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Barcelona

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Overview

With mountains on one side, the sea on the other and an exciting urban hub in between, Barcelona has to be the ultimate city destination. The home of modernist artist Gaudi and with a cultural verve unmatched in Spain, the capital of Catalonia is a jumble of fantastical and modern buildings, medieval streets and lively beaches.
Best Time to Visit

July and August can get quite hot and humid, so the best time to go is early summer (May-June) and fall (September-October), when it’s pleasant and mild.
Barcelona
Transportation
Barcelona has an excellent public transport network. Buy a T10 pass from any ticket machine to get ten one-way trips for €8. Alternatively, if you buy individual single tickets, they will cost  €2. The passes are valid on all metros, buses, trains and trams operated by TMB, Renfe and FGC. Taxis in Barcelona are also cheap, hassle-free and easy to find.
Barcelona Weather
August is the hottest month, with an average high of 24°C (74°F). January is the coldest month, with an average high of 10°C (49°F).

Know Before Visiting
Mealtimes in Spain can be confusing. Restaurants are generally open from 1:30 p.m. to 4.:00 p.m. for lunch, from 8:30 p.m. until 11 p.m. for dinner. Many stores close for lunchtime siesta (2 p.m. to 5 p.m.), as well as on Sundays and public holidays. Also A lot of businesses close for the whole month of August.

Language
Spanish and Catalan.

Electric
Type E two-prong plug

Currency
Euro (€)
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Things to do
La Rambla
Barcelona's most famous street, La Rambla, is a wide pedestrian boulevard stretching from the waterfront Monument a Colom to Plaça de Catalunya in the centre of the city. Lined with trees, cafés, restaurants, florists and shops, La Rambla is the perfect place to soak up Barcelona’s vibrant atmosphere.
Opening Times: Daily 24 hours.
Admission Fees: No.
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: La Rambla, Barcelona, Spain

La Ribera (Waterfront)
A stroll along the harbour side (promenade) and wooden walkway is an excellent way to see some of the results of Barcelona's epic regeneration programme. The waterfront now boasts a myriad of eateries and bars, a vast shopping mall and leisure centre (Maremagnum) and the excellent L'Aquarium.
Opening Times: Daily 24 hours.
Admission Fees: No.
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: Waterfront, Barcelona, Spain

La Sagrada Familia 
With its curving Gothic and art nouveau forms, the Sagrada Familia is the iconic symbol of Barcelona and is prided as Antonio Gaudí’s finest work, even though it was only a quarter complete at the time of his death.
Opening Times: Basilica: Daily 0900-1800 (Oct-Mar); 0900-2000 (Apr-Sep).
Admission Fees: Yes.
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: Carrer de Mallorca 401, Barcelona, 08013 Barcelona, Spain
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Barcelona Cathedral (La Seu)
The imposing architecture of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia - known as La Seu, (‘seat’ in Catalan), dominates the city’s Gothic Quarter.
Opening Times: Mon-Sat 0800-1245 and 1300-1700; Sun 0800-1345 and 1400-1930.
Admission Fees: No although a donation is requested for the afternoon hours (there is a charge for the roof, chapter house, choir and cloister museum).
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: Plaça de la Seu, Barcelona, Spain
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Parc Güell Created by Spanish architect, Antonio Gaudí Parc Güell is a fantasy-land that combines features of the natural landscape with Gaudí’s architectural extravagance to create a park that is a popular stop for visitors to Barcelona.
Opening Times: Daily 0830-1800 (Oct-Mar); 0800-2130 (Mar-Oct).
Admission Fees: Yes
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: Carrer d'Olot, Barcelona, 08024 Barcelona, Spain
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Picasso Museum The Picasso Museum houses one of the most extensive collections of artworks by the artist and is one of the city's main tourist attractions. The museum itself is spread over five large town houses close to the Parc de la Ciutadella.
Opening Times: Tues-Sun 1000-2000.
Admission Fees: Yes.
Wheelchair Friendly: No
Address: Carrer Montcada 15-23, 08003 Barcelona , Spain
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Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter)
The narrow, winding streets of the Gothic Quarter or Barri Gòtic contains an exemplary collection of gothic buildings from Catalonia's Golden Age in the 14th and 15th centuries as well as Roman ruins, squares and restaurants. Plaça Sant Jaume is the epicentre of the city's political life, overlooked by the Renaissance-style Palau de la Generalitat (location of the Catalan government) and the Ajuntament (city hall).
Admission Fees: No.
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: Plaça Sant Jaume, Gothic Quarter, Barcelona, Spain

Casa Milá
Casa Milá, also known as La Pedrera, is a masterpiece by Barcelona’s most famous artist, Antonio Gaudí. The undulating apartment block on the corner of Passeig de Gràcia is an intriguing architectural marvel.
Opening Times: Daily 0900-1830 (Nov-Feb); 0900-2000 (Mar-Oct).
Admission Fees: Yes.
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: Passeig de Gràcia 92, 08008 Barcelona , Spain
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Basílica Santa Maria del Mar
Santa Maria del Mar is counted among the most beautiful churches in Barcelona and is the only surviving church in the pure Catalan Gothic style. It was the place of worship for the shipwrights and merchants of medieval times.
Opening Times: Daily 0900-1330 and 1630-2000.
Admission Fees: No.
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: Plaça de Santa Maria, Barcelona, Spain

FC Barcelona Museum and Nou Camp
The Nou Camp Stadium is home to FC Barcelona, one of the world's legendary football clubs and the largest stadium in Europe. The FC Barcelona museum tells the history of the club and displays its numerous trophies as well as having one of the best private collections of football memorabilia in the world.
Opening Times: Mon-Sat 1000-1830, Sun 1000-1430 (Oct-Apr); Mon-Sat 0930-1930, Sun 0930-1430 (Apr- Oct). Times vary on match days.
Admission Fees: Yes.
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: Carrer Arístides Maillol, 08028 Barcelona, Spain
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Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA)
Looking rather incongruous in the down-at-heel surroundings of the Raval district, to the west of La Rambla, Barcelona's brilliant-white Museum of Contemporary Arts is at the forefront of efforts to regenerate this traditionally seedy area of the city.
Opening Times: Mon and Wed-Fri 1100-1930, Sat 1000-2100, Sun 1000-2100 (25 Sep-24 Jun); Mon, Wed, Thurs and Fri 1100-2000, Sat 1000-2000, Sun 1000-1500 (25 Jun-24 Sep).
Admission Fees: Yes.
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes

Address: Plaça del Angels 1 , Barcelona, Spain
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Food & Drink

Tickets
This ambitious Barcelona-based restaurant serves some of the best tapas in Spain. With four different sections – seafood, the grill, sweet treats, and little inventive surprises – you'll get 'El Bulli' versions of all tapas from all over Spain. Squid in its ink with almond paste or grilled watermelon are just a couple examples. Dining here is a trip of culinary wisdom, emphasizing the playful nature of eating and is a restaurant that should be on your list when visiting Barcelona. Defiantly look into booking a table in advance.
Address: Av. del Paraŀlel, 164, 08015 Barcelona, Spain
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Mosquito
Mosquito’s speciality is Chinese dumplings in myriad forms, but its tapas comprise a grab bag from all over the continent. The 'xiaolong bao' (steamed pork dumplings) and crispy duck are more than toothsome, and a steaming bowl of Vietnamese pho with noodles makes for a sturdy lunch on its own. Mosquito also has excellent beers, some of which are brewed for the restaurant; the 'trigo' (wheat) beer is especially good.
Address: Carrer dels Carders, 46, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
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Pizz Del Born
Pizza Del Born has quickly become one of Barcelona's most well known pizza places. Located on the trendy and very busy Passeig Del Born walkway, this place is perfect for late night street food, a cheap and easy lunch or a Saturday afternoon bite with friends. It's a small pizza joint with a few stools and places to eat in, or they can package it in a box for you, straight out of the oven so you can eat it on the street or take it home.
Address: Passeig del Born, 22, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
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Igueldo
Igueldo is a perfect model for traditional cuisine with a modern flair, and not too over-the-top or pretentious. The cooking, with a strong Basque flavour, will always put you in a good mood, thanks to the simple, elegant décor, including a bright hardwood floor and white walls and columns.
Address: C/ Rosello, 186, 08008 Barcelona, Spain
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Dionisos
Dionisos is Barcelona's tastiest Greek food. With various restaurants throughout the city, it has made a name for itself for providing quality Greek dishes in both a rustic and elegant setting. Depending on the location you frequent will determine whether you're dining at more of a street food location or a sit down restaurant. Dionisos in George Orwell Plaza is your best street food option as there is nowhere to sit inside the small little shop. Their Shawarma and greek salads are delicious as is their hummus and fresh pita. Their Gyros are also amazing, be sure to ask for a lot though as they sometimes give small portions.
Address: Av. del Marquès de l'Argentera, 27, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
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Gresca
A tiny space with a small kitchen staff produces first-class dishes. The dishes are creative, but always tasty and recognisable, such as the octopus with Catalan black sausage, the pigeon with ginger, or the mouth-watering omelette made with herbs and wrapped with a paper-thin slice of Catalan bacon.
Address: Calle Provença, 230, 08036 Barcelona, Spain
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Nightlife
Old Fashioned Gin & Tonic Cocktail Bar
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Whilst it may not be as historic nor aesthetically pleasing as many of its adversaries in the city, this tiny modern cocktail bar in the lively Gracia district offers some of the best cocktails in Barcelona and is well worth checking out if you have a taste for high quality tailored drinks. The attention to detail from the friendly bartenders is highlighted by the premium liquors used, together with the large collection of bitters and garnishes displayed on the bar.
Address: Carrer de Santa Teresa, 1, 08012 Barcelona, Spain
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Pacha Barcelona
Pacha is known globally for its legendary nightlife and the Barcelona nightclub is no different, with its massive guest DJ’s playing everything from house to drum & bass. Pacha is more oftehrn associated with Ibiza, but Pacha actually originated in the seaside resort of Sitges near Barcelona in 1967. Check out the schedule of who’s playing here.
Address: Passeig Marítim Barceloneta, 38, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
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Opium Mar
Opium Mar is a very popular nightclub on the beach front in Port Olimpic area of Barcelona next to other popular beach front night. Opium Mar is a upmarket and trendy nightspot with a great mix of local and foreign guests, who enjoy great food and a really good night out. Opium has a good mix of resident and guest DJs that will keep you dancing through the night.
Address: Passeig Marítim, 34, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
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Mercat Princesa
Located in the bohemian area of El Born, this huge 14th Century building has been remodelled to house an indoor tapas and alcohol market with a choice of sixteen stalls, each offering different produce and set around a vibrant seating area or individual bar tables. Open from 9am until midnight each day, make your first stop the Vins & Cocktails (wine and cocktails) bar or the Cafés & Cervezas (coffee and beer) stall. Glass in hand, you should then pay a visit to each of the other sellers to soak up that booze, including La Planxa, a meat seller with special sausages containing Gin & Tonic, Mojito or liquor. There is also a secret restaurant, accessed from a hidden spot inside the premises, which boasts 40 seats, table service and a menu that includes a selection of dishes offered by the 16 different stalls. A true Catalan gastronomical palace.
Address: Carrer dels Flassaders, 21, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
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Dry Martini & Speakeasy
One of the most famous cocktail bars in the entire world, this Barcelona institution was opened in 1971, serving only Dry Martinis. When the now legendary Javier de las Muelas took over in 1996, he maintained the essence of a classic English cocktail bar with leather, wood and brass, whilst expanding the menu with classical cocktail recreations and a famous new exclusive and innovative drinks. The result is an elegant and refined place to drink with a jazz, soul and easy listening soundtrack. An electronic counter proudly adds up all the classic Dry Martini cocktails sold since the bar opened whilst a doorway at the back of the room leads to Speakeasy, a stunning hidden restaurant which is located in the bar's storage room. Walking past bottle crates and through the kitchen, you feel like you're starring in the classic Goodfellas scene.
Address: Calle Aribau, 162, 08036 Barcelona, Spain
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Razzmatazz
Offering not one but five clubs under one roof with two live concert venues, Razzmatazz has it all. Playing indie rock in the Razz Club, Techno in the loft & Lolita, electro & disco in The Rex Room and pop in The Pop room, this club has it all.
Address: 1er piso, Carrer de Pamplona, 88, 08018 Barcelona, Spai
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Marmalade
Cool cocktail bar and the younger bigger sister of Milk Bar & Bistro. Better recognised by its original name “Muebles Navarro”, this beautiful space is split into four areas and nods its head to its 50 years as a furniture store, with beautiful sofas, a hand carved black matte billiard table, copper clad antique walls and a stunning 4 meter tall chrome art deco bar, giving it a swinging 1950's Havana/New York edge whilst remaining true to its Barcelona roots.
Address: Carrer de la Riera Alta, 4-6, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
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Transportation

Public transport:
Barcelona’s public metro and bus systems are run by the Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona.
The metro is the most efficient means of transport serving most parts of the city. You can buy single tickets at any metro station and need to validate them before boarding. One-day and monthly passes are also available, along with 10-journey tickets. Trains run seven days a week, with an all-night service on Saturdays.

The cities bus network is extensive and night buses serve many routes. You can buy tickets on the bus.
For the suburbs and surrounding areas, FGC and RENFE operate regional rail lines - the RENFE local network is known as Rodalies or Cercanías.

The Hola BCN! travelcard covers travel on all types of public transport within Barcelona and is valid for two, three, four or five days.

Taxis:
You can book yellow-and-black registered cabs or hail them on the street. Radio-Taxi 033 (tel: +34 93 303 3033) and Servitaxi (tel: +34 93 330 0300) provide 24-hour daily services. Rates rise at night, Sundays and holidays. Tipping is not expected, but if you do, give 5 to 10% of the fare.
Driving:
Barcelona’s roads are excellent but can get extremely congested during rush hours. Blue markings with a meter signify pay to park for a limited period, while yellow markings signify no parking. There are numerous paid car parks in the city centre.
Car hire:
The minimum age to hire a car in Spain is 21. A passport and a valid driving licence are required, as is a valid international insurance policy, which you can buy at the time of hire. Car hire companies include Avis and Hertz.
Bicycle hire:
Barcelona is a cyclist-friendly city, with the public Bicing bicycle system proving an economical and convenient way to hire a bike. Sign up for a card online and swipe it at one of the bike stations to unlock a bike.
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Tips
- If you're planning to see the three big Gaudí sites—La Sagrada Família,Park Güell, or La Pedrera at Casa Milà—make sure you book your tickets online ahead of time to avoid being locked out of something you came all the way to Barcelona to see.
- Barcelona has lots of great and food and drink and the best way to sample it is by ordering plenty of tapas and washing them all down with a cool, refreshing glass of red or white sangria.
- Just off the La Rambia is La Bogueria, a lovely market that sells everything from locally grown fruits to handmade items and is a lovely place to spend a mourning exploring in Barcelona.
- If you are travelling to Barcelona late February to early march we advice to check out the colourful Carnaval festival (carnestoltes). 
- When withdrawing cash from an ATM never select the option to be charged in your native currency always select 'no', and ask to be charged in euros; otherwise, using something called Dynamic Currency Conversion (DCC), they will sting you for some extra dinero. 

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Bangkok

Published in Destinations

Overview

Bangkok is buzzing, humid and exotic, Bangkok is the larger-than-life city where magnificent temples, historic markets, skyscrapers and rooftop bars create an intoxicating vibe that’s hard to resist. A blend of the traditional and the modern, Bangkok's every street has a surprise in store. Ramshackle buildings crouch next to striking holy shrines, which are overlooked by modern hotels and offices.
Best Time to Visit

The short window of winter lasts between late December and early January, and these cooler temperatures coincide with peak tourist season. November and February are cooler with (typically) fewer people.
Bangkok
Transportation
Traffic is unavoidable if in a car or other vehicle. Public transportation is rapidly improving, and the BTS (the above-ground Sky train) and MRT (underground metro) run from 6 a.m. to midnight; however, they require separate tickets and rarely connect with each other (fares for both start at $0.50). Brightly coloured taxis and tuk-tuks are available for hire for an outstanding bargain.
Bangkok Weather
April is the hottest month, with an average high of 35°C (95°F) with humidity adding an extra layer of heat. December is the coolest month, with an average high of 26°C (79°F).
Know Before Visiting
The hottest season runs from March to August. Rainy season is unpredictable and varies, but normally runs from June to early October. While it is classified as monsoon season, the rains infrequently last more than an hour or two at a time.
Language
Thai.

Electric

220V/50Hz

Currency

Thai Baht (฿)
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Things to do
Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)

Located on the Thonburi side of the Chao Phraya River, opposite Wat Pho, is Wat Arun and its five soaring spires. Remember you can climb up to a certain point for excellent views over the Chao Phraya River, especially at sunset.
Opening Times: Daily 0830-1730.
Admission Fees: Yes.
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: Arun Amarin Road, Bangkok, Thailand
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Ban Kamthieng (Kamthieng House)
This 200-year-old, Lanna-style teak house was built on the Ping River in 1848 and transported south from Chiang Mai to be reconstructed in Bangkok. Once owned by a countryside family, it has now been set up as an ethnological museum by the Siam Society. Showing the simplicity of rural life in northern Thailand during the last century, it contains a collection of traditional implements such as fish traps used by farmers and rice field fishermen.
Opening Times: Tues-Sat 0900-1700.
Admission Fees: Yes.
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: 131 Asoke Montri Road, Sukhumvit 21, Bangkok, Thailand
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Erawan Shrine
On the corner of a busy junction, opposite the Central World Plaza shopping mall in downtown Bangkok, is the revered Erawan Shrine. Thais flock to this homage to Brahma, the Hindu god of creation, and his elephant, Erawan, which looks best at night when the shrine is illuminated.
Opening Times: Daily 24 hours.
Admission Fees: Yes.
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: On the corner of Ploenchit Road and Ratchadamri Road, Bangkok, Thailand
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Lumphini Park

There's not much green space in Bangkok but Lumphini Park (also called Suan Lun) offers welcome relief from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Opening Times: Daily 0430-2100.
Admission Fees: No.
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: Rama IV Road, Pathum Wan, Bangkok, Thailand
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A glittering walled complex that houses several palaces and temples, most ornately decorated with tiles and ceramics. The most important spot is Wat Phra Kaeo, the holiest of all Thai temples. There is a strict dress code and visitors wearing shorts, mini-skirts, sleeveless shirts or flip-flops will need to hire trousers and plastic shoes at the entrance.
Opening Times: Daily 0830-1530.
Admission Fees: Yes.
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: Na Phra Lan Road, Bangkok, Thailand
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National Museum
One of the region’s largest and most comprehensive museums, Bangkok’s National Museum houses a vast collection of artefacts from the Neolithic period, royal funeral chariots and the Phra Sihing Buddha in the ornate Buddhaisawan chapel. Free guided tours in English are led by volunteers at 0930 on Wednesdays and Thursdays and are highly recommended.
Opening Times: Wed-Sun 0930-1600.
Admission Fees: Yes
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: Na Phrathat Road, Bangkok, Thailand
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Royal Barges National Museum
Rarely used by the royal family these days, several historic royal barges are now preserved in the Royal Barges National Museum on the Thonburi side of the Chao Phraya River. The eight narrow boats on display are intricately gilded and each need between 50 and 60 rowers to take their oars.
Opening Times: Daily 0900-1700.
Admission Fees: Yes.
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: Khlong Bangkok Noi, Bangkok, Thailand
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Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha)
Wat Pho is Bangkok’s oldest temple, dating back to 1688 and the reign of King Petraja of Ayutthaya. Note the dress code: no shorts and shoulders should be covered.Visitors can wander amongst the peaceful rock gardens, chapels, cloisters and stupas. The temple is also renowned for its teaching of herbal medicine and visitors can book traditional massages at its Thai Traditional Medical School.
Opening Times: Daily 0800-1830.
Admission Fees: Yes.
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: 2 Sanamchai Road (main entrance Soi Chetuphon), Bangkok, Thailand
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Suan Pakkad Palace Museum
The former residence of Prince and Princess Chumphot, one of Thailand's leading art collectors, Suan Pakkad Palace contains a host of their art and antiquities passed down the generations.
Opening Times: Daily 0900-1600.
Admission Fees: Yes
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: Sri Ayudhaya Road, Rajathevi, Bangkok, Thailand
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Vimanmek Palace
Vimanmek Palace is the world's largest building made entirely of golden teak. The 81-room mansion stands in carefully manicured lawns and is located close to the current royal residence with 31 exhibition rooms containing Thai art and artefacts from ceramics to silverware. Guided tours are the only way to see inside and take place every 30 minutes.
Opening Times: Tue-Sun 0930-1630.
Admission Fees: Yes (included with ticket to the Royal Grand Palace).
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: Rajvithi Road, Dusit, Bangkok, Thailand
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Food & Drink
Yaowarat (Chinatown)
Bangkok’s Chinatown known locally as Yaowarat, is a great place to sample some street food, and is arguably Bangkok’s street food centre. Along the Yaowarat road, enjoy the smells of the street stalls and small restaurants serving up delicious food. Try many different types of foods from both Thai and Chinese dishes, but make sure to only sample small portions, as there is so much to try and taste. Barbecued seafood is very popular here, as is flat noodles in pepper broth, barbecue spears with peanut putter, crispy duck and curries of many different kinds. Open all day, but best in the evenings. 

Address: Yaowarat, Bangkok 10200, Thailand (Chinatown / Yaowarat)


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Pahurat Market (little India)
Not to far away from Yaowarat (china town) is little India where you can try many different kinds of Authentic Indian Cuisine.

Address: Pahurat Market, Phahurat Road, Talat Noi, Samphanthawong, Bangkok 10100 ,Thailand

Bangrak
If you are staying near Silom then Bangrak is a cool and hip little place with excellent Thai food. The place has a nice and relaxed atmosphere, with live music and even an art exhibition every now and then. Check out there smoothies, shrimps wrapped in crispy bacon and chicken wings. 

Address: Bangrak, 4-6 Soi Saladang, Silom Road 

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Thip Samai
One of the best Pad Thai restaurant in Bangkok and worth a trip to taste not only the fresh and flavoursome food but the amazing orange juice. Pad Thai is a common street food in Bangkok and in local eateries and is a essentially stir-fried rice noodles.

Address: Thip Samai, 313 Th Maha Chai, Banglamphu

Smokin Pug American BBQ
If you’re in Bangkok and want a taste of home check out the most popular American dinner, the Smoking Pug American BBQ. Known for its succulent baby back ribs and pulled-pork chilli it is a must when in Bangkok, also check out the cocktails as they mix well with the smoky barbecue taste.
Address: The Smokin' Pug, 88 Surawong Rd., Bangkok, Thailand

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Somboon Seafood

Somboon Seafood has many branches across Bangkok but most conveniently accessed is the branch located on the 4th floor of Siam Square One. Somboon can get quite busy so be sure to book if you are going to come here. The main dishes to try are the succulent Curry Crab and the Crab fried rice that both work very well together and is a must when visiting Bangkok.
Address: Somboon Seafood, Phraram 1 Road | 4 th Floor Siam square one, Pattumwan

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sabx2 wanton noodles (Platinum Fashion Mall)
When visiting Bangkok you most defiantly must visit the Platinum Fashion Mall and when there you should check out the many amazing eateries. One of the best eateries is the SabX2 Wanton Noodles and it’s just across the Skybridge of the Platinum Mall in the Soi 19 Area. You will know your there when you see the famous long queue. Make sure to try their famous pork leg stew and wanton noddle’s or the Pork leg rice and sit and enjoy. *Try not to go later than 3pm as they could sell out very early*


Address: SabX2 Wanton Noodles, 4/32-33 Soi Petchburi 19, Pratunam.




Daniel Thaiger Burgers

For the ultimate burger check out the Daniel Thaiger Food truck, known arguably as the best burger in Bangkok for the price and people come from all over Bangkok to get a taste of this succulent beef or pork burger. Although food trucks in Bangkok are normally on the back of a motorbike Daniels Burger truck would put you in the mind of an American food truck dropped in the middle of Bangkok. If your coming to Daniels expect to queue and make sure to check the Facebook page before coming as food normally sells out quite early.


Address: Sukhumvit Soi 23, Bangkok 10110, Thailand (can vary so check Facebook page)

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Prachak Pet Yang (Roasted Duck)
Roast duck is commonly found throughout Bangkok, especially in the heavily Chinese influenced areas and Pratchak Pet Yang is is one of the most famous of the selection. A legendary Cantonese style duck restaurant located right along Charoen Krung road, opposite Robinson’s department store. Check out the Roasted duck and rice.
Address: Prachak Pet Yang, 1415, Charoen Krung Road | Silom, Bangkok 10500
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Nightlife

Ce La Vi Bangkok (Formerly Ku De Ta Bangkok)


Located on the 39th and 40th floors of the mammoth Sathorn Square Building the views are fittingly impressive, with an endless cityscape from the nightclub section and views to the Chao Phraya River and beyond from your dinner table. Ce La Vi Bangkok includes two restaurants, a central cocktail bar and glamorous nightclub, which is best labelled a lifestyle destination. The grand idea is to wrap up a night out all within one sophisticated space, hopping from restaurant to bar to club.


Address: 39th and 40th floors, Sathorn Square Complex, 98 North Sathorn Road

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Levels Club

This classy electronic nightclub with a view is located up on the 6th floor of the chic Aloft Hotel, and is now the place to be seen and party in lower Sukhumvit. There is plenty of house music being played here, but Levels excels in its DJ's, bringing in some of the top international acts from around the world to rock the house. There is a large dance room here with a giant LED chandelier overhead, and then there is a club zone that features a great sound system. There is also a terrace bar that looks out over all the Sukhumvit neon and gives you a chance to catch your breath.
Address: 11 Sukhumvit Rd, Khlong Toei Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

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Grease
whether you’re in Bangkok for clubbing or just to relax on a nice rooftop with some tasty cocktails Grease has it all. It is has become one of the hottest spots for both Thais and Tourists looking for a good glamorous party. The main Club is called LSD (Light and Sound Demolition) playing everything from house, techno, drum&bass, dubstep, future garage, funk and electro. Grease also has a rooftop Shisha bar, Thai fusion Restaurant and chic bar. The cocktails here are astonishing as is the wine as the owners owns a fine French vineyard.


Address: 46/12 Sukhumvit 49 Road, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

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Demo

Located in and old warehouse and covered in Graffiti is a hip looking bar that is taking Bangkok by storm. Demo also adjoins to Funky Villa, a late nightclub which is perfect for partying until late hours. In demo there is a five page drinks menu with amazing cocktails but Demo can get quite pricey so bring the credit card or drink before hand in a cheap Thai bar then come here to enjoy the glam.
Address: 225/9 Soi Thonglor 10, Sukhumvit 55 (Thonglor) Road, Khlong Tan Nuea Subdistrict, Watthana District, Bangkok, Thailand

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Q UP (Q Bar Bangkok)



The Q Bar has long been known throughout Bangkok and outside of Thailand for its outstanding list of touring DJ's who grace the house week in and out with their thumping dance floor choices, ranging from hip hop to electronic to all the latest grooves. The club features a spacious terrace along with its large dance floor, and some well trained mixologists behind the bar. 
Address: 34 Sukhumvit Soi 11 | Klongtoey, Bangkok10110, Thailand

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Game Over
Lounge
For something a bit different check out the Game Over Lounge. Whether you’re into board games, video games or just enjoy a bit of fun, Game Over lounge has it all. Enjoy a night out with fun and excitement and well-priced craft beers, smooth milkshakes and delicious cakes. The best attraction here though is not the games but the Daniel Thaiger Burgers served every night.

Address: 1000/39 Liberty Plaza, Soi Thonglor, Sukhumvit 55, North Klongtun, Wattana, Bangkok
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Boh bar
Located on the waterfront at the Thien Pier, this cosy bar has an amazing view over the Wat Arun temple. Perfect to catch a cheap drink during the sunset as this bar doesn’t charge a premium for the view like many other Bangkok bars.

Address: 232 Soi Thai Wang, Khwaeng Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand

Cheap Charlie’s
There’s no front door, no bathrooms and no roof, but who needs all that in a bar?  Cheap Charlie’s keeps it to the essentials, serving ridiculously cheap booze to a few barstools with a almost quirky decor. 
Address: 35 Sukhumvit Soi 11, Sukhumvit Rd, Bangkok,Thailand
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Transportation
Flying to Bangkok

Airlines offering flights to Bangkok from the UK include Thai Airways, EVA Airways and British Airways. There are no non-stop flights from the USA; you need to include at least one stopover. Flights are expensive during the peak season from November to March. Cheaper flights are available during the low season in May, June and September.
Flight times: 
From London - 11 hours 30 minutes; New York - 20 hours (including stopover); Los Angeles - 18 hours (including stopover); Toronto - 19 hours 20 minutes (including stopover); Sydney - 9 hours 25 minutes.

Public transport: 
Bangkok Transit System runs Bangkok's efficient monorail, the BTS SkyTrain. Two lines operate daily, connecting popular spots like Chatuchak Market and Siam Square. You can buy single-journey tickets and one-day passes at station vending machines and ticket offices. Or you can buy a reloadable Rabbit smartcard, which you can also use on BRT (Bangkok Rapid Transit) buses (but not the metro).
The Bangkok Metro has 18 stations. Starting at the main railway station, Hua Lamphong, it connects with BTS trains. You can buy single-journey tokens from station vending machines or use the Metro's own reloadable smartcard for multiple journeys. One-, three-, 15- and 30-day passes are available.
The BRT is a bus rapid transit system running along one line, from Chong Nonsi Skytrain station to Talat Phlu station. Rabbit cards are valid on this service.
Taxis: 
You can hail taxis in the street, but check that the meter is turned on. In unmetered taxis, you must agree the fare before setting off. Passengers pay for tolls, so ensure you have small change.Tuk-tuks are another way of getting around town. These three-wheeled taxis ply the streets and are ideal for short journeys. You must negotiate fares before getting in.
Motorcycle taxis are popular and easy to spot as drivers wear brightly coloured vests. It is compulsory for passengers to wear helmets so check the driver has one.
*Uber is also available in and around Bangkok and is a great alternative than Taxi’s. Click here for your first journey free.
Driving: 
It’s generally not advisable or necessary to drive around Bangkok due to heavy traffic and tricky navigation. For those who wish to, many of the large shopping complexes and hotels have a car park. Tolls are payable on some motorway routes.
Bicycle hire: 
Bangkok offers a bike-share scheme called Pun Pun, which operates, from around 50 stations in and around the city centre. Navigating Bangkok’s traffic can be daunting for novice riders but guided bike tours offer reassurance for the less experienced. Passport and deposit are required.
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Tips
- When travelling Thailand it can sometimes seem like a maze with the shifting street names, winding river and the lack of clearly distinguishable neighbourhoods. So we advice to get a map either in paper (Thai and English street names) or a mobile map app such as BKK by Tripadvisor (iphone Download) (Android Download) 
-When in Bangkok you will notice that there isn’t many barcodes or set prices on many items. So get haggling/bartering, its expected. Aim to chip anything from 10-40% off the quoted price and walk away if the price is disagreeable- often they will call you back for a last negotiation.
-Beware of the many scams around Bangkok that try to get you to give over your hard earned cash. Beware of the Tuk Tuks that want to stop off at any gem stores, also be aware of taxis with no meters running.
-Whether it be an impromptu demand from a local policeman or a request from security at one of the city’s swanky nightspots, carrying ID is a must in Thailand.proving who you are is a day-to-day formality, something the Thais are finicky about. Instead of dragging your passport around with you, and with it the constant fear of losing it, take a photocopy.
-Carry round a card with your hotel/accommodation address on it in Thai can be a life saver when trying to get home at any time.
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Amsterdam

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Overview

Almost more like a village than a city Amsterdam’s compact streets and winding canals make it a wondrous place to visit with its historical buildings and strong art galleries and museums. Amsterdam is ‘naughty but nice’, with a lax attitude towards all the guilty pleasures you could dream up. So stuff your face with delicious foods, wander the windows of the red light district and relax in an Amsterdam café.
Best Time to Visit

July and August are popular—and busy. If you want to see the tulips, come mid-April to early May. You’ll find better deals and quieter crowds October to March, with the exception of New Year’s Eve. This is a unique and riotous celebration in Amsterdam, and well worth experiencing.
Amsterdam
Transportation
Amsterdam is compact, so walking or renting bikes to make use of the great bike lanes is easy. Yet public transport (trams, metros, and buses) also is excellent. Buy a chip card at a ticket vending machine or counter, or ask the driver for a tourist pass (there are one- to seven-day cards starting at €5).
Amsterdam Weather
August is the hottest month, with an average high of 17°C (63°F), and the coldest is January, with an average 3°C (37°F).

Know Before Visiting
Some attractions (especially the Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank House) get very busy, especially in summer, so booking a ticket and time to visit in advance. The city is generally safe, but pickpockets operate widely; be careful on the tram and at the market.
Language
Dutch.

Electric
C, E and F type plugs generally fit on Dutch electricity sockets.

Currency
Euro (€)
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Things to do
Red-light district

Despite the city’s wealth of art and culture, Amsterdam’s leading attraction remains its prostitution zone, where skimpily clad sex-service workers solicit customers from the windows of their street-level rooms. Crowds file through a series of narrow alleys to gawk (snapshots will be severely chastised), and services are offered round the clock by a global rainbow of girls occupying nearly 300 red-lit windows. If you can get beyond the sleaze, this is actually one of the loveliest and most ancient sections of the canal ring, revolving around Amsterdam’s oldest church.
Opening Times: Daily 24 hours.
Admission Fees: yes.
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes.
Address: De Wallen, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Anne Frank Huis (Anne Frank House)

Of enduring interest to all is the historic home where Anne Frank, her family and four other Jewish people hid from the occupying Germans during WWII, after fleeing their native Germany. The small but highly popular exhibit annually attracts up to one million visitors, so expect lengthy queues.
Opening Times: Daily from 0900-1900 Nov-Mar, 0900-2100 Apr-Oct.
Admission Fees: Yes.
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: Prinsengracht 267, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Eye Film Institute Netherlands
A must for movie buffs, the Eye maintains an archive of 37,000 films and screens pristinely restored prints of cinematic classics at its various festivals. Perhaps the main draw, though, is the café with its fabulous views of the river and an endless procession of cruise boats, freighters and ferries. To get here, hop on a free Buiksloterweg ferry behind Central Station.
Opening Times: Exhibition daily 1000-1800.
Admission Fees: Yes
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: IJpromenade 1, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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NEMO Museum
Looking like a massive green seagoing vessel rising from the water, the cutting-edge NEMO Museum is an unmistakable sight on the banks of the IJ, a short stroll from Central Station. Within the factory-like interior, there are plenty of films, workshops and hands-on exhibits to introduce both youngsters and adults to the wonders of science and technology such as blowing giant bubbles, looking at cosmic rays, generating green energy and maybe even creating life. The cascading rooftop terrace is a splendid place to take in the rays on a warm day and in summer it’s outfitted as a beach resort.
Opening Times: Tues-Sun 1000-1730.
Admission Fees: Yes
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
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Koninklijk Paleis (Royal Palace)
This formidable structure on the central Dam Square was built in 1648 as Amsterdam's city hall. When King Louis Napoleon arrived in 1808, he had it turned into a palace. Paintings and sculptures dating from Holland’s Golden Age grace the halls and archways, with allegorical scenes and figures alluding to the values that underpin Dutch society. The admission price includes an audio tour.
Opening Times: Daily 1100-1700 when not being used for official functions.
Admission Fees: Yes.
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 147, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Rijksmuseum
The largest and most popular museum in the Netherlands reopened in spring 2013. Established in 1885, the museum showcases a collection of masterpieces with the seminal works of Dutch giants Rembrandt (‘The Night Watch’) and Johannes Vermeer (‘The Milk Maid’). The collection spanning over 8,000 works has been reorganised across three floors in chronological order.
Opening Times: Daily 0900-1700.
Admission Fees: Yes
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: Museumstraat 1, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Van_Gogh_Museum_amsterdam_beatthetravelagentVan Gogh Museum
Easily the world’s largest collection by the renowned artist, this much-visited museum houses 200 paintings by the Dutch master, many of which come from the collection of his brother Theo. Art workshops for children are offered and on Friday nights museum-goers can unwind until 2200 with cocktails and special DJ programmes.
Opening Times: Sat-Thur 0900-1800, Fri 0900-2200.
Admission Fees: Yes.
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: Paulus Potterstraat 7, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Amsterdam Museum
Housed in a former orphanage that dates from 1524, the museum is filled with paintings, prints and archaeological finds that illustrate how Amsterdam grew from a small medieval town into a modern city.
Opening Times: Mon-Fri 1000-1700, Sat-Sun 1100-1700.
Admission Fees: Yes.
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 357, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Vondelpark
Just a short walk from Leidseplein, the sprawling Vondelpark is Amsterdam’s ‘green lung’, the 49-hectare (120 acres) park makes a splendid retreat with ponds, gardens, lakes, playgrounds, a skating rink and a resident colony of parakeets. In good weather, the lawns are taken over by groups barbequing.
Opening Times: Daily 24 hours.
Admission Fees: No
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
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Food & Drink
The Pancake bakery

famous for their Massive sweet & savoury pancakes this restaurant is one to try when visiting Amsterdam. A 2-storey converted warehouse with canal views located just off the Prinsengracht canal and just a stone throw away from the Westerkerk and Anne Franks house.

Address: Pancake Bakery, Prinsengracht 191, 1015 DS, Amsterdam 

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Vlaams Friteshuis Vleminckx

Holland’s most popular snack actually comes from Belgium: Vlaamse Frites (Flemish fries). These fried potato spears come with a dollop of mayonnaise and nobody makes them better than this hole-in-the-wall establishment, as evidenced by the perpetual line down the street.

Address: Voetboogstraat 33, Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Bazar

Alongside the city’s biggest street market, Bazar is a North African fantasy within a former house of worship, with spectacular tiled arabesques on the walls and dining on two levels. The big hall is usually buzzing, while the food, abundantly served and beautifully presented on traditional tableware. Daily lunch specials are a real bargain.


Address: Albert Cuypstraat 182, 1073 BL Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Chocolate Bar

Hip cocktail bar in De Pijp area with a 70s-inspired interior serving international dishes but you must try the chocolate dessert, that is to die for.

Address: Eerste van der Helststraat 62-A, 1072 NX Amsterdam, Netherlands

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An interactive tour through beer giant's Heineken. Exploring the history and brewing of the popular drink. Open 365 days a year and comes with two complimentary glasses of Heineken at the tasting room finale.
Address: Stadhouderskade 78, 1072 AE Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Twenty Third Bar

This Hotel Okura’s top bar gets its name from its floor number and with that height, you can expect some great views across Amsterdam with a side of cocktails and a bar menu with great snacks it’s a perfect location for a romantic night.

Address: Ferdinand Bolstraat 333, 1072 LH Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Brasserie Ambassade

Classic Michelin star French cuisine restaurant overlooking the Herengracht canal, surrounded by colourful paintings by famous CoBrA artists. French/International cuisine by Executive chef Erik Zonjee in combination with fine wines. An excellent balance of price/quality, served by professional and above all, friendly staff.

Address: Herengracht 339, 1016 AZ Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Green House Centrum
This small little coffeeshop has good quality herbs and a great atmosphere. The Green House is the winner of 38 High Times Cannabis Cups. It delivers some of the best cannabis in Amsterdam and it is a great hangout for a traveller in Amsterdam. You can find many interesting pictures on the wall of celebs that visited the Green House. The coffee shop is situated nicely in the red light district next to a canal.

Address: Oudezijds Voorburgwal 191, 1012 EW Amsterdam

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Snappers is a cute and charming restaurant and bar on the Reguliersdwarsstraat. You’ll find a great selection of G&Ts and other cocktails as well as hearty food like burgers and ribs.
The ambience is warm and cosy with palm frond wallpaper and a homey vibe. Grab a table upstairs or downstairs, or sit at the bar and order a cocktail.

Address: Reguliersdwarsstraat 21, 1017 BJ Amsterdam, Netherlands

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De Dampkring

Another High Times golden child, Da Dampkring had a cameo in the Hollywood film Ocean’s Eleven, which is why blurry pictures of Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Matt Damon adorn the walls – somehow they manage to fit in with the psychedelic, sixties décor. The warm colours, hackneyed bar and indoor plants conjure a laid-back living room vibe, which attracts a youthful crowd. The weed is top-drawer, particularly the hash.

Address: Handboogstraat 29, 1012 XM Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Nightlife

Sugar Factory

Not just electronica fans will appreciate this dance cave around the corner from Leidseplein. The ingeniously illuminated space stirs art, poetry, comedy and dance into the mix for a richly varied theatrical experience. A mostly Dutch, twentyish set crowd in for the famous and almost famous DJs who customarily kick the club.
Address: Lijnbaansgracht 238, 1017 PH Amsterdam, Netherlands
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De School
Amsterdam’s famous for its clubs scene and De School is no exception, a new 24-hour bar/club/restaurant, brought to us by the legendary owners of Trouw which unfortunately closed at the start of 2015. De school is on the grounds of a former school (hence the name) and follows the layout of an old school in Amsterdam with its halls and classroom-esque theme it is a haven for both tourists and locals .
Address: Dr Jan van Breemenstraat 1,1056 AB AMSTERDAM
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Delirium Café Amsterdam

The Amsterdam branch of the Delirium Café is a true beer lover’s paradise, with more than 500 beers on offer, hearty food to soak it all up and even a team of beer sommeliers offering their services. This wonderful Café has branched out from its Brussels original and is always worth a stop both for the best beer and best enjoyment.
Address: Piet Heinkade 4-6-8, 1019 BR Amsterdam, Netherlands
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The legendary ‘Milky Way’ has been a key component in Amsterdam’s pop scene since the 1960s. Concealed in an old dairy factory just off the nightlife nexus of Leidseplein, it remains a cultural playground with three concert halls, a gallery, cinema, theatre and café. The old hall is an intimate space with excellent sound, while the Max pulls in a bigger crowd for old and new heavyweights.
Address: Lijnbaansgracht 234A, 1017 PH Amsterdam, Netherlands
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De Nieuwe Anita
Surely Amsterdam’s most alternative space, this friendly club west of the centre has a rough-hewn charm and is consistently crowded by the brainier set. The beer’s cheap and dispensed from a handsome circular bar, along with wine and herbal teas, and there are plenty of mismatched armchairs and sofas to lounge around on. A hall at the rear serves as a venue for fiercely varied programming, from anti-Hollywood film nights to Burlesque to wrestling, plus all kinds of bands.
Address: Frederik Hendrikstraat 111, 1052 HN Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Bimhuis
Perched at the top of the Muziekgebouw, a short distance from Centraal Station, the Bimhuis is the city's top jazz venue. An intimate space with windows that offer wonderful views across the city actually form the backdrop for the stage, and the venue’s size encourages direct communication between audience and artist. Every jazz luminary has performed here, including the stars of the Dutch scene. Most performances are divided into two sets, and it’s usually possible to mingle with the artists in the bar afterwards.
Address: Piet Heinkade 3, 1019 BR Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Transportation

Flying to Amsterdam
Airlines offering direct flights to Amsterdam from the UK include British Airways, CityJet, easyJet, Flybe, Garuda Indonesia and KLM. Delta, KLM and United operate direct flights from the USA. No-frills airlines provide cheap flights to Amsterdam year-round.
Flight times:
From London - 1 hour 10 minutes; New York - 7 hours 30 minutes; Los Angeles - 10 hours 20 minutes; Toronto - 7 hours 25 minutes; Sydney - 24 hours (including stopover)

Public transport:
The best way to get around Amsterdam is either by bike or by using the extensive tram, metro, bus and ferry networks, all run by GVB , which has an information office at Centraal Station. Trams are a great way of getting around Amsterdam, with routes heading out from the centre in all directions.
The best option is to purchase single or multi-day cards, allowing unlimited travel on public transport during a specified period. You can buy these at the GVB ticket outlets or vending machines. OV-chipkaarts are smart cards, which you can use for travel throughout the Netherlands; you can load these up with any GVB travel products. It's also possible to purchase a one-hour paper ticket when you get on a bus or tram.

Taxis:
Rather than hailing a taxi on the street, it is more common to phone for one (tel: +31 20 777 7777) or picks one up at an official taxi rank, including ones at Centraal Station, Waterlooplein and Museumplein and Nieuwmarkt. Taxis are metered and have standard rates. It’s customary to tip your driver a euro or two.
*Uber is also available in and around Brussels and is a great alternative than Taxies. Click here for your first journey free.
Driving:
Driving in Amsterdam is not recommended: motorists need to watch out for cyclists and trams, while parking regulations are strict. It makes more sense to park at a P+R (park and ride) car park and use bus, tram and subway lines into the city centre from there, Locations of these.
Bicycle hire:
You can hire bicycles from Bike City on Bloemgracht 68-70 and Macbike at Stationsplein 5. A deposit or a credit card imprint is usually required, along with an additional form of identification. Bicycles should always be securely locked.
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Tips
-Make sure during a busy period to book some attractions in advance (especially the Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank House) as queues can get very busy.
-Remember Coffeeshops in Amsterdam are permitted to sell up to 5 grams of cannabis to customers over the age of 18 but Smoking tobacco is not permitted in coffeeshops.
-There have been some recent deaths of tourists taking drugs purchased from street dealers - please exercise caution.
-Bikes are quite common in Amsterdam so try to avoid walking in bike lanes and listen out for a bike bell.
-You can always hop on a quick train journey to Rotterdam for a day trip to explore what else the Netherlands has to offer for €14.
-Check out the GVB app to make sense of the bus, tram and metro lines to travel around.
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Brussels

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Overview

From the cobblestones to the sweet smell of sugar on every street corner, Brussels is a brilliant city to visit. As the capital of the Belgium it holds the countries love for food and drink, with the great French fry, praline chocolate, waffles and amazing beers. But it isn’t all food and drink.
Best Time to Visit

July and august are very popular- and busy with temperatures averaging 23°C (73°F), the city is very lively but popular spots can feel overcrowded. In august, many locals take their annual holidays so many shops and restaurants may be closed. Although the Grand’ Place Flower carpet is on every august we would advise the best time to visit is April/may time or September/October.
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russels Transportation
Brussels is compact, so walking or renting bikes to make use of the great bike lanes is easy. Yet public transport (trams, metros, and buses) also is excellent. Brussels integrated public transport network is operated by STIB and you have options to pay by single journeys (€2.10) or by a jump card for 24/48/72 hours (€7.50/€14.00/€18.00).
Brussels Weather
July/ August is the hottest month, with an average high of 23°C (73°F) and the coldest is December where mild temperatures hover around 5°C (42°F) but don’t let that deter you as festive markets and sparking decorations make December particularly magical .
Know Before Visiting
Some attractions get very busy, especially in summer, so booking a ticket and time to visit in advance. The city is generally safe, but pickpockets operate widely. Most museums are closed on Mondays and most restaurants are closed Sunday so make sure to check each one out separately.
Language
Dutch, French and German.

Electric
Type E two-prong plug

Currency
Euro (€)

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Things to do
Atomium

The Atomium is a 102m tall piece of art designed by architect André and Jean Polak, which was built for the World’s Fair 1958 in Brussels. It is one a kind attraction and is a must see when visiting Brussels weather you go inside it and up to the top or stop for a few pictures it is a must see. There is also a restaurant inside the Atomium see our food and drink section.
Opening Times: 10am – 6pm.
Admission Fees: yes, adult €12, Student €8, Child- €6 under 6 – free.
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes- free access for disabled.
Address: Avenue de l'Atomium, 1020 Bruxelles, Belgium
Transport: Heysel / Heizel metro station (line 6) / or there is a Villo! Bike rack at the Atomium.
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Grand- Place
The centre of the Brussels which opens up from the narrow cobbled streets into a large square. Inside the square we have the Hôtel de ville de Bruxelles (town hall) and opposite the Brussels city museum (Maison du Roi). Every two years in august an enormous flower carpet is set up in the Grand place and is a must to see if you are over during august.     
Opening Times: Daily 24 hours.
Admission Fees: No
Disabled Access: Yes
Address: Grand-Place, Brussels, Belgium
Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert
Wander through the Les Galeries Saint Hubert, a glass roofed arcade in the center of Brussels. Lined with cafes, theaters and luxury stores, the Les Galeries Saint Hubert also has the distinction of being the first covered shopping arcade in Europe.
Opening Times: Daily 24 hours.
Admission Fees: No
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: Galerie du Roi 5, Brussels 1000, Belgium
Chinese and Japanese tower
Just across the road from each other you have the Chinese far east museum tower and the Japanese tower inside the beautiful park van Laken. The Japanese tower is a surprising sight in the Brussels landscape and like the nearby chinese far east museum they were built at the beginning of the 20th century. We would advise to stop of at these for a quick photo on your way to the Atomium as they are quite close and always good to see on your perfect trip in Brussels.
Opening Times: Closed for entrance but can still be viewed.
Admission Fees: No
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: Avenue Van Praet 44, 1020 Ville de Bruxelles  & Parc de Laeken, Brussels, Belgium.


Parlamentarium
With Brussels known as the capital of the European Union no trip would be complete with seen the European Union for yourself. At this free visitor centre you can discover interactively the journey of European integration in all 24 official languages of the EU.
Opening Times: 9am – 6pm
Admission Fees: No
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: Esplanade Solidarnosc | Off Rue Belliard,Brussels 1047 , Belgium
Transport: Brussels Luxembourg is at the parlamentarium – accessed directly by SNCB from Brussels midi, central and Nord.
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Cantillon Brewery
At the museum of Gueuze discover the fabulous family brewery of the Cantillon Brewery, where some of the best Belgian beers are handcrafted. Take a self-guided tour around the brewery and finish off with tasting the many different types of beer (tasting included in the price).
Opening Times: 9am – 5pm, closed Wednesday/Sunday/ public holidays.
Admission Fees: yes  - €7
Address: 56 rue Gheude ,1070 Brussels
Transport: Metro line 2 – Clemenceau or Brussels midi.
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Manneken Pis
The Manneken Pis is a small broze sculpture in the city centre of Brussels of a little boy urinating into a fountain. It is a symbol of Brussels self-mockery and has been there since 1660’s. A couple of times a year on special occasions they dress the Manneken Pis in different outfits so check out their site to see the calendar.
Opening Times: Daily 24 hours.
Admission Fees: No
Wheelchair Friendly: No
Address: Rue de l'Etuve, Brussels, Belgium
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Autoworld
 More than 250 vehicles cover the story of the automobile history since its early days. One zone is dedicated to sports and racing cars, while "Belgium at Autoworld" tells the love story between Belgium and the automobile industry. A different themed temporary exhibition is organized every 2-3 months.
Opening Times: 10am – 6pm April – September/ weekends. 10am – 5pm October- markh.
Admission Fees: yes  - €9 adults, €5 children, under 6 free.
Address: Parc du Cinquantenaire 11, Brussels 1000,Belgium
Transport: Metro line 1 &5 station – Merode, Train NMBS – Merode station.
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Markets:
Every day is market day in Brussels. Among the best is the flower market, Tuesday to Sunday at Grand-Place, also the site of the Sunday morning bird market. Antiques are sold at the market on Place du Grand Sablon, Saturday and Sunday morning, while the flea market at Place du Jeu de Balle, in the Marolles district, is open every morning.



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Food & Drink
Peck 47
Nice quirky café in the city centre that serves breakfast/ brunch until late and has some of the best healthy options we found in Brussels. Defiantly a must to get you started for the day.
Address: Rue Marche Aux Poulets 47, Brussels 1000, Belgium
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Delirium Monasterium
The Delirium Café is a must when travelling to Brussels it holds the world record for the most beer at one time and it doesn’t disappoint from banana, toffee and chocolate to some of the best Belgium beers home brewed. This place has everything, with its three storey beer house check out the basement bar.
Address: Impasse de la Fidélité 4, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
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Nuetnigenough
One of the nicest true authentic Belgian restaurants that serve great food and beer, although you may need to be patient and wait as it is quite a small but cosy place with only 10 -12 tables and they don’t take bookings but is defiantly worth it. Check out the Fish Waterzooi, well worth the wait.

Address: 25 rue du Lombard, Brussels 1000, Belgium
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A la Becasse   
La Becasse, "The Lark", is hidden away at the end of a narrow passage, just near the Grand Place. The bar is famous all over the city for its "jeune lambic blanche", a refreshing white beer served in a stone jug. The waiters wear monastic-style uniforms and prepare the house speciality - delicious open sandwiches of sourdough bread with Ardennes ham or smoked herrings.
Address: rue de Tabora, 11, Brussels 1000, Belgium
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Fritland
Yes everybody calls them French fries but the origin of the fry is said to come from Belgium and at Fritland you can get some the tastiest fries in many different forms. The most popular being in a baguette with many different options of sauce. Sit outside or indoors this is a perfect cheap place to have before or after a couple of Belgian beers.
Address: 49 Rue Henri Maus, Brussels 1000, Belgium
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Mokafe

For us Mokafe serves one of the nicest Belgian waffles in Brussels, yes there is no fruit or chocolate sauce or all the wacky things you can get elsewhere on the street for half the price. The simplistic feel of Mokafe has won the hearts of the Belgians for years right in the middle of the Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert it is a perfect stop for a waffle/tart and a cup of coffee or tea.
Address: Galerie du Roi 9, Brussels 1000, Belgium
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Bia Mara
Taking its name from the Irish for ‘seafood’ Bia Mara combines quality fish with fresh cut potatoes to give their own take on the classic fish and chips. The menu changes depending on what is available so you know your fish isn’t long out of the water.
Address: Rue du Marche aux Poulets 41, 1000 Brussels,Belgium
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Chocolate
Yes unfortunately there is to many great chocolatiers in Brussels it needs its own section.
Neuhaus
The original of Belgium chocolate and the home of the pralines made here in 1912 as well as the ballotin (a little box to bring your chocolates home) were created. Today this has not changed and is still a must stop to taste their sweet confectionary with recipes going back over a hundred years.
Address: 25 Galerie de la Reine, 1000 Bruxelles

Belvas
For those who are allergic to gluten, diabetic or just love organic fair-trade products, Belvas is the place to go. Not only is this the first organic chocolatier in Northern Europe but, Belvas is self-sufficient for 50% of its energy needs and the chocolate is melted in a system that collects the heat produced by the air-conditioning and tranforms it into hot water. Overall though it isn’t just natural but also very tasty and they don’t use any hydrogenated fat just butter.
Address: 48 rue Rollebeek 1000 Bruxelles
Wittamer
Good enough for the Belgium Royal family then it should be good enough for you. Wittamer is a classic chocolatier that has been around for over a hundred years starting out as a modern bakery and having designed the wedding cake of the Belgium King and Queen they strive themselves in a superior taste. But it isn’t all old fashion chocolates, Wittamer make some strange yet wonderful chocolates such as an insect cricket praline and many different flavours from pepper pralines to delicious cakes and ice creams.
Address: 6-12-13 Place du Grand Sablon, 1000 Bruxelles
Pierre Marcolini
Pierre Marcolini the most famous Belgian chocolate makers holds his shop in the Sablon neighbourhood and is a necessity for any chocolate connoisseur. Prided in the fresh and perfect bean bought directly then treated in his shop Pierre Marcolini makes some the richest chocolate in Brussels. Please remember although his products are very tasty some of Marcolini’s products have a very strong flavour, especially the dark chocolate. PS remember to check his store out around winter to indulge in his perfect hot chocolate.
Address: 1 rue des Minimes, 1000 Bruxelles (boutique)
39 Place du Grand Sablon, 1000 Bruxelles (manufacture)


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Nightlife

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A dim lit bar that plays old school rock and live bands, with pinball machines, darts and air hockey. what else could you ask for? this was probably our favourite spot in Brussels and we would advice to give it a go.
Address: Rue marché aux charbons 55, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Opening Times: Everyday 20:00 - 06:00
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Le Bazaar
An underground Belgian club with a nice dark atmosphere that plays mainly deep house/minimal music.
Address: Kapucijnenstraat 63 Rue des Capucins, Brussels
Opening Times: Fr-Sa: 23:00-06:00
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The Music Village
A casual and relaxed jazz bar just south of the grand Place that serves brilliant beer and food and is always buzzing with talent.
Address: 50 Rue des Pierres, Brussels, Belgium
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Spirito Martini
Nothing says nightclub like an old church, this high-end trendy club is guaranteed to give you a good night with its gothic walls and chandeliers.
Address:
Rue de Stassartstraat 18, Brussels
Opening times:
Fr-Sa: 23:00-05:00
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Transportation
Airlines offering flights to Brussels from the UK include British Airways, Brussels Airlines and easyJet. Brussels Airlines, Delta, Jet Airways and United operate direct flights from the USA. The cheapest time to fly to Brussels is in the winter between November and March.
Flight times:
From London - 1 hour 10 minutes; New York - 7 hours 30 minutes; Los Angeles - 13 hours (including stopover); Toronto - 7 hours 20 minutes; Sydney - 25 hours (including stopover).

Getting around
Public transport:
The integrated public transport network in Brussels is operated by Société des Transports Intercommunaux Bruxellois – STIB.
Many metro stations display the works of local artists. With comfortable seats, the service is pleasant even during rush hour.
The underground prémétro is a fast way to travel between Gare du Nord, place de Brouckère, Bourse and the Bruxelles-Midi Eurostar terminal.
Tram and bus stops are indicated by red and white signs respectively. The route number and destination are displayed on the front of the vehicle and all stops are request stops. Passengers get on at the front of buses and off at the rear. Brussels' bright yellow and blue trams serve the city centre and suburbs.
MOBIB preloadable smart cards are valid for all STIB public transport in Brussels. You can buy these and charge them up at metro stations, bus and tram stops, or at metro station kiosks, BOOTIK agencies, supermarkets and newsagents. You can also top them up online.
In addition to the STIB network, Belgian National Railways' local trains depart from Bruxelles-Chapelle, Bruxelles-Quartier Léopold, Bruxelles-Schuman and Bruxelles-Congrès, linking the inner city to the suburbs.

Taxis:
Official Brussels taxis have a taxi light with a blue and yellow plaque on the roof, and can be hailed in the street or picked up at a rank; in the city centre, there are ranks at the major railway stations and at the Bourse, place de Brouckère and Porte de Namur. You can also pre-book taxis by phone from Taxis Autolux (tel: +32 2 411 4142), Taxis Bleus (tel: +32 2 268 0000) or Taxis Verts (tel: +32 2 349 4949). Fares are metered and include service; tipping is optional.
Uber is also available in and around Brussels and is a great alternative than Taxi’s. Click here for your first journey free.
Driving:
Although commuter traffic is heavy on the outskirts of Brussels during rush hour, the centre is relatively easy to negotiate, once you've mastered the one-way system. In addition to car parks located in the city centre, there is pay-and-display parking in certain streets. There is also a large public car park under the Novotel Hotel, rue de la Montagne. Free street parking is available on Sundays and holidays.
Bike hire
Brussels also has its own bikeshare scheme called Villo! (tel: +32 78 051 110; http://en.villo.be). You can buy a one-day or seven-day ticket and bikes are available 24 hours a day.
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Tips
-Brugge is only 50 minutes away on a train and trains leave regularly from Brussels midi, central and nord stations and is defiantly worth a day trip if you have time.
-You can bring your frites into the bars, no one will mind!
-When travelling around Belgium (i.e Antwerp or bruge) get a go-pass one which is a one way ticket to anywhere for 6 euro. Only for people aged 26 or under.  
-Keep your eyes open for street art by Bonom (map)
-Try the Jupiler and Vedett beers – cheap & easy Belgian beers available at most places.
-Most museums are closed on Mondays
-Most restaurants are closed Sunday
-Arsene 50 is a great place to pick up half price tickets for concerts, movies, theatres and events from visit.brussels and online (only French or dutch but we have translated the site)

Bonom street art in Brussels

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