Best Leisure Destinations in Thailand

Thailand, most commonly known as the Land of Smiles, is a jewel of Southeast Asia developed to endow with most comforts. It is wild enough to offer off-the-beaten path adventure. The beautiful country has given new dimensions to tourism by offering the best of nightlife, in which go-go bars, ladyboy shows, bars, spas, clubs, restaurants and young girls keep one busy in a more during attractive Thailand holidays. It is a country where you will get once-in-a-lifetime travel experience and will love to explore the country again and again. Not to mention world-class beaches in the south, mountain villages in the north and vibrant cities of Pattaya, Bangkok and different other destinations. Planning for booking one of the best Thailand tour packages is an ideal decision to hunt the nature and take break from your routine life that sometimes seems boring.

Why Visit Thailand – Some Good Reasons Are Here?
Fabulous luxury hotels, delicious street food, world’s prettiest lake, Gibbons on the Khao Sok National Park, Beach Football, Many Buddhas, The Wampo Viaduct, wonderful beach bars, island hopping, afternoon tea at the treetops, etc are some good reasons to persuade you for memorable holidays and book affordable Thailand packages according to your choice.

Spend Time in Leisure at Some of the Finest Destinations
Definition of tourism is different for tourists in Thailand. For young generation and those who are along on their tour in a group of same age group, Pattaya is the dream destination to fulfill their desire. Here, they will get everything they have wished from nightlife to massage and company of beautiful girls to delicious food, adventure tours, and beach holiday pleasure to a lot more.

Phuket is another wonderful destination where day begins as soon as sun set. Streets go full of tourists and locals; while gorgeous girls attract you towards go-go bars. Bangkok is for all who are dreaming of having fun in entirely different way. The capital city is famous for some amazing hotels and to offer you the best of luxury during your holidays in Thailand.

Explore Secret Holiday Destinations – They will be the Best Leisure Destinations in Thailand
If you ask local after reaching Thailand, you will get the answer that will be surprisingly different. According to the residents of this Asian Kingdom, Hua Hin is the ideal place to escape the capital for a fe quiet days at the beach. This three hour drive from Bangkok is famous for its 5 km of sand defining this destination favorite with vacationing Thais. Here, you will see a palace and holiday estate built by the royal family in the year of 1920.

Don’t miss the chance of exploring Pa-La-U Waterfall – in jungle 60 km from town of Kaeng Krachan National Park that is Thailand’s largest reserve – stretching of the Burmese border. Sam Roi Yot National Park has a landscape of limestone peaks and Khao Takiab at the end of Hua Hin Beach is sprinkled with Buddhist Shrines and worth climbing for the panoramic view.

Find a trusted online travel agency to book the right Thailand tour packages according to your choice to have fun and celebration unlimited as the hidden jewel of Southeast Asia.

Thai Coconuts – What More Could You Want?

Abstract: There are so many uses for coconuts. Building on some interesting basics about coconuts, this article touches on many delicious uses of coconuts in Thai food, as well as some cultural context. Some key health benefits as well as many non-food uses are also outlined.

Coconuts are the seeds that grow coconut trees. Given time, a coconut will sprout and take root. The juice and flesh of the coconut provide water and fertilizer to grow the young new tree. Coconut trees are grown throughout Thailand on raised beds with irrigation canals on each side. In some places, trained monkeys even harvest the coconuts. Coconuts provide juice to drink, flesh for eating or for making coconut milk, and play a role in many non-food items as well.

Coconut trees are treated as propitious in Thailand. They are often included in gardens along with other trees that include the word “ma” – for example, ma muang (mango), ma la gor (papaya) and ma prao (coconut) – to bring good luck and basic prosperity. Oil from coconuts is produced by first drying the flesh for several weeks and then pressing it. Sugar is made from sap of the seed pods of the coconut. Sap is boiled and set, and a light brown sugar (palm sugar) results.

Fresh coconut milk is widespread in Thailand. Thais often buy it freshly pressed (the first pressing yields creamy coconut milk, the second is more like water with nutrients). Coconuts are sometimes roasted which concentrates the sugar to make the flavor sweeter. Coconut milk is used in some Thai soups and curry dishes (such as green curry, massaman and panaeng curry) and can be a key ingredient in harmonizing a tasty flavor and consistency.

Coconut milk is used to make the sauce poured on mango with sticky rice. It is also used with black sticky rice desserts. In Thailand, one also often finds for dessert what appears like a buffet choice: many containers gathered together of freshly prepared fruits as well as items like lotus seeds or corn. The customer selects from some of the containers and these are put together over crushed ice and a fairly sweet liquid containing coconut milk. Speaking of desserts, another favorite is coconut ice cream – contrasted with making it from dairy products, a delicious version can also be found which is made from coconut milk and cream. It is slightly icy and some versions include small pieces of sweet coconut meat. Some Thai restaurants in the US have this. And of course on cooking, second best to fresh coconut milk is canned coconut milk.

In Thailand, one can also buy young coconut from stands on the street where the vendor will chop open the coconut for you and you can enjoy the fresh coconut and juice. There are a variety of other tasty snacks and appetizers as well. There are many examples of Thai food with coconut, which combine potential health benefits with enjoyable snacks and dishes. Coconut contains substances such as lauric acid known for benefits such as anti-microbial effects. Two other positives are that coconut oil does not contain trans fatty acids, and most of its saturated fat consists of medium-chain fatty acids rather than long-chain, which means it gets digested and used more easily and is less likely to be stored long-term as fat.

Interestingly, the fat and oil of coconuts contain many beneficial aspects. In addition to antiviral, antibacterial, and antiprotozoal functions associated with lauric acid, natural coconut fat helps normalize body lipids, protects against liver damage, and perhaps most importantly, improves the immune system’s anti-inflammatory response. Good saturated fats also contain micronutrients and vitamins that are vital to metabolism. Coconut milk helps balance cholesterol and metabolism, and provides valuable fatty acids. The positive aspects of coconut and palm oil generally are likely part of the reason Thais have such a low rate of heart disease.

There are non-food uses from the coconut tree as well. Dried shells are used in making kitchen utensils such as spoons, as well as other household items such as lamps. Some musical instruments are also made with the shells. The fibrous outer layer of the coconut is also used for fuel as well as roofs. It is also a component for cosmetics and soaps.

Thai medicine also makes use of the coconut (tree, leaf, shell, juice). To conclude, suffice it to say there are a rich variety of food and non-food uses for coconuts!

Top 10 Thai Food by Foreigners

Get To Know Thai Food

When you think of Thai food, you would think of the ‘Hot and Spicy’ taste and probably believe that all Thai food are very hot and spicy. That is a misunderstanding. And you may also think that we eat everything by chopsticks. That is also not true.

More than 50% of Thai food are not hot and spicy at all. And chopsticks will be use when we eat noodle only. We are not Chinese or Japanese who like to eat almost everything by chopsticks.

If you have been to Thailand, you may have a question that why the taste and the texture of Thai food in Thailand are different from Thai food you have eaten in Thai restaurants in your country. One reason I would say is that maybe some ingredients are not available in your country so they need to skip some of them or use something else as a substitute. Another reason is that maybe the owner of that Thai restaurant and their chef or cook are not Thai. It would sound a bit arrogant to say that only Thais know the best how to cook Thai food with authentic Thai taste. But it is very true, isn’t it ? So do other countries food, no one could cook Swiss food better than Swiss people and no one could cook Italian food better than Italien people. Because we grew up with our food, we know what the right taste of each dish should be and what ingredients should or should not be used in that or those dishes. Each Thai dish has their own character.

As a Thai, I am so proud of Thai food that it is now well-known by people around the world as well as Italian, French, Chinese and Japanese food. We are now in Top 5 most popular cuisines of the world.

Thai food is world renowned for being very healthy for its use of many fresh vegetable and herbs. The popularity of Thai food is due to its wonderful medley of different tastes : sweet, sour, salty, hot, spicy, creamy, bitter and mind. The variety of different flavours, textures and colors, and the way that the food is presented make Thai food very exciting and appealing.

In Thailand the main evening meal generally consists of several small dishes with different tastes and textures that are served at the same time and shared by everyone at the table. Each person has a plate of steamed rice to eat with the shared food. Thais do not put everything on their plates at once because we do not want to mix the different tastes of the meal. We like to appreciate all the different tastes and textures separately.

Thais like to eat with a spoon and fork. Knives are not used at the table due to everything are already cut into a bite size. Chopsticks are only used to eat noodles.

Food for breakfast and lunch are not much different from food for dinner but they are easier to cook and need not much time to prepare such as rice soup, rice noodles, stir-fried rice, etc. Noodle is a good option for our lunch due to there are many noodle shops on almost every single road.

There are also many light dishes that Thais like to eat between main meals, for example : satay, spring rolls, papaya spicy salad, deep-fried or grilled meat balls, minced pork sausage with glass noodle, etc.

Thai desserts are well known for being beautiful and delicious. Coconut milk, rice flour, palm sugar and eggs are the main ingredients for almost all Thai desserts. Shallots, ginger, sticky rice, peanuts and pumpkin are sometimes also used in some Thai desserts. Banana leaves are often used for wrapping food in many styles. We have plenty of desserts, both hot and cold, with many different textures and colors.

Vegetable and fruit carving is a fine art that you will find at many Thai restaurants. The decorative carving helps to make Thai dishes much more interesting and amazing.

The popularity of Thai food and the many Thai restaurants that have sprung up all over the world have led to an increased availability of Thai ingredients in supermarkets everywhere. Let’s visit an Asian grocery in your town and see what Thai dish you would like to cook at home today.

 

The Office of the National Culture Commission announced the top ten Thai dishes best liked by foreigners. In cooperation with the Ministry of Foreigner Affairs, the Office had conducted a survey of Thai restaurants all over the world to find out ten favourite Thai dishes of foreigners. In the survey 1,000 Thai restaurant around the world were asked to fill in a questionnaire. However, only 500 restaurants which have Thai chefs and offer the authentic Thai food were qualified for being taken into consideration.

The results were the top ten Thai dishes which are listed below in order of their percentages of popularity:

1. Spicy Soup with Prawn and Lemon Grass [tom yum koong]

2. Green Curry with Chicken [kang kaew wan kai]

3. Stir-Fried Rice Noodle with Shrimp  [pad thai koong]

4. Fried Meat with basil leaves [pad ka-prao]

5. Red Curry with Roasted Duck [kang phed ped yang]

6. Coconut Milk Soup with Chicken [tom kha kai]

7. Thai Grilled Beef Salad [yum neur yang]

8. Pork or Chicken Satay [moo or kai satay]

9. Stir-Fried Chicken with Cashew Nuts [kai pad med ma-manug]

10. Panaeng Curry [kang panaeng]

 

 

Money-Saving Tips When Staying At An Island Resort

Nothing can be more perfect than living a beach lifestyle in an island paradise. You get to enjoy the warm sun, cool and refreshing natural breeze, and take a dip at the beautiful, invigorating beach any time you want to. And aside from just one beach or more, a paradise also offers a lot of other natural, stunning sceneries and attractions that are worth seeing and visiting.

To have the best vacation on an island though, consider staying at a resort. They offer great services, amenities, and they allow you easy access to the beautiful beach or seaside – areas that you will always want to visit or spend time in while you’re on the island.

Staying at a resort, and an island vacation, as a whole, can cost you a fortune though. These expenses can even go higher when you have your holiday in an exotic, foreign island.

But if you can’t ignore the call of a beach paradise and want to have a much-needed vacation here, below are some money-saving tips you can follow when staying at a resort for your island getaway:

Take advantage of current accommodation promos or specials offered by resorts.

Although you want to save money on your accommodation, booking a room at a resort that offers the cheapest rates is not the best decision to make. You may end up regretting choosing this resort because the facilities and rooms are poorly maintained and dirty. You can still stay at a nice resort without spending a ton of cash by looking for one that offers some special promos, deals on rooms, or packages. By following this tip, you can have a more relaxing and enjoyable vacation and at the same time, still save some money.

Set a budget for your trip.

Although a vacation is the ideal time to spend a lot of your hard-earned cash, without a budget, you might just end up blowing a lot of your money on unnecessary thing such as shopping for souvenirs, daily trip to the spa, etc. Before going on your holiday, set a budget that you will work with daily while you’re on vacation and make sure you stick to it.

Be flexible with your meals.

The restaurants and cafes at the resort are there to make dining more convenient and comfortable for you. However, the meals, snacks, and beverages here tend to be more expensive compared to the dining and drinking establishments found in other areas of the islands. Consider eating or having your coffee or drinks at restaurants and other establishments outside the resort. Don’t count out buying your own bread, cold cuts, cereals, milk, snack bars, fruits, and other food and beverages from a local grocery that you can eat and drink when you’re hungry or thirsty to save money as well.