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    Bangkok: Dragons, temples and a smile

    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 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.

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    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 2016 – December 2017 period.

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

    2016

    New Year’s Day: 1. January 2016
    Chakri Day: 6. April 2016
    Songkran (Thai New Year): 13. April 2016
    Labour Day: 1. May 2016
    Coronation Day: 5. May 2016
    HM The Queen’s Birthday: 12. August 2016
    Chulalongkorn Day: 23. October 2016
    HM The King’s Birthday: 5. December 2016
    Constitution Day: 10. December 2016

    2017

    New Year’s Day: 1. January 2017
    Chakri Day: 6. April 2017
    Songkran (Thai New Year): 13. April 2017
    Labour Day: 1. May 2017
    Coronation Day: 5. May 2017
    HM The Queen’s Birthday: 12. August 2017
    Chulalongkorn Day: 23. October 2017
    HM The King’s Birthday: 5. December 2017
    Constitution Day: 10. December 2017

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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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    Queen's Birthday Celebrations

    12 August 2016

    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 2016

    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

    4. – 13.  November 2016
    Website

    Venue: Various venues

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

    Bangkok Marathon

    November 2016
    Website

    Venue: Picturesque route through the main streets of Bangkok. The marathon begins and ends next to the Grand Palace.

    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 2016

     

    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.

    Makha Puja

    11 February 2017

    Venue: Temples around the city

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

    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: 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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    Paradise found

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    An insider tip no more since The Beach 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. Halfway over, you pass Ko Chang island, which is really basic – and entirely without electricity or Internet access.

    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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    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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    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

    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

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