Tower II’s exclusive international buffet is the perfect place to sample cuisine from all over the world while enjoying a stunning view of Bangkok’s impressive skyline.

I got into a large, highly polished elevator and was whisked up, up, up to the 77th floor, moving so fast that my ears popped. The 77th floor offers a 360˚ panoramic view of the city, complete with an
information board to explain exactly what you’re looking at.

Baiyoke Tower II was opened on January 1998 and at a colossal 304 meters or 997 feet is Thailand’s tallest building. The main part of Baiyoke Tower II is occupied by the Baiyoke Sky Hotel, which has 673 rooms for guests and is the tallest hotel in southeast Asia, the third tallest in the entire world.

According to the tower’s information boards, there are a total of 2,060 steps from the bottom of Baiyoke Tower II to the top and it takes more than an hour to climb them from top to bottom. For once, I’m happy to take their word for it, preferring to take the lift instead.

All around the 77th floor are photographs of Bangkok from the past and life-sized models of things such as tuk-tuks and an old shop front, which make great photo opportunities.

Looking over Bangkok, enjoying world cuisine

At 5:30 the dining room is open and I found a table next to the window so that I could enjoy the view as I ate. The buffet is fantastic; I don’t think I’ve ever seen so much food in one place before. Organized into sections by type and country of origin, there are well over a hundred dishes available, everything from fresh seafood to BBQ to creamy Italian pasta. Prepared and served by gourmet chefs, everything is perfect.

I dined in style on a mixture of French soup, seafood, steak, Japanese food and much more. At 6:30 I took another elevator up to the revolving top deck on the 84th floor to watch the sun set. Completely unobstructed by trees or buildings, I had a spectacular view of the dramatic dying of the day.

Entertainment during and after your dinner

It takes about 5 minutes for the deck to rotate back to the starting point and I went around several times, locating some of my favorite Bangkok landmarks and watching with interest as the scene turned to night and the lights came on all over the city.

One of the great things about the buffet is that you can return anytime you want within the dining hours. My table was waiting for me an hour later and this time I sampled the delicious deserts.

When I had eaten my fill I moved on to the Roof Top Bar and Music Lounge on the 83rd floor, where I sat by the window enjoying the view over Bangkok. The room was lit only by candlelight, with light jazz music playing in the background.

The buffet lunch is open from 11am to 2pm, while dinner is served from 5:30-10pm. Baiyoke Tower II is located at 222 Ratchaprarop Road, Bangkok. The nearest BTS stop is Chidlom and from there it is just a short taxi ride.

By Kirsty Turner

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