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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

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 eat in Bangkok

Where to eat in Bangkok
T&K Seafood
Chinatown is a paradise for fish and sea fruit aficionados. Along the bustling Yaowarat Road there are countless steaming street kitchens side by side. Hungry people barge their way through the crowds on the pavement and small tables with grilled king prawns, fried rice and steamed Morning Glory on them. Despite of the immense offer there is one restaurant where even locals are willing to wait for a table: the T&K Seafood restaurant.   At first sight, the venue appears simple and less trustworthy. But the plastic seats on the streets are simply a sign that at T&K it's all about the excellent food and nothing else. Everybody who finds it too authentic outside - and that means noisy and hot - can take a seat on the second floor of the restaurant which is air-conditioned. An advice: it's best to arrive early, e.g. when they open at half past six because it's less crowded then.
Ruen Urai
Central Food

Where to shop in Bangkok

Where to shop in Bangkok
Victory Shopping
Most of the tourists see the Victory Monument passing by through the windowpane of the Sky-Train when they are on the way to the crowded Chatuchak weekend market. They don't know that they have just passed by a little shopping jewel. Around the Victory Monument those Thais go shopping who can't afford the popular markets and shopping centers - hence, the majority of the population.   Here one can find women's clothing, accessories and shoes - offside the typical mass-produced goods. Many merchants sell their own designs. The chances of finding a special piece are consequently rather big. The best time to come is at sunset when the city has cooled down a bit and one can sit in front of a restaurant after a successful shopping tour. With the wooden benches, the little trees and the walled market stalls one can almost get a slightly European feeling - if there wouldn't be the almost ten-lane street around the Victory Monument.
Siam Paragon
Platinum Mall

What to see in Bangkok

What to see in Bangkok
Grand Palace
When you see the travel buses in front of the entrance you'll immediately want to turn around again and stroll through the Old Town instead. But for this experience it is worth while waiting in line, for what you get to see in the huge area (200.000 square meters) is truly amazing. Altogether there are more than 100 buildings in different architectural styles behind the almost 2-kilometer-long wall (tenements, temples, ministries, palaces etc.), also including the Wat Phra Kaeo. This temple is home to Thailand's most revered statue, the emerald Buddha.   For at least getting a general insight into the exciting history of this important landmark you should consider a guided tour. These are offered in English, are for free and start daily at 10.00, 10.30, 13.30 and 14.00. Important: there's a strict dress code: with flip-flops, shorts and co you'll have to stay outside. Right next to the entrance (on the right-hand side) you can borrow adequate clothing for free.   Admission for non-Thais: 6 Euros.
Floating Market
Red Sky

Where to stay in Bangkok

Where to stay in Bangkok
Phranakorn Hotel
No matter what time you arrive in the Phranakorn Nornlen - and be it in the middle of the night; a welcome with a nice smile is always there. The big plus of this little boutique hotel are the many green areas, terraces and wells as well as the staff which will become a second family in no time.   The rooms are simple and in some cases small (starting from 36 Euros), but they are decorated lovingly and with much creativity - and the breakfast tastes fantastic, especially the traditional Thai-tea. On the small roof there is a little terrace with a vegetable garden (the crop serves for the breakfast) where one can relax. The little tables of the comfortable bar on the first floor look directly at a big Buddha statue.   Overall, the Phranakorn Nornlen is a low-priced and heartwarming alternative to anonymous hotel chains. Five-star comfort, however, should not be expected. The beds, for instance, are relatively hard as is usual in Thailand, but the staff provides the guests gladly with additional blankets. Besides, there is always a masseuse at service.
The Eugenia
Sukhothai

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