Thai people have a word for those with frustratingly always innocent and optimistic views of the world. We call them 'beautiful-world people' or 'Puak Lok Suay.' I am definitely not one of those, and this is my not-so-rosy review of Koh Lipe in Satun, southern Thailand. This is a paradise so fragile, it can easily be ruined by an inconsiderate next door neighbour. What can we do better with our environment and human manners?
Category - Asia
Who would have expected to be choked with a food coma in the middle of the jungle? We were doing a 5.3-km trek in Doi Inthanon, through the lush green and Pa Dok Siew waterfalls, through the strawberry fields, the wild patches of coffee trees, when we had a lunch so good that we are still dreaming (drooling) about. :D
Raya Heritage - the latest five-star hotel by the River Ping in Chiang Mai - employs a sustainable approach to their architecture and designs. Decorative as well as utilitarian elements of the rooms, spaces and ambience are curated from the deep appreciation to nature, local wisdom and refined simplicities.
Khu Khao - the local dialect that means rice huller - is the large half-moon-shaped bamboo basket that was once used to hull rice. Now a rare antique, these huge items adorn the main restaurant at Raya Heritage where hearty breakfast and 'cross-roads' cuisines are served.
We spent a wonderful weekend in Had Yai - Songkhla's major trading district that has been the centre of the Thai deep south. The place is unique and packed with great delicious local cuisines.
The apartment room at the Centara Hotel Had Yai was our base during our trip down there. Perched on top of the building (23F) and fully equipped with kitchenette and living room, this is what we call a home away (way south) from home. :D
Pa Yang is a long-standing family-style Thai southern restaurant that Had Yai locals bring their friends and family in for a hearty tasty meal. This restaurant might not be big on the Internet, but in real life, they are a real deal.
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