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Bangkok

Bangkok
Your comfortable Austrian flight to Bangkok will bring you into a very intense climate zone, hot and humid, with monsoon rains from May to October. The capital of Thailand on the River Chao Phraya is the seat of the Royal Family since Rama I, founder of the current dynasty, made Bangkok his hometown. The “Khlongs”, a system of channels, are a great way to get through the city by express boat. You can even go to a market without getting off your boat, the “floating markets” of Bangkok are a famous tourist attraction.

Bangkok’s must-see landmark is the Grand Palace, which houses the most sacred site of Thailand, the Wat Phra Khaeo, with the Emerald Buddha inside. Wat Pho, The Temple of the Reclining Buddha, houses a 46 meter long Buddha lying in his side. From here, you can see the Wat Arun on the other side of the River, the Temple of Dawn, with its unusual high spire. Wat Saket, the Temple of the Golden Mount, is on top of the only hill in Bangkok and is a great place for a view over the city. The intense nightlife of Bangkok happens in the Khaosan Quarter with the backpacker-meeting point Khaosan Road, the Sukhumvit quarter or on the Royal City Avenue, RCA in short.

Worth knowing

Thailand
  • Currency: Thai bhat(THB)
  • Language: Thai, English
  • Capital: Bangkok
  • Austrian flight destination: Bangkok
Airport
  • Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi (BKK): The airport is located 28 km (18 miles) east of Bangkok.
  • Address: 999 Bang Na-Trat Rd, Rachathewa, Bang Phli District, Samut Prakan 10540, Thailand
  • Telephone: (66)-2/132 18 88
  • Airport Bangkok


Where to shop in Bangkok

Where to shop in Bangkok
Pantip Plaza
Imagine all the electrical stores you know together with a few hundred little tradesmen in a shared apartment. This is Pantip Plaza, the mother of all IT-malls. Already at the entrance into the shopping center one is overwhelmed by the sheer masses of stuff. Little stores are right next to huge selling spaces. On each floor (overall eight) there are about 100 shops. Pirated material, desktops, laptops, cameras, mobile phones, IT-accessories, simply everything. While hardware is relatively expensive in Thailand, everything else is ridiculously cheap. Of course the pseudo-iPod shuffle for three Euros won't last forever and the Photoshop version is screaming: pirated material! However especially the big assortment of exotic devices that have never been seen in Europe makes techies' hearts leap for joy. How about a portable 3D printer, for instance? What is also very convenient is that one can get their laptop or camera repaired in Pantip Plaza. You will most certainly find an English-speaking fuss-pot who will get your equipment going again and who can give you the latest hints for your products.
Flower Market
Siam Paragon

Where to stay in Bangkok

Where to stay in Bangkok
Dusit Thani
The Dusit Thani is a grand hotel of the old school which sets itself to provide for hospitality, elegance and friendliness - for 40 years by now. The service is extraordinary and so is the location (right next to the subway, the sky train and the Lumpini park). Altogether there are 13 room types at choice, and the cheapest category (about 100 euro) could have definitely turned out a little bit larger. The great view on the park however compensates for that. The guest can choose from eight (!) restaurants, each and every of them offering excellent food. A special recommendation is the Cantonese option, the Mayflower. Here the royal family, heads of state and other VIPs dine regularly - possibly also because of the six opulent private rooms. After dinner, most guests feel drawn to the D'Sens bar on the rooftop, to party with a glass of champagne or a cocktail and do some business.
Sukhothai
The Chakrabongse

Where to eat in Bangkok

Where to eat in Bangkok
Spring
The rundown buildings along the grey and bumpy road that leads to the restaurant abandon any hope of a romantic evening in a relaxed atmosphere. But then the Spring appears between a row of houses. A warm light shimmers through the large windows and a group of stylish expats and Asians are lounging  in huge pillows in the garden in front of the restaurant. Authentically Thai? Probably not, but it's quiet and green for sure - and the best place for leaving the busy city behind and cuddling with your date while watching the stars. The Western touch is also reflected in the bill. The international dishes are good, but no extraordinarily gustatory explosion. The spring is especially a location for urban people who want to ease up and then stop by the popular Enchanted Bar (Sukhumvit Soi 55/J Avenue). You have to make a reservation there as well, otherwise you may face the same situation as facebook-founder Marc Zuckerberg, who stopped by the bar but didn't get a seat anymore.
T&K Seafood
Ruen Urai

What to see in Bangkok

What to see in Bangkok
Khao San Road
Since the 1980ies the Khao San Road (translation: street of uncooked rice) is the first choice for (young) travelers who have to watch their budget and like to go out. In the street and its sois numerous budget accommodations have settled, and you find small supermarkets, English bookshops, hippie stores full of batik wrap skirts, cheap restaurants with terraces in Bali-style, tourist agencies and bars, bars, bars. If you see an Asian here than it's most likely a tuk-tuk driver or a waiter. This place might be stuck somewhere between Europe and Asia and has little to do with Thai culture, however it's fascinating to dive into this unique world for a night. Moreover you get great hints for your world trip here. Which island has the finest sand? Which boat reaches the most secret bay? And what do you need for a Cambodian visa? These and many more questions are sorted out if you chime in the never-ending stream of travelers. 
Red Sky
Golden Mount

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