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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 You will be directed to a possibly non-accessible site. Take care. Be careful.


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. 
Golden Mount
Red Sky

Where to shop in Bangkok

Where to shop in Bangkok
Platinum Mall
The Platinum Fashion Mall is the biggest of its kind in Bangkok. The 2.000 shops on seven floors primarily offer fabrics and accessories - for wholesalers who come in buses and trucks and pack goods in masses in order to distribute them on Thailand's markets. Many locals find: why push and shove in the heat from booth to booth if you can find the bigger selection at a better price in the air-conditioned Platinum? The result: meanwhile not only wholesalers buy in the mall but half of Bangkok. The shops have adapted to the new target group, and thus it is also possible to buy single products although price reductions are granted only to larger quantities. It is therefore worth while to buy several products in a shop, they don't have to be the same style - it's only about the quantity of the products purchased. A big disadvantage with cheap shopping: the clothes can't be tried on. In addition, the selection of sizes is very limited. As a tall European woman you should therefore fill the shopping bag rather with jewelry than with T-shirts that possibly turn out to be too small in the end.
Flower Market
Pantip Plaza

Where to stay in Bangkok

Where to stay in Bangkok
Hansar Hotel
Le Méridien, Peninsula and Co. should pay attention: The brand new Hansar is a fantastic luxury hotel in Bangkok. The offerings are sumptuous and after the low-priced opening, the prices for a suite (150 Euros) are levelling off at the standard of the neighbouring Four Seasons, although the reception very often provides the guests with free upgrades. The whole house is kept in calm earth tones, there is a spacious, wooden terrace with enough lying surfaces along the (relatively flat) pools and on the rooftop there is a second patio for festivities - and breathtaking photos. The rooms are all classy and elegant with unusual treats to look at. Lusciously green wall-gardens and comfortable carpet floors instead of the usual wooden ones are in all rooms. In addition, the mini-bar is free, just like the high speed Internet. The suites with view on the Royal Bangkok are perfectly suitable to unwind after an exciting day.
The Chakrabongse
Sukhothai

Where to eat in Bangkok

Where to eat in Bangkok
Central Food
Thai? Korean? Or maybe Italian? The Central World shopping mall has dedicated its seventh floor to the shopaholics' creature comforts - at a high standard. 19 restaurants and open kitchens of all kinds string together and the smell of dishes that serve all imaginable tastes is in the air across hundreds of square metres. The selection seems to be endless: spicy mango salads from the Thai, Japanese california rolls, freshly prepared smoothies at the fruit bar that is metres long and tiramisu from the Italian. You can eat and chat along the huge window wall with view on the city and red leather armchairs. And after the feast you can fall into the loungers - in one of the numerous massage parlours - close your eyes and have a relaxing foot massage.
T&K Seafood
Spring

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