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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

  • Currency: Thai bhat(THB)
  • Language: Thai, English
  • Capital: Bangkok
  • Austrian flight destination: Bangkok
  • 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 stay in Thailand

Where to stay in Thailand
Sofitel So
The setting: Lumpini, Bangkok's business and entertaining district. The protagonist: the second So-Hotel of the Sofitel Group, after Mauritius. At the end of February the 30-storey design hotel opened adjacent to Lumpini Park in the Thai capital. Regarding the interior design Sofitel Group was influenced by an elegant Frenchman: Christian Lacroix. The interior of the 238 rooms and suites are sensuous and inspired by the five elements: water, earth, metal, fire and wood. There's also an Apple Mac-Mini in every room and additionally in every suite - an iPad. At the restaurant Red Oven the cooks deliver their show - behind a red open oven! Market kitchen flair with modern touch. And then there's the Chocolab. A chocolate boutique with self-made chocs and a picturesque view. The latter is also provided from the rooftop terrace of the Park Society Restaurant. By the way: two more So hotels will follow in Mumbai and Singapore.
Dusit Thani

Where to shop in Thailand

Where to shop in Thailand
Narai Phand
To support Thai arts and crafts the ministry for industry has opened the Narai Phand on the Phloen Chit Road together with investors from the private sector. For about 72 years it has been Thailand's biggest shopping center for local premium arts and crafts from the most diverse regions. The range of products goes from Vishnu and Ganesha statues made of bronze or stannic to handcrafted, braided bags to traditionally painted picture frames and jewellery boxes. In addition, there is an own area for Thailand's famous cutlery: the Celadon. It is known for its delicate green or blue colour and the cups, plates and ashtrays are elaborately decorated with (golden) paintings - of course by hand. All products are packed securely and can be sent to Europe by request.
Patpong Market
Siam Paragon

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

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.
Grand Palace
Floating Market

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