Last week I drove down to Bangkok to see my brother off and had the chance to visit the Mahanakorn King Power Building!
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What is the Mahanakorn King Power Building?
Located in the heart of Bangkok, the Mahanakorn King Power Building boasts the city’s most epic views. Only a short walk from the Chong Nonsi BTS station, it’s easily accessible by public transit.
Which is great, because being stuck in Bangkok’s traffic is the absolute worst. The 78-story Mahanakorn building is home to an impressive King Power Duty-Free Shop, Ritz Carlton Residence, and the famous Skywalk that’s a mere 314 meters up. (This is sarcasm.)
For those of you unfamiliar with meters, it’s about 1,030 feet above the ground. It’s safe to say this skywalk isn’t for the faint of heart.
My Experience at the Mahanakorn King Power Building
I’m not sure if it’s due to COVID-19, but they have been having a sale for the past few months. I think it will end at the end of October, so if you’re planning to go, check it out before then! If you chose to go now, try to aim for a Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday.
The normal ticket price is 880 baht per person, or $28. However, since we went on a Thursday, we were able to get our tickets at a 50% discount, which was 440 baht, or $14.
You can buy the tickets here. They also have other deals if you happen to go at night or on the weekend.
This ticket begins with a visit to the 74th floor, where you’re provided with a panoramic 360-degree view of Bangkok. There are touch screens to help you learn more about Bangkok’s neighborhoods and history, as well as augmented reality experiences.
Once you’ve had your fill of the views, its time for the real experience.
The Mahanakorn King Power Building Skywalk
Before you take the short elevator up to the 78th floor, you’re given blue or black booties to put on your feet. These help to protect the glass from dust and dirt that shoes would inevitably cause.
I got to be honest with you guys, I wasn’t nervous until about 0.005 seconds before my feet hit the glass.
You know you’re not going to die, but your brain can’t seem to wrap its head around the fact that nothing is going to happen to you. It was definitely a mind over matter situation.
What’s nice is that employees are up there guiding you and trying to put you at ease. One of the workers even offered to walk with my mom on it to help her feel more comfortable.
However! It was incredible to be up there and get photos that can’t be taken anywhere else. I wish I had spent more time on the skywalk, so the next time I go I’ll have to strut my stuff across it properly.
Once we finished, we treated ourselves to the Skybar on the roof. Unfortunately, we went at 2 pm so we missed the cutoff for alcohol to be served. (Thailand only serves alcohol from 11 am – 2 pm, and 5 pm-12 am.)
Even so, the drinks were still delicious and pretty. They also have another sitting where you can take pictures and chill out with your drinks. Even though it’s highest than the skywalk, you feel safer up there on the ground that isn’t see-through.
One the way back down you’re taken through their gift shop and FOUR levels of duty-free shops. It seemed like every time we turned the corner and thought we were at the exit, we were met with even more products.
I didn’t know this before but turns out the owner of the King Power Mahanakorn building is King Power Group. They are Bangkok’s leading travel retail group and they have one of the widest selections of duty-free shops in Thailand.
My Final Verdict – 9/10
If you’re in Bangkok looking for something to do, I highly recommend the King Power Mahanakorn building! It was a great experience for my family and it was fun. Which is something we could all use these days. I only took off one point for not being able to purchase an actual alcoholic drink but eh, it couldn’t be helped.
Let me know if you’re ever been to the King Power Mahanakorn building! What did you think about it? Would you go again?
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