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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
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.
Greyhound Café
Ruen Urai

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.
Grand Palace
Golden Mount

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
Platinum Mall

Where to stay in Bangkok

Where to stay in Bangkok
Old Bangkok Inn
Compared to the hotel skyscrapers in the city, the Old Bangkok Inn is refreshingly different. The family-run house has only ten rooms, but shines with its renovated Thai-Teak wooden furnishing from the times of King Chulalongkorn. And the breakfast is terrific (coconut-pancakes!). Important sights such as the Grand Palace are about 20 minutes away by foot. For whom it is too hot to walk: The concierge can call a taxi at any time. Six years ago the rooms were newly decorated and named after Thai plants: Rice, Lemon Grass, Lotus, Jasmine, Orchid and Rose. The Lotus-Suite (starting from 150 Euros) spans over two floors, is kept in a luscious green and provides space for four people (48 square meters), more than four people would be too much though. There's also a kind of private mini garden with lounge chairs, lotus flowers and a bath tub. Splendid! Take note: one should be fit for the steep stairs of the hotel.
Sofitel So
Suk11 Hostel

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