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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

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
Floating Market
The Taling Chan Floating Market is one of the three floating markets in Bangkok and the one that is most easily accessible from the city. Every weekend it's all about grilling, chatting and bargaining - on the water. You can easily imagine how life in Bangkok used to take place mostly on the Chao Praya and the many klongs in former times. The Taling Chan was established in 1987 to remind of these almost forgotten times - and on the occasion of king Bhumibol's 60th birthday. Already on the country way to the market there is one stall next to the other and the closer you get to the klong the more intensively the delightful smell of grilled fish and meat tickles your nose. You can hardly deny yourself from picking marinated shrimps on a spit at the first stall. Most restaurants contain a dining area on a wooden jetty and a longboat where the dishes are prepared. Most of the times you take your seat on the wavering floor at one of the low tables. If you have some time left you can book a boat tour at the small information desk at the entrance. A tour to the orchid farm costs approx. four euros for adults.
Soi Cowboy
Art Centre

Where to shop in Bangkok

Where to shop in Bangkok
Patpong Market
On the sidewalk every night hundreds of booths and cookshops pop up, behind them you see blinking signs of numerous Go-Go-Bars. The Patpong night market stretches out over several streets and attracts masses of bystanders, pleasure-seekers and bargain hunters. From 10pm onwards it's so crowded that getting through the narrow Sois is almost impossible and the atmosphere starts to boil. The area may be safe, nevertheless you should leave the DSLR camera in the hotel and only take sums of money with you that you really want to spend. You never know. Most sellers offer forgeries of bags, watches, clothes and DVDs but before you buy anything you should get an overview of the huge range, to get a closer look at the quality of the mock Gucci-handbag or the Rolex-replica. And then you bargain. Only when the original price is reduced by half you pay an - more or less - adequate price. It is also recommended to make a real leather-test with a lighter. When the merchant gets nervous the iPad-sleeve is probably plastic after all.
Tha Prachan
Flower Market

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 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.
Phranakorn Hotel
Suk11 Hostel

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.
Central Food
Greyhound Café

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