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The Baiyoke Tower II, also known as the Baiyoke Sky Hotel, is currently the tallest building in the city of Bangkok.
Following the success of its predecessor, the Baiyoke Tower, the 44 floors the Baiyoke Tower II was the first building in the city in more than 300m tall.
The building’s original plans included the placement of a telecommunications tower on it. The 94-story tower would have had to devote floors 85 through 94 to telecommunications companies that hire them seasonally. The placement of the 140m tall tower on the building would have led to bid for being the tallest building in the world (although that fact has generated a huge controversy as did the Sears Tower and Petronas Towers).
Construction on the building ended in 1997, the antenna being added two years later in 1999.
The hotel, which was located between floors 22 and 74, has 673 guest rooms.
On completion, the tower became the tallest building in Thailand and Southeast Asia, the reinforced structure highest in the world, and the third tallest hotel building in the world, surpassed by the Burj Al Arab.
Baiyoke Tower II is located on the highway Rajprarop, Ratchathewi in the district of Bangkok, Thailand.
This artistic hotel is built around the famous Pratunam area, where the World Trade Center, the Plaza of the Peninsula, the Sogo department store and MBK, are accessible within fifteen minutes of walking.
Strategically set in the heart of Bangkok, the Tower complements this exciting and energetic atmosphere. Rising on the horizon of Bangkok, it is as genuine a signal as the traditional icons of the Eiffel Tower and Empire State Building.
The tower has 85 storeys in height and the 673 rooms of the hotel occupy floors 22 to 64.
On floors 75, 76, 77 was placed the first public observatory.
Further up on the deck of floor 84 there is a rotating observatory. The floor turns 360 degrees in this observatory in a time of 5 minutes, offering a spectacular view over the city.
The structure of this tower is surprising, being built of high-strength reinforced concrete, and in its day was in the fight to be the highest concrete structure in the world.