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100 Stories: “A view from the top”

Like the movement of colour through an impressionist painting, the light dances and toys with the urban landscape of Bangkok.

Whether you come to the world’s first vertical destination armed with your camera for a collection of Instagram moments, or with the intention of living a dream in the moment, nothing can prepare you for the changing dance of colour and tone from our rooftop restaurants and bars.

 

Much has been written about the views south from lebua’s Sirocco and Sky Bar, but with the opening of lebua No.3, Pink Bar and Chef’s Table, we now have views that can stretch your eyes in a bright and vibrant northerly direction.

Some things will change with the passing of minutes and hours: the sky as it reflects from blue to grey on the face of the city. The clouds as they gather for a light gossip or growl for a tropical storm. The sun as it transforms the view from urban megacity to fairy garden as it drops behind the Chao Praya River… but some things do not change.

The most enigmatic part of the view you can see, is the ‘River of Kings’, which flows through the city it birthed. The site of Bangkok was chosen by original settlers because of the abundant fishing. Then, after the ancient capital of Ayutthaya fell in 1768, King Taksin relocated to the area you see stretching west, Thonburi.

Thonburi is less developed with many small neighbourhoods, and waterways, called khlongs. These canals earned Bangkok its name: 'Venice of the East' by authors like Somerset Maugham, Joseph Conrad and Noel Coward.

1782, King Rama I, preferring the eastern banks of the river, founded modern Bangkok by building some of the beguiling temples we see today. Wat Arun, or Temple of the Dawn is the stand out. Standing 80m tall the central stupa is intricately decorated with multi-coloured porcelain which used as ballast in boats traveling to Bangkok from China.

Like a large white bell, Wat Prayoon also sits on the western side of the River. Built during the reign of King Rama III on the southern edge of the old Portuguese community.
You will catch a glimpse of the bell tower of Santa Cruz Church, also built during the reign of King Taksin, the oldest Catholic church in the capital.

And last but not least, transforming into a glistening mythical beast at sunset, is the energy and movement of the Srirat Expressway. (Which sounds much more boring than it is from the sky!)