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    Bangkok: Dragons, temples and a smile

    Bangkok, home to some nine million people and one of the most populous cities in Southeast Asia, is an exotic and amazingly vibrant metropolis. It is the capital of the Kingdom of Thailand, and at once a modern financial and trading hub and a historical center. Admittedly, excellent nerves are a must here both for Bangkokians and visitors, with traffic nothing short of chaotic not only on the new expressways, but even on the smallest streets, and with the sidewalks and squares, the gigantic shopping centers and wherever else there is something to see or buy positively teeming with people.

    This city apparently needs no rest and is famous – and infamous – for its nightlife. There’s a magic to Bangkok, and that magic lies in its contrasts. Sometimes no more than a stone’s throw away from the hustle and bustle, you will encounter the serene peace of temples and monasteries and small boats plowing the canals (khlongs) and Chao Phraya river. While the Grand Palace with Wat Phra Kaeo Temple is one of the most popular attractions in Thailand, Bangkok’s colorful markets, for example Chatuchak Weekend Market, and its huge malls are definitely well worth a visit.

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    You need to be in good shape for this hot, crowded, noisy city! But if you know your way around a little, you will also find that Bangkok has some fantastic niches in which to chill. Make the most of them and enjoy getting to know the city. Here our recommendations for a fascinating day full of variety complete with the necessary rest stops.

    07:00 a.m.: Early-morning sport in Lumpini Park

    Lumpini Park,
    between Ratchadamri Road, Sarasin Alley, Witthayu Road and Rama IV Road
    10330, Bangkok
    Thailand
    Tel. +66-2/252 70 06

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    The morning begins with a run in Bangkok’s largest green area. At this time of day, the air in the city is still agreeably mild; tropical heat only tends to develop in the course of the morning. As you jog through Lumpini Park amid the surrounding skyscrapers, you may find the odd meter-long monitor lizard blocking your path. No need to worry, though, these gecko-like lizards are absolutely harmless. At the outdoor gym (admission free), you also have the chance to lift a few weights. For those who prefer a gentler start to the day, tai chi – along with mostly older folks – is also a possibility. Other fitness options for park visitors interested in returning later on in the day include an afternoon aerobics class with Thai pop beats.

    09:00 a.m.: Breakfast on Pan Road

    Luka
    64/3 Pan Road
    10500, Bangkok
    Thailand
    Tel.: +66-2/637 85 58
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    After a stint of morning exercise, the place to recharge those inner batteries is Luka, a pretty café on Pan Road that’s famous for its hearty breakfast burritos with avocado, quinoa, scrambled egg, cheese and sausage. For a powerful vitamin boost, try the Açai Bowl topped with fresh fruit. Replete and restored, step outside after breakfast for a stroll past the boutiques and restaurants of bustling Pan Road. One attraction not to be missed here is the richly colored Sri Maha Mariamman at the north end of the street, Bangkok’s most famous Hindu temple. The Tibet Shop right next door sells Hindu and Buddha figures for domestic altars and souvenirs.

    11:00 a.m.: Tour of Ari

    Numthong Gallery
    72/3 Aree 5, Phahonyothin Road
    10400, Bangkok
    Thailand
    Tel.: +66-2/617 27 94
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    Ari is Bangkok’s most popular hip neighborhood – and thanks to its narrow streets, gardens, galleries and boutiques, it is also the perfect spot to get away from it all during the hot noonday hours. The Japanese hipster brand Tokyobikes has a flagship store here with an adjoining café; and the Numthong Gallery shows works by contemporary Thai artists. And if you are one of those people who like to record their travels between the covers of a notebook with an exceptionally pretty design, an extensive selection of stationery and artists’ supplies awaits you at Mahuna. Ari boasts an array of Japanese, Italian, Mexican and Korean restaurants offering tasty lunches, but is also famous for its first-class Thai street food, although most stalls don’t open until late afternoon.

    02:00 p.m.: Fun and shopping on Sukhumvit Road

    Dinosaur Planet Theme Park
    544/1 Sukhumvit Road
    10110, Bangkok
    Thailand
    Tel.: +66-6/31 67 69 75
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    Time to dive into the crowds that pour down Suhkumvit Road, allegedly Bangkok’s longest street and the address for the city’s best-known shopping malls. These include glittering giants, such as Emporium and EmQuartier, but also the small, exquisite and highly popular Rain Hill Plaza, with its vintage boutiques. If shopping doesn’t offer thrills enough, drop by Laztag to battle your way through futuristic spaceship backdrops on a laser tag course, or head to Flight Entertainment and try your hand at piloting a virtual Boeing 737 in a flight simulator. The 200 life-sized prehistoric reptiles at the Dinosaur Planet Theme Park are the main attraction for families.

    06:00 p.m.: Drinks and dinner above the rooftops

    Lebua Hotel (Sky Bar und Sirocco Restaurant)
    1055 Silom Road
    Bangkok
    Thailand
    Tel.: +66-2/624 95 55
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    The sun creates a breathtaking spectacle as it sinks below the Bangkok skyline in the evening. To make sure you catch the show, head to the State Tower on Silom Road good and early. The open-air Sky Bar of the Lebua Hotel – one of the world’s most elevated rooftop bars – is right at the top of the 64-story skyscraper. Just one floor down, the hotel’s Sirocco restaurant serves Mediterranean gourmet cuisine. There, too, there are no roofs to block your view of the endless night sky. Number Two in the contest for the most spectacular panorama in Bangkok goes to the Vertigo and Moon Bar on the roof of the 61-story Banyan Tree Hotel.

    09:00 p.m.: Live jazz

    Saxophone Pub
    3/8 Phayathai Road
    10400, Bangkok
    Thailand
    Tel.: +66-2/246 54 72
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    Bangkok’s nightlife is famous – and at times infamous – but there’s much more to it than noisy bars, strip clubs and shady shows. Numerous live clubs await jazz fans here, including the legendary Saxophone Pub near the Victoria Monument, which serves up not only first-rate gigs (almost daily; this place gets very full on the weekend) but also affordable Thai meals. Backpackers and students tend to gravitate toward the small Jazz Happens bar, while the smart Bamboo Bar in the luxurious Mandarin Oriental Hotel appeals to a more upmarket crowd – and is arguably the best jazz location in town.

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    The magnificent golden statues of Buddha are key attractions at Wat Arun Temple

    Wat Phra Kaeo

    Na Phra Lan Road, Phra Nakhon
    10200 Bangkok
    Thailand
    Tel. +66-2/224 32 90
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0830-1530

    Thailand’s most sacred Buddhist temple is also one of Bangkok’s most arresting sites. Its golden chedis dominate the skyline as you arrive at its outer walls, but it’s the beautiful emerald Buddha, which steals the show.

    Grand Palace

    Na Phra Lan Road, Phra Nakhon
    10200 Bangkok
    Thailand
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0830-1530

    The Grand Palace forms part of a wider complex which includes Wat Phra Kaeo. The colourful, opulent array of buildings will keep even the most avid culture buff occupied for hours.

    Wat Pho

    2 Sanamchai Road, Pranakorn
    10200 Bangkok
    Thailand
    Tel. +66-2/226 03 35
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0830-1830

    Next to the Grand Palace, Wat Pho is one of Thailand’s largest temples. Its pretty exterior is merely a precursor to the stunning, 46m-long (150ft) golden reclining Buddha. The sheer scale will leave first-time visitors wowed.

    Bangkok National Museum

    4 Na Phra That, Phra Nakhon
    10200 Bangkok
    Thailand
    Tel. +66-2/224 13 33
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    Opening times:
    Wed-Sun 0900-1530

    Southeast Asia’s largest museum is packed with beautiful art from across this stunning corner the continent. Neolithic and prehistoric finds rub shoulders with more modern pieces of Thai arts and crafts.

    Lumpini Park

    Rama IV Road
    Bangkok
    Thailand

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    Opening times:
    Daily 0430-2100

    Bangkok’s first public park is a green lung among towering skyscrapers. Stroll through here once the working day is done and witness locals participate in aerobics or use the free gym equipment.

    Click here for “24 hours in Bangkok” and more information about Lumpini Park

    Democracy Monument

    Ratchadamnoen Klang Road, Phra Nakhon
    10200 Bangkok
    Thailand
    Tel. +66-2/225 76 12
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    Commemorating the change to a constitutional monarchy in 1932, this huge, four-pronged monument is decorated with sculptures depicting the battle for democracy.

    Royal Barges National Museum

    80/1 Arun Amarin Road, Bangkok Noi
    10700 Bangkok
    Thailand
    Tel. +66-2/424 00 04
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1700

    The huge sheds of this fascinating museum house a series of ornate barges, built for military use and now only brought onto the water for ceremonial royal functions. The exhibition includes Suphanahong, the King’s personal barge.

    Wat Arun

    Bangkok Yai
    10600 Bangkok
    Thailand
    Tel. +66-2/891 21 85
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    On the opposite bank of the Chao Phraya River to the Golden Palace, the towering Wat Arun is one of the most striking buildings in Bangkok. Its spires date back to the start of the 19th century, although the complex itself is 200 years older.

    Wat Suthat

    Bamrung Muang Road, PhraNakhon
    Bangkok
    Thailand
    Tel.: +66-2/221 43 31
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0830-2130

    A 19th-century royal temple that plays home to a huge golden Buddha and a vast red swing designed to give thanks to Shiva during annual ceremonies. The sitting statues and murals also make this a worthwhile visit.

    Vimanmek Mansion

    16 Rajvithi Road, Dusit
    10300 Bangkok
    Thailand
    Tel. +66-2/281 54 54
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    Opening times:
    Tues-Sun 0930-1630

    The largest teak structure in the world is a must for architecture and interiors fans. Built by King Rama V after returning from Europe in 1893, its pretty gardens and well-maintained rooms mix Victorian and Thai styles to stunning effect.

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    Country overview

    The jewel of the Southeast Asian travel circuit, Thailand offers astonishing diversity and a truly fascinating and accessible culture that, along with the revered Thai hospitality, makes it an incredibly popular destination. With an enticing mixture of established destinations such as Phuket, and out-of-the-way palm-fringed islands, Thailand has a very exotic appeal.

    It caters for grungy backpacking types wanting to party into the wee hours through to those who prefer white tablecloth dining and clinking wine glasses. From staying on a converted rice barge, clambering into a jungle tree house or bedding down in a hill tribe village, the country offers a wealth of choice for all tastes and budgets.

    Geography

    Thailand is bordered to the west by Myanmar and the Indian Ocean, to the south and east by Malaysia and the Gulf of Thailand, to the east by Cambodia, and to the north and east by Laos.

    Central Thailand is dominated by the Chao Phraya River.

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    Key facts

    Population: 67,9 million (2015)

    Capital: Bangkok.

    Language

    Thai is the official language. English is widely spoken, especially in establishments catering for tourists.

    Currency

    Baht (THB; symbol ฿) = 100 satang. Notes are in denominations of ฿1,000, 500, 100, 50, 20 and 10. Coins are in denominations of ฿10, 5, 2 and 1, and 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 satang.

    Electricity

    220 volts AC, 50Hz. Flat and round two-pin plugs are used.

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2017 – December 2018 period.

    Note

    Buddhist festivals are declared according to local astronomical observations and it is not possible to forecast the date of their occurrence exactly.

    2017

    Wan Khuen Pi Mai (New Year’s Day): 1 January 2017
    Wan Chakri (Chakri Day): 6 April 2017
    Songkran (Thai New Year): 13 – 15 April 2017
    Wan Raeng Ngan Haeng Chat (Labour Day): 1 May 2017
    Wan Chattra Mongkhon (Coronation Day): 5 May 2017
    Wan Chaloem Phra Chonmaphansa Somdet Phranang Chao Phra Boromma Rachininat (HM The Queen’s Birthday): 12 August 2017
    Wan Piyamaharat (Chulalongkorn Day): 23 October 2017
    Wan Chaloem Phra Chonmaphansa Phrabat Somdet Phra Chao Yuhua (HM The King’s Birthday): 5 December 2017
    Wan Rattha Thammanun (Constitution Day): 10 December 2017
    Wan Sin Pi (New Year’s Eve): 31 December 2017

    2018

    Wan Khuen Pi Mai (New Year’s Day): 1 January 2018
    Wan Chakri (Chakri Day): 6 April 2018
    Songkran (Thai New Year): 13 – 15 April 2018
    Wan Raeng Ngan Haeng Chat (Labour Day): 1 May 2018
    Wan Chattra Mongkhon (Coronation Day): 7 May 2018
    Wan Chaloem Phra Chonmaphansa Somdet Phranang Chao Phra Boromma Rachininat (HM The Queen’s Birthday): 14 August 2018
    Wan Piyamaharat (Chulalongkorn Day): 23 October 2018
    Wan Chaloem Phra Chonmaphansa Phrabat Somdet Phra Chao Yuhua (HM The King’s Birthday): 5 December 2018
    Wan Rattha Thammanun (Constitution Day): 10 December 2018
    Wan Sin Pi (New Year’s Eve): 31 December 2018

    All information subject to change.

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    A playground for creatives: The Jam Factory

    On a former factory site with old industrial buildings, architect Duangrit Bunnag has created a playground for the city’s creatives – the Jam Factory. The ensemble is home to a designer shop selling trendy Thai furniture, a bookstore, a photo gallery, an outdoor bar – and The Never Ending Summer, the in restaurant for modern Asian cuisine. On the weekend, concerts, arts and crafts, and farmers’ markets take place on the green in front of the building.

    Jam Factory
    41/1-5 Charoen Nakhon Road, Khlong San
    10600 Bangkok
    Thailand

    Tel.: +66-2/861 09 50
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    Nightlife in Bangkok

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    Legendary is one way to describe Bangkok’s nightlife. Chaotic is another. There are, of course, areas you’ll want to skip

    when it comes to hitting the town, but the Thai capital has stacks of great places for drinking and dancing the night away.

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    Vertigo and Moon Bar

    21/100 Banyan Tree Hotel, South Sathon Road,
    Sathon 10120
    Thailand ‎
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    On the 61st floor of the Banyan Tree hotel, this bar serves great cocktails with an amazing view.

    Route 66

    29/33 - 48 Soi Soonvijai Rama 9 Road
    Royal City Avenue,
    10110 Bangkok
    Thailand
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    One of the famous clubs on the RCA strip. The three floors (Live Zone, Hip Hop Zone and EDM Zone) are well frequented in the week and very crowded on the weekend.

    Calypso Cabaret

    2194 Charoenkrung 72-76 Road
    Prayakrai, Bangkorlaem
    10120Bangkok
    Thailand
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    This variety theater stages two daily shows featuring all the bombast of a Las Vegas extravaganza but at the same time with an inimitably Asian feel.

    The Club

    123 Khao San Road, Phra Nakhon
    10200 Bangkok
    Thailand
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    There are countless discos and club along Khao San Road and this is one of the biggest and most popular, especially with a young crowd. The place is packed every night, admission is free and drink prices are low.

    Brown Sugar Jazz Boutique

    469 Wanchad Junction
    Phrasumen Rd.
    Bawornniwet
    Bangkok
    Thailand
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    Shabby chic rules the day in this cool little jazz bar.

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    Restaurants in Bangkok

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    Bangkok’s street food scene is superb, not to mention spotless. Eating on the roadside is a fascinating experience, but that’s not to say you won’t find good food in blissfully air-conditioned restaurants either.

    Try both on for size.

    Bo.Lan

    42 Soi Pichai Ronnarong, Songkram Sukhumvit 26, Klongteoy
    10110 Bangkok
    Thailand
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    Price: Luxurious

    High-end Thai food with wine pairing. A unique and fancy way to experience local dishes.

    Taling Pling

    25 Sukhumvit Soi 34
    10500 Bangkok
    Thailand

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    Price: Moderate

    Stop off here and treat yourself to the best Thai green curry you’ll ever eat.

    Gianni Ristorante

    34/1 Soi Tonson, Ploenchit Road, Lumpini
    10330 Bangkok
    Thailand
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    Price: Moderate

    Had enough of Pad Thai? This well-known Italian has a great rep and serves excellent food.

    Cabbages & Condoms

    10 Sukhumvit Soi 12
    10500 Bangkok
    Thailand
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    Price: Budget

    Funny name, serious subject: Cabbages & Condoms, now a chain of restaurants and resorts in Thailand and Great Britain, belongs to an organization that runs information projects on family planning and AIDS prevention. The food is good, and the garden is a pleasant, airy place to enjoy it.

    Baan Klang Nam

    288 Soi 14, Th Phra Ram III
    Bangkok
    Thailand
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    Price: Cheap

    Located on the river, this joint specialises in seafood. Highly rated by locals and visitors.

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    Calendar of events

    Makha Puja

    1 March 2018

    Venue: Temples around the city

    This is a Buddhist holy day for purification and good deeds, that features various day and night candlelit ceremonies.

    Queen's Birthday Celebrations

    12 August 2018

    Venue: Various locations in Bangkok.

    The birthday of Queen Sirikit, the present Queen, is celebrated throughout Thailand but nowhere more so than in the capital, and particularly along Ratchadamnoen Avenue and in the area around the Grand Palace. Here, civic buildings and the streets themselves are festooned with coloured lights and decorations. Portraits of the popular queen, decorated with flowers, adorn many private houses as well as private buildings. The day is a national holiday throughout Thailand.

    Chulalongkorn Day

    23 October 2018

    Venue: Throughout the city.

    Public holiday in memory of Rama V, who died in 1910 but is remembered as one of the great kings of Siam. The celebrations are best seen at the Equestrian Statue in the Royal Plaza.

    World Film Festival of Bangkok

    20 – 29  November 2017
    Website

    Venue: Various venues

    This film festival has been run successfully since 2003, and grows in stature and size with every passing year.

    King's Birthday Celebrations

    5 December 2017

     

    Venue: Throughout the city.

    A huge public holiday in celebration of the massively popular King Bhumibol, the world’s longest serving head of state and the longest ruler in Thai history. There are displays of lights decorating public buildings.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Bangkok

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    Great value is easy to find in Bangkok. This is a town inundated with first-rate hotel rooms at knockdown prices. Five-star pads come in well below what you’d pay in Europe or the USA.

    Budget digs are also plentiful, with heaps of hip new places to try.

    Banyan Tree Bangkok

    21/100 South Sathon Road, Sathon
    10120 Bangkok
    Thailand
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    Category: Luxurious

    A deluxe hotel with a sensational rooftop bar, this place is the ultimate for luxury seekers.

    Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

    48 Oriental Avenue
    10500 Bangkok
    Thailand
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    Category: Luxurious

    This riverside hotel has superb views across Bangkok, plus a first-rate spa and pool.

    Pullman Bangkok Hotel G

    188 Silom Road, Suriyawongse, Bangrak
    10500 Bangkok
    Thailand
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    Category: Moderate

    Five-star style but without the price tag, the Pullman G has sleek rooms and great facilities.

    Seine Taste

    88 Sukhumvit 24 Klongteoy
    10110 Bangkok
    Thailand
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    Category: Moderate

    Slick Sukhumvit spot with fancy rooms and a rooftop pool.

    The Heritage Hotels Sathorn

    13 Soi Sathorn, Yannawa, Sathorn
    10120 Bangkok
    Thailand
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    Category: Budget

    Amazing value with well-designed, spotless rooms. A real find.

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    Paradise found: Best of Thailand

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    An insider tip no more since “The Beach” (2000) hit the movie theaters, but Thailand is not quite lost to mass tourism yet. Our reporter discovered some dream spots that are almost as wild, exciting and breathtakingly beautiful as they were 20 years ago.

    Ko Yao Noi

    Ko Yao Yai
    Phang-nga, Thailand

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    Hippies head east to Ko Phangan, the party island in the Gulf of Thailand, and complain about the parties. In the west, there’s the tourist hell hole Phuket, and next to it Ko Yao Noi (“small, long island”), a getaway for stars like Angelina Jolie, Beyoncé and Cristiano Ronaldo, and famous for its unspoilt beaches. The islanders earn their living with coconuts and rubber plants. The food here is really good, for example at the „Je T’aime“, a French/Thai fusion restaurant. Neighboring Ko Yao Yai (big, long island) is even more peaceful and enchanting.

    Tab Tim Grob

    Thai cuisine has a reputation for variety, and yet most visitors stick to either phat thai (stirfry noodles) or khao phat (fried rice). That’s a great shame because the country has a dish many tourists have never heard of: tab tim grob, a sweet dish of water chestnuts served in young coconut milk with red tapioca pearls and crushed ice. It’s one of those dishes that, once tasted, becomes a firm favourite. It’s such a delicious and refreshing treat, especially in humid Thailand, that it’s also easy to convince yourself that it is somehow healthy. Restaurants don’t always include it on the menu, but it’s definitely worth asking if they serve it.

    Ko Phayam

    Ko Phayam
    Ranong
    Thailand

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    When Leonardo DiCaprio, or rather the young backpacker he played in The Beach, arrived in Thailand 15 years ago, his quest was to find the perfect beach. That brought him to the Phi-Phi islands, and now millions of tourists follow in his footsteps every year. If the authentic hippie Thailand is what you’re after, go to Ko Phayam (preferably via Ranong). It’s a small island roughly 35 kilometers off the northwest coast of Thailand and still one of the few remaining idylls on earth, with sandy beaches that stretch for miles, bamboo cabins and devoted sunworshippers. It’s one of those islands, where people spend the evening eating, drinking and talking between palmtrees and weird timber structures like the Hippie Bar. Minor downside: overcrowded ferries make for an uneasy crossing.

    Chanthaburi

    Chanthaburi
    Chang Wat Chanthaburi
    22000 Thailand
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    Located close to the Cambodian border, the provincial capital is largely ignored by tourists, or at best used as a stopover. Their loss! Chanthaburi has all that is quintessentially Thai. Religious differences are amiably set aside, and Christians (there is an imposing replica of Paris’ Notre-Dame here), Buddhists and Muslims live together in harmony – so there’s always some feast to celebrate. Just 20 kilometers from the ocean and with so few tourists, it’s hardly surprising that Chanthaburi – and not an island – is where some of Thailand’s loveliest undiscovered beaches are found. The city lives off its exports of fruit and precious stones, has mines to visit, malodorously tasty durians to sample, dense jungle to explore and Buddhist holy sites to see. Its tourism infrastructure is geared almost exclusively to Thai visitors; prices have barely changed in 20 years. Chanthaburi is Thailand’s last insider tip.

    Bangkok Vanguards

    494/4 Prajadhipok Rd
    Hiranruchi, Thon Buri
    Bangkok 10600
    Thailand
    Tel. 66 85 833 9218

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    It is easy to lose your way in the capital, so it’s a good idea to hire a guide. As most city guides show tourists only what they want to see, a specialist is the answer, someone like Michael Biedassek, who is half-Thai, half-German. “I came here to find my Thai roots,” he says. He ended up staying. Finding the city hard to navigate, he began making maps as a teenager. Later, he started offering visitors bicycle tours of the “real” Bangkok. His most popular tour is the Bangkok Three-sixty, which takes visitors by bicycle, boat and local buses to see the sights people generally overlook: a tiny icecream parlor or the fabulous home of a once wealthy Chinese family with a huge swimming pool. Small groups and one enthusiastic guide – that’s all it takes to feel at home in possibly the most confusing city in the world.

    See the country by car or taxi?

    Judging by the chaos on Bangkok’s streets, driving in Thailand is stressful. But outside the city of eight million, the traffic (people drive on the left) is moderate. The most popular tourist destinations are: Chiang Mai in the north, Pattaya in the center, Phuket in the south, and the islands in the Gulf, but there’s an entire country crying out to be explored in between. Rent a car and drive south on the good asphalt road network. Great places along the way are Khao Sok National Park with its impressive reservoir and floating cabins (with beds for visitors) and the beaches south of Ranong. Not keen to take to the wheel? Then hire a taxi. The official price list (back of driver’s seat) puts the 700-kilometer trip at roughly 120 euros.

    Homestay

    People rave about friendly hosts in Thailand, but often they are just talking about friendly hoteliers and attentive restaurant owners. Thailand has a long tradition of homestays and there are plenty of offers around, so you don’t have to wait for invitations to find out what life is really like there. Perceptive visitors will soon notice even local differences. The amazing thing is that most homestay hosts – fishing families in the south, farmers in the north, middle-class people at the heart of the country – aren’t so much interested in financial gain as in getting to know their guests. It’s this genuine Asian hospitality that makes their home yours for a while.

    Doi Inthanon

    4/1 Siritorn Rd Soi 1
    Changphuak, Muang Chiang mai
    Thailand 50300
    Tel. +66 (0)80 491 133
    Mobil: +66 /(0)84 617 8404
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    The country’s tallest peak at 2565 meters, Doi Inthanon is high in the north of Thailand. Making your way up it is far more satisfying than being at the top, though. Motorcycles can be rented in the town of Chiang Mai, which is a good starting point for an exhilarating ride through deserted streets, dense jungle and villages untouched by time in a country that seems all but unchanged. Your trip through the mountains brings you to the virtually tourism-free heart of Thailand. If you have time, take a tour of the Golden Triangle via Laos and Myanmar down to the mountain 100 kilometers southwest of Chiang Mai. Doing the tour on foot takes six days and is as good as a detox – promise!

    Take to the tracks

    Bangkok train station, 6pm; experience a truly Asian moment when everyone pauses as a mark of respect for their country and their beloved king. Except for the package-deal tourist groups, the journey itself is the attraction. Thailand’s three-class trains are special – shabby on the outside, clean and comfortable on the inside. Third class is loud and lively, and second class offers real beds, but if you want some peace on the 12-hour trip north or south, it’s best to book a private first-class compartment. Don’t bring food, make the most of the legendary dining cars with their singing ladyboys serving chicken with cashews. For the ultimate train ride, take the Eastern Oriental and enjoy breathtaking colonial luxury – all the way from Bangkok to Singapore.

    Ko Nok

    Ko Nok
    Phang-nga
    Thailand
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    This is it – paradise. No, truly it is! There is absolutely nothing here but a broad sandy beach, a small area for campfires and a bamboo-covered hill. The island is just about the size of a noi (see tip 1) and perfect for a night spent far from the madding crowd, like Robinson Crusoe. Ask for Mr. Bean on Ko Yao Noi. He will help you to cross to the island, to build yourself a Thai minihouse, to fish and to lead the life we all secretly long for: a simple, decelerated life without distractions and with achievable goals – amid the most beautiful natural scenery in Phang Nga Bay.

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    Best time to visit

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    Climate & best time to visit Thailand

    The weather in Thailand is generally very hot, particularly between March and May. The monsoon season runs from June to October, when the climate is still hot and humid with torrential rains. The best time for travelling is November to February (cool season), although the southern islands are best from June to September.

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    Feb36 °C14 °C32 °C23 °C76 %30 mm28.8 h
    Mar39 °C15 °C33 °C24 °C77 %29 mm28.7 h
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    May39 °C21 °C34 °C25 °C80 %220 mm137.0 h
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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +66

    Telephone

    Roaming charges make phone calls with foreign providers’ SIM cards pretty expensive in Thailand. The far cheaper option is to buy a SIM card from a Thai mobile telephony and mobile Internet provider, such as Advanced Info Service (ais.co.th) and True Move (truemoveh.truecorp.co.th), for example. SIM cards can be ordered online from these and other providers in advance or purchased at the airport.

    Internet

    There are plenty of internet cafés, some even found in remote areas visited by tourists. Free Internet access via Wi-Fi is possible in many busy tourist spots. When using public Wi-Fi networks, it is a wise precaution to ensure encryption of all passwords, credit card details and banking TANs entered. Use of a VPN app or security software to check the safety of a hotspot is recommended.

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    Shopping in Bangkok

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    Key Areas

    Countless shopping malls and department stores line Sukhumvit Road, not to mention the market vendors who also crowd the street. Another good area for shopping extends between the BTS (Skytrain) stations National Stadium, where the Mah Boon Kring Shopping Center (MBK) is located, and Chid Lom, within easy reach of Ratchaprasong Shopping District. The Asiatique The Riverfront (asiatiquethailand.com), one of Bangkok’s new shopping and entertainment attractions, is a roughly ten-minute walk from the BTS station Saphan Taksin. Housed in an ensemble of former dockland warehouses, it boasts more than 1500 boutiques and small shops as well as 40 restaurants, a Thai puppet theater, a “ladyboy cabaret” (transvestite show) and an array of other attractions, including an original World War II bunker.

    Markets

    Chatutchak Weekend Market (MRT (subway) station Kamphaeng Phet or BTS station Suan Shatuchak, open Wed-Sun 0700-1800, only limited services Wed and Thu) is Bangkok’s best-known market. The market is vast and the variety of goods for sale there equally so, ranging from fruit, vegetables and deli foods to books and antiques. On Bobae Market (BTS station Hualamphong) you will find all manner of clothing, and there are also plenty of small vendors in neighboring Bobae Tower.

    Shopping Centres

    Practically every district of Bangkok has its own big shopping center, with newer malls taking on gigantic proportions. The really big malls include the Central World Siam (centralworld.co.th; BTS station Chid Lom), the Mah Boon Krong Shopping Center (mbk-center.co.th; BTS-Station National Stadium) and the particularly luxurious Siam Paragon (siamparagon.co.th; BTS-Station Siam).

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    Traveller etiquette

    Western visitors will generally receive a handshake on meeting. A Thai will be greeted with the traditional closed hands and a slight bow of the head – the wai. Buddhist monks are always greeted in this way.

    The Thai Royal Family is regarded with an almost religious reverence. Visitors should respect this. It is very bad manners to make public displays of anger, as Thais regard such behaviour as boorish and a loss of ‘face’. Public displays of affection between men and women are also frowned upon, and it is considered rude to touch anyone on the head or to point one’s feet at someone.

    Shoes should be removed before entering someone’s home or a temple.

    Informal dress is widely acceptable and men are seldom, if ever, expected to wear suits. Beachwear should be confined to the beach and topless sunbathing is frowned upon.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 1155

    Food & Drink

    Use only bottled or boiled water for drinking, brushing teeth or making ice. Unpasteurised milk should also be boiled, although pasteurised or homogenised milk is available. Tinned or powdered milk is safe as long as it is reconstituted with sterile water. Beware of dairy products that may have been made with unboiled milk. Stick to meat and fish that have been well cooked, preferably served hot, but not reheated. Avoid raw vegetables and unpeeled fruit.

    Other Risks

    HIV is rife in Thailand, especially among prostitutes in Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Amoebic and bacillary dysentery and hepatitis E may occur. Hepatitis B is highly endemic. Japanese encephalitis may occur, particularly in rural areas, and precautions should be taken to guard against mosquito bites. Dengue fever is also becoming increasingly widespread, particularly in central Thailand, and is also transmitted by mosquitoes. Travellers to Thailand are unlikely to be affected by avian influenza, but should avoid visiting live animal markets, poultry farms and other places where they may come into close contact with wild or caged birds; also ensure poultry dishes are thoroughly cooked.

    Contractual physician of Lufthansa

    Dr. Sanglertsilpachai, Wiwat
    Bangkok Nursing Home Hospital
    Convent
    Silom
    Bangkok 10500
    Thailand
    Tel. +66-2-686-2700

    Please note that Lufthansa accepts no responsibility for the treatment nor will it bear the cost of any treatment.
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    Visa & Immigration

    IATA Travel Centre

    The IATA Travel Centre delivers accurate passport, visa and health requirement information at a glance. It is a trusted, centralized source for the latest international travel requirements. The IATA Travel Centre is the most accurate source available because it is based on a comprehensive database used by virtually every airline, and information is gathered from official sources worldwide, such as immigration and police authorities.

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