ร้านอร่อยจังหวัดตรัง | Eating Guide to Trang, Thailand

Since my previous blog was already on Trang’s sea and what to eat over there in Pak Meng and Kantang area, this episode, we will focus on the food in Trang’s town.   Trang is not a big place, and it doesn’t attract a whole lot of tourists. Having said that, you’d notice that the ratio of good restaurants per capita is quite extraordinary. This is because Trang people are born foodie on their own right. They eat to live, and if you know some of them, you’d know that I am just stating the truth. Also, the culture of eating in Trang expands to the way they organize funerals. Funerals in Trang are usually a week-long...

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The Fountain Market of Chantaburi | ตลาดน้ำพุ จันทบุรี

A town’s market is always a great place to start exploring local foods. In the case of Chantaburi, their main fresh market – ‘Talad Nam Pu’ – is the main draw. Named after a fountain erected as a roundabout in the middle of the entrance plaza, Talad Nam Pu is bursting with fresh produce, cooked food, and Chantaburi’s famous ingredients twice a day: early morning from dawn or about 5 am until about 9 am and again in the evening from perhaps 4.30 pm onwards. I guess the fountain is also the makeshift clock for the market hours, too. When the market is on, the fountain is flowing. It was off when we came back out in...

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Chicken Mussamun Curry with Durian.

Durian Massaman at Chantorn Potchana in Chantaburi, Thailand

A durian by itself is already something. But in Chantaburi – as Thailand’s tropical fruit haven – they are ahead of the curb. Instead of just showcasing their abundance ‘king of fruits’ in fresh and preserved forms as much-expected, they make a good, salacious curry out of it. Chantorn Potchana ร้านจันทร โภชนา is a long-standing restaurant in Chantaburi town. This is a place where one can enjoy Chantaburi’s fruits in savoury forms. One of the most popular items on their menu is massaman curry with young durian (pictured). Massaman is a Muslim curry that we Thais adopted into our...

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Road Trip to Mae Hong Son, Thailand | เที่ยวแม่ฮ่องสอน

Here’re my tentative headlines for this story when we first got back and I was still literally ‘fumed’ from the experience: ‘Beneath the Smoky Clouds in Mae Hong Son’ or ‘The Town of Three Fogs + One Man-Made’ or perhaps …’Summer’s Mist, And Some Fresh Smoke’ ….. The fact is, Mae Hong Son – one of the most beautiful and, may I say, mesmerising, towns in the uppermost north of Thailand – was just like that – filled with forest smokes – when we were up there in March. The whole town, even in the mornings, was dense with the fire smoke drifting down from...

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Road Trip to Mae Sarieng, Mae Hong Son | เที่ยวแม่สะเรียง แม่ฮ่องสอน

After a couple of days in Chiang Mai, we drove west to Mae Sarieng – a large district almost southernmost of Mae Hong Son. We took the highway 108 – or the ‘Hod’ route (after a major district) as Chiang Mai people would call it – that winds through mountain ranges. These hills are apparently the reason why this 194-km passage takes over three hours to cover. However, we had plans to stop along the way because we didn’t want to turn our vacation into a driving endurance test. So, after an unusually very huge breakfast at the Anantara Chiang Mai, we took off. Early. In our 4×4, apart from heaps of luggages, my extra pairs of shoes and...

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Thailand Road Trip to Chiang Mai, Mae Sarieng, Mae Hong Son

Some people thought we had gone nuts when we said we were hitting north in the summer. And they had all the decent rights to say so. Usually, Chiang Mai and all other places up north of Thailand are good for cooler months from the end till early of each year. But since our work schedules sometimes didn’t accommodate peak-season traveling, we had to adapt as we go. This time, March allowed us to make some road trips, and the north, we just decided, was to be on our driving maps. Needless to say, it was, of course, scorching. But then again, we had all the places to ourselves. The hotels were cheaper, the roads almost empty (even ones towards the...

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