red|guide Tipps: Bangkok
EAT in Bangkok: Ruen Urai
When the guest turns into this tiny soi he is within spitting distance of a completely different world. The Ruen Urai is part of the Rose Hotel and is located in an age-old Thai teakwod house. At the entrance the guests are asked to take off their shoes before they are guided by a traditionally dressed Thai to the second floor (make a reservation!) where teakwood tables provide for a private atmosphere. The view wanders outside and lingers on the lush green of the tropical garden. The noise and heat of Bangkok already seems to be far away. On the menu you mainly find Tai delicacies that can be recommended without exception. The prices are a little bit above average - however, it's absolutely justified considering the quality of the dishes and the wonderful atmosphere. In brief: the Ruen Urai is a must.
SHOP in Bangkok: Platinum Mall
The Platinum Fashion Mall is the biggest of its kind in Bangkok. The 2.000 shops on seven floors primarily offer fabrics and accessories - for wholesalers who come in buses and trucks and pack goods in masses in order to distribute them on Thailand's markets. Many locals find: why push and shove in the heat from booth to booth if you can find the bigger selection at a better price in the air-conditioned Platinum? The result: meanwhile not only wholesalers buy in the mall but half of Bangkok. The shops have adapted to the new target group, and thus it is also possible to buy single products although price reductions are granted only to larger quantities. It is therefore worth while to buy several products in a shop, they don't have to be the same style - it's only about the quantity of the products purchased. A big disadvantage with cheap shopping: the clothes can't be tried on. In addition, the selection of sizes is very limited. As a tall European woman you should therefore fill the shopping bag rather with jewelry than with T-shirts that possibly turn out to be too small in the end.
STAY in Bangkok: The Eugenia
If a decorated elephant would turn around the corner, it wouldn't be surprising. After all, one feels like in Siam (Thailand's former official name) a hundred years ago. The twelve suites (starting from 165 Euros a night) are in colonial-style. They are admittedly rather small, but they convince with authentic furniture: Under one's feet dark, shiny floors are creaking, on the little tables there are real antiques and one won't even want to get out of the linen tester beds - except you want to take a bath in the handcrafted copper bathtub. The books in the library radiate the scent of bygone times, and the pool under the palms is very attracting. In the meanwhile, the elegant restaurant is filled with Bangkok's gourmets who arrive with their old Jaguars and shiny Mercedes. But: Despite the price, do not expect all comforts of an ordinary, modern luxury hotel in the style of a Marriott or Peninsula! The Eugenia has the kinks of an old lady. But this is exactly what makes it so charming.
SEE in Bangkok: Khao San Road
Since the 1980ies the Khao San Road (translation: street of uncooked rice) is the first choice for (young) travelers who have to watch their budget and like to go out. In the street and its sois numerous budget accommodations have settled, and you find small supermarkets, English bookshops, hippie stores full of batik wrap skirts, cheap restaurants with terraces in Bali-style, tourist agencies and bars, bars, bars. If you see an Asian here than it's most likely a tuk-tuk driver or a waiter. This place might be stuck somewhere between Europe and Asia and has little to do with Thai culture, however it's fascinating to dive into this unique world for a night. Moreover you get great hints for your world trip here. Which island has the finest sand? Which boat reaches the most secret bay? And what do you need for a Cambodian visa? These and many more questions are sorted out if you chime in the never-ending stream of travelers.