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Thailand

Thailand
The Kingdom of Thailand, formally known as Siam until 1939, is the 50th largest country in the world, almost equal to that of Spain. The climate here is generally associated with that of the tropics, making it hot and humid all year round. The main language spoken is Thai, although there are many regional dialects. English however is spoken and understood around most of Thailand. Traveling around Thailand is made easy by means of air, bus, and rail to beautiful locations such as Phuket or even the capital Bangkok. One famous location is that of Phi Phi Ley, featured in the blockbuster movie "The Beach". Here you will find pristine beaches with white sand and crystal blue waters, surrounded by limestone cliffs. A definite must see, and what better way to get there than to fly with Austrian Airlines to Thailand and explore the many treasures they have to show.

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


What to see in Thailand

What to see in Thailand
Golden Mount
At the Eastern end of the historic city many tourists overlook the Golden Mount (despite its height of almost 100 metres). Wrongfully, because the artificial hill with lush vegetation rewards every visitor with thrilling views on the Old Town and a sea of skyscrapers, respectively. The intertwined path to the top is worth a visit: massive antique bells are hanging on long cross bars who are said to bring luck to those who ring them. Artistically installed fountains full with orchids refresh the air and a small cemetery with black and white photos and buddha statues make you look inward for a moment. When you've reached the top, a sign asks you to keep on your shoes (being used to many temple visits most tourists slip out of their steaming sneakers). Still a little breathless, you enter the inner of the point tower in the shape of a bell, which houses a buddha relic and offers a view on the city. The entrance is 25 cent.
Soi Cowboy
Seashell Museum

Where to shop in Thailand

Where to shop in Thailand
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.
Victory Shopping
Tha Prachan

Where to stay in Thailand

Where to stay in Thailand
The Chakrabongse
The four villas with rooms of different standards are located on a green and spacious area next to the Chao Phraya and a stone's throw away from the most important sights like the Grand Palace (five minutes by foot) or the Wat Arun (directly opposite on the other river side). Depending on your budget you choose between one of the four rooms of the B&B villa (starting from 100 euros including breakfast) or a more luxurious suite (starting from 250 euros) in the Thai House, the Riverside Villa or the Chinese House. The latter offers a comfort zone of special class: the suite consists of two double rooms, two bathrooms, a living room and two private terraces that offer a free view on the pool and the Chao Phraya. The interior: antique, Chinese furniture and doors, modern prints and exquisite fabrics. The perfect choice for two couples or a whole family. Cushioned loungers and white sun shades around the spacious and deep pool invite you to relax and the palms in the garden wave in the wind. Every now and then you hear a boat passing by. There's no more idyllic place in Bangkok - that might also be the reason why many newlyweds spend their honeymoons in the Chakrabongse Villas.
Old Bangkok Inn
Hansar Hotel

Where to eat in Thailand

Where to eat in Thailand
Greyhound Café
Street kitchen is nothing for the target group of Greyhound Cafés. The young Thai high society prefers to gather in the second floor of the exclusive and trendy shopping mall Emporium because here one finds the most popular subsidiary of the restaurant chain. The high walls are adorned with creative prints and the interior is black and white mixed with some brown elements. On the menu you especially find fusion food - European dishes with a Thai touch and vice versa. In this sense, dishes like Thai-anchovy-spaghetti are served. But in the first place it's not about the food but the table with the best view on the restaurant. Because there's a lot to see: the crowds of attractive or at least stylish Asians is a sight worth seeing on its own. But precisely because there's so much going on, sometimes you have to wait a little longer for your beef salad with mint leafs - provided it's still available. The best would be to take yourself an hour for people peeking, coffee and gossip in the air-conditioned restaurant and then go outside and have original Thai food in one of the street kitchens located to the left of the Emporium.
Central Food
Ruen Urai

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