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Travel Thailand; The Land of Smiles.

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When you travel to Thailand be ready to be truly amazed the minute you step off the plane.

One of the first places we visited on our travel and explorations around Phuket was Big Buddha one of the most famous landmarks on the island of Phuket.

Big Buddha

Big Buddha, I have lost count of how many times we have travelled up the mountain to Big Buddha and it is always a place we take our visitors… While work is still ongoing there is always something different and new to see… My favourite sight though will always be that huge Big Buddha sat atop the Nakkerd hills sparkling in the sunlight, made of white jade he just shimmers as the sunlight catches that beautiful white jade… An awesome sight… Remember to keep covered up no bare arms and legs. Then on the way down you can stop at one of the restaurants and enjoy some lovely Thai food and of course the spectacular views around the bay.

If you travel to Phuket then you must go and visit Big Buddha.

There are many beautiful beaches in Thailand, my favourites are the ones which are not so crowded…The lesser visited beaches which are so beautiful… How to pick a favourite? Click this link and you will see why I can’t make that choice they all have their own charm. All you need is a beach towel and a camera and don’t forget the sunscreen.

beach and chairs nice pic

You have of course got the very touristy beaches like Patong, in Phuket but if you visit some of the others you can see or do some silk printing, have your portrait painted or just relax at a reggae bar and watch the waves or if you are feeling particularly sporty there is paddle boarding for which you need a fair amount of balance and it is not as easy as it looks… But you can’t travel to Thailand and not do at least one of these.

layan-beach-thailand-phuket

Sea gypsy villages are so very beautiful…They have a life of their own..self contained and self-sufficient, some have a school and one even has its own floating football pitch. Very fresh seafood, some amazing Thai food can be tasted it is all authentic flavours no holds barred when it comes to chillies … Just browse the little stalls set up in front of homes selling anything from dried fish, honeyed nuts, local goods made of silk or bags made by the hill tribes from the North and of course the normal bits and bobs to take home as mementoes of your travels.

houses on stilts Koh Panyee

I just love Krabi...Taking a long-boat to visit all the little islands is a marvellous day out just be ready to get wet and having to wade out to sea a little to get onto the boat but so much better than the speedboats for me anyway…You see far more and the boatmen know the schedules of the big boats so you can see the islands and miss the crowds.

A Thai massage on the beach or some lovely wraps and wall hangings which the beach vendors will be trying to sell to you…Lovely handmade wooden goods … purses and key rings …all sorts for sale and remember Thais love to barter…

If you are hungry the food is fresh from the boats and cooked to order…

You can get the most wonderful Thai massage on the beach while laying and looking out to sea and letting your thoughts just wander and take you where they may …

I will tell you a funny story when we went to one of the small islands massage was not permitted on some of the beaches but you could see the police boat coming as obviously boat was the only form of  access so if the boat appeared everyone upped sticks and we sat and sipped our drinks  as if nothing was going on and when they went on their merry way massage continued it was quite funny really and made me wonder whether the police really knew anyway…

My masseur happened to be male as all the ladies were busy … My lucky day…apparently, I had that look on my face( according) to hubby…I think it is called a blissful look …That massuer had the best hands…The rest I will leave to your very fertile imaginations..ladies…”smirk”

Temples or wats there are SO many here they range from the very old to the very new. From highly ornate to ones which need some TLC and to the quirky temples like this one which is made entirely out of Heineken and Chang bottles.

Called Wat Pa Maha Kaew or the Temple of a Million Bottles it is a Buddhist temple in the Khun Han district of Sisaket province, Thailand. Made from over 1.5 million bottles it took two years to build the main temple.

Can you just imagine a temple built completely from bottles and beer bottles?

Wat Bang Riang

This one is Wat Bang Riang a little drive from Phuket but well worth the trip …

I can’t go without mentioning briefly the food of which there is so much to love…Those Thai flavours are so amazing…

My Favourite Khao Soi a yellow curry with crispy noodles which packs a fiery punch as well.

You can’t visit Thailand and not visit a market…They are many and varied from the huge markets which sell everything to the little local market with 10-15 stalls which sell the essentials and the fresh fruit and vegetables are so very fresh..just picked that morning… Not forgetting, of course, the floating markets.

 

That’s all for this post  I do hope you have enjoyed it. I am looking forward to your comments and if you also hit the share buttons I would love that ….Thanks, Carol xxx

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Khao Soi and my favourite restaurants in Udon Thani

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Khao Soi is a lovely rich coconut curry noodle soup… And is one of my all-time favourite Thai dishes.

Khao Soi originated from here in the North and holds almost iconic status..said to originate from the Chiang Mai area the name means ” cut rice” in Thai although it is thought the word originates from the Burmese word for noodles and is a corruption of the word Khao swe.

Khow Soi

 

My quest for Khao Soi began when I lived In Phuket myself and my friend Annie made a sort of pact to find the best Khao Soi… Only found in a handful of restaurants there we quickly found our favourite made by a woman who originated from Chiang Mai and only served in her restaurant on a Friday and Saturday lunchtime…

Since moving up to the  North of Thailand I have continued my quest to find the best Khao Soi…

This little restaurant was the first place we came across in my quest to find and sample this iconic coconut soup…

Khao Soi- Udon-

A slight difference in the look of the two but both tasted awesome the second beig more rustic.Made using not only chicken but pork or beef this Khao Soi did not disappoint…Not as creamy as my favourite coconut soup as coconut milk is not used as much in the curries here in the North of Thailand it is also made using chicken on the bone which makes a soup more tasty I think…in the South being more of a tourist destination the food is what I call a little more refined…westernised in fact.

khow soi sign udon

Taste wise this certainly did not disappoint and they didn’t hold back on the chilli…

It was certainly a hot, spicy bowl of delicious coconut curry soup. Topped with crispy fried noodles it now holds the top spot jointly with my favourite from the South of Thailand… Served with a side of Thai pickled cabbage ( Pak Dong) and chopped shallots, lime and a very hot spicy fried chilli paste which is only for the brave… the flavours have a party in your mouth.

The food here in the North of Thailand is definitely hotter and what I describe as real Thai food…Often the food here has no frills but is just good tasty food…I generally stick to roadside stalls or small Thai restaurants frequented by the locals as this is where the best Thai food can be found.

Beautiful Picture of Steamed Fish 25 rest I think

Another of my favourites ” The Spice House” Is located inside Central Festival a modern shopping centre with mostly large chains of fast food shops…This little gem is tucked away on the 3rd floor, frequented mainly by Thais it serves authentic very tasty Thai food…always very nicely presented and as the name infers ” spicy” in fact, it is Thai spicy and certainly packs a punch… The fish fried with ginger and garlic is a must to try as is their duck larb.

Nong Prajak lake Udon Thani is home to some great little food places.

Salt-fish-Thai

BBQ Salt Fish

They mainly offering BBQ salted fish served with Som Tam and sticky rice with a generous plate of fresh herbs and vegetables. Situated on Tasa Road it is lovely sitting here overlooking the lake and watching the world go by…

The fish is always lovely, fresh and very tasty… There will also sometimes be BBQ chicken livers on skewers and banana wrapped parcels of either fish or sticky rice with red beans…

Early evening at the lake you will find aerobics classes held in the open air just join in or hop on one of the gym machines situated around the lake and pedal away whilst watching the world go by then you can treat yourself to a lovely Thai massage to ease those aching limbs again all situated around this lovely lake so you can enjoy the view and dream…

I find here in the North there are not very many places which sell western food unless you go to the shopping malls and the Thai food is cooked the local Thai way and that is that… But it is how I like it…Real Thai food not westernised …

One of my favourite restaurants is tucked away up a little Soi( side road) quite close to my home on Posri Road and which I discovered quite by chance I am so pleased that I did as the food that comes out of that little open kitchen is just awesome..my favourite is fish with fresh peppercorn sauce..( which) he told me takes him 3 hours to make that amazing sauce…I could eat it every day and never tire of it…That sauce is to die for…In the mornings the chef has his pork drying out in the sunshine for his very tasty sun-dried pork but his braised pork called Khao Ka Moo is another of my all time favourites it just melts in your mouth and explodes with the taste of cloves and cinnamon…I am in foodies heaven when I go there…I am the only European person there and I am greeted with those lovely smiles and an even lovelier plate of food…

If you have ever eaten Khao Ka Moo and enjoyed it then here is the recipe which you can make in your own kitchen at home…Tried and tested by Moi x… The recipe for Khao Ka Moo

I hope you have enjoyed the posts this week as I have taken you to some of my favourite places in and around Udon Thani, Thailand.

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