Thailand experiences three seasons: hot, hotter, and hottest. While these are technically labeled the cool, wet, and hot season, the Land of Smiles is perpetually boiling. Those visiting the capital will need to escape the scorching sidewalks of the city, and there are some pretty luxurious places where they can cool off. Here are the best hotel swimming pools in Bangkok.
The pool at the Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn has some of the best views of the capital. It sits almost directly across from Lebua at State Tower, with the iconic golden dome lighting up against Bangkok’s city skyline. Its unique lounge chairs set this pool apart from the rest, as they resemble a cushy pod of sorts. Multiple people can pile into one and enjoy the shady relief from the sun under the shield of the pod’s overhang. There is also ample greenery on the deck, making one feel as though they have truly escaped the concrete jungle.
Thonglor was already in the running for being one of the coolest neighborhoods in the capital. Throw the pool at Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit into the mix, and things get a whole lot cooler. The hotel offers delicious dining options and plenty of kid-friendly amenities, but the outdoor pool is surely one of the highlights of staying here. Its glass railing provides swimmers with stunning views of the city, and its bright red, plush lounge chairs allow guests to relax in style.
Those night owls hoping to take a dip long after the sun has set will be happy to hear that the pool at the luxurious W Bangkok is open 24/7. This pool, dubbed as WET®, is seriously cool after dark, with underwater LED lights illuminating the surface and underwater speakers to boot. Due to its location on the 6th floor of the hotel, this rooftop pool provides those who visit before the sun sets with some pretty spectacular views of Bangkok.
A stone’s throw away from the BTS Skytrain Station Phloen Chit is the luxurious Okura Prestige Hotel. The hotel features a number of amenities, from its fitness center to its Club Lounge, but certainly the most noteworthy of them all is the swimming pool. This cantilevered, infinity pool sits on the 25th floor and is a whopping 25 meters (82 feet) in length, with cushy, curved lounge chairs around its exterior. Swim laps in this chilly oasis or dry off and enjoy dinner next to this luxurious pool.
Get lost in Bangkok’s seemingly endless city skyline from the cool waters of the infinity pool at the Sivatel Bangkok. Located on the 8th floor of the hotel, the 22-meter-long (72 feet) oasis is a perfect place to watch the sun go down. Be sure to do this with a cocktail in hand from Bubble, the poolside bar serving up refreshing beverages. There is also in-water seating available for those loungers who seriously cannot handle Bangkok’s heat.
Bangkok’s skyline is immeasurable, and no pool showcases this better than the Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok. There is certainly no shortage of areas to lounge, as the pool features ample and sumptuous seating. Located on the rooftop some 26 stories above the buzzing streets of Bangkok, nothing will get in the way of those loungers hoping to soak in Thailand’s sun. The 12-meter-long (39.3 feet) pool sits just adjacent to a bar, where swimmers and loungers alike can order a quick bite to eat or a cocktail to enjoy with the view. The pool is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Many of the pools in the capital overlook the city (go figure). Those loungers looking for something a bit less urban should head to The St. Regis Bangkok. The stunning pool gives swimmers amazing views of both the city as well as the Royal Bangkok Sports Club’s golf course, for those who need a little greenery in their lives. The floor of the pool sparkles both day and night, and an abundance of lounge chairs and foliage surround it. Pull up a chair and grab a drink from the Pool Bar, which offers poolside service as well.
Bangkok’s most famous green space, Lumpini Park, can be seen from the sprawling pool atop the SO Sofitel Bangkok. This five-star hotel is situated downtown, making the infinity pool that much more worthy of visiting because of its amazing, urban views. SO Sofitel Bangkok also features a rooftop bar and restaurant for loungers to enjoy.
Pool enthusiasts need to make their way to the Grande Centre Point Hotel Terminal 21. The large watering hole comes to an infinity end at one side, providing swimmers with panoramic and spectacular views of downtown Bangkok. The length of the pool is surrounded by posh, white seating, with more than a handful of them submerged halfway in the chilly water, keeping even the hottest of sunbathers cool.