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    Bangkok – a brief overview

    One of Asia’s most happening cities, Bangkok moves at an electrifying pace. Every street thrums with purpose and industry. Whether it’s high-end shops on wide boulevards of ultra modern Sukhumvit or the alleyways and backstreets where locals feast on some of the world’s best street food, Bangkok is non-stop. And while its reputation as a party town remains undimmed, there’s plenty of first-rate culture here to keep you entertained.

    Beautiful Buddhist temples, sprawling markets and lush parks are everywhere, helping you to earn a much-deserved cocktail at one of the city’s numerous rooftop bars come the end of the day.

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    Wat Phra Kaew

    Na Phra Lan Road, Phra Nakhon
    10200 Bangkok
    Thailand
    Tel: 02 224 3290
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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, first enshrined here in the 18th century, which steals the show.

    Grand Palace

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

    The official residence of the King of Thailand, the Grand Palace forms part of a wider complex which includes Wat Phra Kaew. 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: 02 226 0335
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0830-1700

    Next to the Grand Palace, Wat Pho is one of Thailand’s largest temples. Its pretty exterior is merely a precursor to the stunning, 43m-long (141ft) 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: 02 224 1333
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    Opening times:
    Mon and 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
    Tel: 02 252 5948
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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. At 6pm, everything stops as the national anthem blares out from the PA system.

    Democracy Monument

    Ratchadamnoen Klang Road, Phra Nakhon
    10200 Bangkok
    Thailand
    Tel: 02 225 7612
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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. The monument is now a popular rallying point for protestors.

    Royal Barges National Museum

    80/1 Arun Amarin Road, Bangkok Noi
    10700 Bangkok
    Thailand
    Tel: 02 424 0004
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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: 02 891 2185
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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

    BamrungMuang Road, PhraNakhon
    Bangkok
    Thailand
    Tel: 02 221 4331
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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: 02 281 5454
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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 1897, its pretty gardens and well-maintained rooms mix Victorian and Thai styles to stunning effect.

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    Country Information

    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 Hua Hin, 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.

    General Information

    Key facts

    Population: 67497151

    Population Density (per sq km): 132

    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.

    General business opening hours

    Office hours are usually Monday to Friday 0830-1630. There is a large expat community in Bangkok, as well as a big after-work drinking scene.

    Public holidays

    Below are Public Holidays for the January 2014-December 2015 period.
    Note: Buddhist festivals are declared according to local astronomical observations and it is not possible to forecast the date of their occurrence exactly.

    2014

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2014
    Makha Bucha Day: 14. February 2014
    Chakri Day: 06. April 2014
    Songkran (Thai New Year): 13. April 2014
    Labour Day: 01. May 2014
    Coronation Day: 05. May 2014
    Visakha Bucha Day: 06. May 2014
    Mid Year Bank Holiday: 01. July 2014
    Asarnha Bucha Day: 11. July 2014
    HM The Queen’s Birthday: 12. August 2014
    Chulalongkorn Day: 25. October 2014
    HM The King’s Birthday: 28. November 2014
    Constitution Day: 10. December 2014
    New Year’s Eve: 31. December 2014

    2015

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2015
    Makha Bucha Day: 02. March 2015
    Chakri Day: 06. April 2015
    Songkran (Thai New Year): 13. April 2015
    Labour Day: 01. May 2015
    Coronation Day: 05. May 2015
    Mid Year Bank Holiday: 01. July 2015
    Asarnha Bucha Day: 30. July 2015
    Visakha Bucha Day: 30. July 2015
    HM The Queen’s Birthday: 12. August 2015
    Chulalongkorn Day: 23. October 2015
    HM The King’s Birthday: 05. December 2015
    Constitution Day: 10. December 2015
    New Year’s Eve: 31. December 2015

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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.

    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.

    808

    29/53 Soi Soonvijai, Rama 9 Road
    Bangkok
    Thailand
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    Forget tacky Patpong and head to 808 for Bangkok’s best club nights.

    Lollipop

    Mahannop Soi 1, Phra Nakorn
    Bangkok
    Thailand
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    Rock and pop sounds are the cornerstones of this hip hangout.

    Brown Sugar

    469 Wanchad Junction
    Phrasumen Rd.
    Bawornniwet
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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: Expensive

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

    Taling Pling

    653 Building 7, Baan Silom Arcade, Silom Road, Silom
    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.

    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.

    Pet Tin Jao Tha

    941-7 Wanit Soi 2
    Bangkok
    Thailand
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    Price: Cheap

    This Chinatown spot specialises in duck and goose.

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    Asarnha Puja Day/Khao Phansa Day

    30 July 2014

    Venue: Temples throughout the city.

    Commemorates Buddha’s first sermon and the beginning of Buddhist Lent. It also traditionally marks the beginning of the monsoon season.

    World Film Festival of Bangkok

    17 – 26 October 2014
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

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

    Chulalongkorn Day

    23 October 2014

    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.

    Bangkok Marathon

    16 November 2014
    Website

    Venue: Streets of Bangkok.

    Ran along a course through the centre of this bustling city, the annual Bangkok Marathon takes participants on a route that includes many of the city’s famous landmarks. Passing the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the National Museum and the Chao Phraya River, there are many scenic spots from which to watch the action. But one of the best places to watch the marathon is on Sanam Chai Road next to the famous Grand Palace which is where the race starts and finishes. In addition to the full 42km (26 miles) marathon course, there are also the shorter 10.5km (6.5 miles) quarter marathon course and the 5km (3.2 miles) course for slower runners and walkers. A great atmosphere prevails and there are numerous events after the race, including the popular pasta party.

    King's Birthday Celebrations

    5 December 2014

    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.

    International Kite Festival

    1 – 28 February 2015

    Venue: Sanam Luang.

    Kite fighting and demonstrations.

    Makha Puja

    5 March 2015

    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 2015

    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.

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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: Expensive

    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: Expensive

    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: Cheap

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

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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
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    Sep36 °C21 °C32 °C24 °C84 %344 mm185.2 h
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    Nov35 °C14 °C31 °C23 °C79 %48 mm57.8 h
    Dec35 °C10 °C31 °C20 °C74 %10 mm18.5 h
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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +66

    Telephone

    A popular way to call overseas is through a service called Home Country Direct, which is available at various post offices and CAT centres in towns and cities. It offers an easy connection to international operators in many different countries. Some accommodation places will have a mobile or landline that customers can use for a per-minute fee for overseas calls. Public phones are not recommended as they are often on noisy main streets.

    Mobile Telephone

    Roaming agreements exist with many international mobile phone companies. There is good coverage, especially around main towns.

    Internet

    There are plenty of internet cafés, some even found in remote areas visited by tourists.

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    Shopping in Bangkok
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    Key Areas

    Sukhumvit is inundated with malls and department stores of every possible description, its streets also lined with market vendors flogging knock-off gear at dirt-cheap prices. But Bangkok’s real shoppers’ paradise is Chatuchak Weekend Market, where you can snare anything your heart desires.

    Markets

    Chatuchak Weekend Market (or JJ as it’s sometimes known) is Thailand’s largest. Its vast sprawl will take you all day to cover. Whether you want a whole new wardrobe, Asian antiques or a trip to foodie heaven, it’s all here. The excellent, street side Amulet Market is also well worth a visit.

    Shopping Centres

    Sukhumvit’s elevated walkways connect a string of super malls, all designed to tempt shopaholics into a holiday spending frenzy. The huge Emporium Mall is the place to go for top-end global luxury brands. Fashionistas flock to Thonglor for unique, boutique pieces and fancy homeware.

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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. Smoking is widely acceptable.

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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

    Wiwat Dr. Sanglertsilpachai
    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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