Planning a trip to Bangkok and unsure if the Mahanakhon Skywalk is a must-visit? This guide provides a comprehensive overview, covering key details like ticket prices, opening hours, directions, and my own personal experience at the venue.
With this information, you can decide whether this attraction is a fit for your Bangkok travel itinerary.
Let’s dive in!
What is Mahanakhon Skywalk?
The King Power Mahanakhon building stands tall with 78 floors. Inside, a hotel, great places to eat, the FIRSTER mall, and the captivating Skywalk.
This unique building, designed in a unique pixelated style, ranks as Bangkok’s second tallest.
The highlight of the Mahanakhon building is the Skywalk, a large observatory on the 74th and 78th floors where you can see all of Bangkok in its glory.
The most exciting part of the Skywalk is the 310-meter-high glass floor you can walk on with views straight down to the streets below, but not for the faint-hearted!
With more than 100k bookings on Klook, the Skywalk is one of the top things to do in Bangkok.
Tickets and Prices
Where to purchase tickets
Tickers for the venue are available from online platforms like Klook or you can also get them on the 1st floor of the Mahanakhon building when you arrive.
From my personal experience at the attraction, I suggest getting them online ahead of time.
It means you won’t have to wait in line for tickets, and you can head straight to the elevator queue, where they’ll scan your booking QR code from your online ticket.
You have two options for when you can visit: the daytime slot (9:00 AM – 3:30 PM) or the nighttime slot (3:31 PM – 7:00 PM).
The price of tickets changes depending on which timeslot you pick, ranging from 880 THB to 1,080 THB for adults.
The nighttime slot costs more (1,080 THB for adults), but it gives you the opportunity to enjoy the sunset views over Bangkok.
Seniors and children have a fixed ticket price of 250 THB per person, regardless of the timeslot.
|Daytime||880 THB||250 THB||250 THB|
|Nighttime||1,080 THB||250 THB||250 THB|
How to get cheap tickets?
The attraction is included in Gocity’s list of things to do in Bangkok. By choosing this option, you can not only access this attraction but also other activities in the city, allowing you to save on overall ticket costs.
Gocity is especially useful for tourists looking to visit multiple attractions in Bangkok. Check out my review of the travel app.
How to get there
Getting to the Mahanakhon Skywalk is fairly straightforward due to its convenient location next to the Chong Nonsi BTS station in Bangkok’s lively Silom district.
To start your journey, hop on the BTS Skytrain Silom line in the direction of Bang Wa. If you’re switching from the Sukhumvit line, change trains at Siam BTS station.
When you get to your Chong Nonsi station (the nearest BTS station), take the 3rd exit.
You won’t have any trouble finding your way to the Mahanakhon building. Just follow the signs, and you can’t miss the tall building when you arrive.
You can purchase BTS tickets at any station, or go for a prepaid Rabbit Card to avoid waiting in line for tickets.
As a tourist, you can purchase these cards at BTS stations or prebook and pick them up upon arrival at Bangkok Airport.
Opening times and best time to visit
The Mahanakhon Skywalk welcomes visitors every day of the year, 7 days a week, from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM. However, please note that the last entry to the venue is at 6:30 PM.
The best time to visit
Based on my personal experience visiting the venue, I suggest going early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid the intense Bangkok heat during the midday hours.
If you do visit around midday, make sure to wear a hat and use sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun.
For catching the sunset, aim to be there between 5:30 PM and 6:00 PM, as the sun usually sets in Bangkok around 6:30 PM.
Looking for a great photo opportunity without the crowds? Plan your visit on a weekday and steer clear of weekends or public holidays, which tend to be busier times at the attraction.
Before purchasing a ticket, it’s a good idea to check the weather forecast. Keep in mind that the outdoor area on the 78th floor might be closed during rainy conditions. While they might not provide a refund, they could potentially offer you a reissued ticket for another day.
Highlights of the attraction (with my experience)
The main draw of the Mahanakhon Skywalk is its stunning 360-degree views of the Bangkok skyline.
These breathtaking vistas can be experienced from indoor and outdoor areas on the 74th and 78th floors of the Mahanakhon building.
Let’s take a closer look at what each floor has to offer.
On the 1st floor
Your journey begins on the 1st floor, which serves as the main entrance.
Here, you’ll find the ticketing booth, lockers for your belongings (please note that backpacks can’t be taken to the rooftop), and the primary elevator that takes you to the attractions.
On the 1st floor, there’s also an option for a Virtual Reality (VR) experience where you can fully immerse yourself in city or mountain landscapes. The cost for the VR experience is 150 THB per person.
To reach the main attraction on the 7th floor, you’ll need to line up for the main elevator and have your ticket QR code ready for scanning.
Before you enter the elevator, there’s a chance for a memorable photo taken by the venue’s staff. You can pick up this up when you exit the venue just before the gift shop.
As you ascend to the top floor, there’s a digital screen inside the elevator displaying various graphics. The ride is so smooth that you hardly notice you’re making your way to the top!
Since I had a Gocity pass, I had to go to the ticketing booth to collect my ticket, which took about 5-10 minutes due to a small queue.
The staff members were quite helpful. They provided information and gave directions. Despite the fact that there were a lot of people, especially around 4 p.m., everything seemed well-organized.
We queued up again at the main elevator, waiting for about 5 minutes. They limit the number of people on each floor, which is why there was a short wait.
In total, we spent around 15 minutes on the first floor before we got into the elevator, which moved fairly quickly.
On the 74th floor
The lift opens up onto the 7th floor, which is an indoor air-conditioned area of the attraction with glass panels to give you great views.
You can walk around the 74th floor, admiring the city from different angles and learning more about each neighborhood via digital touch screens.
This level also has a cafe where you can get your daily caffeine fix or refresher before making your way onto the rooftop.
Don’t miss the various art installations on this floor!
This floor provided a fantastic opportunity to enjoy the views while staying cool in an air-conditioned environment. I found it quite enjoyable to use the digital screens available to gather more insights about Bangkok and the Mahanakhon building.
On the 78th floor
To reach the 78th floor, you can either use the other elevator or take the spiral staircase. Before going up to the 78th floor staff will provide you will protective socks which you must wear if you want to walk on the glass tray.
As soon as you step out of the elevator, you’ll notice that this area is open-air, so you’ll definitely feel the heat!
The 78th floor is the centerpiece of the attraction with its panoramic city views, comfortable seating area, and the main highlight – the glass tray floor experience.
If you’re in need of refreshments, this floor has a rooftop bar. They offer various options, from cocktails, beers, and wines to mocktails and hot coffee.
You’ll also find a selection of light snacks, including hot dogs, savory treats, and even ice cream.
Glass floor experience
When you’re on the 78th floor, don’t miss the 60-square-meter reinforced glass floor. If you’re feeling brave, you can actually walk on it and even snap some photos.
The glass floor is positioned 310 meters above the streets of Bangkok, providing an incredibly unique experience.
If you decide to step onto the glass, make sure to follow the staff’s instructions. They’ll likely ask you to wear protective socks and advise against bringing your belongings, including your mobile phone, onto the glass.
For taking photos, you’ll need someone to capture you from the side while you’re on the glass. Either a friend or ask one of the staff members.
However, if you’re afraid of heights, I recommend simply enjoying the view from a distance – that’s what I did!
Exit and gift shop
To exit, return to the main elevator on the 74th floor. This will bring you down to the 4th floor, where you’ll discover the gift shop and the spot to retrieve the photo taken when you first entered.
Leaving the venue leads you into the mall section of the Mahanakhon building. You’ll need to walk through this area to reach the 1st floor.
I couldn’t help but feel they wanted me to do a bit of shopping too – sneaky, right?
Is it worth the visit? From my personal experience
After my trip to the Mahanakhon Skywalk, I can confidently say that it’s definitely worth the price.
However, if you’re not particularly interested in city observatories or viewpoints, this might not be the right attraction for you – unless you’re just keen on relaxing at the bar with some drinks.
If you’re looking to view Bangkok from a unique perspective and capture some stunning photos, this is a fantastic activity for families, couples, or even solo travelers. I highly recommend it.
Reflecting on my visit, I might choose to go a bit later next time to catch the sunset. Additionally, I’d consider visiting during the week rather than the weekend to avoid the crowds.
Tips for your visit
- Opt for early morning or late afternoon visits to escape the intense Bangkok sun during midday.
- Make sure to check the weather forecast as the outdoor area might close during rainy conditions.
- Consider buying your tickets in advance to skip the ticketing queue at the venue.
- Since the venue can get crowded, plan your visit on weekdays to avoid the weekend rush.
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