Yao Rooftop Bar in Silom, Bangkok
Yao Rooftop Bar is a striking addition to the growing collection of rooftops in Bangkok. It may not be much talked about (so far) but with its soft Chinese theme and stunning views, it is a new gem in our list. Located at the 52nd and 53rd floors of the Marriott Bangkok Surawongsee in Silom, Yao offers rewarding views of the city skyline with a good 360˙ panoramic view. Note that Yao is a true rooftop: it’s open sky and you can walk to the very edge of the building and look all the way down as the terraces are surrounded by a safe mid-high glass rail (which is not always the case on some rooftops).
The location between Silom and the riverside is quite strategic, and if you too are passionate by the ever-changing skyline of Bangkok, you will have a lot of fun identifying all the landmarks and most iconic towers in a sea of buildings of all sizes and shapes. Having a sunset drink up there is an entertaining occasion to play endless games of ‘name that building over there!’
The rooftop is surprisingly vast and beautifully decorated with a Chinese theme. There is plenty of comfortable sitting everywhere, from oversized sofas with cushions to high tables for two along the edge, with just a small but safe glass wall to separate you from the view. Among the most iconic landmarks, you will easily recognize other nearby rooftops: the new architectural wonder of Mahanakorn Skywalk, the already popular Sky Bar made even more famous by the movie ‘The Hangover 2’. The well known ‘Robot building’ is also visible and seems to be hiding between two towers (see photo lower in the page). You can easily sport the Baiyoke Tower that is now the second tallest tower in Thailand, only overshadowed by the Mahanakorn Tower.
Yao rooftop offers almost a 360-degree view but is mainly facing west, allowing superb sunsets above the new IconSiam shopping mall and the two attached residential skyscrapers.
Drinks and Food
Since Yao is above the Chinese restaurant of the same name, expect the menu to include a lot of Chinese Dim Sums: Shrimp Shu-Mai (168 baht), Pork ribs with black bean sauce (178 baht), Cheese with crab dumpling (158 baht), Xiao Long Bao pork dumplings (138 baht). As Yao is actually a restaurant, you can also go for main courses: Hand-pulled noodle with spicy pork gravy sauce old Pekin style (268 baht), Peking duck rolls with caviar and wasabi (428 baht), Szechuan fried chicken with chilli and cashew nuts (528 baht)
Yao Rooftop Bar Info
Location: Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse
Address: 32nd Fl. – Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse, 262 Thanon Surawong, Si Phraya, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500
Open: 5 pm – 12 am
Phone: 02 088 5666