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In the footsteps of King Rama IX

On the shores of Lake Geneva, Lausanne is where the late monarch spent his formative years

Visitors can take a 20-minute train ride from Zermatt to the Gornergrat viewpoint to get a panoramic view of the snow-capped mountain range. Those who love adventure can trek down from the top of the mountain to Zermatt, which may take about four hours. They can also ride mountain bikes down the hilly road. Along the route, visitors can make a stop at Riffelsee Lake (2,757m above sea level) for a better view of the Matterhorn and its reflection. An alternative is to ride a train down one station to Rotenboden and walk down the slope to the lake.

A main reason for Thais to visit Lausanne, the French-speaking city on Lake Geneva in Switzerland, is because it is where the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej spent 18 years of his life, from 1933 to 1951.

The capital of Vaud state, Lausanne is part of the "In The Footsteps Of HM King Rama IX" themed trip, initiated by Kuoni travel agency and hosted by Switzerland Tourism Organisation and Swiss Airlines. The idea is to strengthen relationships between Thailand and Switzerland.

Known as the University City, Lausanne is home to 144,000 people of which 42% are foreigners, said Ellis Pagani, a local guide.

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