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Salzburg Sightseeing Guide – 2 days travel itinerary

Salzburg Sightseeing Guide – 2 days travel itinerary

 

Why do you have to visit Salzburg in Austria?

Salzburg is definitely one of the most beautiful and fascinating cities in Austria!

This city has been listed as a World Heritage site since 1977 and without a doubt, the historic center of Salzburg is home to some of the most gorgeous architecture and views you’ll find anywhere in Europe. The city of Salzburg is mostly famous because it’s the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and it was the setting for the popular film “The Sound of Music”.

Honestly, no trip to Austria is complete without checking out Salzburg! Here is a 2 days itinerary for a Salzburg city trip:

 

Sightseeing guide – what to do in Salzburg?

There are lots of great things to do in Salzburg, enough to spend 2 or more days in this awesome city. Impressive palaces and churches, beautiful parks, interesting museums, breath-taking viewpoints, great restaurants and music is everywhere – this city has it all.  Here is a selection of attractions you shouldn`t miss when you visit Salzburg in Austria for sightseeing:

 

Getreidegasse

The Getreidegasse is Salzburg most famous shopping street and the bustling heart of the city. The beautiful old-fashioned iron guild signs above the pedestrian’s heads are especially eye-catching. Stop at Getreidegasse No. 9: It’s the place where Mozart was born 1756. Mozart Birthplace is nowadays a museum and can be visited.

Mozart House (Mozart Birthplace)

Visiting the Mozart Birthplaces surely is the absolute highlight for all Mozart fans around the world. The museum is spread out over three floors and gives a great convey of Mozart’s past.

Kapuzinerberg

The Kapuzinerberg with its 640 meters offers some of the top views of Salzburg. The steep climp is a bit exhausting but at the end the viewpoints of Salzburg will reward you. Best you take the beautiful Imbergstiege stairway from Steingasse or another possibility is to start the walk from the Franziskustor gate in Linzergasse

Salzburger Dom and the DomQuartier

The Salzburger Dom (Salzburg Catherdral) is the absolute jaw-tropper of Salzburg’s historic townscape.  Without a doubt, the cathedral is Salzburg’s most important sacred building in the old town and the inside, as well as the outside, is worth a visit!

Enclosed by the Catherdral is the Domquartier. Through buying a ticket you can visit 5 museums including the terrace above the cathedral arches – views of Salzburg’s Baroque city center.

The highlight of the museum tour is the breathtaking view from inside, down towards the huge cathedral.

Mozartplatz & Residence Square

The Residence Square with its unique fountain is located in the heart of Salzburg´s old town. Unfortunately this place was under construction while we were there. Just around the corner you are going to find the Mozartplatz with the impressive bronze Mozart statue.

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Hohensalzburg Fortress

The Hohensalzburg Fortress is Salzburg landmark and a visit of this 900-year-old cliff-top fortress is a must do and one of the top tourist attractions in Salzburg! Located on top of the Mönchsberg, you can reach the fortress by a 20-minute walk or via the funicular railway starting from Festungsgasse (near Stieglkeller). The far-reaching views from the top are really amazing and visiting the castle museums is interesting too. Furthermore Hohensalzburg Fortress is a popular venue for classical concerts in Salzburg.

Tip: Tickets for dinner experience at Salzburg Fortress with Mozart concert can be booked here.

If you are not getting enough stunning hilltop views and sightseeing, you should definitely continue your walk to the Museum of Modern Art located 30 minutes from the fortress.

Mönchsberg – Museum of Modern Art

Like the Hohensalzburg Fortress, the Museum of Modern Art in Salzburg is situated at the Mönchsberg. Up here, take in the far-reaching views across Salzburg old town’s roof-tops and the castle – Probably the most impressive photo motif of Salzburg. You can access the restaurant/cafe M32 as well as the viewpoint without paying an entrance fee.

You can either take the lift from Salzburg’s old town straight to the entrance, take one of the walkways up the hill or the walkway from the Hohensalzburg Fortress.

Don`t miss this place – both, location and expositions are fantastic.

Salzburg’s Cemeteries

Salzburg has a few beautiful and old cemeteries. The St. Peters cemetery has a unique setting just next to the cliffs of the Mönchsberg. To see the St.Peters church and cemetery from above you should visit the catacombs, which are hewn out of the Mönchsberg.

Also worth a visit is the St. Sebastian Cemetery. This historic cemetery is a jewel of Salzburg.

Haus der Natur

Roaming through the museum, visitors have the chance to discover the most fascinating aspects of Mother Nature. The exhibitions are interactive and there is so much fun connected with science for adults and children. With more than 7000 m² you should take enough time to visit the Haus der Natur.  Explore the underwater worlds in the aquarium, the outer space hall, colossal dinosaurs, take a journey into the human body and the interactive  science center.

Mirabell Palace and Mirabell Gardens

The Mirabell Gardens are wonderful to visit in spring and summertime when the colorful flowers are blooming. Additionally, it’s one of the famous shooting locations from the movie “The Sound of Music”.

Built in 1606 the Mirabelle Palace is one of the most romantic locations in Salzburg. Maybe that’s why the Marble Hall does not only host concerts but is also used as a wedding location!

Around Salzach River

If you have some time left, you should definitely take a walk along the Salzach River. Cross the lovely small bridges like the Mozart Bridge or the Markatsteg.

For photographers: From the Müllnersteg you can take some of the best night shots of Salzburg.

Alter Markt and Cafe Tomaselli

The Alter Markt in Salzburg is the old market of the town. The square is really picturesque and if you pass it, stop by the traditional coffeehouse Café Tomaselli which has been run for 150 years. Or visit the Café-Konditorei Fürst to try the “Original Salzburg Mozartkugels”.

Stieglkeller

If you are up to visit a brewery topped with a marvelous view, then you have to go to Stieglkeller for a beer. The location is really cool, located below the Fortress of Hohensalzburg, you are going to have one of the best views of Salzburg.

Hellbrunn Palace, Trick Fountain and Salzburg Zoo

Hellbrunn is a place like no other and for sure a top highlight of a Salzburg city trip. The Hellbrunn Palace with its yellow colors is amazingly beautiful. Unmissable is a visit of the nearby Trick fountains – mysterious grottos, water-powered figures and hidden water jets waiting to surprise you!

Read more about Hellbrunn -> Hellbrunn – Trick Fountains, Palace and the Salzburg Zoo

The Salzburg Zoo is one of the most beautiful zoos in Austria. Located in a really unique and beautiful landscape, the zoo hosts a wide range of interesting animals. The zoo entrance is just a short walk from the Hellbrunn Palace!

Visiting Hellbrunn is definitely one of the best things to do in Salzburg.

Leopoldskron Palace

The Leopoldskron Palace is situated just a short walk from the historic center of Salzburg. It’s picturesque located next to an idyllic small lake. The Palace was built 1736 and today it’s one of the most exclusive hotels of Salzburg. For prices check out this link.

Tour: 2 or 3 nights The Sound of Music tour at Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg can be booked here.

Salzburg Card (Salzburg Pass)

Getting yourself the Salzburg Card is a great way if you are planning to discover the attractions of Salzburg. Free admission to tourist attractions, museums and public transport makes it easy and convenient to explore the city. The Salzburg Card can be organized in advanced:


 

Tours in Salzburg

As you can see, the beautiful city of Salzburg offers a wide range of amazing sights and activities. If you are looking for a guided city tour, a boat trip, a typical Austrian cooking class or concert tickets, you will find on getyourguide an amazing choice of unforgettable activities. Click here for the best tours:

How to go to Salzburg?

Salzburg has great flight connections from the major European Cities. Tickets for flights can be easily found at Skyscanner or Kiwi.

Also, Salzburg can be easily reached by car as well as public transport:

  • From Munich to Salzburg 1:30 hour by car or train
  • From Vienna to Salzburg 2:30 hour by car or train
  • From Graz to Salzburg 3 hours by car and 4 hours by train
  • From Hallstatt to Salzburg 1 hour by car and 2:30 hours by train

 

Hotels in Salzburg – Where to stay?

Salzburg offers a wide range of hotels. We stayed at the beautiful and stylish Berglandhotel situated in walking distance to Salzburg Old Town. The staff was amazing, providing us some of the best travel tips of Salzburg, best places for local food etc. For the prices you can check hereParking is also available!

Selected accommodations in Salzburg:

  • Mönchsbergapartment: The apartment inside the Altstadt is a great choice for travelers interested in culture, history and atmosphere.
  • Hotel & Villa Auersperg: The small and elegant boutique Hotel & Villa Auersperg enjoys a quiet location in the heart of Salzburg and features a charming garden terrace, a spa area with a roof terrace
  • Hotel Stein: The lifestyle and design hotel offers guests a panoramic rooftop terrace with panoramic views of the city and its surroundings.

Conclusion: As you can see, we really loved our  city trip to Salzburg and we spent some wonderful days exploring the historic center. Two days in Salzburg is the perfect amount of time to hit the towns best places and tourist attractions. We were most impressed by the breath-taking views and the fact that for the small size you can easily spend 2 full days of sightseeing.


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Merzouga – Desert Tour & Camel Trekking in Morocco

Merzouga – Desert Tour & Camel Trekking in Morocco

A visit to Merzouga in Morocco and a desert tour is definitely the best things you can do while you are traveling in this country. Also for us, the camel trekking and night in the desert in Merzouga was one of the most memorable experiences of our 3 weeks trip through this country. Camel trekking on the vast dunes, watching the most incredible Sahara sunset, singing songs next to the berber camp, camping underneath the bright shining stars and spending the night in the desert camp. Countless unforgettable memories that shouldn`t be missed. Merzouga und the Erg Chebbi dunes are definitely a must see if you visit Morrocco and desert tours can be easily be organized

In this travel blog guide about Merzouga you will learn more about what you can expect from a desert tour and where you can do the best camel trekking and Sahara excursions. Also we will show you more about activities in Merzouga, jeep safari and the best desert hotels.

 

From Marrakech to Merzouga

Coming from Marrakech, we drove down the High Atlas road to Ait-Ben Haddou – Quarzazate. After we passed lots of beautiful scenery’s, we stopped at the Rose Valley for one night. Afterwards we went to the Dades Valley and also the Todra Gorge near Tinghir. After Tinghir all the area turns into desert: Barren landscapes as far as the eye can see.

Distance: Plan 560 km drive from Marrakech to Merzouga and a minimum of 9 hours drive. Make sure you take the road via Erfoud, the Gate of the Sahara. The roads are well developed and also there are plenty of petrol stations on this route. Of course, there are also amazing guided tours starting from Marrakech. Here some of the recommended desert-tours.

Tip: We usually search cheap flights through Skyscanner and Kiwi! The nearest airport to Merzouga is Errachidia airport (100 km). But for international flights you should choose Marrakech or Fez.

Just about 20 km after Erfroud you will reach Rissani. The bab of Rissani (main gate) is an expample of many spectacular Moroccan structures.

Merzouga is a city located at the beginning of the Sahara, from there you will already see the big sand dunes of Erg Chebbi.

 

Dersert Tour and Camel Trekking

We arrived around 3 pm in the afternoon at the house the desert camp. The crew from the berber camp welcomed us warmly. With lots of jokes and laughter, we had some nice mint tea and an excellent lunch was served. Although we had a long drive, immediately we felt fresh and full of energy again. We got a big cozy room for taking a shower and leaving our luggage

Then we started with our 1 ½ hour camel tour deep inside of the Moroccan Sahara, it was just the 4 of us riding the camels so it was a really private and relaxed trip.

Merzouga is famous for the Erg Chebbi desert and its huge sand dunes. Just after 15 minutes we passed the first dunes. After a while, the dunes became higher and higher and the late-afternoon sun colored the sand a in a deep orange. Being surrounded by this never ending desert was an amazing experience.

After a while we stopped the camels in front of a really huge dune (appr.200 meter) and continued to climb up this sandy mountain! It was absolutely worth it though, the view was just breathtaking – sand dunes without an end. The Sahara Desert Morocco in all her glory.

We sat down for a while to watch an incredible beautiful sunset. It was magical! One of the best ones we’ve ever experienced and the atmosphere was so quiet and full of harmony.

Note: Riding a camel was a great fun, but also not the most comfortable one.  So you better wear good clothes (long trousers, turban, and comfortable underwear).

Later, we went back down to our desert camp, where Youssef and his brother Ismael already prepared a delicious Berber dinner for us. The camp was really clean, with lovely details, a comfortable bed and so much better than our expectation about sleeping inside the Sahara was.

That night we had so much fun, joking and laughing a lot – Youssef Is a natural born entertainer. We drank tons of mint tea and we ate the best and biggest tajine that we tasted traveling 3 weeks in Morocco. Until late in the night we sat down next to the open fire, singing Austrian and Moroccan songs. Our guides Youssef and Ismael played drums music and we watched the stars which we had never been seen so close to before. A “once in a lifetime experience”.

The next morning we woke up with a sand storm. So we packed our stuff and went back to the house where we had a delicious breakfast.

Jeep Safari

After we got picked up by a 4×4 wheeler and startet the jeep safari. First, we went to the village Khamlia where we enjoying the spiritual Gnawa music. Later we visited the black volcanic rocks desert, our guide Hassan taught us how to find beautiful minerals and fossils. With the 4×4 we passed some tiny Berber villages and also the mines of Mefis. All the time we had a panoramic view of golden dunes near the Algerian border – that was fantastic!

Where to stay in Merzouga

If you like to stay a bit longer in Merzouga, you will find a great choice of accommodation and desert hotels. To extend our stay in Merzouga, we stayed another night inside a beautiful Kasbah Azalay hotel, a desert hotel with views to the dunes and refreshing swimming pool – which was amazing too. It was the ideal place to recover our camel butt and to get prepared for the next day’s long drive to Fez. Click here for a choice of fantastic Desert Hotels.

Best Merzouga Desert Tours

Search in the Internet, you will find many tour operators. So, it is not easy to find the perfect desert-camp. In principle, we recommend check the reviews of the tours here. The program of the desert tours (camel ride, dinner, spending a night in the desert) are very similar, only the equipment of the desert camps is different.

Here are our top 3 recommendations for desert camps in Merzouga:

  • Cheap and Good: The Berber Camp is a small but nice and cheap desert camp in Merzouga. A fantastic opportunity to get to know the desert authentically.
  • Just perfect: The Erg Chebbi Camp is one of the best desert camps in Merzouga. It’s amazing what kind of comfort you can find in the desert! As a special experience you can spend the night in the tent as well as in the open air.
  • Pure luxury: The luxury camp Sahara Majestic Luxury Camp ensures a truly unforgettable stay. Here you will find pure luxury in the middle of the desert.

 

Guided tours from Marrakech to Merzouga

If you are not traveling by your own with rental car, you do not have to miss a desert adventure! From Marrakech and from Fes really amazing trips to Merzouga are offered. Usually these tours include food and there are additional sightseeing stops, for example at the mud town of Ait-Ben Haddou and the Todra Gorge. You can easily book these tours online in advance. Here are the best tours:

What you can expect form a Sahara Tour in Merzouga:
  • Extremely good value. The price for a night in a Berber tent including camel trekking, yummy dinner and delicious breakfast often costs as little as 40 Euro per person. Of course, also in Morocco, there are no limits to luxury.
  • A camel ride deep into the Sahara is always offered. You have the opportunity to take fantastically beautiful pictures of the dunes of Merzouga.
  • The desert camps are well equipped and comfortable, of course there are washrooms and toilets.
  •  Also, the Moroccan hospitality and the on-site support should be emphasized. At all time, we felt safe and secure in Merzouga.

 

Visiting the Sahara Desert in Morocco was a great choice and for sure an absolute travel highlightof our 2 Weeks in Morocco itinerary. 


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What to do in Chinatown Bangkok – A Travel Guide

What to do in Chinatown Bangkok – A Travel Guide

Chinatown in Bangkok is truly amazing. Visitors are fascinated by the hustle and bustle, the colorful lights and vibrant colors, the beautiful Chinese temples and the huge choice of street food. On a tour to the Chinese Quarter of Bangkok, you will get to know the Thai capital from a different side. Here you can expect many interesting attractions and things to do, but also amazing markets and exceptional food. The best way is to start your Chinatown tour at the famous Yaowarat Road and to dive into a world full of surprises. Depending on the time of day, you can experience something different here. Especially in the morning, but also towards the evening this district is amazing to explore. But what are the best things to do in China town?

This blog post is a guide for all the important information and tips for a trip to Chinatown in Bangkok. We show you the best attractions, most beautiful Chinese temples and the coolest markets around. Also, we will tell you the best time to visit, and how to get to Chinatown.

What do do in Chinatown Bangkok

Chinatown in Bangkok is unique. Just arriving in the hustle and bustle, many visitors cannot be stopped from being amazed. Here, we have summarized the absolute highlights of Chinatown, which you should not miss. Here are the TOP attractions of the Chinese district:

Chinatown Gate

The Chinatown Gate is a large Chinese gate located in the middle of the Odeon roundabout, flanking the entrance to Bangkok´s Chinatown. This rather new attraction, which only opened in 1999, is a sign of the ascending Chinese Quarter. Interestingly, Chinatown in Bangkok is home to one of the largest Chinese communities outside of China.

Yaowarat Road

The Thanon Yaowarat or better known as Yaowarat Road is the heart of Chinatown. This approximately 1.5-kilometer-long road starts at Chinatown Gate (Paifang) and ends at Phanuphan Bridge. Colorful decorated with neon signs and giant Chinese characters makes you feel more like being in Hong Kong than in Bangkok. If you want to buy gold in Thailand, you also should go to Yaowarat Road to Chinatown. More than 150 gold traders have settled in this area and so you will find here gold jewellery in huge amounts.

Overall, Yaowarat is one of Bangkok’s most famous attractions and should not be missed on any city break. Actually, you can visit the famous street all day long. If you want to take amazing pics, it’s best to come early in the morning. At that time the mood is the best. On the other hand, in the evening, the billboards light up, which is also a very special scenery. In addition, all food stalls are open at this time.

Tip: If you are planning a tour through Chinatown, remember that many food stalls are closed on Mondays.

Chinatown’s street food markets

Food is ubiquitous in Bangkok’s Chinatown, so you can find fresh street food at any daytime and around each the corner. But especially in the evening many food stalls open up. It’s a big sizzling and frying, it hisses, and flames shoot in the air. By the way, it’s hot, it smells and it’s loud. Nevertheless, it is exciting and an amazing experience. Best just to walk around and enjoy the variety of street food. One thing is for sure, most of the dishes you’ve never seen before, and some of them you probably don`t want to try. Everything from fishballs soup to insects, scorpions, but also exotic fruits, stuffed Chinese dumplings, dried fish, bird nest soup and seafood.

Tip: On a Food Tour at Chinese Quarter, people are often unsure what food to try. Best option is to book a guided street food tour and get to know the best food in town!

Golden Buddha Temple

The Wat Traimit, or better known as the Golden Buddha Temple, is one of the most beautiful temples in Bangkok. It is located in Chinatown, very close to the China Gate and is famous for its 5.5-ton Golden Buddha. This Buddha statue has an incredible value of $ 250 million. If you are planning a tour through Chinatown, then you should definitely visit this impressive temple complex and the precious golden Buddha.

Opening hours: 08:00 am to 5:00 pm

Discover Chinese Temples

In Bangkok’s Chinatown there is a variety of larger and smaller Chinese temples. During a walk through the neighborhood you will see many of these sacred places. The most beautiful temple of Chinatown is the Wat Mangkon Kamalawat. Beautifully decorated and with many gold and red colors, which are standing in the Chinese tradition for luck, this temple enchants with an amazing Chinese architecture. It is one of the best things to see.

Opening hours: From 06:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Other interesting temples in the Chinese Quarter are the Rong Kuak Shrine near the Golden Buddha, the Chow Sue Kong Shrine and the Kuan Im Shrine, near the Marine Department boat dock.

Crocodile Temple

The Wat Chakrawatrachawat Woramahawihan, or better known as the Crocodile Temple of Bangkok, is a rather small temple complex in the middle of Chinatown. The temple became really famous for its crocodiles, which can be discovered during a visit. According to old stories, these animals had been eating young monks and now have to live in that enclosure.

Sampeng Lane

The Sampeng Lane is the most famous shopping street and market in Chinatown. Here inside the narrow streets of Soi Wanit 1 you will find a huge range of things to buy. Hard to believe that this narrow street used to be the main street of the neighborhood. A big part of the Sampeng Lane is covered, and a few areas are even air-conditioned. In the shops you get mainly plastic goods, mostly made in China. Whether it’s pink HelloKitti goods, plastic dishes, accessories, household goods, children’s toys and much more. Actually, this is a place manly for wholesalers and as a tourist you won’t be noticed.

Tip: Best to visit Sampeng Lane in Chinatown in the morning. Most shops are open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Sala Chalermkrung Royal Theater

The Sala Chalermkrung is a really lovely theater from the year 1933. This beautifully restored Art Deco building hosts every Thursday and Friday from 7:30 pm performances of the classic Thai theater. Actors play scenes from the Ramakien area in sumptuous costumes. An insider tip for all culture lovers.

Street art in Chinatown

In addition to street food, markets and temples, you can discover on a Chinatown tour cool street art, especially if you’re exploring a bit off the beaten track. So keep your eyes open and do not forget your camera.

So Heng Thai

The approximately 200-year-old So Heng Thai Villa is an absolute insider tip for visiting Chinatown. Only a few travellers know this jewel. This ancient Chinese house is one of the last well-preserved villas in Chinatown. Nowadays it serves as a diving school but also as a small café and museum. Take a detour to admire the breathtakingly beautiful architecture, drink a coffee and thus help to maintain the beautiful So Heng Thai.

Chinatown on the Chao Phraya River

Chinatown is partly located on the Chao Phraya, the huge river of Bangkok. Especially lovely is the arrival by express boat to the station Marine Dept. From there you can enjoy an incredibly beautiful river ambience. Also on the opposite side are some historic Chinese buildings. Such as the MAZU Shrein or the Chee Chin Khor Temple.

Flower Market in Bangkok Chinatown

The Pak Khlong Talat flower market is located on the edge of Chinatown and is one of Bangkok’s most interesting markets and attractions. Situated directly on the Chao Praya River, you can easily reach the flower market by ferry boat. Take a stroll through the market and dive into a huge sea of ​​flowers and colors. You will love the artfully crafted temple offerings and colorful bouquets made on site. Also, huge amounts fresh fruits and vegetables are sold here.

Tip: The market is open 24 hours. But the best time is in the morning when the flowers are delivered fresh.

How to get to Chinatown?

Chinatown can easily be reached by taxi, bus, MRT or boat.

  • MRT: Take the MRT to the station Hua Lamphong and walk a few minutes to the China Gate. Chinatown is not connected to the BTS, but you can change to the MRT.
  • Boat: From the river, you will reach Chinatown by boat. The best way to get there is to get off at the Rachawongse stop. From there, it is the fastest way to get to Yaowarat Road. In addition, there is the station Marine Dept, which is located near the So Heng Thai Villa and other small temples. If you want to get to the Flower Market, take the boat to Memorial Bridge Station.
  • Taxi: Of course, you can also get there by taxi. The prices with taximeter are really cheap.

Tours in Chinatown

As you can see, Bangkok Chinatown has a lot of exciting things to see and that’s why Chinatown tours recently became really popular. Here we have put together our favorite tours for you:

 

Accommodations and Hotels

There is a good selection of accommodation in Chinatown. Because most of the accommodations are reasonably priced, the area is ideal for backpackers or individual travellers which are looking for reasonable prices. Here are the Chinatown hotel tips:

  • B&B: The Unforgotten B&B is a really cozy and nicely furnished accommodation. Everything is super clean, and the location is fantastic.
  • Hotel: The W22 by Burasari is a really lovely hotel with a great value for money. Amazing is also the roof terrace!
  • Hostel: The Fun Cafe and Hostel is the perfect accommodation for backpackers. This hostel is new, really stylish and modern and really cheap. Everything is just right here.

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Krabi Tours: 10 best Day Trips & Excursions

Krabi Tours: 10 best Day Trips & Excursions

Krabi is not only amazing due to its stunning beaches, but also the hinterland and the offshore islands are absolutely worth visiting. Therefore, Krabi province offers countless great excursions and unforgettable tours, where you have the chance to explore the area. Especially popular are boat tours to Krabi’s marvellous islands, but also trips to meet the elephants, in the jungle, sunset tours, adventure tours, kayaking, snorkelling tours and even tours from Krabi to Koh Phi Phi are offered. The range of day trips in the region is so huge, theoretically you could spend every single day of your holiday going on a tour.

In this blog post we will show you the ultimate attractions and best tours from Krabi. On top you will get some helpful tips about tour operators, tour packages, prices and how to book an excursion.

Good to know:

Most trips from Krabi start from the main tourist destinations such as Klong Muang, Krabi Town, Ao Nang, Tub Kaek Beach and Railay. In almost all the tour packages the pick up from the hotel is included .

 

Tour to Phi Phi Islands

Who does not know the famous Phi Phi Islands with the gigantic rock formations and the snow-white dream beaches. But only a few people know that the islands are located only 30 kilometers from Krabi and can easily be visited by a speedboat tour. A trip from Krabi to Phi Phi usually takes a whole day and includes food and drinks. With these tours you will have great opportunities for snorkelling, and to swim at the most beautiful beaches of the famous Thai dream island.

  • Tips: Since Koh Phi Phi is a very popular excursion destination, you could also join an early bird tour. Such tours start quite early in the morning and are best for avoiding the crowds.
  • Prices: Tours from Krabi to Phi Phi are available from 80, – Euro.

Bathing with elephants

If you want to spend an exciting day with elephants, then you should definitely visit the Krabi Elephant Sanctuary. A trip from Krabi also guarantees great fun for children. The greatest aspect is that this place renounces elephant riding. Instead the association has dedicated itself to the well-being of elephants, which had been tortured over multiple years. Your visit will enable a safer and more humane environment for the pachyderms. Visitors will have the opportunity to interact, feed and bathe with these lovely huge animals. The Elephant Sanctuary in Krabi is truly amazing and really worth a visit!

  • Tip: Do not forget bathing suits, because at the end of the tour you will get the chance to take a bath with the elephants!
  • Prices: The excursion costs about 60, – Euro per person.

4 Islands Tour

The 4 Islands Tour is one of the best boat trips from Krabi. With the longtail boat or speedboat you will explore Krabi’s unique island world. You will swim on the most beautiful beaches, have the opportunity to snorkel and to take amazing pictures. On this boat tour you visit the famous Phra Nang Beach, with its spectacular rock formations. Continue to the beaches of the dream islands Koh Poda, Tup Island and Chicken Island. These islands around Krabi are an absolute must see and so a 4 Islands Tour is really recommended.

  • Prices: A 4 Islands tour with the long-tail boat costs from 30, – Euro.

Hong Island Tour

A true paradise and a popular tour is also a boat trip to the island of Koh Hong. It delights its visitors with incredibly impressive limestone formations and a bay, that looks like it was taken straight out of a travel magazine. Here you will find crystal clear water, many colorful fish, velvety sandy beach and deep jungle in the hinterland. Another highlight of Koh Hong is the Hong Lagoon, which can only be passed on a boat by a narrow opening.

  • Prices: Boat Tours to Koh Hong are available from 30 Euro per person.

Tiger Cave Temple

Another top attraction in Krabi is the Tiger Cave Temple. This spectacular temple complex is also called Wat Tham Sua and it is located not far from Krabi Town. This temple is probably one of the most adventurous places to visit in the region. This highly sacred site is particularly well-known for its exceedingly steep and sweaty ascent (1237 steps). But after the hike visitors will get rewarded with an outstanding view of Krabi’s limestone rock landscape. With a bit of luck, you can also spot monkeys on your trip to the Tiger Cave Temple!

  • Tips: Best time to visit the Tiger Cave Temple is early in the morning or in the late afternoon, when it is a bit cooler.
  • Prices: A standard tour to the Tiger Cave Temple in Krabi costs only 20, – Euros. Private tours are a bit more expensive, but you can choose the departure time and duration yourself.

Explore Krabi Town

Also interesting is a trip to Krabi Town, the capital of Krabi province. Although this place has no beaches, it is beautifully situated on the idyllic Krabi River, where you can take lovely boat trips to the mangrove forests and stalactite caves. In the evening, there is a nice night market at Chao Fah Pier, where numerous food stalls offer their goods. During the day, the Fresh Food Market is really worth a visit. If you want to leave the typical tourist route, then we can recommend a trip to Krabi Town.

  • Prices: A taxi from Krabi Town to Ao Nang costs around 500 baht. Cheaper is the transport with the Songthaew. The open red shared taxi costs only 50 baht per person.

Excursion to the Emerald Pool

A small natural wonder is the Emerald Pool in Krabi. A trip to these crystal-clear waters, the emerald-colored “Emerald Pool” and the deep blue “Blue Pool” is a must see for all nature lovers. During a short jungle tour, you have the opportunity to marvel at the intact ecosystem and the impressive ambience of the rainforest. If you fancy a swim, take a bathing suit with you! Swimming in the Emerald Pool in Krabi is an amazing experience.

  • Tips: Especially on weekends and in the high season, it gets really crowded here. But if you come early in the morning, then you have this natural jewel almost to yourself.
  • Prices: Excursions to the Emerald Pool to Krabi are available from 40, – Euro.

Kayak tours

Also a fantastic experience are Kayak-Tours in Krabi. On this excursion, you will discover the beautiful natural landscapes of the region. You paddle along the breathtakingly beautiful coastline, crossing deep mangrove forests, discovering beautiful gorges, spectacular caves and lagoons. Kayaking is great fun and also a perfect tour for children.

  • Prices: Kayak-Trips are available from around 30, – Euro

Climbing on Railay

Climbers attention: Krabi is the perfect area for climbing. No matter if beginner or advanced, everyone will find their perfect climbing tour here. The rock formations of the region are spectacular, and you will find some of the most beautiful climbing spots directly on the sea around the peninsula Railay. Huge stalactites hang here partly free from the rocks and offer climbers the ultimate kick. With this unique scenery, a climbing-tour will be a unique experience for you too. A must for those who love adventures!

  • Prices: A beginner climbing tour costs around 60, – Euro.

Day Trip to James Bond Island

Really amazing is also a tour to Phang Nga Bay, where you can admire the famous James Bond Rock on a daytrip. But not only this rock formation is impressive. The nature in this region is more than spectacular. So Phang Nga Bay has been part of the Marine National Park since 1981 and offers beautiful mangrove forests along the coastline, which are actually also very nice to explore by kayak.


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Krabi 4 Islands Tour: A Perfect Boat Trip in Krabi

Krabi 4 Islands Tour: A Perfect Boat Trip in Krabi

The 4 Islands Tour in Krabi is a popular boat trip to the most beautiful island in the region. On this excursion, you will swim at the absolute dream beaches of the Krabi region and admire a colorful underwater world while snorkelling. In addition, you will discover spectacular rock formations such as the striking rocks of Chicken Island and Koh Poda. Especially famous is the so-called chicken head, another highlight of the tour. On a holiday in Krabi, Ao Nang and Klong Muang, this trip is almost a must do. But also, from Phuket and even from Khao Lak one has the possibility to go on a tour to the 4 dream islands of Krabi.

This blog post is an itinerary where we offer all the important information about the famous 4 Islands Tour in Krabi. We also share our experiences of the trip and give useful tips on booking, price and the best tour packages.

The stops of the Krabi 4 Islands Tour:

On this excursion visitors either go by speedboat or by the typical longtail boat to the 4 dream islands in Krabi. In fact, one of the stops is Phra Nang Beach located on the famous Railay Peninsula. Here is the program and the island names of a typical 4 Islands Tour in Krabi:

  • Phra Nang Beach (Railay): This beach is actually located on a peninsula. Here you can admire the ultimate postcard beach in Krabi.
  • Poda Island: An island with imposing rock formations and a dream beach. This place is perfect for snorkelling too.
  • Tup Island: Famous for its white sandbar from where you can walk over to Chicken Island at low tide. For many a highlight of the 4 Island Tour!
  • Chicken Island: Small dream island whose rock formations resemble a chicken head.

Note: The order of the above islands varies depending on the tour operator.

 

Phra Nang Beach

Phra Nang Beach, located on the Railay Peninsula, is actually not an island, but can only be reached because of deep jungles and high cliffs by sea. As an absolute eye-catcher, it is one of the most famous beaches in the Krabi region. Here the sea is turquoise blue and crystal clear, in the back land you will find green jungle and daring climbers can hang from the spectacular rock wall. But also, the Phra Nang Cave, a small cave with an interesting fertility shrine, fascinates visitors. The Phra Nang Beach is an absolute highlight in Krabi and therefore an integral part of every 4 Island Tour.

Tup Island

The mini-islet Koh Tup is really tiny, but breathtakingly beautiful and absolutely recommendable. Here the water is turquoise blue, the sand is extremely fine and really white. Also for snorkelling this island is wonderful and so you can discover many colorful fish underwater. The best way to visit this island is at low tide, because at that time you can cross the sea over the sandbank and walk to the neighbouring chicken island. What an amazing experience!

Chicken Island

The trip to Chicken Island, the neighboring island of Koh Tup, is also really lovely. This island has a quiet beach, which is perfect for relaxing. Also, the viewpoint is fantastic. From up here you have a wonderful view to the famous sandbar, which connects Koh Poda and Chicken Island. For photographers an absolute must visit! Again here, you can do snorkelling and you will enjoy an incredible dreamlike atmosphere. On the way back, as you circle the island, you will discover the famous Chicken Head, the landmark of Chicken Island.

Koh Poda

Another dream island and a stop of the 4 Islands Tour is the islet Koh Poda. On this island a little paradise awaits you: soft fine sandy beach, an incredibly clear sea and intact reefs for snorkelling make this island so special. But also, the incredibly beautiful scenery with the huge stone rock in the middle of the sea is extremely amazing. On Koh Poda the most tours take their lunch break but you still have time to explore the beautiful islet and swim on the unique beaches.

National Park admission

As the islands are part of the Had Noppharatthara – Mu Koh Phi Phi National Park, local visitors must pay a National Park entrance fee. The entrance to the park costs 400 baht per person and is usually not included in the excursion price package.

Prices

Depending on the provider, season and distance, prices can very different. Of course, you should also compare what services are in the Tour Package included. You have the opportunity to check out the prices on site or online. The cost of a speedboat tour is generally a bit more expensive than touring with the longtail boat. If you would like to organize a private trip, you should bring some negotiating skills.

 

How to book a Krabi 4 Islands Tour

4 Islands tours can be booked on site, or if you want to be safe and appreciate good reviews, you can also book your favorite tour online. As mentioned above you can visit the 4 islands either from Krabi, Ao Nang or Klong Muang on a boat tour. The pickup is usually directly from the hotel, which is really quite convenient.

Day tours from Phuket or from Khao Lak, however, are usually offered by speedboat. Many tours include a free lunch during the trip, some drinks and from time to time even the National Park fee.

Tip: Highly recommended is the snorkelling tour “4 Islands Tour at sunset” where you can admire a beautiful sunset and with a little luck enjoy fluorescent plankton while snorkelling.

Here are the best tours with pick up from the hotel:

Conclusion: A tour to the 4 dream islands is an absolute highlight and one of the best excursions from Krabi. All stops are spectacularly beautiful and so you can experience marvellous beaches and picturesque landscapes. Highly recommended!


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Travel from Bangkok to Chiang Mai by Train 

Travel from Bangkok to Chiang Mai by Train

From Bangkok to Chiang Mai it is a distance of 700 kilometers. There are several possibilities for getting to the North of Thailand. However, the most popular and beautiful option is the journey from the capital to Chiang Mai by train. Whether for backpackers or individual travelers, this trip from Bangkok is an unforgettable experience and a great adventure, that you will for sure remember a long time. The train ride from Bangkok to Chiang Mai is really special and, if you have time, you should definitely plan your way to the North with stops at the most beautiful sights and cities.

This blog post is an itinerary for traveling by train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. In addition, we show you the most beautiful things to see, inform you about costs and where you can book your train ticket.

Schedules

In general, for the train ride from Bangkok to Chiang Mai you have two options. Either you take the night train, or you choose the day train. Both start from Hua Lamphong Station in Bangkok. Although the trains have names such as Sprinter, Express, Special Express and Rapid Train, for the train ride up to Chiang Mai you can expect 12 to 14 hours travel time.

Night Train:

The night train is a good choice if you want to travel quickly to Chiang Mai and you haven`t planned any stops. Also, you will save a night at the hotel. You have your own sleeping place and arrive in the morning in Chaing Mai. Here are the timetables for the recommended trains number 9, number 13 and number 51:

  • Night train No.9, departure 6:10 pm Bangkok – arrival 7:15 am Chiang Mai
  • Night train No.13, departure 7:35 pm Bangkok – arrival 8:40 am clock Chiang Mai
  • Night train No. 51, departure 10:00 pm Bangkok – arrival 12:10 pm Chiang Mai

Tip: In our experience, the lower places in the sleeper class are better. It is not as cold as the places above, a little darker and you have a bit more space to sleep.

Day train:

Traveling at daytime is a great way to see the beautiful scenery up to the North of Thailand. Also, if you want to see some places on the way to Chiang Mai, then the day train is the best choice. On the way to the north, a multitude of impressive cities with unique things to see are awaiting you. The temple city of Ayutthaya, the Monkey Temple in Lopburi, Phitsanulok with Sukhothai and Lampang are the most interesting places on the way up to Chiang Mai. But more of it later. Here are the timetables for the recommended trains number 7 and number 109:

  • Train No.7, departure 8:30 am Bangkok – arrival 7:30 pm Chiang Mai
  • Train No. 109, Departure 1:45 pm Bangkok – Arrival 4:05 am Chiang Mai
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From Bangkok to Chiang Mai by Train

The train journey starts in Bangkok, at Hua Lamphong Station, the city’s main train station. A little bit later in the blog we will show you how to book the train ticket. The journey to the north of Thailand is really beautiful. You pass green rice fields, wonderful landscapes and through jungle areas. Really lovely are the small pretty train stations all along the way. Colorfully decorated with many flowers every station shows its best side.

Lopburi is one of the itinerary`s highlights. Here you pass directly at the famous monkey temple and with a bit of luck you can watch a huge horde of monkeys. If you have time, we recommend that you plan a stopover at this popular Monkey Town. Already directly at the train station one is greeted by some funny monkey figures.

The incredibly beautiful train ride allows you to enjoy the changing scenery from Bangkok up to the hilly north. The more north you get, the more attractive the panorama becomes. In our experience, the route starting from Lopburi gets really impressive.

On the way, you will have the chance to get in touch with other backpackers and travellers, as well as locals who travel to Chiang Mai by train. During the long train journey food is provided. Freshly cooked meals are served in night trains, and on the day trains, vendors offer delicious Thai snacks, drinks and yummy cakes. If you travel during the day and you have only short distances to tackle, then you should definitely get tickets for the 3rd class. Especially the ride in the “wooden class” is an unforgettable experience in Thailand. From the open windows you can see the beautiful landscapes passing by – a kind of luxury that is almost non-existent in Central Europe anymore.

Attractions & interesting places on the route

Many backpackers and travellers take several stops at their trip to northern Thailand. On the route Bangkok to Chiang Mai are many great sights and historical places to discover. Here are the most beautiful places to visit on the way to the north:

Ayutthaya

Ayutthaya is an absolute highlight and the first interesting stop on the railway to Chiang Mai. We would definitely recommend a stopover at this historic city. Just 80 kilometers from the capital Bangkok, the Ayutthaya Historical Park has a huge number of ancient temples and spectacular historical sites.

More information about Ayutthaya you will find here: Ayutthaya Guide – Best Temples & Attractions

Hotel tip:
  • B&B: The Baan Keang Chol has a great location and is one of the best accommodations in Ayutthaya.
  • Hotel: Sala Ayutthaya offers stunning views while having breakfast and dinner. Also, the pool is gorgeous.

Lopburi

Another spectacular spot on the way to Chiang Mai is the Monkey Town of Lopburi. From Ayutthaya to Lopburi it is about 50 kilometers by train. Thousands of cheeky monkeys have found a home at the popular monkey temple. But not only the monkey temple is worth visiting, the small town offers much more! That’s why we recommend spending at least one or two nights here.

More information and tips about the city of monkeys can be found here: Lopburi – A Guide to the City of Monkeys

Hotel tip:
  • Guesthouse: The Noom Guesthouse is a lovely budget place to stay near the Monkey Temple.

Sukhothai

For many travellers, the temple city of Sukhothai is one of the most beautiful stops on the way from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. The entire historical park is just incredible and for culture enthusiasts and photographers an absolute must-see on every Thailand trip. Just keep in mind that you have to get off the train in Phitsanulok. Then it’s 60 minutes by bus or taxi ride to Sukhothai.

All you have to know about Sukhothai and the best things to do you can be found here: Sukhothai – A Tour to the Historical Park

Hotel tip:

Lampang

Lampang is a city located about 100 kilometers from Chiang Mai and luckily not so many tourists come to visit this place. The old town is really pretty, with many temples, the typical horse-drawn carriages and old teak-houses. Worth seeing are the Wat Phra Kaeo Don Tao Temple, where the famous emerald Buddha was housed and the Wat Chedi Sao Lang with its 20 small chedis. If you have enough time, then you should plan a stopover in Lampang.

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Chiang Mai

And last but not least the beautiful city of Chiang Mai. There is a lot to discover here, so you better plan a few days here. Especially beautiful are the countless Temples of Chiang Mai, the waterfalls, the jungle and the mountains of the Doi Inthanon National Park.

All information about the most beautiful sights of Chiang Mai can be read here:

Hotel tip:
  • Hotel: The Viangdara is a lovely little hotel away from the hustle and bustle.
  • Hostel: The Entaneer Poshtel is one of the coolest and best hostels in the city. Everything is just right here.

Prices & Tickets

To travel by train is generally very cheap in Thailand. The prices for the ticket, whether day train or night train are extremely moderate. Of course, it also depends on which class you travel. The most expensive option is the ride in the 1st class, the luxury class. Here you can expect for the distance from Bangkok to Chiang Mai a price of 50, – Euro. Cheaper are of course the 2nd class with fan or the 2nd class with air conditioning.

The cheapest tickets you get in the 3rd class. These tickets cannot be pre-booked and are a great options for short trips.

Tip: Tickets can be booked either directly at Hua Lamphong Station (best a few days before), or online at 12go.asia. Especially in high season, for Buddhist holidays or weekends, it is highly recommended to book your train ticket in advance.

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Bangkok to Chiang Mai with flight

Another way to travel from Bangkok to Chiang Mai is by domestic flights. In case they are booked early enough, flights are relatively cheap in Thailand. Flight connections and prices can be found at online portals such as Skyscanner or Kiwi.

Bangkok to Chiang Mai by bus

If all the trains are full and you cannot get a train ticket anymore, you still have the option of travelling by overnight bus to Chiang Mai. Bus tickets can be organized either locally in travel agencies or online here.


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Railay Beach in Krabi: A Perfect Travel Guide

Railay Beach in Krabi: A Perfect Travel Guide

Railay Beach is probably one of the most beautiful spots in Krabi. The peninsula is famous for the spectacular limestone cliffs, the crystal clear turquoise blue sea and the best dream beaches in Thailand. All of that makes Railay the most scenic destination of the Andaman Sea. On a vacation to Railay Beach unforgettable activities and amazing things to do are waiting for you. Climbing, kayaking, snorkelling, hiking and of course swimming at Thailand’s most beautiful beaches are just a few of these highlights. Although the peninsula is no longer an insider tip, but nevertheless, the entire scenery is legendary and a visit to Railay Beach is a must do on any trip to Krabi.

In this blog post we give you all the tips & information about travel to Railay Beach, accommodation and the best day trips. We also show you the most beautiful beaches, how to walk to Railay Viewpoint, and what are the must do`s and best activities.

The Beaches of Railay

The beaches of Railay are probably the main attraction of the peninsula. Not for nothing traveling to Thailand is often advertised with pictures of Railay Beach. Well, the scenery here is drop dead beautiful. There are 4 beaches on Railay, all connected by footpaths. You will find a map a bit later in this blog post.

Railay Beach West

The Railay Beach West is absolutely breath-taking: emerald colored sea, soft sand and in the background steep rock formations. Due to the fine sand and the hardly existing stones or corals in the water, the sea is perfect for swimming. In the evening, you can watch the sunset and in the high season you can be amazed by awesome fire shows. There are also some restaurants and bars right on the beach.

Tip: If you are getting to Railay from Ao Nang, then you will arrive directly at that beach jewel.

East Railay Beach

Here on East Railay Beach you will find numerous accommodations, cozy restaurants and a small beach promenade. Although this beach is with its lush green and mangrove forests really beautiful to look at, its neighboring beaches Railay Beach West & Phra Nang Beach are definitely better for swimming. Nevertheless, the loveliest hotels such as the Bhu Nga Thani Resort & Spa are located on Railay Beach East. On a short walk to Phra Nang Beach, you may even spot monkeys.

Tip: If you arrive from Krabi Town by longtail boat, then you will be dropped off here.

Phra Nang Beach & Cave

The Phra Nang Beach on Railay is the absolute highlight and the dream beach par excellence. With its striking rock formations and scenic beauty, it is now one of the most famous beaches in Thailand. Also interesting there is the Princess Cave, a cave that houses a fertility shrine with countless phallic symbols. Looking for accommodation, you’ll quickly discover that there is only one luxury resort on this beach, the Macaque and Languor Villa.

Tip: Due to the deep jungle in the back-up, you will most likely discover cute monkeys sitting in the trees.

Tonsai Beach

Tonsai Beach is a bit secluded from the other 3 beaches. Maybe that’s why this beach is still considered to be an insider tip among backpackers and individual travellers. Here you hardly notice anything from the hustle and bustle of the neighboring beaches and so you can enjoy the hippie scene at its fullest. Although the accommodations at Tonsai Beach are more simple, they are also cheaper than at other corners of Railay. Read more about this beach gem here: Tonsai Beach – A Real Paradise Beach in Krabi

Tip: Getting there is possible by a jungle hike (45 minutes), walking at low tide along the sea (25 minutes) or by longtail boat.

Things to do at Railay

During a vacation on Railay Beach you can experience really amazing things. Here are the most beautiful attractions, activities & excursions for your trip:

Hiking to Railay Viewpoint

A hike to Railay Viewpoint is an absolute must do activity for all sports enthusiasts. The entrance is directly on the walkway from Railay East Beach to Phra Nang Beach. Although the ascent is really sweaty and sometimes steep and slippery, the views up from the viewpoint are really worth it. Sport shoes and enough water are essential for this hike. Some continue to the lagoon, but you should know that the path is currently closed because of safety reasons.

Tip: Along the hiking trail you have to pull yourself up on some roots and ropes. A certain basic fitness level is a must for that.

Climbing at Railay

Climbing is one of the most popular activities on Railay. So, if you are planning to do some climbing in your Thailand holiday, then you are in the right place! The spectacular rock formations are a popular climbing spot, and so you can find climbing schools like sand on the sea. Also Deep Water Solo courses and bouldering is often offered. There are amazing climbing spots at Tonsai Beach, Railay East and the famous Phra Nang Beach. If you love adventures, then you should definitely book a climbing course.

Visit Diamond Cave

The Diamond Cave, is next to the Princess Cave the most famous cave of Railay and one of the best attractions in Railay. At about 25 minutes’ walk you can admire beautiful bright stalactites and stalagmites. This small natural wonder is located on Railay East, very close to the Diamond Cave Resort and entrance to the cave is 100 baht per person.

Kayaking

For a small price, you can rent a kayak on Railay and paddle off the coast. From the sea you can admire the picturesque scenery, the high cliffs and you will have the chance to make incredibly beautiful pictures. For example, you could easily paddle up to Tonsai Beach. The kayak costs about 200 baht per hour. For a day you pay for renting a kayak around 800 baht.

Day Tours & Boat Trips

In case you want to see more about Krabi, you definitely should go on excursions. Following day trips from Krabi are highly recommended.

Railay Beach Map

For a better overview you will find a Railay Beach map here. On this map you will find all the beaches and attractions, which are located at the peninsula.

Bars & Restaurants

At Railay Beach you will have a good selection of restaurants and bars. At Railay East we can recommend The Heart Restaurant. Visitors enjoy the delicious fish for really reasonable prices. But also the Welcome Back Restaurant is really recommendable. Those looking for delicious & fresh cocktails should check out the friendly Bang Bang Bar.

For a truly special dining experience, head to The Grotto Restaurant on Phra Nang Beach. The location of the cave restaurant is really incredible – the prices unfortunately too!

How to get there

Railay is separated from the mainland by a deep jungle and high limestone cliffs and can only be reached by boat from the Ao Nang or Krabi Town. The traditional longtail boats start during the day regularly as soon as one boat is full. The journey takes about 15 minutes and costs 100 baht per person. If you drive from Krabi Town to Railay then you will arrive at the eastern beach. The boat from Ao Nang to Railay, however, will bring you to Tonsai Beach and on the west beach.

The nearest airport is at Krabi Town. Cheap domestic flights from Bangkok can be found at Skyscanner and Kiwi. If you prefer to travel by train or bus to Krabi, then the online portal 12go.asia offers many different transfer options.

 

Accommodations & Hotel Tips

On Railay you will find a wide range of accommodations, hotels and bungalows. Since a holiday on the peninsula is very popular, you should book your favorite hotel early enough. Especially in high season the accommodations at Railay Beach are very well booked. Here are our best hotel recommendations for Railay:

  • Bhu Nga Thani Resort and Spa: The Bhu Nga Thani Resort & Spa is a really beautiful resort. It is located romantically right at the sea and the modern pool area is an absolute eye-catcher.
  • Sunrise Tropical Resort: The Sunrise Tropical Resort is a lovely hotel on the lower end of Railay East. This beautiful hotel offers spacious bungalows and delicious breakfast. Also, the location close to Phra Nang Beach (only 5 minutes to the beach) is perfect.
  • Railay Bay Resort & Spa: The rooms but also the beach at Railay Bay Resort & Spa are uniquely beautiful. The location on Railay Beach (West) is ideal.
  • Rayavadee: For a very special holiday on Railay we recommend the Rayavadee, a dream hotel is a class of its own. Everything is just perfect here!

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Krimml Waterfalls: Visiting the highest Waterfalls in Europe

Krimml Waterfalls: Visiting the highest Waterfalls in Europe

The Krimml waterfalls are located in the province Salzburg in Austria. With a height of 380 meters they are not only the highest waterfalls in Austria, they are also the highest ones in Europe. This amazing natural wonder of Krimml is the absolute highlight of the region and attracts around 350,000 visitors every year. On a hike to the Krimml Waterfalls you will enjoy this thunderous force of nature very closely and have the chance to take breathtakingly beautiful pictures. A must visit for every trip to the “Salzburger Land” in Austria!

In this blog post we will offer all the information about getting there, opening hours, walking time and parking. In addition, we will show you the most amazing pictures of the waterfalls in Krimml, and what you can experience during a hike.

Hiking Krimml waterfalls

A hike to the Krimml Waterfalls is a magnificent nature experience and because of the different stages also excellent for families with children. For more than 100 years, a wonderful waterfall path has been leading up to the mountain. At a length of 4 kilometres, visitor will enjoy breath-taking waterfall views and lovely places to rest.

The Lower Waterfall

The first stage to the Lower Waterfall, you can reach after only a 10 minutes’ walk. Due to the short walking time the hike is suitable for everyone. Also, this part is one of the most spectacular one with many photo opportunities. Close up you can experience the vast amounts of water mass, which tumble thundering into the valley. The drop here is 140 meters.

If you come with a baby stroller, then you can easily walk down to the lower waterfall. In theory, you could push the buggy all the way up to the upper waterfall, which is really difficult but a few visitors do that.

Tip: As it’s a popular destination, you have to expect high number of visitors. Best time to visit the Krimml Waterfalls is early in the morning (from 7:30 am). At that time of the day you will have all of this natural jewel to yourself!

The huge waterfalls are not only an important attraction, they have also been a natural remedy for more than 200 years. Thus, a holiday at the Krimml Waterfalls can have a positive effect on your health and wellbeing. Especially allergic and asthmatic people appreciate the healing properties of the water mist, which has an anti-inflammatory and cleansing effect.

Every year, incredible 176 cubic meters of water fall down from the Krimml waterfalls. An amount of water that would even be enough to completely fill the whole Zellersee. Most of the water can be seen in the months of July and August, which is also the best travel time! During this time, the ice melt of the catchment area of ​​the Krimmler Arche is the strongest, and thus huge amounts of water make their way down into the valley.

The hike to the middle waterfall

The hike continues with a walking time of half an hour up to the middle waterfall (drop height 100 meters). You have to know that the ascent is a bit steep, but nevertheless due to the many viewpoints and photo stops quite entertaining. So, while hiking you will discover many amazingly beautiful places and with a little luck even a bright rainbow. But beware, depending on the weather and wind you can get a little wet, especially if you walk close to the falls – so do not forget a rain jacket!

After about 40 minutes hiking, you reach the alpine hut Schönangerl, where you can take a break. Near this restaurant there are multiple places where you can go for a swim.

Upper Waterfall

The hiking trail to the upper waterfall (drop height 140 meters) is also fantastically beautiful. From the entrance you can plan for the ascent a walking time of 1 hour 15 minutes, probably a little more. Due to the many beautiful viewpoints, most visitors need a little longer.

Those who can`t get enough of hiking, have the possibility to take some routes further from the upper waterfall.

Duration & walking time

The upper waterfall can be expected with a walking time of 1 hour and 15 minutes. The trail requires a certain basic fitness. If you want to continue, you have to walk another half hour to the Veitnalm, the Hölzlahneralm or the Söllnalm. The walk to the Krimmler Tauernhaus for another 1 hour 45 minutes.

For visiting both, the Krimml waterfalls and the Krimmler Water Worlds, one day is the perfect amount of time to enjoy your tour.

Prices & opening hours

The hiking trail is open from mid-April to the end of October. Although the cash desk opens only from 8:00 am, the waterfall is open anytime of the day. The entrance to the Krimml Waterfall costs 4, – Euro per person. Or you buy the combined ticket, which also includes the Krimmler Water Worlds.

Tip: Dogs are allowed on the waterfall path.

The Krimml waterfalls in winter

Another possibility is to travel to the Krimml waterfalls in winter. At this time of the year, a visit, especially when the waterfalls are frozen, is highly recommended. Every Wednesday in winter there is a torchlight walk to the waterfall. A really lovely thing, because the waterfall is lit ( until 9:30 pm).

How to get there

  • Arriving by car: The waterfalls are usually reached via Zell am See – Kaprun (50 minutes driving time), Zell am Ziller 45 minutes and Kitzbühel with 1 hour driving time. Getting from Salzburg to Krimml Waterfalls takes around 2 hours and 15 minutes.
  • Arriving by train: Train ride with the Pinzgauer local train from Zell am See to Krimml train station. Cost per adult around 11, – Euro or with the nostalgia train every Wednesday and Thursday in summer.

Parking is available near the Krimml waterfalls but comes with a fee.

 

Accommodations & Hotels near the Krimml Waterfalls

Near the Krimml Waterfalls you will find a good selection of accommodations and hotels. We have summarized our hotel tips for an unforgettable holiday here.

  • Gasthof Falkenstein: A real highlight is the overnight stay in the Gasthof Falkenstein. From the terrace you have a breath-taking view down to the valley, the mountains and the Krimml waterfall. The breakfast is also yummy.
  • Landgasthof Kirchenwirt: A guesthouse run with love, which conjures up an absolute feel-good atmosphere with beautifully furnished rooms and many wooden elements. The waterfalls at Krimml can be reached within walking distance.
  • Nationalparkhotel Klockerhaus: Really good hotel with a nice spa area and pond. Breakfast is amazing and especially the dinner is highly recommended.

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Wat Pho – Reclining Buddha Temple in Bangkok

Wat Pho – Reclining Buddha Temple in Bangkok

Wat Pho in Bangkok, or better known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, is one of the most important Buddhist temple complexes in the Thai capital. On a temple tour you will discover many beautiful things: colorfuly decorated chedis, golden Buddha statues, a massage school, beautiful mural paintings, stone statues and many different temple buildings. In case you get tired, you will even have the opportunity to relax while having a temple massage. The ultimate attraction of the Wat Pho temple, however, is the approximately 46-meter-long sleeping Buddha, which attracts thousands of visitors every day.

This blog post is a guide about what to expect when visiting Wat Pho temple in Bangkok. In addition, we give you all the important tips on tours, history and opening hours and prices.

Visiting the Wat Pho Temple

On a visit to Wat Pho in Bangkok, you will enjoy unbelievably beautiful highlights. In addition to the well-known main attraction, the resting Buddha, many more amazing things are waiting for you. About 100 chedis, beautiful belfries, a small museum, the massage pavilion, mystical stone statues and countless golden Buddha statues are just a few of the other interesting attractions of this famous temple complex.

Tip: The best time to visit Wat Pho is early morning from 8:00 am. At this time you can escape the crowd and take some really amazing pictures. From 10:00 am it gets really crowded.

Stupas & Chedis

Across the entire temple area, you can see various beautiful stupas and chedis. The 5 chedi Phra Maha Chedi Si Rajakarn are with a height of 42 meters the largest ones. Beautifully decorated with different colored Chinese mosaics, they are one of the main attractions in Wat Pho. But also the 71 smaller 5 meter high stupas (Phra Chedi Rai) are remarkable. They contain the ashes of the royal family and are located around the monastery and temple buildings.

The Buddha statues

Also, amazingly picturesque Buddha statues are located at Wat Pho. Very interesting is the Phra Buddha Lokanat, a standing Buddha in original Sukhothai style. But also the 150 statues inside the monastery and the 244 buddha statues on the outside are beautiful and offer magnificent photo opportunities. Another attraction is the Phra Buddha Chinnasri statue, which was brought by King Rama I from the city of Lopburi.

Phra Ubosot – Main Temple of Wat Pho

The main temple of Wat Pho is not, as many believe the Viharn of the reclining Buddha, but it is the Phra Ubosot. This building is the holiest site in the temple complex and the place where the monks perform their most important ceremonies. Inside the Phra Ubosot you can see a beautiful seated Buddha statue, the Phra Buddha Theva Patimakorn, perched on a three-tiered golden pedestal decorated with crystals. With a little luck you can watch the monks praying there.

The Reclining Buddha

The main attraction and best thing to see of Wat Pho is the Reclining Buddha, the Phra Buddha Saiyas. Visitors are thrilled by this approximately 46 meters long and 15 meters high golden Buddha statue. The Reclining Buddha is the largest sleeping buddha Bangkok and the 3rd largest in Thailand. The recumbent position symbolizes the entry of the Buddha into Nirvana – the end of all rebirths. The Buddha consists of bricks, which were covered with plaster and then painted in gold. Especially beautiful are the 3 m high and 4.5 m long feet of the Buddha. The soles of the feet are ornately decorated with mother-of-pearl. But not only the reclining Buddha is interesting, the entire temple hall with the impressive mural paintings and the many golden bowls is very lovely.

The History

The Wat Pho, or with its official name Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklararm Rajwaramahaviharn, belongs to the royal temples of first class. The temple was built in 1688-1703 at the Ayutthaya period. Throughout history, the temple grew, was expanded and renovated several times. Under King Rama I, the temple was renovated for 7 years from 1793 to 1801. Subsequently, there were 16 years of renovations under King Rama III. Nowadays, Wat Pho is one of the most important temples in Bangkok and an important cultural attraction in the old city.

Massages

Another highlight in Wat Pho are the professional temple massages. Right in the temple area there is an excellent medical and massage school, which is even considered to be the cradle of traditional Thai massage. Perfect if you want to have a massage during a long sightseeing trip through Bangkok. The prices are a bit higher than somewhere on the beach, but for that you get top quality. An hour Thai massage or foot massage at Wat Pho costs around 600 Baht. The reservation takes place directly on site.

How to get there

Wat Pho is located in the Old City of Bangkok, very close to the Royal Palace and Wat Arun. For a sightseeing tour, you can easily combine these 3 sights. Just remember for getting from Wat Arun to Wat Pho you will have to take the boat.

From the river, it is best to reach the temple by express boat at Tha Tien stop. From there it is only a few minutes’ walk to Wat Pho. Of course, you can also reach the temple by taxi, but for a cheap price make sure the taximeter is switched on. The temple is not yet connected to MRT or BTS.

Address: 2 Sanam Chai Rd, Bangkok, Thailand

Opening Hours & Entrance Fee

Wat Pho is open daily from 08:00 am to 6:30 pm. The best time for visiting is either in the morning or just before the temple closes. The entrance fee is 200 baht per person. With the admission ticket. a small bottle of water is included.

 

Temple Tours

Another great option is to visit this temple as a part of a guided tour. Such temple tours are really popular in Bangkok and a great way to see a lot in one day and to learn so much about the interesting facts. Here are the best tours in town:

Dress code

Visiting Wat Pho requires a strict dress code. Visitors should be careful when choosing their clothes: Knees and shoulders have to be covered. Flip flops are allowed. To be on the safe side, you can always bring a cloth with you, which you can quickly put over your shoulder.

Conclusion: The Wat Pho is certainly one of the most beautiful temples in Thailand and an absolute main attraction of Bangkok. A visit is almost a must on any temple tour!


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Taling Chan Floating Market Guide | Bangkok

Taling Chan Floating Market Guide | Bangkok

Taling Chan Floating Market is a very authentic and unique floating market in Bangkok. Located only 12 kilometers from the city center, that market is easy to reach compared to the touristic floating markets around the capital. In addition, here you will get the unique opportunity to dive deep into the Thai market life and enjoy the local flair. On a market tour, you will discover a lot of interesting things, can buy souvenirs and try delicious local food. If you like, you can combine the market with a Klong tour to the artist’s house in Khlong Bang Luang, which is an absolute insider tip for Bangkok.

In this blog post we share with you our impressions and experiences of a trip to Taling Chan Floating Market. In addition, we give you important tips on how to get there, opening hours and why a boat trip to the Floating Market is absolutely worth it.

Visiting the Taling Chan Floating Market

Only a few people know that most of the floating markets are situated outside of Bangkok. Also, the most famous market, the Damnoen Saduak is located about 100 kilometers from the city and can only be reached via a day trip. But even in Bangkok, there are smaller, more authentic and rewarding markets to visit during your stay in the Thai capital. When it comes to floating markets, a real gem and a real insider tip here is the Taling Chan Floating Market, located in the Klongs (canals) of Bangkok in Thonburi. This district is one of the oldest and is located from Sukhumvit on the other side of the river.

The market is divided into market stalls on land and an area on the water. Since this floating market is not necessarily huge, you can explore it comfortably in half a day. Also, if you are looking for one or two souvenirs for your home, you will definitely find something quickly. If you get tired of strolling, then you can be massaged under the cool trees for 200 Baht or enjoy the traditional Thai music in the pavilion.

A tour to this beautiful floating market is a culinary experience with lots of atmosphere. Locals and tourists are thrilled by the amazing food that Taling Chan offers. Stands and the many food stalls offer something for every taste. Also, you will find the typical boats where lovely vendors sell their delicious goods. Here you will find everything your heart desires: baked bananas, pancakes, seafood, curries, Pad Thai and much more. In any case, we recommend trying the freshly grilled fish. The taste experience was just amazing! You sit really comfortably on a floating jetty in the middle of the river, you will watch the market activity and of course take some great pictures.

Opening hours & Entrance Fee

  • The Taling Chan Floating Market is only open on Saturday and Sunday. The opening hours are from 08:00 to 16:00. The best time to visit the market is in the morning, from noon it gets quite full. On weekdays, this floating market closed.
  • There is no admission or entrance fee for this market.

Boat Tour & Artist House Khlong Bang Luang

A boat tour through the Klongs of Bangkok is just sensational. Seeing and experiencing this life and all the activities on the river is a unique experience that we highly recommend to everyone. If you decide to take a boat trip, make sure plan a visit to the Artist House in Khlong Bang Luang. This gem is an insider tip for Bangkok and only a few tourists do know about this incredibly beautiful place. There is an amazingly quiet atmosphere, you can visit ateliers, buy some wonderful postcards or simply enjoy a delicious coffee overlooking the canals.

With a little luck, you might even see the traditional Thai puppet theater with handmade puppets inspired by Thai legends. Unfortunately, this theater does not take place every day during the week, but always at 14:00 on weekends. The entrance to the Artist house and the theatre are free.

The red man statue is one of the main attractions of the Khlong Bang Luang and a popular photo spot for boat trips. If you book a ride to Taling Chan, make sure you stop at the artist’s house for a visit (most boats just pass by).

Here you will find amazing boat tours:

How to get there

Getting there by taxi is a bit complicated, because not all drivers know exactly where this market is located. For the way back you can take the boat which costs around 100 baht per person. The boat will mostly stop on the shore near Wat Pho.

This floating market is not yet connected to BTS or the Metro. The nearest BTS station is Wongwian Yai Station, but from here you will also have to take a taxi. Another possibility is taking the public bus, number 79 which stops in front of the market.

 

Conclusion: If you fancy a real and authentic floating market tour in Bangkok, then you should definitely make your way to Taling Chang Floating Market. Also, you should not miss the puppet theater at the Khlong Bang Luang Artists’ House. All in all, a trip to Taling Chan is highly recommended!


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