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Thailand Guide Books: Top 7 travel guides

Thailand Guide Books: Top 7 travel guides

 

Guide books for Thailand are currently available in abundance. But which offers the most useful information and which Thailand travel guide suits you and is the perfect choice for your next trip? Each Travel Guide Book sets a different focus and therefore there is a wide range of topics. Some are suited better for backpacking in Thailand, others focus on Individual Travel. Some spoil their readers with beautiful pictures and others will favour more information.

Lovely accommodation, delicious restaurants, best tourist attractions, excursions, itineraries, maps and information about transport in Thailand – all this and even more you will find compact in a guide. Although we did a lot of blog research for our trips to Thailand, a good Thailand travel book is always part of our trip planning. From there we get lots of inspirations and useful travel tips for Thailand, which Google might not spit out right away.

Making the right choice for a perfect guide is not easy. We have summarized the 7 best travel books for Thailand, to help you out:

 

Best Guide Books for Thailand 2019

 

Travel Guide Island and Beaches Thailand – Lonely Planet

Thailand Guide Books - Travel GuideThis travel book provides the best information on beaches and islands of Thailand. If you want to explore the most beautiful islands of the country on your own, then this one is the travel guide you are looking for. The travel book is thoroughly researched and provides plenty of information on travel in South Thailand, accommodation and transport. Really great are the maps to the various islands. This guide is certainly one of the most popular among Thailand travellers! If you are planning to explore the spectacular islands of Thailand, sure you will be more than happy with this Lonely Planet.

Conclusion: This guide is great for travel planning in advance, but also a helpful tool while island hopping in Thailand.

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I Love Thailand

Thailand Guide Books - Travel GuideThe I Love Thailand travel book really makes you want to go on a Thailand trip! You learn all about the most beautiful sights, get plenty of insider tips and it’s a big help for your travel planning. All described activities were tried out and tested by the author. This guide is really enjoyable to read and at the same time you learn everything you need as a backpacker in Thailand. This travel guide does not overwhelm with information, but it will show you the best activities in a compact manner. Especially amazing are the insider tips!

Conclusion: A wonderful travel guide, perfect for your first trip to Thailand!

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Travel Guide Thailand – Lonely Planet

Thailand Guide Books - Travel GuideThe Lonely Planet Thailand – some call it the backpacker bible, puts a lot of value on details. This travel book is so well researched and will lead you through the most beautiful regions of Thailand. Especially for individual travellers who would like to explore Thailand away from mass tourism, this guide is highly recommended. For each destination you will find tons of information and accommodations. Also fantastic are the overview maps and the suggestions for the different itineraries. Backpackers will also find many valuable tips on travelling on a budget in Thailand. A Thailand travel guide with a lot of content, but only a few pictures.

Conclusion: With a Lonely Planet Planet in your backbag, you will be definitely be well prepared for your trip to Thailand.

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Fodor`s travel guide Thailand

Thailand Guide Books - Travel GuideThe Fodor’s travel guide is the perfect travel book to get to know all important things about traveling in Thailand quickly and provides its readers a fantastic overview. Of course, you will also find information on transport, accommodation and restaurants and also exclusive tips from locals. The best-of-lists are amazing and around 50 maps will help you organize yourself perfectly. Additionally, you will find the top highlights of Thailand, as well as neighbouring Cambodia and Laos.

Conclusion: A brand new travel guide about Thailand which is super-informative!

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Thailand: The Solo Girl’s Travel Guide

Thailand Guide Books - Travel GuideWatch out ladies: If you are traveling solo through Thailand, this amazing travel book should probably be your choice! You learn all about how to travel with a short amount of time and you will get lots of insider tips from a woman, who knows what she is talking about. Don`t expect to read lots about Thailand history and ancient facts. The focus is on exploring off-the-beaten-path places, local secrets, the best islands, awesome activities and how to stay safe while traveling solo!

Conclusion: A must have travel book for ladies, which love traveling through Thailand.

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Lonely Planet Bangkok Travel Guide

Thailand Guide Books - Travel GuideYou are planning to stay a few days in Bangkok and you want to get the most out of your time? In that case you should get yourself the Lonely Planet Bangkok. Certainly, you will find detailed information about the city and plenty of maps. Packed with useful insider tips about how to avoid the crowds, save time and how to travel on a budget. Also, this guide book is full of info about history, religion, politics and many more. Additionally, 35 maps will help you to navigate in Bangkok.

Conclusion: Our favourite choice for Bangkok!

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101 Amazing Things to Do in Thailand

Thailand Guide Books - Travel GuideIf you read this travel book, you won`t want to wait for your journey to Thailand to begin. This lovely guide shows you some of the best things to Do in Thailand. Perfect to prepare you for awesome things you can expect in Thailand. Anyway, if you are planning to travel through Thailand individually you may need a more informative guide. But in case you need some great inspirations and some good stuff to read on your flight, this travel book is an amazing choice.

Conclusion: Wonderful travel guide which makes you wanna explore more!

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Asiatique the Riverfront in Bangkok | Market Guide

Asiatique the Riverfront in Bangkok

 

The Asiatique the Riverfront is one of the new top night markets in Bangkok, Thailand. With its spectacular Ferris wheel and the beautiful location right on the Chao Phraya River, this place has become a true must-see of the city. Asiatique is one of the new and modern night markets of Bangkok and actually it has nothing to do with a typical Thai night market. Nevertheless, visitors are excited about the unique atmosphere, countless great shops, plenty of good restaurants. Also the boat ride for getting there is an unforgettable experience. In addition, cabaret shows, Thai boxing and a small amusement park ensure a successful and varied evening in Bangkok.

In this travel blog post we provide all important information about the Asiatique night market, opening hours and how you can get there by boat. We’ll also show you what’s so exciting about this night market and what we liked the most.

What to do at Asiatique

The entire location of ​​the market, which was opened in 2012, is really laid back and the pier and the warehouses were modelled after earlier times. The Asiatique in Bangkok is not just known for shopping, but for a wide entertainment program and good food. On the one hand, the night market offers a great selection of hip products from designers and creatives all over Bangkok – on the other hand, you can also find all kinds of touristy souvenir stuff. Generally, this night market is very well structured and divided into 4 areas, so everyone can find immediately what they are looking for.

Shopping at Asiatique

Asiatique the Riverfront is a real paradise for shopping-lovers. There are more than 1,000 different boutiques and shops. For example, the Chareonkrung District offers souvenirs and handicrafts, or the Factory District specializing in unique fashion, accessories and beauty products. The prices of the entire market are a bit higher than other local Bangkok night markets. Nevertheless, with some bargain skills you can make some great deals.

What to eat

Whether you love French cuisine, Pizza and Pasta, Indian, Vegetarian, Sushi, Halal or Thai restaurant, here at the Asiatique night market the range of good restaurants is unbeatable. There are more than 40 different restaurants to choose and we are sure everybody will find some great food on the market. Especially cosy are the bars right on the beach promenade, from where you can watch the lively hustle and bustle. If you prefer to eat cheaper, ty the street food directly on the promenade just next to the river.

Attractions at Asiatique

The glittering Ferris wheel, the Bangkok Eye, is the main attraction of Asiatique the Riverfront and can hardly be missed when strolling through the market. Hop on if you fancy a ride and enjoy the breath-taking view over Bangkok, the river and the breath-taking skyline. The trip costs around 400 baht and takes about 10 minutes. Other small rides are just around the corner, but they are less spectacular.

Another popular activity is to watch a Muay Thai boxing match. Shows take place almost daily, from Tuesday to Sunday in “the Stage”. The tickets cost around 1,200 Baht and can be purchased directly at the cash desk. If you want to have a look at a Muay Thai fight, you can combine this perfectly with a visit of Asiatique Market.

Guaranteed non-violent but also absolutely entertaining is a visit to the Calypso Cabaret Show. It takes place daily at 19:30 and 21:00.

Opening hours

Asiatique the Riverfront is open daily from Monday to Sunday from 17:00 to 0:00. There is no entrance fee for visiting the market.

How to get there

The Asiatique night market is located very centrally in Bangkok and especially tourists appreciate the uncomplicated transport. The easiest way to get to Asiatique is by boat or taxi. Here we have summarized the most convenient options for you.

  • By BTS: Taking the sky train the nearest BTS Station to Asiatique is Saphan Taksin. From there you continue with the free shuttle boat from Spahan Taksin to Asiatique the Riverfront. The free boats leave from about 16:30, the last boat is leaving at 23:30 and every 15 minutes.
  • By public boat: Chao Phraya Express boat for 20 baht per person.
  • Taxi: Probably the easiest option, but can often take a little longer due to the increased traffic in Bangkok.

Conclusion: Indeed, the Asiatique the Riverfront Night Market is one of the more touristy night markets in the city, but that makes it no less recommendable. Above all, the great location on the river, the beautiful lighting at night, the Ferris wheel and the good restaurants impressed us a lot. The prices are a bit higher than other night markets, but you can still make good bargains here.


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Wolfgangsee: Mountain, culture & lake experience in Austria

Wolfgangsee: Mountain, culture & lake experience in Austria

 

The Wolfgangsee in Austria also named Lake Wolfgang  is truly beautiful and one of the best places to visit in Austria: Impressive landscapes at the shore of the world-famous Schafberg, crystal clear lakes, plenty of culture and history. Whether hiking, bicycling or water sports, the Lake Wolfgangsee is also a real paradise for nature lovers.

For sure you are going to have a fantastic time hitting up the Wolfgangsee and exploring all the wonderful places around! Here is what you can expect from a holiday at Lake Wolfgang Salzkammergut:

 

St. Wolfgang at Wolfgangsee (Lake Wolfgang)

 

Im Weissen Rössl 

Above all, the most popular hotel in town is the hotel “Im Weissen Rössl” which is well known from the operetta “At the White Horse Inn“. The hotel is located at the shore of the lake Wolfgang and so it is really splendid and offers gorgeous views of the lake and mountains. All the scenery is like out of a fairy tale and staying at that place felt a bit like time travel – for more than 500 years, guest have been welcomed at that gorgeous hotel.

Absolutely fantastic is the legendary heated swimming pool which is floating in the lake. Whether it is winter or summer, the heated 30° pool invites for a pleasant swim! Another thing that made the “At the White Horse Inn” experience outstanding is the wonderful breakfast with view of the lake. The hotel is a mix of traditional and modern, full of character and history and we really enjoyed our stay there.

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On top, the service was exceptionally friendly and welcoming from the minute we entered to the moment we left the hotel. For sure this hotel is one of the best places to stay at Wolfgangsee in Austria!

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St. Wolfgang Village

Lake Wolfgangsee is named after the famous village St. Wolfgang, a pilgrimage place dated back to the middle ages. The picturesque village with its alpine colorful houses and the historic hotels such as the “Im Weissen Rössl am Wolfgangsee” is surely one of the best places to visit in Austria. While strolling around you can see plenty of traditional shops offering unique local products. If you need a break, just relax in one of the lovely cafés and enjoy the unique atmosphere!

From the Kalvarienberg you are going the have a phenomenal view over the lake, the surrounding mountains and down to St. Wolfgang.

 

Best things to do at Wolfgangsee, Austria

 

Wolfgangsee boat ride

Doing a boat ride at Wolfgangsee is not just a beautiful experience, it’s also a very useful way to get around between the main villages St Wolfgang, Strobl and St Gilgen. Just sit back, relax and enjoy the awesome scenery. The fist steam-powered ship on Wolfgangsee was the paddle steamer Kaiser Franz Josef I and it was used for the first time in 1873. For a time travel experience you should take a boat cruise with this ancient steamer.

Schafberg and Schafberg Railway

Driving with the red colored Schafbergbahn, a cog railway, up to the Schafberg is one of the best things to do while you are around the Wolfgangsee area!  The views on the way up the mountain and from the top are unbeatable – a mountain hut built next to the sheer rock walls, turquoise glittering lakes and mountain scenery as far as the eye can see.

The cog railway takes you up to 1734 meters, so make sure you bring warm clothes with you.  If you are up for some hiking we recommend using the paths leading to the summit cross and the Himmelspforte. Also you have the possibility to walk back down from the Schafbergspitze to the Schafbergalm (1 hour) and continue by train down to the lake.

Info: You can get yourself a combination ticket for the Schafbahn cog railway & Wolfgangsee boat ride!

 

St. Gilgen

The beautiful small town St. Gilgen is located at the north-western part of the lake Wolfgangsee and is also known as “The Mozart town on the Wolfgangsee” (The grandfather of W. A. Mozart and Mozarts mother had been living in St. Gilgen). Best you take a pleasant walk around and enjoy the ambiance of the village. In summer you can also bring your bathing clothes – sure you are going to love the laid back atmosphere on the lake lido! St. Gilgen is as well-known for the picturesque Ochsenkreuz nearby and also the 12-Horn cable car departs from the village center.

And for all fans of the popular movie “The Sound of Music”: St. Gilgen at the Wolfgangsee was in the opening scenes of the Sound of Music.

Ochsenkreuz

The iconic Ochsenkreuz “ox cross” is on a small island in Lake Wolfgangsee, near St. Gilgen, and probably one of the most breath-taking spots at the lake.  At that part the water is crystal clear with Caribbean colours and from the hiking path you are going to have a wonderful view down to the cross. The shrine on the picturesque island tells the legend of a butcher and his ox.

The Ochsenkreuz is reachable by a short 15-20 minutes walk from the traditional wooden Hotel Fürberg, which is situated right on the shore of Lake Wolfgang.

 12-Horn cable car

The 12-Horn is a cable car that takes you from St. Gilgen up to the 12-Horn. This mountain excursion is well known for its wonderful panorama walks. Just make sure you have good weather, if it’s too windy the cable car will be closed.

Hiking at Postalm

The Postalm is Europe’s second largest high plateau and with its beautiful alpine huts, native charm and flair one of our favorite hiking spots around Wolfgangsee. Many trails winding through this area and hiking near the cows and the horses excites both young and old. We took the yellow trail Nr. R3 “Wiesler- und Thoralm-Rundweg” which passes the Postalmkapelle and offers a fabulous mountainous scenery with numerous picturesque alpine chalets for a quick stop. The walking distance is around 2 hours and not too strenuous.

Strobl

Strobl is a tranquil village at the southern side of the lake and is really popular for water skiing in summer. Around the town, you are going to find plenty of natural lidos and turquoise blue bathing places. Actually Strobl is a lovely place to stay and if you are looking for something special, you should check out the Hotel Brandauers. From the terrace you will have amazing views over the lake Wolfgang.

Swimming at Wolfgangsee

Lake Wolfgang offers the same quality as drinking water and with around 21-24° degrees in summer the lake is really popular for bathing. Around the lake you are going to find a great number of bathing spots. Some places are even for free, you just have to pay a parking fee. Bathing inside the lake is really pleasureable.

Where to stay at Lake Wolfgang

First of all, there are actually 3 main areas to stay around the Lake Wolfgang. All of them are really beautiful, so you can`t do any bad decision. We loved our stay at the White Hourse Inn in St. Wolfgang, but anyway there are plenty of amazing traditional Austrian hotels around the lake.


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Train Night Market Ratchada: Bangkok’s new Rod Fai Market

Train Night Market Ratchada: Bangkok’s new Rod Fai Market

 

The Train Night Market Ratchada or also known as the New Rot Fai Train Market is one of the coolest nightmarkets in Bangkok. It used to be in a different location before and was then called Rod Fai Market. Due to the bad connection and the construction of the BTS route, this night market was moved to the Ratchada quarter. Now connected to the MRT it’s so much easier to reach this awesome place. Since the change, this market is more popular than ever before. Above all, the unique photo motif of the colorful roofs attracts many locals as well as tourists to the market. But this night market has many more exciting things to offer. In addition to delicious food stalls, creative clothing and antique stalls, there are also countless cool bars and small restaurants. All in all, a perfect night market where visitors enjoy a colorful nightlife.

Shopping at Ratchada Train Night Market

The Night Market in Ratchada is an absolute insider tip for shopping in Bangkok and also for us, the visit to the market was a real highlight! Here you will find a huge selection of amazing clothes, cool accessories, small hip shops and local designers. In the various sections of the market you will find a lot of vintage stuff, but also casual fashion and a lot of art. Certainly there is something for everyone!

Eat & Drink

If you are looking for some amazing street food for really low prices, sure the Train Night Market Ratchada is the right place for you. In addition to the typical Thai food stalls there is good choice of delicious restaurants and a huge area with iconic bars with happy hour offers. You will find delicious things to eat. For example, there is a place which serves incredibly huge pork’s ribs, and others offer delicious seafood. Best you try some food at the bazaar and later you enjoy the nightlife with a cold beer or a cocktail.

The viewpoint

The colorful rooftops of Ratchada Train Night Market are the top showcase of the market. Especially photographers are amazed by the extraordinary photo motive. Tip: If you also want to enjoy this breath-taking view over the Ratchada Market, then you have to go up to the parking house nearby the market. From up there you can enjoy the market atmosphere from above and shoot unbelievably beautiful pictures of the Ratchada night market.

How do I get to Train Night Market Ratchada?

Whether by MRT or by taxi the transport to the Ratchada Night Market is quite easy to organize on your own. As mentioned above, the Train Market is well connected to the public transport system. So, you can reach this night market very comfortably and inexpensively with the MRT (Metro). Get off at the MRT Station Cultural Center and follow the crowd around the mall and you will find yourself right in front of the Ratchada Market. The nearest BTS is Asoke where you have to change to Sukhumit MRT Station.

Certainly you could also take a taxi to the night market. Make sure to tell the driver to go to the New Ratchada Night Market. Taking a taxi is cheap in Bangkok (with taximeter) and also a good choice to get to the market.

Opening hours

The Ratchada Night Markete’s opening days are from Thursday through Sunday night. The opening hours of this night market are from 5:00 pm to 01:00 am. Tip: If you prefer it more quiet, come see the market early around 5:00 pm.

Conclusion: Bangkok is famous for its night markets. If you are up to visit one of these markets, then we can highly recommend the Ratchada Night Market as one of the best night markets in Bangkok.


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La Vela Khao Lak | Hotel – A Modern Paradise

La Vela Khao Lak | Hotel – A Modern Paradise

 

The beautiful La Vela Khao Lak is located in Thailand‘s holiday destination Khao Lak on the west coast of Thailand. As one of the top hotels in Khao Lak we were there to show you more about holidays of la Vela Khao Lak. In this blog article we share with you our experiences and best pictures of our stay and we’ll show you which highlights awaite you during your stay at La Vela Khao Lak. Beware, not only beach lovers will love this great piece of earth: Awesome excursions and exciting activities around Khao Lak for sure won`t let you get bored.

La Vela Khao Lak

Located directly on the beautiful Bang Niang Beach you will find the Hotel La Vela Khao Lak – a stylish design hotel that just opened in 2017. This fabulous 4-star resort is one of the most awesome places in this holiday region. For that, a stay is a guarantee for a relaxing and unforgettable holiday in Thailand / Khao Lak.

Exceptional design, breath-taking pool landscapes and the great location on Bang Niang Beach – the hotel has lots to offer. The breakfast is just delicious and very healthy. Also a gym for fitness, yoga classes and spa area can be found in the hotel as well as a cosy cafe and a great infinity pool bar with breath-taking sea views.

Especially the huge pool area has impressed us a lot. The size is incredible and so you will have plenty of privacy and really enough space to swim and enjoy. The extraordinary design is inspiring and if you love photography a true eye-catcher. Perfect for taking amazing holiday pics. Really fantastic is that some rooms even offer a direct pool access, but more later.

The Rooms

The rooms at La Vela Khao Lak are modern and chic, nevertheless very cosy and tastefully decorated. The entire hotel complex has around 180 rooms with 8 different room types. For our stay at La Vela Khao Lak we had the deluxe room poolside with direct access to the huge pool area. We loved the private jacuzzi on the room terrace most, from where we had a wonderful view of the Bang Niang Beach. In addition, the rooms are equipped with a nice bathroom, low-priced mini bar and large TV.

Our tip: Here you can check the excellent reviews of this hotel!

Bang Niang Beach – Hotel Beach

The beautiful 1,5 km long Bang Niang Beach is one of the most famous beaches at Khao Lak. The slightly reddish soft sand gives a fantastic contrast to the blue sky and the palm trees. Both, at low tide and high tide swimming is possible and some trees provide cool shade at lunchtime. On our last visit in November, the Bang Niang Beach was pleasantly quiet and not overcrowded.

Tip: Romantic ones can book a private dinner with sunset directly at the hotel beach!

Breakfast

For sure, the varied breakfast buffet at La Vela Khao Lak will leave no wish unfulfilled: Whether fresh waffles, pancakes, hot fresh bread, Thai fruits, delicious egg dishes or even sushi and hot Thai dishes like Pad Thai – your personal breakfast dream will come true. Also, the fresh smoothies and juices are really delicious!

Restaurant at La Vela Khao Lak

Various fair priced culinary offers are sold during the happy-hour times: No matter whether coffee and cake, cocktails, burgers and Co. guests are spoiled with great options throughout the day. In any case, you should try the burger promotion which is more than delicious! For all who like to party: Every Saturday there is a pool party fire-eater and DJ at the Beach Bar of The La Vela Khao Lak.

Check in and check out

On the day of arrival, the Check-in time starts at 14:00, whereby the lovely receptionists always take care to make it possible to move into your room in advance. On the day of departure, the Check-out time is scheduled until 12:00. Additionally, there are beautiful showers and changing rooms available, for guests who want to use the great pool area for a bit longer.

Things to do around

Also, the location of the La Vela Khao Lak is really good. The Hotel is situated directly on the Bang Niang Beach, on the other hand you will quickly find yourself in the local life again. Along the access road you will find numerous good restaurants and bars, shops, excursion agencies, scooter rentals and also some currency exchange offices and ATM`s. Really amazing is a visit to Bang Niang Market that takes place 3 times a week. Here you will find numerous yummy street food stalls and so you will have the chance to taste typical Thai cuisine.

Rent a scooter

The best way to explore the most beautiful beaches and waterfalls of Khao Lak is by riding a scooter. Scooter rentals can be found there like sand on the beach. We rented our scooter from the dear Ing (right near La Vela Khao Lak – khaolakbeach.ing@gmail.com phone: 084-6263942) just near the hotel and we were very happy with our choice. The roads in Khao Lak are well maintained and the locals are careful drivers.

 

Amazing excursions

Around Khao Lak a lot of interesting areas can be explored and that’s why the Bang Niang Beach is an ideal starting point for excursions. Especially recommended are the speedboat tours to the famous Similan Islands and the Surin Islands. Also, a visit of the Khao Sok National Park with its deep jungle and the large Chiao Lan lake is an absolute TOP highlight.

Moreover, you will find a large number of beautiful waterfalls in that area. We highly recommend a trip to the Lampi Waterfall (30 km from Bang Niang Beach). And all of you who love nature should definitely go and see the Lam-Ru National Park.

Along the coast you will find plenty of wonderful sand beaches. Here you are going to find the best beaches in Khao Lak. Really touching is a visit to the Tsunami Memorial commemorating the victims of the 2004 tsunami. This place is located near Bang Niang Beach and can be reached by a short walk.

 

Resume: Service – holiday atmosphere – culinary all our experiences at La Vela Khao Lak were really positive and we can only recommend this dream hotel on Bang Niang Beach. La Vela Khao Lak on Bang Niang Beach is definitely one of the best hotels around Khao Lak. On booking.com you will find all reviews and information about the hotel.


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Chatuchak Weekend Market: Bangkok’s Shopping Paradise

Chatuchak Weekend Market: Bangkok’s Shopping Paradise

 

The Chatuchak Weekend Market is considered to be the nr.1 shopping paradise in Bangkok and due to its imposing size, it even calls itself the world’s largest weekend market. The offer of this approximately 1.1 square kilometer large market seems to be almost unlimited and so everyone will find something interesting here. Unimaginably many shops and stalls are lined up in the streets and every weekend around 300,000 people come to enjoy this shopping mecca. There is almost nothing that does not exist here: starting with hip clothes and jewelery, beautiful paintings, interesting antiques, thai handicrafts, food, art by local artists, plants, furniture, delicious restaurants, good cafes to the popular souvenirs.

Here is our guide to Chatuchak weekend market. You will find a map for orientation, useful information and tips about oping hours, getting there and what to buy at Chatuchak Weekend Market.

Market expirience

A visit to Chatuchak Weekend Market is a pure Bangkok market experience. With a seemingly endless selection of products in a huge maze of shops and stalls, the market is considered to be one of the largest markets in the world. We were overwhelmed by the huge offer of goods and the very reasonable prices. There is a fantastic selection for clothes and there we found the best shops. Especially the small designer shops, which creatively sell their own products, are really interesting. Even if you like second-hand and vintage clothes this market is just right places for you. Here you will find age-old branded handbags, jerseys, washed-out branded jeans and newly prepared shoes.

Also recommended is a shopping tour to the antiques department and the area where local designers exhibit their furniture. Rarities and unique pieces can be found here. Another highlight that you should not miss is the ceramic department. Tip: If your treasures do not fit into the suitcase, shipping to Europe and US is offered at most stands.

Between the different areas there are plenty of small stalls which serve cool drinks and small snacks. One more thing that makes the shopping at Chatuchak Market really pleasant. If you are getting hungry you will also find some nice restaurants and good street food in the area. Those who are exhausted because of a long shopping tour, can recover their feet by getting a Thai massage directly inside the market.

Shopping Guide

The market is divided into 27 sections. Sights in front of the narrow streets will show you where you are right now. Either you can stroll through the market and explore alley for alley or you follow the map and visit the locations of your choice.

  • Section 1: Here you will find amulets, books, collectibles, some grocery stores and cafes.
  • Section 2 to 4: In these departments are beautiful furniture, paintings and ceramics, facilities and collectibles.
  • Section 5 to 6: Here you will find great clothes, both hip designer clothes and second-hand goods. Also beautiful fashion jewellery, watches and cool accessories are offered.
  • Section 7 to 9: In this section, antique lovers will certainly find something. It also offers arts and crafts, furniture and ceramics.
  • Section 10 to 24: Clothing, general consumer goods, household appliances and pets
  • Section 17 to 19: ceramics and food
  • Section 22 to 26: furniture, antiques and handicrafts
  • Section 27: Books and Collectibles, Food

 

Market Map

With an overwhelming selection of sections and stalls, you could get lost quickly. With this map you can check out the location in advance and decide which sections might be interesting and where to go. Also, a map can be found at the main entrance to the market. We had a great experience with just using Google Maps inside the market.

Where is the Chatuchak market?

Chatuchak Market is located in the north-eastern part of Bangkok, more precisely in the Chatuchak district, and it is well connected to the public transport system. Getting to Chatuchak is quite ease: To get there, take either the Skytrain or the Metro. The nearest BTS Station is Mo Chit or the MRT (Subway) Station Chatuchak Park. Of course, you can also easily take a taxi to the entrance of Chatuchak, which are really cheap in Bangkok.

When is the Chatuchak market?

As previously mentioned, the Chatuchak Weekend Market is not a night market but a weekend market which takes place only during daytime. Parts of the market also open during weekdays, but most stands are open only on Saturdays and Sundays. The opening hours of Chatuchak Weekend Market are 09:00 – 18:00. Best time to go and to avoid the crowds is morning time before lunchtime. In addition, there is a night market every Friday, the Chatuchak night market. It starts from 18:00 to 24:00. It’s also open on Friday,

Useful tips

  • Morning (9:00 clock) is the best time to visit Chatuchak Weekend market. At that time just a few visitors can be found there. At noon, it gets really busy!
  • Take some water with you. Although the Chatuchak is mostly covered, it is really hot inside!
  • Haggling is a must-do on the market. With some bargain-skills you can achieve amazing prices here.
  • Cash is king! Take enough cash with you, hardly any shops accept credit cards or debit card.
  • The “pets” department was, to us, morally questionably and can definitely be skipped.
  • If you are tired of the hustle and bustle, just visit the nearby green Chatuchak Park and relax by the lake.

 

Conclusion: We can absolutely recommend a shopping tour to Chatuchak market. Above all, the huge size and variety of goods make the market to a must-see market in Bangkok! If you spend the weekend in Bangkok, then you should definitely plan a visit!


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Top 10 Must-Visit Temples in Bangkok

Top 10 Must-Visit Temples in Bangkok

 

The temples of Bangkok are the main sights of the City of Angel. Imagine, more than 400 of these Wats adorn the cityscape and many of them are among the top sights of the capital. Of course, the choice of which temple to visit in Bangkok is not that easy and a trip to Thailand won`t be complete without seeing at least a couple of them. We have listed the best and most famous temples including pictures, opening hours and entrance fees. In addition to the usual visitor magnets, we also reveal some insider tips and show some temples that certainly not everyone knows. As a little extra, below you will find useful tips on which clothes you should wear in the temples of Bangkok and what the rules are for a temple visit.

Here is a guide for the most popular and beautiful temples in Bangkok to visit:

 

Wat Phra Kaeo – Royal Palace

Wat Phra Kaeo, also called the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, is undoubtedly the most famous and, as for many, the most beautiful temple in Bangkok. The huge temple complex is located inside the grounds of the Royal Palace and a visit is almost a must do on any Bangkok trip. Here you can`t stop marvelling: golden chedis, breath-taking ornaments and glittering statues as far as the eye can see. The heart of Wat Phra Kaeo is the Emerald Buddha. Interestingly, the small 66 cm statue is made of jade and 3 times a year, depending on the season, the robes of the Buddha are changed.

  • Opening times: Wat Phra Kaeo opens daily from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.
  • Entrance Fee: 500 baht Admission Fee – the price includes entrance to Wat Phra Kaeo and the Royal Palace.

Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha)

On an extensive temple tour through Bangkok, of course, a visit to the Wat Pho should not be missed. Like most of Bangkok’s worth seeing temples also the Temple of the Reclining Buddha is located right in the city center. The main attraction of the Wat Pho is the huge approximately 46 meters long and 15 meters high golden reclining Buddha. But also the other Buddha statues and the colorful Chedis of this temple will take your breath away. Tip: Spoil your tired feet with a massage! Inside of the Wat Pho temple complex you will find one of the most famous massage schools in Bangkok.

  • Opening times: Wat Pho is open daily from 8 am to 6.30 pm.
  • Entrance fee: 200 baht

Wat Arun

Wat Arun, also known as the Temple of the Dawn, is one of the most famous temples in Bangkok. It is located on the west side right of the river and is easily accessible by ferry from Tha Tien Pier. Even the boat tour to get there is an absolute highlight and from the ferry you will have the opportunity to take some great temple pictures. The stunning white temple complex is adorned with shining mosaics of shells, glass and porcelain, which form charming floral patterns. Especially at night, when the lights are on this temple looks really amazing. Tip: Watch the sunset right on the shore off the river! The scenery is amazing, and the Wat Arun sunsets are some of the best in town.

  • Opening times: Daily from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Entrance Fee: If you want to visit the Phra Prang the admission is currently 50 baht. The visit to the rest of the Wat Arun facility is free.

Wat Traimit (Golden Buddha Temple)

The Wat Traimit, or better known as the Golden Buddha Temple is really worth seeing and is located in Chinatown. In the temple there is a 5.5-ton Buddha statue which consists for the most part of pure gold and this buddha is the actual main attraction of the temple. The value of this statue is estimated to be more than $ 250 million. Although the Wat Traimit Temple is impressive, just the Golden Buddha alone is worth a visit. Tip: Visiting the Golden Buddha Temple can easily be combined with a sightseeing tour in China Town.

  • Opening times: Wat Traimit opens daily from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
  • Entrance Fee: 50 baht

Golden Mount Temple (Wat Saket)

The Golden Mount Temple or Wat Saket is one of the oldest temples in the city and located on an artificial hill from where you have a fantastic view over the rooftops of downtown Bangkok. The temple is near Khao San Road and can even be reached by foot. Here you can relax and enjoy the unique ambience. Also, the way up over the 318 steps is something very special and so you will pass beautiful bells, buddhas and also some bizarre statues. This temple is really worth a visit and especially the terrace above is one of our favourite places in Bangkok. You can read more about this temple here: Wat Saket – The Golden Mount in Bangkok

  • Opening times: The Golden Mount Temple opens daily from 7:30 am to 7:00 pm
  • Entrance Fee: 50 baht

Wat Benchamabophit (marble temple)

The Wat Benchamabophit, probably better known as the Marble Temple, is a real highlight in Bangkok and another must-see. The contrast between the white marble and the golden ornaments is fascinating. Especially photographers will enjoy their visit to this temple. The Italian marble and an incredibly special design make this sacred site so special. The garden of the complex is a small oasis in the middle of the sometimes so chaotic Bangkok. Here you can enjoy the quiet ambience and the beautiful bridges also offers great photo opportunities.

Tip: If you visit the marble temple in the morning just after opening, you will usually enjoy the temple complex almost all to yourself!

  • Opening times: From 08:00 am to 5:30 pm, open daily.
  • Entrance Fee: 20 baht

Wat Ratchanatdaram

The Wat Ratchanatdaram is located in close proximity to the famous Golden Mount Temple and impresses with its unusual design and an incredibly peaceful atmosphere. The white-shining temple has 37 golden chedis, which shine fantastically beautiful as soon the sun is shining. Also inside, this sacred site is worth seeing and from the top you have a great view over the rooftops of the city center. If you are up for a temple tour through Bangkok, don`t miss this place!

  • Opening times: 08:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Entrance Fee: free

Wat Suthat

Located in the city center, Wat Suthat is one of the largest temples in Bangkok, covering approximately 4 hectares. This sacred place is away from the tourist crowds and so it is usually very quiet and idyllic. Particularly beautiful and impressive are the long corridors with all the golden Buddha statues. The mood is unique at Wat Suthat and so it’s a wonderful temple to spend some tranquil time. This gem is one of our favourite temples in Bangkok and should not be missed on an extended temple tour in Bangkok.

Tip: Nearby is the “Giant Swing“, another top sight of the city.

  • Opening times: 08:30 am – 9:00 pm
  • Entrance Fee: 100 baht

Wat Intharawihan (Standing Buddha)

The 32-meter high standing Buddha in Bangkok, also called Luang Pho Tho, is the main sight of Wat Intharawihan. Compared to other temples in Bangkok the Standing Buddha temple is rather small and quieter but not less worth visiting. Here you can have look around, light some incense stick and enjoy the beautiful Buddha statues and the meditation room.

  • Opening times: Wat Intharawihan is open daily from 06:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Entrance Fee: 40 baht

Wat Phra Dhammakaya

The Wat Phra Dhammakaya is located a bit outside of Bangkok (north) and is an absolutely hidden temple in Bangkok. It is the largest temple in Bangkok area and a real insider tip. The temple complex is one of the largest Buddhist temples in the world and on Buddhist holidays it is used by the eponymous meditation movement for mass meditation. Also, the design is really unique, and it somehow reminds of a golden UFO. Absolutely recommendable is the visit of this gigantic temple during one of the bigger Buddhist holidays. At this time, more than 100,000 believers from all over Thailand come together for communal meditation. The Wat Phra Dhammakaya is a real insider tip for Bangkok and definitely recommended if you are looking for exceptional places.

  • Opening times: Guided tours on request
  • Entrance Fee: free with guide

Wat Yannawa

Wat Yannawa is a rather hidden temple and if you love temples it is really worth a visit! The unusual shape of a ship or boat is a true eyecatcher and can give some great holiday shots. The temple is beautifully situated right next to the Chao Phraya River and so you can enjoy great river views during your visit. The Wat Yannawa is still an insider tip among Bangkok connoisseurs and we were very impressed by this sacred site. This temple is located near the BTS Station Saphan Taksin.

  • Opening times: 08:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Entrance Fee: Until today, the entrance to Wat Yannawa is still free.

Rules and clothes

A visit to a Buddhist temple is almost a must-do while you are in Bangkok. Here is a quick guide about how to dress for Bangkok Temples and what are the main rules:

  • Dresscode: When visiting a temple, proper attire is a must. What to wear: With short trousers, provocative skirts or even swimwear you won`t be allowed to enter a temple. Nevertheless, mostly you can borrow appropriate clothing for a small fee in the entrance area. If you are not sure just take a cloth for the shoulders. Long pants are not a must, but the knees should be covered (especially for women). Closed shoes as well as sandals or flip-flops are allowed.
  • Rules: Inside of temples always walk barefoot, but do not worry, signs will remind you. Mostly you can move around freely and take pictures, just be careful to be quiet. You can also stay a while and sit on the ground, just be careful that your soles are not pointing in the direction of the Buddha. Finally, you have to know that a monk is not allowed to be touched, this is especially important for women.

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Tonsai Beach – A Real Paradise Beach in Krabi

Tonsai Beach – A Real Paradise Beach in Krabi

 

The Tonsai Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Krabi province. This place is away from the hustle and bustle of neighbouring beaches (Railay and Ao Nang) and a popular meeting point for travellers, climbers and backpackers form all over the world. The Beach itself it is still really quiet and pleasant. Already on arrival one thing will becomes clear: The Tonsai Beach is a real paradise! High palm trees, gigantic rock formations and the incredibly beautiful sandy beach make the Tonsai in Krabi so special and many visitors are staying longer than supposed.

In this blog post we will show you the most beautiful pictures and places at Tonsai Beach. In addition, you will get useful information about how to get there, accommodation and the best activities!

Until today, Tuk Tuks, 7-Eleven and luxury accommodations are still in vain. Instead, you will find lots of hippie flair as well as cosiness and cheap backpacker accommodations. Only at night the small bars become a little busier. As always, the atmosphere at Ton Sai beach is very relaxing and still a great tip for travellers who want to explore Krabi Province individually.

Compared to the neighbouring beaches like Railay Beach and Ao Nang Beach, Ton Sai is a lot less crowded. One thing is for sure: Here everyone will catch an undisturbed place under the sun. For a cold beer, backpackers and travellers meet at the Freedom Bar, right at the top of the beach. The atmosphere and the magnificent view of the spectacular cliffs are unbeatable. That part of the beach is hosting the climbing scene, but more of it later.

Behind the beach area, in the middle of the jungle, a small chill village was created. Here you will find not just a few backpacker accommodations but also a small supermarket, cosy Reggae bars and a few yummy little restaurants which serve delicious Thai food. Be sure to bring enough cash with you, ATM is still not available at Tonsai.

Just a few years ago, due to a construction project a long gray wall was raised. Luckily, until today the construction project has not yet been implemented and the hippie flair has been preserved. With great attention to detail and lots of love, the gray wall was embellished with beautiful graffiti and the Tonsai Wall has since become a kind of landmark for the beach.

What to do at Tonsai Beach?

 

Climbing

Anyone who would like to climb the famous limestone cliffs of the Krabi province in Thailand should come to visit the Tonsai Beach. At the southern end there are gigantic rock walls, which offer an ideal place for rock climbing. But do not be intimidated by the pros, also courses for beginners will be offered. Also, there are plenty opportunity for bouldering and even Deep-Water Solo is offered at Tonsai Basecamp! Tip: If you do prefer solid ground under your feet, just relax and watch the climbers while enjoying a drink at the Freedom Bar.

Snorkelling and Kayaking

One of the most popular activities is doing kayaking tours. This is a great way to enjoy the amazing limestone scenery from the sea. Sportive ones also paddle over to the nearby Railay Beach. Kayaks can be rented directly at Tonsai Beach, either for one hour or for the whole day.

Snorkelling is of course also possible there. But if you want to see a diverse and colourful underwater world, a snorkelling trip is definitely a better choice. Another option would be a visit to nearby Phra Nang Beach, which also has a few snorkelling spots at the end of the beach.

Yoga and Massage

As already mentioned, the scene at Tonsai is really tranquil and so there are also some yoga and massage options. For example, at the base camp great yoga and tai chi courses are offered for only around 8 euros (300 baht). Also, there are some nice massage places right on the beach.

Visit to Railay Beach and Phra Nang Cave

In the immediate vicinity you will find the most famous beach of the entire Krabi province, the popular Railay Beach. Furthermore, a visit to the beautiful Phra Nang bay is really recommended and can also be easily organized from there. Tonsai to Railay Beach by longtail-boat currently costs 50 baht. If you are sporty, you can also reach Railay via a jungle hike (45 minutes) or wait for the low tide. Then you can take a short cut over the rocks along the sea (20 minutes).

Excursions from Tonsai Beach

The beach is one of the best spots for starting excursions inside Krabi’s unique island world. Trips are usually offered by longtail boat, or now and then with speedboat (e.g. to Koh Phi Phi). Following destinations are recommended for a trip:

  • Hong Island
  • 4 Island Tour (Chicken Island, Koh Tub, Poda Island, Railay Beach)
  • Koh Phi Phi
  • Ao Nang
  • Krabi Town

How to get to Tonsai Beach?

Although Tonsai Beach is located on the mainland, this dream beach can only be reached by boat. A dense jungle and huge limestone cliffs separate this gem from the “outside world”. The transfer Ao Nang to Tonsai Beach will be arranged with the typical longtail boats and costs about 100 Baht per person. During the day the boats operate several times per hour, exact departure times do not exist. The long tail boats start as soon as they are full.

Where to stay at Tonsai Beach?

Compared to the Railay Beach where there are plenty of hotels, on Tonsai Beach you will still find really cheap places to stay. At the back of the beach a true backpacker settlement has formed where you will find plenty of cheap accommodation and bungalows. The comfort of the accommodations are often very different, we recommend to compare the reviews!

If you are looking for clean bungalows with direct beach location and good comfort, we can recommend the Tonsai Bay Resort. Really cheap is the Paasook Resort, there are rooms around 500 baht. Many also like to sleep in the Chill Out Bungalows, here you will also find hostel rooms. In general, you will get the best prices in low season.


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3 days in Vienna Itinerary: Travel and Sightseeing Guide

3 days in Vienna Itinerary: Travel and Sightseeing Guide

Visiting Vienna in 3 days is a fantastic option to explore the exciting city and all the amazing sights. In that amount of time you can visit all the best parts of the city including the main sights and top attractions. For sure, you will love this old new city, the vibrant life and the delicious Austrian food. There is so much to see and to do and definitely, this 3-day itinerary will give you a great overview of the must-see sights and the travel highlights. Vienna is an incredible beautiful city and three days can be enough time to see the capital of Austria.

In this blog article we are going to share our ultimate 3 days itinerary for an unforgettable trip to Vienna and additionally we show you what to see and what to do while staying in this wonderful austrian city.

Here is our suggestion for a 3-day itinerary in Vienna:

 

Vienna itinerary, DAY 1

Start your Vienna trip with exploring the beautiful Belvedere Palace and the magnificent baroque gardens. At first walk from the Upper Belvedere down to the Lower Belvedere and enjoy the outstanding beautiful scenery. We really loved the flower gardens and the reflecting pool in front of the palace. Even though the Belvedere is one of Vienna’s most impressive palaces, at morning time you will have all the area nearly to yourself. In case you are a fan of art you definitely should consider a visit of the Belvedere museums too: A permanent exhibition at the Upper Belvedere displays among others the world-famous Klimt´s Kiss.

At early lunch time we recommend a visit to Vienna’s most popular market, the Naschmarkt which is just a short walk from Karlsplatz. Make a stop at the St. Charles Church, an eye-catching religious building with a magnificent blue cupula. Not just in summer, but also in winter the Karlsplatz is really worth a visit at this time a traditional Christmas market is taking place in front of the church.

Without a doubt the Naschmarkt is one of the coolest places to have lunch in Vienna and a popular meeting point for young and old. In generally, the market has around 120 market stands and restaurants, selling exotic products and delicacies from all over the world.

The Ringstrasse is a 5,3 km long road that circles Vienna’s city centre. On that street, you are going to pass some of the most remarkable and breath-taking buildings of the town. The most noteworthy sights are the Parliament, the City Hall, the Imperial Palace (Hofburg) and the BurgtheaterA lovely option is to tour the Ringstrasse on the tourist Ring Tram or you can also catch the public city tram (Nr.1 & Nr. 2).

If you have some time left we recommend a visit inside the glorious Burgtheater. You can visit this theatre without seeing a performance by taking a guided tour (daily 15:00). There you will learn a lot about the fascinating history of the Burgtheater and you will get a look behind the scenes. On top you are going to see the breath-taking beautiful grand staircase and the famous ceiling paintings by Gustav Klimt.

For the evening we round of our first day of sight-seeing with a visit to Vienna’s amusement park the Prater. Why not dine out at the Schweizerhaus restaurant for tasting its famous Schweizerhaus Stelze or a traditional Wiener Schnitzel?! It is famous for serving the best Schnitzel in Vienna! For entering the Wiener Prater you won`t have to pay any entrance fee, you just have to pay for the attractions you would like to ride. Even if you are not that kind of adrenal junkie you will love exploring the nostalgic Prater with its unique atmosphere. Recommended is a ride with the Giant Ferries Wheel which is Vienna’s landmark.

Vienna itinerary, DAY 2

A trip to Vienna won’t be complete without visiting one of the numerous museums. Actually, we loved visiting the Museum of Natural History. The huge museum exhibits over 30 million objects and we had been fascinating by the dimension. Also, the Art History museum located at the opposite is well worth seeing. Absolutely interesting is the MuseumsQuartier, spreading over 90,000m2 encompassing 60 cultural institutions.

If you are around also take the chance to look inside the Palace of Justice! Step inside and you will find yourself in one of the most impressive locations you will find in Vienna. The grand staircase dominates the huge hall and the imposing interior will take your breath away! Most of the people don`t know that the building is open for the public and the entrance is for free. Furthermore from the roof-top Cafè you will have an amazing view.

After spending the morning inside a museum, you should hit off to see the world-famous Lipizzaner horses. Best you cross the picturesque square Michaelaplatz to buy tickets for the Spanish riding school. Just take a rest at the baroque square and watch the traditional Vienna Fiaker passing by. Visiting the white Lipizzaner show was just lovely. It was so interesting to watch the horsemanship accompanied by classical music. Good to know: This noble horse and the traditional stallions can be seen for free, just peep in at Reitschulgasse 2.

Another must do in Vienna is a visiting an original Viennese coffee house. You are going to find plenty of them inside Vienna’s Old town. All along, the Viennese coffee house is a typical institution of Vienna that plays an important role in Viennese culture. Have a break, enjoy a delicious “Melange” coffee and soak in this elegant and very specific atmosphere.

Later, we recommend to have a look inside the Austrian National Library, the State Hall. The imposing baroque hall impressed us a lot! More than 200.000 tomes are exhibited and four picturesque Venetian baroque globes grace the ancient library.

Most surprising for us was the visit inside the Imperial Crypt also named the Capuchin Cryp. That place contains the bodies of the Habsburg rulers: 149 Habsburgs, including 12 emperors as well as 19 empresses and queens, have their final resting inside the crypt. Popular examples are Franz Joseph I., Empress Elisabeth and Crown Prince Rudolf and visitors can observe their magnificent free-standing tombs.

Don`t leave the town without window shopping at the Graben, the Kohlmarkt and the Kärntnerstraße, Viennas most exclusive shopping streets! Even if you don`t likes shopping, walking down the Graben street towards the St. Stephen´s Cathedral. With its beautiful architecture like the Peterskirche the short walk is really pleasureable.

St. Stephen´s Cathedral is one of the main attractions of Vienna and the inside as well as the outside are worth a visit. But also recommendable is the view from the top of the Cathedral. You are going to have the best view of Vienna at the northern tower (Pummerin).

As few of the main sights are located along the Ringstrasse, for example, the Opera house and the Burggarten. Take a break at the wonderful Palmenhouse at Burggarten and enjoy the picturesque scenery. As soon as the sun goes down head of to see the Opera house:  At night the Opera is stunningly lit and looks drop-dead gorgeous!

Vienna itinerary, DAY 3

After breakfast, set off to Schönbrunn Palace! Because it’s Austria’s most visited tourist attraction you should be there early. That’s why at morning time you will find a calm and peaceful location. Take a stroll along the magnificent Schönbrunn Gardens and inhale the grand imperial atmosphere. Also you shouldn’t miss to walk up to the Gloriette and get rewarded with one of Vienna’s most breathtaking views. Take some time to explore the Schönbrunn Palace. We had been surprised about all the picturesque smaller gardens, fountains and statues.

There’s even a Palmenhaus and the world’s oldest zoo, the Schönbrunn Zoo to explore. The entire area is part of the imperial summer residence and is even listed as an UNESCO world heritage site. The palaces itself is enormous, with a total of 1,441 rooms. Certain parts of the castle and exhibitions can be visited.

If you are interested in outstanding architecture you should definitely go and see the popular Hundertwasserhouse. This architectural masterpiece was designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser and constructed between 1983 – 1985. You have to know that The Hundertwasserhouse can only be viewed from outside but the exterior façade draws attention to itself and gives a fantastic foto motif. Our tip: Hundertwasser also transferred the incinerator at Spittelau in something extraordinary!

 

Where to stay in Vienna?

For our latest city trip to Vienna we had been guests at the hotel Altstadt Vienna. It’s located in Vienna’s hippest and fashionable 7.th district “Neubau” in Spittelberg also named as Boboville. In fact the hotel is a venerable traditional Viennese patrician house that offers around 60 hotel rooms. All of the rooms are held in a unique design, each of them is different and so inspiring. Different designers and architects created the interior of this unique boutique hotel and we really loved our stay in the beautiful Lilli Hollein Suite.

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Everything felt so much like home and even better. There are so many nice touches like free afternoon tea and sweets-buffet, outstanding breakfast, free homemade ice-tea for hotel guests to the helpfulness of the staff and free newspapers and magazines galore. Also unique was having the excellent breakfast inside the lovely salon area: An incredible delicious  buffet with different kind of  cheeses, hearty breads and rolls with all kinds of spreads, healthy cereal, smoked salmon, smoothies, Viennese coffee, high quality tea and even prosecco – in the background classical music – a great way to start the day!

On top the hotel is conveniently located just a short walk from the subway and tram. Museumsquartier, Natural History Museum & Art History Museum, Rathaus and Burgtheater are all in walking distance and great restaurants and bars are just around the hotels corner.

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And that’s it for our guide to spending 3 days in Vienna – if you would like to read more about Vienna, check out -> 15 Top Things To Do In Vienna

If you like to learn more about traveling in Central Europe, you should check out “the epic central europe itinerary“.


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Lopburi – A Guide to the City of Monkeys

Lopburi – A Guide to the City of Monkeys

 

The town Lopburi, often spelled Lop Buri, is located in central Thailand, only a 2 hour drive from Bangkok. With a population of about 20,000 inhabitants, this little town belong to the quieter places in Thailand. The old town is mainly known for its monkeys and so the visit of the famous monkey temple in Lop Buri is usually a fixed program of guided Thailand tours. Recently, however, more and more backpackers and individual travellers are putting the Monkey Town on their Thailand itinerary. Without a doubt, this historic city has more to offer than just cheeky monkeys and you will find plenty of amazing things to do in Lopburi! Stroll through the old town to discover ancient Khmer-style temple ruins, Buddhist temples with shining Buddha statues and inhale the unique atmosphere.

In this travel blog you will find all the important information about a visit to Lopburi, the best attractions and why a trip is really worth a visit.

What to see and what to do in Lopburi 

 

The monkey town

Lopburi is often dubbed by many as the monkey city – and that’s not without a reason: in some parts of the old town, especially around the Prang Sam Yod Temple lots of cheeky monkeys are up to mischief. Estimated more than 1000 monkeys have their home right in the old town. At first glance, these long-tailed macaques seem to be very cute. But beware, these little ones are far away from innocent. They hang on the power lines, jump over cars, nibble on windscreen wipers and are constantly on the lookout for troubles. Just to watch this monkey theatre is a great fun and one of the best things to do while you are in town! Especially along the Ratchadamnoen Alley you have the chance to see lots of monkeys playing around.

Monkey Temple

The Prang Sam Yot, better known as the Monkey Temple, is the city’s ultimate landmark and the most famous tourist attraction. Here at the “3 holy Prangs” and at the opposite situated San Phra Kann Shrine lives the majority of the monkey horde. The former Hindu temple is dated back to the 13th century and you can enter the temple complex for an entrance fee of 50, – Baht. In this area the feeding of monkeys is allowed, which we would not necessarily recommend. Some of these little rascals are very naughty, so you should always take care while sightseeing. Sometimes they just jump on your head and can also steal something quickly (food, glasses, mobile phone …)! Inside the ruins is a small Buddha Statue and it can be entered on request.

Tip: Take no food and no drinks to temple, then the monkeys won`t pay you any attention at all.

Monkey Festival: This festival takes place each year in November. Then a huge party for the monkeys of Lopburi will be held as an offering. At this monkey buffet, things really get down to business and the little monkeys can fill their bellies with lots fruit and sweets.

National Museum and King Naria Palace

The National Museum and the King Naria Palace are located in a beautiful park located in the old town of Lopburi. In the palace of King Naria exhibit an interesting collection of statues and magnificent treasures from various eras. In addition, the palace of Lopburi includes several ruins that can be explored on a short walk. A visit to the National Museum and the beautiful park are definitely one of the best attractions of Lopburi and should not be missed. The National Museum is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm and entrance fee is 150 baht per person.

Wat Phra Sri Rattana Mahathat

Absolutely recommended is the visit of the imposing temple Wat Phra Sri Rattana Mahathat, which is actually in its architecture much more spectacular than the Monkey Temple. Located with a short distance from the train station in Lopburi and the ruins are really easy to reach. The park is partly comparable with the magnificent historical park of Ayutthaya and for sure you will get some great photo opportunities. So it is almost surprising that you will have the most of the time the entire complex for yourself. You can visit this historic parc of Lopburi daily from 7:00 to 17:00. The entrance fee is currently 50 baht.

Sunflower fields

A visit to the Sunflower Fields is an absolute highlight of the things to do around Lopburi, especially among thai tourists. The sunflowers are approximately 40 kilometres from the city away and tours are offered from Lop Buri town. Before you go on a day trip you should make sure to inform yourself about the inflorescence. Most of the Sunflower Fields bloom from November to January.

 

Night Market

Another awesome activity is to visit the traditional night market. Daily a night market takes place directly in the old part of town starting from approx. 16:00 o’clock along the Na Sanprakan road. Also, if you have any chance, we highly recommend you check out the Walking Street Market, which is only once a week at Wednesday. This night market offers a huge choice of typical thai clothes and lot of exotic foods can be tried there!

Where to eat

In addition to the typical Thai food stalls which can be found inside the old town you will also find some good cafes and hip restaurants. We especially enjoyed our food at the Boom Cafe! This hip little restaurant will surprise you with a delicious selection of amazing thai food and really yummy desserts. Give it a try and you will be amazed! Tip: The owner offers private tours to the Sunflower Fields.

 

How to get there

The distance from Bangkok to Lopburi is only 150 kilometre and can be easily reached by bus or train. Lopburi is connected to the Thai Northern Railway and it is best to travel by train from Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Phitsanulok or Chiang Mai. The small pretty train station is located right in the old town and so are the main attractions within walking distance. Whoever travels during the day should definitely buy a ticket in the third class. There you have open windows and you can admire the beautiful landscapes around Lop Buri. Also, day trips to the monkey temple are offered in Bangkok.

Where to stay in Lopburi

Inside the old town of Lopburi you will find some nice hotels and reasonably priced accommodation to stay. For backpackers there are also some cheap hostels such as the 63 Hostel. A small but lovely hostel that is located close to all the main attractions of the city. This place convinces with absolute feel-good atmosphere and the young owner provides a lot of travel information and a free city map of Lop Buri.

In Lopburi, there is a lot to see and and fantastic things to do. Also the tranquil Thai flair of the old town is unique. If you ask yourself how many days you should stay, we would recommend at least two nights for staying in Lopburi.


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