out the roof deck for the climax, The Observatory Revolving View Point. We took an elevator, again, up to the 83rd floor where a small exhibit showing “old” Thailand was displayed and then took the steps leading to the 84th floor where the 360 degrees revolving observation deck is located. Being the tallest structure in the city, this should have the most wonderful view of Bangkok’s skyline at night, I’m pretty sure.
|Perfect "high" in Bangkok - pun intended|
We called it a day and head out of the Baiyoke Sky Tower with thrilled smiles on our faces. It was almost midnight and the Bangkok heavy traffic kinda waned. We then decided to take a tuk tuk going back to our hotel. Yes, we needed to haggle and yes, it’s more expensive than taking a cab but what the heck, we really wanna try it out. And so we did.