red|guide Tipps: Bangkok
EAT in Bangkok: T&K Seafood
Chinatown is a paradise for fish and sea fruit aficionados. Along the bustling Yaowarat Road there are countless steaming street kitchens side by side. Hungry people barge their way through the crowds on the pavement and small tables with grilled king prawns, fried rice and steamed Morning Glory on them. Despite of the immense offer there is one restaurant where even locals are willing to wait for a table: the T&K Seafood restaurant. At first sight, the venue appears simple and less trustworthy. But the plastic seats on the streets are simply a sign that at T&K it's all about the excellent food and nothing else. Everybody who finds it too authentic outside - and that means noisy and hot - can take a seat on the second floor of the restaurant which is air-conditioned. An advice: it's best to arrive early, e.g. when they open at half past six because it's less crowded then.
SHOP in Bangkok: Tha Prachan
The historic market in Old Town brings an extraordinary charm with it. Even though it is near the Grand Palace, one will hardly see any tourists. The local shops and little stalls have very often been in the same family for generations. And it fits the offer: Different than on many Thai markets, there are hardly any mass-produced goods around the Moon-Pier, as it would be called in English. Instead, there are antique coins, Moroccan lamps, bronze figures, vintage-jewellery, Buddhist amulets and talismans. The Thai Sompong lies his cards onto a little, shaky table, a few meters away an old hippie wearing a dozen pearl necklaces shows his jewellery proudly, and on the end of the street pendants made of boar tushes have been sold for over 40 years. One thing is certain though: On Tha Prachan you can find a souvenir which is out of the ordinary and which you will want to keep for yourself at the end.
STAY in Bangkok: Dusit Thani
The Dusit Thani is a grand hotel of the old school which sets itself to provide for hospitality, elegance and friendliness - for 40 years by now. The service is extraordinary and so is the location (right next to the subway, the sky train and the Lumpini park). Altogether there are 13 room types at choice, and the cheapest category (about 100 euro) could have definitely turned out a little bit larger. The great view on the park however compensates for that. The guest can choose from eight (!) restaurants, each and every of them offering excellent food. A special recommendation is the Cantonese option, the Mayflower. Here the royal family, heads of state and other VIPs dine regularly - possibly also because of the six opulent private rooms. After dinner, most guests feel drawn to the D'Sens bar on the rooftop, to party with a glass of champagne or a cocktail and do some business.
SEE in Bangkok: Floating Market
The Taling Chan Floating Market is one of the three floating markets in Bangkok and the one that is most easily accessible from the city. Every weekend it's all about grilling, chatting and bargaining - on the water. You can easily imagine how life in Bangkok used to take place mostly on the Chao Praya and the many klongs in former times. The Taling Chan was established in 1987 to remind of these almost forgotten times - and on the occasion of king Bhumibol's 60th birthday. Already on the country way to the market there is one stall next to the other and the closer you get to the klong the more intensively the delightful smell of grilled fish and meat tickles your nose. You can hardly deny yourself from picking marinated shrimps on a spit at the first stall. Most restaurants contain a dining area on a wooden jetty and a longboat where the dishes are prepared. Most of the times you take your seat on the wavering floor at one of the low tables. If you have some time left you can book a boat tour at the small information desk at the entrance. A tour to the orchid farm costs approx. four euros for adults.