Last Updated on December 10, 2020 by Soumya
When we were in Bangkok recently, we could not miss out walking on the King Power Mahanakhon Skywalk in Silom, Bangkok.
The Mahanakhon tower is tall, sleek, and stylish and this Bangkok skywalk is right up there in the sky, hovering more than 1000 feet above land. Can be a little daunting for some.
Mahanakhon Skywalk is still considerably new. Hence, there’s isn’t a ton of information available on it. In this guide, you will learn
- All practical information that you need to visit including Mahanakhon skywalk ticket price, opening hours, and ticket counters.
- My review of the overall experience; what you can and cannot do at the skywalk?
- How to plan your trip here?
Located on the 78th floor, the Mahanakhon skywalk in Bangkok provides you with an amazing 360-degree view of the city. Also an excellent opportunity to let go of that niggling fear of heights if you have any.
Ultimate Guide to King Power Mahanakhon Skywalk Bangkok
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What is Mahanakhon Skywalk?
King Power Mahanakhon Skywalk is Thailand’s highest observation deck and a must-do on every Bangkok itinerary. The skywalk opened up to the public on 16 November 2018 and has been accepting visitors ever since.
The observation deck of this Bangkok skywalk is at a height of 314 meters and offers panoramic views of the city at all times of the day.
However, the main attraction of the observatory is the large glass tray that you can walk upon. Considered to be one of the largest in the world, the 63-square-meter glass tray offers you an opportunity to peek at the streets of Bangkok from 78 floors above. Thrilling, isn’t is?
Thailand is one of the cheapest countries to travel from India. Therefore, we have been to Bangkok countless times. But this was the first time we ever scaled the Mahanakhon.
Bangkok is usually famous for its beautiful temples, awesome street food, and busy markets. A skywalk is a pretty offbeat Thailand attraction and hardly figures in the usual Bangkok itineraries. This makes it kind of Bangkok hidden gem.
What to expect at the Mahanakhon skywalk?
Once you are inside the Mahanakhon Tower, you will be expected to get your tickets from the ticket counter on the ground floor (the same floor that you enter into).
After getting your tickets, queue up at the elevators in the digital corridor. The corridor features an upside-down white-colored model of the city of Bangkok. Look up at the ceiling to appreciate the model and spot the only colored building – of Mahanakhon.
The Mahanakhon elevators are believed to be one of the fastest elevators in Thailand. Experience the speed as you ride up 74 floors in only 50 seconds.
Mahanakhon Skywalk Indoor & Outdoor Observatories
As you get off on the 74th floor, you will enter the indoor observatory that offers 360-degree views of downtown Bangkok. You can also learn about key landmarks of Bangkok here through the use of interactive screens. Here is also the boarding area for the golden glass elevator that takes you all the way up to the skywalk.
On the 75th floor, there are restrooms and a boarding area for elevators that take you down. There are no proper directions here. On our way up, we got confused between the glass and the return elevators. There is usually a long queue in front of the normal elevators and we joined that by mistake. We ended up coming back down instead of going up to the skywalk.
Please note that, on the 74th floor, the golden glass elevator is the one that will take you all the way up to the skywalk. The normal elevators will take you down. Make sure you board the right one.
Observation Deck & Rooftop Bar
As you climb to the 78th floor in the glass elevator, you will reach the top of the Mahanakhon Tower in Bangkok. Here, you can climb up the steps of a small pyramid called The Peak – Thailand’s Highest Outdoor Observation Area. This is at a height of 314 meters.
King Power Mahanakhon Tower also has one of the best rooftop bars in Bangkok. It serves champagne and cocktails and takes your top-of-the-world experience a notch higher.
Please note that one drink is included with your Mahanakhon skywalk ticket. So, get a drink and enjoy the view from the highest tower in Bangkok.
Mahanakhon Skywalk Glass Tray
The 78th floor also features the most exciting part of the Mahanakhon SkyWalk – The Mahanakhon Glass Tray. The Mahanakhon Glass Tray is designed to cantilever against the building at a height of more than 1000 feet above the ground (310 meters to be precise). As you stare down below, you can see the streets of Bangkok with toy cars running on them. A step on the glass tray will definitely send a shot of adrenaline to your bloodstream.
Shoes and sandals are not allowed on the tray. Instead, you will be given cloth covers for your feet right at the entrance to the tray. You will also be given bags to put your belongings into that you need to leave at the entrance. You are not allowed to carry cameras or phones on the glass tray. Photography is allowed from across a barrier.
It is completely safe to walk on the glass, sit on it, or lie down face up/down. You can also sit on the low parapet that surrounds the glass tray on three sides. As you sit on it and raise your feet above the tray, you will get an eerie but real feeling of your feet hanging in thin air. This can be scary for some. Avoid getting on the glass tray, especially sitting on the parapet, if you have a fear of heights.
How to get to King Power Mahanakhon Tower?
The Mahanakhon Tower is directly connected to the BTS Skytrain station at Chong Nonsi. This is the most convenient way to get here. You can also ride a car or take the BRT. Details on parking and bus routes are available on the King Power Mahanakhon Website.
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The skywalk at Mahanakhon tower is open every day between 10 am to midnight. The last admission happens at 11 pm.
The busiest hours are between 4-7 pm when lots of people come in to catch a bit of both the day and the night. Watching the sunset from the top of the world can be mesmerizing.
Mahanakhon Skywalk Tickets & Prices
The ticket office is located on the left side of the building’s lobby on the first floor.
Tickets are priced at 1050 THB normally but they still have an introductory price of 765 THB for adults.
Update: Mahanahkon Skywalk tickets are priced at 880 THB. Very often, they have promotions that can get you in much cheaper. Make sure you check their website for promotions before planning your trip.
Ticket prices for children between 3 – 12 and seniors above the age of 60 are 250 THB. Children under 3 ride for free.
Helpful tips for visiting
- Just before sunset is the best time to experience the Mahanakhon skywalk. You can see Bangkok both in light and dark and enjoying the sunset with a glass of champagne in hand.
- You can check out sunset times here. However, this is also the busiest time. Make sure you reserve your time slots beforehand.
- There are two elevators on the 74th floor – a golden glass one that takes you up to the skywalk and a usual steel one that takes you downstairs. Pick the right one depending on your requirements.
- This Bangkok skywalk is wheelchair-accessible.
- Toilets are located on the mezzanine floor of 75th, close to the boarding area for the return elevators.
Do I recommend this skywalk at Mahanakhon Tower?
King Power Mahanakhon Skywalk in Bangkok has one of the largest glass trays in the world that you can walk on. It also has some of the fastest elevators as well as Thailand’s highest rooftop bar.
Come here if you wish to catch a panoramic view of the city, get a bird’s eye view of the streets of Bangkok, and enjoy a drink as you watch the sun go down. It is absolutely worth it!
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