February 25, 2012 by Nina
Though most people don’t spend much time in Trang, except as a jumping off point to get to the islands, such as Ko Muk, it is actually a fun place to spend the day. Try and be here on the weekend because they have two fabulous night markets going on simultaneously. They start between 6-7pm. The first is located near the clock tower, and has not only food, but a large assortment of used (and new) clothing, sold very cheaply. I had some very excellent dumplings here, and would have enjoyed a whole chicken if I wasn’t saving my appetite for the next market. The second is located on the same street of the train station (easy walking distance along a tree lined boulevard from one market to the other). This one is very crowded, and boasts all kinds of goodies such as Fresh Fruit, nicknacks, Kabobs, Hamburgers-and the best thing: Home-made Potato Chips. Julian and I were so excited to find this, and I was so fascinated by the chip making machine that the owners let me have a try. They give you four choices for powder toppings, but we chose hot and spicy both times. These were certainly the best chips I’ve had, and what a surprise to find them in Thailand!
Though it was located right down the street from our hotel, we found the Wunderbar restaurant online. I think we might have passed right by it otherwise because the sign is not easy to spot. This was one of the first times we had Western food the whole trip (3 weeks in), and-to my surprise-I can’t express how happy I was to find bread. Thai food includes a lot of rice and even more noodles, but absolutely no bread, and this restaurant boasted of its baguettes, so I was excited. I had a Gouda Sandwich, which though expensive, it was worth having bread and good cheese for the first time in weeks.
The next day we had their “Western Breakfast,” which was a good deal at $4 for Croissants with butter and Jelly, Coffee or Tea, Orange Juice, Baguettes, Salami, Cheese, and Eggs Anyway.
Attached to the Wunderbar by rotating door is a cafe that has excellent smoothies (I had Strawberry Banana) and even better is the Choco Banana Shake. Better still is the 1952 Hamburger. It’s expensive, but so worth it if you’re in the mood for one. It comes with French Fries, and has nice, crispy Bacon on top.
In hopes of finding ice cream (always a fail in Southeast Asia), we tried their version of shaved ice. Is costs only $1, and is a refreshing treat. We had the Thai Iced Tea flavor, which the woman took out a huge chunk that was shaved by a machine into a bowl for us to enjoy. Like Pinkberry or Red Mango, they have all kinds of unusual toppings. We of course had oreo.
Sometimes the least expected places are most memorable when on vacation. Have you ever enjoyed a place that is supposed to be only a temporary layover location?
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February 22, 2012 by Nina
Koh Tao is a great little island located on the Gulf of Thailand (Southeastern Thailand), with great snorkeling trips for under $15/day, and a wide selection of great western food. Some of the best things to eat on the island include: Fruit Shakes, Fruit Yogurt and Muesli, and Banana Nutella Pancakes. But even better is Dolce Vita. If you’re looking for great Italian food, look no further. We came here for my birthday dinner, and were so happy with our choice to splurge here. Starting with the funny glasses that tilt to the side, to the bobble head dog that came with the check, it was in some ways not your traditional Italian restaurant experience (you of course need to take your shoes off before entering). We started with Bruschetta, which did not disappoint, and I was in food heaven with my 16-month-aged Ham and Homemade Taglietti pasta. It was one of the best pasta dishes I’ve ever had! I couldn’t imagine how good ham can taste, until I tried this.
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February 19, 2012 by Nina
Ko Muk is the only other island we visited in Thailand, besides Koh Tao. We wanted to escape the over-visited islands like Phi Phi, Phuket, or Koh Phangan. Although the dining options on this island were very limited, compared with Koh Tao, I found refuge in the BBQ at Rubbertree Resort. Costing only 169Baht, this delicious feast was a steal. With the best chicken I’ve ever had, Roasted Corn, Kabob, a Baked Potato and Pork, I was in food heaven; and Julian’s food was at least as good. He had the Cashew Pineapple Baked Rice, which came inside a half a pineapple. The baked pineapple was so succulent, and combined with the crunchiness of the cashew, it was just wonderful.
I would say that the Muesli breakfast, available all over Thailand, was disappointing compared to the Khao San Road Muesli we were used to, but if you’re craving this breakfast, then Sawadee’s has a decently priced breakfast located on the beach. As I said in my other post, we loved the Masaman Curry at Charlie’s as well.
Which is your favorite island in Thailand? Would you travel to Ko Muk just to visit the Emerald Cave?
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February 15, 2012 by Nina
Charlie’s is the most famous resort on Ko Muk. It’s pretty run-down, as far as resorts go, but was still too expensive for our budget. Its bungaloos are located on the main beach, which it shares with Sawadees Hotel. Still, we enjoyed eating here because the restaurant has an excellent view, and at night, they move the chairs onto the beach and have grilled fresh seafood. Though I enjoyed the BBQ more at the Rubber Tree Resort, Charlie’s did have the best Masaman Curry on the island, and reasonably priced. After three weeks of Pad Thai, I was excited for the BLT on a Toasted Baguette available here, which didn’t disappoint (though the bread is certainly not toasted). The Banana Fritters were a great dessert as well.
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February 7, 2012 by Nina
Chiang Mai is a great little tourist city, located in Northern Thailand, with much more comfortable weather than Bangkok. It’s a wonderful city where you can rent a motorbike for $7/day and visit waterfalls, or spend the day walking around the old city visiting wats. There were two highlights for us, food-wise: 1) Mingkwan Vegetarian Food has some of the most interesting food in all of Thailand. Each day they have a selection of about 15 entrees, including some of the best wontons I’ve ever had, and some great noodle and veggie dishes (hard to find in Thailand!).
2) Another highlight were the perfectly blended Green Tea Oreo Frappes we had from this man’s stand. It is located right near Fang guesthouse, and we went here everyday. There are many stands in and around Chiang Mai that are similar to this one, but no frappes lived up to the ones our friend made. He would carefully clean the container of Carnation (don’t think about it), boil the green tea, blend the ice with delicate pulsations, and then stop at the precise moment when he would add one oreo to the middle of the frappe and blend for a second longer. He took such care when he made the shakes, that we couldn’t help but love him. You might be thinking, just one oreo?!? But it was just perfect. We actually had a shake in Trang that was similar but made with three oreos, and it was horrible. But careful, once you try one of his, you’ll be hooked.
The funniest food we’ve had so far was this: (yes that is sundae in a hot dog bun, with sticky rice topping)
A great place to have Pad Thai is right under the Night Bazaar Pavilion, for 50baht.
The Chiang Mai night market is pretty uninteresting as far as night markets go, but in the food court is some good, cheap sushi for 5baht a piece, and some of the best Shrimp Shumai I’ve had.
A great coffee shop that has such good Iced Cappuccinos you’ll drink them in just one sip is located near Wat Chedi Luang.
A delicious Thai snack, and in my opinion there aren’t many, is Baked Coconut Balls. They’re available as street food, just about anywhere.
As usual, don’t forget to have fruit! My personal favorites are pineapple, mango, and watermelon as they are the freshest.
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