There is no better way to clear the mind than to spend time by the pool, and Bangkok is full of incredible possibilities. Hotels here understand just how essential a good pool is to truly escape the hustle and bustle of the city, be it just for a day or a weekend staycation. From much-needed me-time or a fun-filled swim with the family, these carefully landscaped and designed pools in Bangkok make that time in the sun worth it.
Top of the World at 137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok
On the 33rd floor of the 137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok is one of the most striking pools in Bangkok. The 18-metre rooftop infinity pool with 360-degree panoramic views of the city is also the highest in Bangkok—Instagram-worthy images guaranteed. A second, 25-metre infinity pool on the 27th floor is just as spectacular. Both are exclusive to suite guests.
DayAway Tip: Instead of a daytime swim, switch it up and go in the evening when the pool lights come on and the city lights up.
Down a serene lane sheltered from the chaos of Bangkok’s CBD, COMO Metropolitan Bangkok is a modern urban escape with a 25-metre outdoor pool perfect for an afternoon of lounging that will give your day a sparkling makeover.
DayAway Tip: Enjoy total relaxation with the Como Urban Escape experience, which comes with a complimentary bottle of Proseco and canapés, served poolside.
A Resort in the City at Siam Kempinski
For a resort experience right smack in the city centre, nothing is better than Siam Kempinski’s four free-form saltwater pools that meet up at the Rotunda Bar. There are plenty of shady trees and sun loungers too, all in the heart of Bangkok’s Golden Shopping Mile. Grab a lounger, take a dip, enjoy delicious bites for a day well spent.
DayAway Tip: The Swim & Indulge experience includes a credit of THB1,000 to spend at the Rotunda Pool Bar.
A Secret to Uncover at Chatrium Residence Sathon Bangkok
One of Bangkok’s best-kept secrets, this magnificent free-form 875-square-metre freshwater pool on the hotel’s fourth floor is surrounded by lush tropical foliage and coconut trees (fun fact: gardeners harvest young coconuts once a month). Enjoy snacks and drinks on hand from the Flow Oasis Pool Lounge, and if you’re looking for family time, this is a perfect choice for you.
DayAway Tip: On the same level is Albricias, the first Spanish restaurant in Thailand to get the coveted Restaurantes de España certification.
A View to Kill at Waldorf Astoria Bangkok
On Level 16 of Waldorf Astoria Bangkok, you’ll find a curved 25-metre infinity pool offering stunning views of the skyline and the Royal Bangkok Sports Club. Providing shade to the temperature-controlled saltwater pool is a concrete umbrella inspired by the petal of a magnolia flower. There are many reasons why this luxury hotel is a favourite of both locals and visitors, and this fabulous poolside experience is one of them.
Escape to the River at the Stylish The Siam Hotel Bangkok
A stunning art deco-inspired luxurious retreat in the historic royal Dusit district, The Siam Hotel’s verdant river frontage is the perfect setting for its newly renovated 22-metre infinity pool. This is one of the few pools in Bangkok where you can watch the Chao Phraya morph through the day with libations from the Bathers Bar. Kick laps or kick back.
DayAway Tip: Book a river view suite to truly enjoy this distinctive luxury escape.
Live it up in a Private Sala at The Peninsula Bangkok
This 88-metre, three-tiered outdoor pool leads right up to the edge of the Chao Phraya River. Sun loungers and Thai salas line the sides while The Pool Bar provides snacks and cocktails at this opulent hotel.
DayAway Tip: Reserve the sala for a full day—the experience comes with unlimited non-alcoholic drinks, a three-course set lunch for two and more.
Take a Wellness Break at Sindhorn Kempinski
Lap the 25-metre saltwater infinity pool on the 9th level of the Sindhorn Kempinski to centre yourself; the green vista of the hotel grounds adds to the tranquillity. Part of the hotel’s Hydrothermal Experience for Total Wellbeing, the pool shares the level with a spa, bio sauna, steam room, salt sauna, tepidarium loungers, cold bucket showers and a cold room for all aspects of hot-cold and wet-dry therapies.
DayAway Tip: Melt your worries away with a Self-Care Day at Sindhorn Kempinski. Enjoy a one-day pass to Sindhorn Wellness by Resense with access to Thermal Experience, Pool, Gym, and Classes, and a nice post-spa poolside drink.
Discover the Cantilevered Infinity Pool at The Okura Prestige Bangkok
Suspended over the north face of Okura Prestige Bangkok, this 25-metre infinity pool on the 25th floor is an architectural feat. Its cantilevered presence, hanging over Ploenchit Road, is a sight to behold. The temperature-controlled water is always pleasant but be here at sunset for spectacular views.
DayAway Tip: The pool sits predominantly in the shade and is sustainably heated to a pleasant temperature – perfect for the sun-conscious lounger.
Enjoy chic pool parties at SO Bangkok
SO Bangkok’s 32-metre infinity pool on the 10th floor comes with magnificent views of Lumpini Park in the heart of Bangkok’s central business district. Once a month, party animals in the know gather for cool vibes, enthralling views, creative cocktails and DJs spinning live tunes. The SO Pool Party is legendary, and it’s finally back after two years from 1 pm to 9 pm at The Water Club on the last Saturday of every month. The entry fee of THB800 net per person includes one drink.
DayAway Tip: Get your ticket to the SO Pool Party at an early bird rate of THB700 net.
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