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Impressions of Southern Thailand.
Photographed in November 2019 around Krabi and Phang Nag Bay.


Streets of Bangkok

The streets of Bangkok are busy. The law of the strongest applies here and it does not favour pedestrians. Basically you just have to cross the street and hope for the best. The same applies to Tuk Tuks, small basically self made Taxis. There is a saying in Bangkok: “If you aren’t able to pass your driving exam, you drive Tuk Tuk!”. Still it’s part of the experience and definitely a nice way to get to know the city. Usually you have a Tuk Tuk for a whole day and it brings you to the major sights, just be careful if it seems to cheap (20 Bat), because then some drivers like to bring you to suit shops first to cash in some commission.


Temples of Thailand

The Buddhist Temples in Thailand are actually called “Wat” stemming from a Hindu word for enclosure. They are like sacral fortifications with monks living and praying in it. Many of them can be visited when showing respect and covering shoulders and legs. Sometimes you even get to know some monks and can have a talk with them, they are friendly and actually have a good sense of humour.


Travelling Thailand

Thailand for sure is the most accessible country to travel to in South East Asia. It is very safe, has a pretty good infrastructure with many low cost airlines and you can discover it on a budget easily, without sharing your bed with cockroaches. Also it can be visited best during the winter time on the Northern hemisphere when generally there is a dry season in most of Thailand and the conditions for travelling and enjoying the beaches are very favourable.

At the same time Thailand is also a country with a long history and a lot of culture, being an independent Buddhist kingdom which has never been colonised by the Europeans (sharing this honour with Japan by the way, not the only similarity between these countries). When obeying some strict rules like respecting the king, who can be seen everywhere on pictures, you can pretty much roam freely in Thailand and the people are pretty open minded. Being transgender for example is not a big issue over here, the sight of so called ladyboys is pretty common. Thais are very friendly to tourists and of course some will see an opportunity to sell you something, but you are not a walking dollar bill like in other parts of Asia and Africa. Unfortunately still the level of fluency in English is not very high among Thais, especially the older ones, but it changes and some kind of communication is always in reach, may it be with a little bit of imagination or the help of google translate .


Urban Discoveries: Bao Bar

This article is part of the “Urban Discoveries” series, in which we seek and discover interesting and well designed places to eat and drink around Europe and especially in Vienna. As last time again I worked together with my colleague and dear friend Maximilian Martsch, who is a researcher and works on the topic of food history. The pictures were shot by myself. Thanks to the folks at Bao Bar for the invitation and the nice talk.


If you are in search for new restaurants in Vienna, which serve delicious, foreign food beside the usual suspects, Bao Bar might just be the right place for you. Centrally located in Zollergasse right around the corner from Vienna’s busy shopping street Mariahilferstraße, Bao Bar offers high quality Asian street food, conveniently tucked into a steamed bun.

Bao, or more correctly Gua Boa is a Taiwanese street specialty, consisting of a soft, steamed wheat bun filled with all kinds of mouth-watering ingredients. Originating in the Chinese province of Fujian, Gua Bao was adopted into Taiwanese culture and ultimately became a staple of the country’s street food scene. Gua Boa had its breakthrough into western mainstream street food culture in North America, where it is still a popular pick among urban foodies ­– naturally, there even is a short Vice documentary on it. International trends always seem to take some years before they find their way to Vienna, but with Bao Bar you now have the right place to get your hands on this delicious treat. The owner is a young, trained cook who came up with the idea for the restaurant after traveling and obviously eating his way around Southeast Asia. Since one and a half years now, Boa Bar is open for business and is serving its burgers to the hungry Viennese crowd.

The name already implies that Bao Bar is rather small. The design is inspired by Japanese art and the movie Blade runner. The combination of pink signs, black and white floor tiles, wooden interior, and steel pipes really gives the place a stylish sleek vibe. There are several bar-style seating possibilities at the window and along the wall. The heart of the place is the open kitchen, where you can place your order and watch the skilled personnel swiftly assemble your burger. If you go for the menu option (Bao box), you can choose two buns, one side and a soft drink. They have crispy sweet potato fries with a nice kimchi ketchup, sesame slaw made of pickled vegetables, and Japanese edamame beans as sides as well as a variety of drinks available, ranging from home-made lapacho ice tea, over Asian beers to Taiwanese soda. If you are in for a special treat, they even have Japanese Kirin beer on tap!

Bao Bar offers three burger variations: pork belly, crunchy chicken and a vegan tofu option. All three are accompanied by a selection of pickled, crisp vegetables and rounded off by one of their home-made sauces. The traditional pork belly bao for instance comes with a juicy slice of marinated, red-cooked pork belly, pickled cucumber, house-made hoisin sauce, some fresh cilantro, and ground peanuts. It’s delicious and all the ingredients are high quality. Apart from the meat, which is coming from a small family-run butcher shop in the city, all ingredients are self-made. You can even see the vegetables slowly fermenting in big jars over the counter. The heart of the bao burger, the white, wheat buns are produced fresh every morning in the back before being steamed over boiling water right in front of the costumer.

All in all, Bao Bar is just a great place to have a quick bite or to order for take-away. It’s a well thought-through place that offers fresh, high quality fast food. If you don’t have the time to check it out in person, you can also order their food via Foodora, but then you’ll definitely miss out on the great design and lively atmosphere.

To find out more about Bao Bar and their opining hours visit:



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