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Cloud 47 Rooftop Bar & Restaurant, Bangkok

April 15th, 2016 · No Comments · Thailand Information, Thailand Stuff

Thaizer – Thailand news, tips & advice

When it comes to rooftop bars and restaurants in Bangkok, there are plenty of options. But many of those venues have dress regulations in place and sky-high prices to go with the sky-high location. However, there are some rooftop bars in Bangkok which combine fabulous views of the city with a menu and drinks list that won’t break the bank.

view from Cloud 47 rooftop bar Bangkok

Cloud 47 bar and bistro

Unlike many other Bangkok rooftop bars and restaurants, Cloud 47 isn’t associated with one of the city’s top-range hotels. Instead, Cloud 47 is located on top of an office building and consequently has a more relaxed ambience compared to some of the alternative rooftop bars in the Thai capital. Cloud 47 attracts a mixed clientele with office workers, expats and tourists all enjoying views of the Bangkok skyline to go with their drinks. The venue has a covered area should the weather take a turn for the worse and a small stage sometimes hosts live music.

Cloud 47 rooftop bar and restaurant Bangkok

You’re certainly not going to get Bangkok’s best dining experience here. The service can often be slow and the venue lacks the luxury and attention to detail found at more prestigious rooftop bars in Bangkok. Despite all of that I’ve visited Cloud 47 a number of times and enjoyed the drinks, views and lack of pretentiousness. The rooftop bar provides decent value for money and some great views over the city from the spacious open-air terrace. Visit for sunset and you’ll be able to make out the Chao Phraya River stretching away in the distance and the nearby lights over Silom and Sathorn.

Cloud 47 rooftop bar Bangkok

Cloud 47 rooftop bar in Bangkok

Food and drink prices

Cloud 47 is more of a place to go for casual drinks and snacks rather than a fine dining experience. The menu features a mix of Thai, Western and fusion dishes in addition to a solid drinks selection. Example prices are 180 Baht for a spicy pork taco and another 180 Baht for a pint of draft Chang. Cocktails start from 250 Baht.

visit Cloud 47 rooftop bar Bangkok

Cloud 47 bar Bangkok

How to get to Cloud 47, Bangkok

Cloud 47 is located on the 47th Floor of the United Centre Building on Silom Road. The nearest BTS Skytrain station is Sala Daeng, a 5-minute walk away along Silom Road. When you enter the front entrance of the United Centre Building you need to walk towards the back past a number of shops and through a set of doors. You’ll see signs for Cloud 47 and staff will allow you in via the security turnstile enabling you to take the lift to the 47th Floor.

  • Open daily from 5pm-1am
  • Reservations not required
  • Telephone: 091 889 9600
  • No strict dress-code. Some visitors do dress smartly, but you won’t be turned away if you are wearing shorts, flip-flops or sportswear

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Visiting Thailand in April

April 4th, 2016 · No Comments · Thailand Events, Thailand News, Thailand Stuff

Thaizer – Thailand news, tips & advice

April in Thailand sees the country in the middle of summer with hot weather wherever you go. Although temperatures are high, Thailand is well-adapted to deal with the heat and visitors will be thankful for air-conditioning in hotel rooms, taxis and shopping malls. April also brings the perfect way to cool down thanks to the Songkran Thai New Year Water Festival. The biggest holiday of the year in Thailand is celebrated with great enthusiasm as people pour water over each other as a way of wishing good luck for the year ahead.

celebrating Songkran in Chiang Mai

Thailand weather in April

April can bring extremely high temperatures throughout Thailand, particularly in the north and north-east of the country. With summer temperatures often nudging 40°C (104°F) it makes sense to try to plan any activities and sightseeing for the morning or late afternoon wherever possible. The April heat and humidity in Thailand can be draining and visitors should drink plenty of bottled water to keep hydrated.

Location Average Minimum
Temp. (°C)
Average Maximum
Temp. (°C)
Average Rainfall
Bangkok 25 35 72
Chiang Mai 22 36 45
Ko Samui 26 32 86
Krabi 25 34 120
Pattaya 26 33 67
Phuket 24 33 157

Some provinces in the north of Thailand can see localised haze and smog in early April although the worst is usually over in March

Which is the best Thai island or beach resort to visit in April?

With April being hot season in Thailand, whichever beach resort or island you choose you can expect plenty of blue skies and sunshine. Showers and summer storms can occur anywhere in Thailand during April, but they tend to be over quickly. Prolonged periods of rainfall and rough seas aren’t the norm in April and boat services run as usual throughout the month. There is no major difference in weather from one coast to the other so choose whichever island or beach takes your fancy. Although average rainfall during April is slightly higher on Thailand’s Andaman Coast (e.g. Krabi, Phuket) compared to the Gulf Coast and the Eastern Seaboard, the amounts are still low.

April events & festivals

Thailand commemorates the founding of the royal Chakri dynasty with Chakri Day on April 6 a public holiday. The biggest and most widely anticipated holiday of the year is the Songkran Thai New Year Water Festival. Official dates of the holiday are from April 13-15, but water throwing often starts a day or two earlier in a number of locations. There are also some regional variations (such as Chonburi) which sees events such as the Wan Lai Festival celebrated on different dates.

Many Thai people working in Bangkok return home for the extended Songkran holiday. Buses, trains and planes heading out of Bangkok to the north and north-east of Thailand tend to be extra busy for Songkran. There are also some destinations such as Chiang Mai which are extremely popular with overseas and Thai tourists heading to the city to celebrate the Thai New Year Water Festival. It’s advisable to book Songkran transport and accommodation well in advance, especially if you are heading from Bangkok to the north or north-east of Thailand.

Poy Sang Long is a colourful festival celebrated by the Shan (Tai Yai) people in north and north-west Thailand. Young boys being prepared to be ordained as Buddhist monks are dressed like princes just as the Buddha was in his youth and carried on the shoulders of older relatives. Poy Sang Long takes place in various locations around northern Thailand during March and April. The most famous place to witness Poy Sang Long in Thailand is in Mae Hong Son with the event celebrated over a three-day period on the first weekend in April.

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