Westin Bangkok city view

Bangkok CBD urban landscape up close

Bangkok at night as seen from the terrace of Zest Bar

Bangkok at night as seen from the terrace of Zest Bar

I got excited upon seeing the urban landscape that is Bangkok from the glass windows of Altitude, Westin Bangkok’s rooftop function space at the 25th floor. But more so when Nicole led me to the terrace overlooking downtown. I got exhilarated and gazed at the spread of buildings and structures built in various times, in different sizes and different design.

I went to the triangular viewdeck that gives you a better view below and marveled at the beautiful scenery. It was rather overcast and a looming rain cloud was edging its way into the city from the west. But the light was dramatic, moody while buildings from afar became silhouettes.

I love urban landscapes and the Bangkok skyline is so much different from what we have in Manila. Here, tall buildings are spread afar unlike in the latter wherein commercial districts are like islands among a sea of residential housing. The long stretch of BTS tracks cuts through this urban jungle cleanly.

At night, after finishing our sumptuous dinner of European seafood at Seasonal Tastes, we went to the terrace of Zest Bar (8th floor) and it was just marvelous. Busy Asok at night. Citylights. Terminal 21 is brightly lit while the BTS skytrain comes and goes.

MORE IMAGES: Westin Bangkok’s Seasonal Tastes and Zest Bar

And this is why I love the Westin Bangkok viewdecks, be it at the Altitudes or at Zest Bar. While skybars are the rage in this city, located at several floors up giving you a birds eye view of a wide expanse, Westin’s viewdecks are lower and gives you a better and intimate view of the city. Up close.

City view showing the terrace of Zest Bar

City view showing the terrace of Zest Bar

View of Terminal 21 side

View of Terminal 21 side

View of north side

View of north side

View of west side with BTS line

View of west side with BTS line

View of Asok at the viewing deck of Altitude, the highest part of Westin Bangkok

View of Asok at the viewing deck of Altitude, the highest part of Westin Bangkok

Altitude | Zest Bar and Terrace
Westin Grande Sukhumvit
259 Sukhumvit Road
Bangkok, 10110
Thailand
+66 2 207 8000 | +66 2 255 2441 (fax)
[email protected]
http://www.westingrandesukhumvit.com/

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications. He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces. I'm open for work, collaborations and inquiries, including hotel, restaurant and site features and reviews.

4 Comments

  1. Estan, Ang Langyaw (@LangyawMedia)
    November 14, 2015 @ 10:56

    Bangkok CBD upclose as viewed from @westinbangkok Zest Bar & Terrace and Altitude
    https://t.co/GJhCyaSPSw https://t.co/uH10zL3uYo

  2. @ThailandVandaag
    November 15, 2015 @ 19:43

    Bangkok CBD urban landscape up close – langyaw https://t.co/fWszSzx5Et

  3. Vira
    November 16, 2015 @ 13:59

    Hi,
    I think we met in TBEX, and you told me that you wanted to visit Indonesia.
    Seeing how you like taking pictures of city skylines, I think you would be pretty occupied in Jakarta when you do come visit 😀

  4. estan
    November 20, 2015 @ 21:19

    Hi Vira, yes, I remember. I need to go there soonest! 🙂

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