Thailand Info Mysterious goings on in Udon Thani

Thailand Info Mysterious goings on in Udon Thani

Mysterious goings on – nobody dares move the shrine in the middle of the road!
Thailand Info Mysterious goings on in Udon Thani

Thailand Info Mysterious goings on in Udon Thani

Thailand Info Mysterious goings on in Udon Thani. UDON THANI: — Visitors to a small village in Udon Thani in the north east of Thailand could be forgiven for thinking that the locals are a little potty when they see a shrine in the middle of the road. But those who have dissed the shrine have met with quick and violent death.

While those that respect its awesome power have enjoyed nothing but success and prosperity, reported Sanook.

The shrine is in the village of Ban Nong Kungsri in Nong Kungsri district. It has all the usual trappings of a village shrine – models of elephants, horses, dolls and suchlike adorn its base. There are offerings aplenty of rice and drinks to satisfy the spirits.

But it just happens to be in the middle of the intersection at the heart of the village making it unusual.

Poo Yai Ban (village headman) Thongsa Chartphaengta, 45, is well aware of the history of his village and the background to why the shrine is there. He said that the village came into existence in 1932 and at present there were 215 houses and 856 people living there, mostly farmers.

The shrine used to be in a different location years ago but following the death of many people in a cholera outbreak it was moved to its present location that was just a dirt track at the time.

Some years later the local authority wanted to pave the road so a meeting with all in the village was convened to decide what to do about the shrine. There was a heated debate with some wanting to move it and some thinking it should be left where it was.

At the meeting one man spoke disrespectfully about the shrine and even shocked villagers by pointing in its direction with his foot – a complete no-no in Thai culture. After the meeting broke up the man walked home and within minutes he was dead. Thailand Info Mysterious goings on in Udon Thani

He was flattened by a ten wheel truck.

Later some road workers were in the area. One of the men thought having a shrine in the road was a stupid idea and was heard to use rude words when referring to it. In no time whatsoever the man involved had his head flattened by a passing plough dying on the spot.

Since these incidents no one has even dared mention moving the shrine.

In fact the complete opposite has occurred, said Thongsa. It has now been there for several generations. It was a wooden structure but after that rotted a cement one was placed in the same location.

Villagers who pray to the shrine get success and happiness. Students pass their exams, there is prosperity and everyone lives in peace and harmony in the village, he said.

And no one wants to jeopardize that by moving the shrine that will stay in the middle of the road. Thailand Info Mysterious goings on in Udon Thani

Source: Sanook

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Introducing Bangkok

Contrasts

It’s the contradictions that give the City of Angels its rich, multifaceted personality. Here, climate-controlled megamalls sit side-by-side with 200-year-old village homes; gold-spired Buddhist temples share space with neon-lit strips of sleaze; slow-moving traffic is bypassed by long-tail boats plying the royal river; and streets lined with food carts are overlooked by restaurants on top of skyscrapers. And as Bangkok races towards the future, these contrasts will never stop supplying the city with its unique and ever-changing strain of Thai-ness.

Full-on Food

Until you’ve eaten on a Bangkok street, your noodles mingling with your sweat amid a cloud of exhaust fumes, you haven’t actually eaten Thai food. It can be an intense mix: the basic flavours – spicy, sour, sweet and salty – aren’t exactly meat and potatoes. But for adventurous foodies who don’t need white tablecloths, there’s probably no better dining destination in the world. And with immigration bringing every regional Thai and international cuisine to the capital, it’s also a truly diverse experience.

Urban Exploration

With so much of daily life conducted on the street, there are few cities in the world that reward exploration as handsomely as Bangkok. Cap off an extended boat trip with a visit to a hidden market. A stroll off Banglamphu’s beaten track can lead to a conversation with a monk. Get lost in the tiny lanes of Chinatown and stumble upon a live Chinese opera performance. After dark, let the BTS (Skytrain) escort you to Sukhumvit, where the local nightlife scene reveals a sophisticated and dynamic city.

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Fun Folks

The language barrier may seem huge, but it’s never prevented anybody from getting on with the Thai people. The capital’s cultural underpinnings are evident in virtually all facets of everyday life, and most enjoyably through its residents’ sense of sà·nùk (fun). In Bangkok, anything worth doing should have an element of sà·nùk.Ordering food, changing money and haggling at markets will usually involve a sense of playfulness – a dash of flirtation, perhaps – and a smile. It’s a language that doesn’t require words, and one that’s easy to learn.

Why I Love Bangkok

By Austin Bush, Writer

Admittedly, there are some things – the hot weather, the pollution, the political instability – that make Bangkok a less-than-ideal city. But there’s so much more that makes it amazing. I love the food. What other city has such a full-flavoured, no-holds-barred, insatiable, fanatical approach to eating? I love old Bangkok. Districts such as Banglamphu and Chinatown still carry the grit, charm and character of the city that used to be. And I’d be lying if I didn’t also say that I love new Bangkok – don’t we all have a soft spot for megamalls and air-con?


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Best Time To Visit

The short window of winter lasts between late December and early January, and these cooler temperatures coincide with peak tourist season. November and February are cooler with (typically) fewer people.

 

Bangkok Transportation

Traffic is unavoidable if in a car or other vehicle. Public transportation is rapidly improving, and the BTS (the above-ground Skytrain) and MRT (underground metro) run from 6 a.m. to midnight; however, they require separate tickets and rarely connect with each other (fares for both start at $0.50). Brightly colored taxis and tuk-tuks are available for hire for an outstanding bargain.

 

Bangkok Weather

April is the hottest month, with an average high of 95°F (35°C) with humidity adding an extra layer of heat. December is the coolest month, with an average high of 79°F (26°C).

 

Know Before Visiting

The hottest season runs from March to August. Rainy season is unpredictable and varies, but normally runs from June to early October. While it is classified as monsoon season, the rains infrequently last more than an hour or two at a time.

 

Language

Thai

 

Electric

220V/50Hz

 

Currency

Thai Baht (฿)

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Thailand Discovery Things to do in Roi Et

Thailand Discovery Things to do in Roi Et

Author: John Bickel

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Thailand Discovery Things to do in Roi Et. This past week we traveled to Roi Et, Thailand, in the Northeast, to the Isaan region.  As usual the theme was going where my kids wanted to go, to see a space museum / planetarium and dinosaur museum and fossils.  Except for highway traffic road trips in Thailand are nice.
Related to tea, it was a good chance to extend past exploration of brewing grandpa style, the technique of using uncontrolled brewing time, just mixing leaves and water in a tea bottle and drinking that, then refilling.  I’ll say a little about the travel and get back to how that part went. tested on a lot of types.

Museums, and travel in Isaan, Thailand

Thailand Discovery Things to do in Roi Et
Thailand Discovery Things to do in Roi Et
Nothing here is going to be the Smithstonian but both museums were great.  A late start nearly cost us the space museum part because they were only open on Saturday, the day we started, and we didn’t leave at 3 AM as planned.
It takes 9 hours to cross that stretch of 500+ kilometers (350+ miles), so we were one hour away from missing that museum altogether.  It really should have been a 10 hour drive; I cut it short by taking a road-rally approach to driving.  Maybe that late start was for the best given how the travel pace worked out as it was.  One might think planetariums would be a rarity in “developing countries” but apparently not; based on internet research finding background on that one we drove by a few of them to get there.
Thailand Discovery Things to do in Roi Et
Thailand Discovery Things to do in Roi Et
I hadn’t realized there was a Thai Tyranosaurus, that they had that covered too.  The most interesting part of that museum was learning about the natural history of primitive people living in Thailand.   I knew people had lived in Thailand since the stone age but apparently earlier hominids were here well before humanity evolved, at least a half a million years ago.
It’s funny seeing people post online about how evolution couldn’t be an accurate model because there would be fossils of early hominids if it were, when lots of those fossils are out for display in museums, as I just saw.  But then I guess it’s easy to reject any and all of science when you just visit web pages that are into that project.
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Thais were here 500,000 years ago, in one sense

Thailand Discovery Things to do in Roi Et
As for contacts, those places aren’t as easy to look up online as one might expect (Trip Advisor had never heard of either, which I’m working on fixing), but here is a link for the dinosaur museum (the address and a number, at least, not their web page), and for the planetarium / space museum this is their Facebook page and web page.
All the driving was fueled by lots of tea, the next subject.  Driving in Thailand is a little crazy to begin with.  It’s not so bad if you don’t mind getting places very slowly, but since they don’t use dedicated slow lanes and passing lanes it’s a free-for-all if you want to drive at normal highway speeds.  At one point I told my wife that if I’d been trying one passing move in a video game instead we’d have made it, but since I was gambling with our lives I needed to keep it all in proper perspective.

Brewing grandpa style

good ice cream is something to get excited about here

As far as I know the Tea Addict’s Journal blog popularized this expression,  based on a common Chinese brewing practice,  perhaps the most common form of tea brewing used in China.  There is a later post in that blog on the author doing more of it recently, with a follow up in the next post after that one.
If you walk around places like the Forbidden City in Beijing many people are carrying inexpensive plastic bottles full of wet leaves, or tea mixed with hot water.  Hot water for tea is available all over; even on trains there is a spout offering it, like a different take on a drinking fountain.  If they’re drinking the most common forms of tea one sees sold they’re brewing green teas, mostly Longjing style (typically sold as actual Longjing, but maybe some is and some isn’t), or lightly oxidized rolled oolong (Tie Kuan Yin, or the like).
The advantage to this brewing style is ease and portability; the disadvantage is lack of controlled brewing time.  I’ll be able to describe how that works out for different tea types since I just tried most.  Of course it doesn’t really have to be prepared in an inexpensive plastic bottle, and controlling infusion times would be possible based on use of specialized bottles designed to do that, which to me really wouldn’t really be a version of the same brewing approach.
A bit on the actual brewing:  I used two half liter thermoses so I could brew two quite large infusions, or three if I started with the tea bottle full.  Bathroom breaks were more of an issue than hot water refills, but when it did come up 711s and coffee shops were always great about handing over free hot water, without much in the way of giving strange looks.
Snacks might be another issue, since downing a liter of most tea types would require some food to offset the stomach impact, for most.  Potato chips seem to work fine for that; or most foods, really.  From experience only eating fruit with tea doesn’t work well for me; adding some pastry along with fruit is much better, and having only dairy with tea would seem odd.  But I tested drinking lots of tea while just eating ice cream and that’s fine.

Black tea (Hatvala Vietnamese Wild Boar):

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I drank this last trip, two months ago, more because I felt like black tea than because it was well suited for this approach.  A more astringent black tea would be horrible prepared this way, but this one is relatively soft as blacks go.  It works ok brewed light or a bit strong, which is how this goes.  It has an interesting character, some earthiness, wood or tobacco or something such, with a little dark cherry, and enough astringency to give it plenty of body.  It lacks that “briskness” that comes up in Assamica based teas, which I don’t think it is, but I didn’t go back and check that.
Since tea made this way is still too hot to drink for at least 5 minutes without a second cup to transfer it to one only experiences it brewed a bit strong, but of course proportion can counter this.  Oolongs work better since they will support even a few really long steeps, and work well at different brewed strengths.  To some extent one can adjust proportion of tea to water to counter using a 5 to 10 minute brewing time, but it’s not the same as balancing the factors in a normal way, so the end effect is different.  For some tea purists it might be a no-go, but for me it’s fine for a change.
Toba Wangi Wu Mei Indonesian oolong:
It’s kind of a waste to brew tea this good this way, since it really shines when you get the parameters right, but it works well across a range of approaches so I tried it.  It was nice;  good flavors, good at the range of strengths, good for a few long steep infusions.  Brewed-out like that it picks up more astringency, leaning towards green tea character, and the sweetness is subdued.  It was still fine as long as you didn’t mentally compare it to how good the tea could have been brewed the standard way.
Toba Wangi green tea:
Green teas usually don’t work as well brewed for a long time, or using boiling point water,  but this one was ok.  It’s not that hard to back off temperature if one has some room temp water to mix,  and it cuts the wait to cool the tea to a drinkable range.   Luckily this tea is a bit mild as green teas go, so was fine but just not optimum, really how the technique goes in general.

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Toba Wangi white tea (silver needle):

Notice a pattern?  I’m clearing the last of that set of teas, which I’d usually rather give away so that someone else could try them too.  Buds only white tea works really well for this style, although it helps if someone prefers the longer-brewed fuller-bodied white tea preparation style (versus lighter, which is also nice).  Even if you back off the proportion the flavor profile still changes to how the tea is when brewed longer, it’s just not so strong.  As a result the light, sweet, more floral tones were swapped out for mineral and light wood / sunflower seed range flavors (but still nice).  Silver needle style teas just won’t quit brewing too, good for a lot of very long infusions; the taste just keeps edging further in that flavor direction.

Tea Side (Thai shop) Japanese hojicha:

This tea is well suited for the brewing approach, it’s just not my favorite type, or in the top half of my favorite types.  But it is mild, and still mild if brewed strong, and the taste profile doesn’t shift much from something like dark toasted sesame no matter how you prepare it.
Finally at the end I tried the tea that worked the best, the one I had expected to.

Anxi  (Chinese) Tie Kuan Yin,  I think a sample from the Jip Eu shop in the Bangkok Chinatown:

Perfect for this brewing approach; a great tea for drinking brewed lightly or unusually strong, which steeps to make a lot of tea.  I think I again lost some subtlety and floral / vegetal tones to mineral from the longer brewing time, but it worked well.  Even across the unusual brewing format I think this was the most mineral intensive Chinese TKY I’ve tried, close enough to Taiwanese versions, so maybe I shouldn’t have been messing around with it using this approach.  This was the only time I cut the brewing process short to drink the tea on a set time frame, before it cooled on its own,  pouring in some cold water to replace normal air cooling so I could have it with ice cream at one stop.
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not hopped up on tea

Really someone could integrate that into their approach and deviate from true grandpa style brewing, or just bring a second cup to move the tea to after a standard three or four minute soak.  If minimalism was a goal the thermos would even work for that, for use as a separate cup, but it’s probably better to stick to just putting water in one, since no matter what the thermos inner lining is it’s going to pick up the taste.  The tea I had with breakfast in a hotel I would pour out to cups; on the road I switched back to just drinking it out of the bottle with leaves still floating in it.

Conclusion

There’s not much time or effort saved if someone is making tea at home, based on drinking tea grandpa style versus standard Western brewing,  but it works in a pinch.  Tea selection and sourcing is almost the key step since this isn’t ideal for really nice tea, which essentially deserves better, but then who drinks bad tea.  As for other tea types I think shou pu’er would work well made this way, inky and dark, made palatable or even pleasant by getting the proportion right.  Blends would work, teas mixed with other things, I just tend to not drink those.  I’ve been dabbling in Earl Grey more lately; that could be ok.  Or even tisanes, except that driving “on caffeine” seems to work well.
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Thailand Info Melt in Your Mouth in Chiang Rai

Thailand Info Melt in Your Mouth in Chiang Rai. Going to Chiang Rai is like stepping back in time to the old country where there are very few modern

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Thailand Info Melt in Your Mouth in Chiang Rai

Thailand Info Melt in Your Mouth in Chiang Rai

Author: Pen Drageon

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Thailand Info Melt in Your Mouth in Chiang Rai
Melt in your mouth Chiang Rai

Thailand Info Melt in Your Mouth in Chiang Rai. Going to Chiang Rai is like stepping back in time to the old country where there are very few modern buildings, the airport is still small and life is basically on a slow mode . This is great when you want a different atmosphere not too far from the cities and is just a one hour fifteen minute flight from busy Bangkok. You can watch the landscape change from nothing but concrete jungles to lush greenery and cooling mountains waiting to welcome you. My travel buddy and travel photographer  (visit her site here for more great photos!)decided to make a long overdue trip to the Northern Territories of Thailand and Chiang Rai was the first on our list. First stop was the Melt in Your Mouth restaurant for something to eat and to have a dining experience in Chiang Rai that was memorable on our first visit to this province.

Thailand Info Melt in Your Mouth in Chiang Rai
Melt in your mouth Chiang Rai. Thailand Info Melt in Your Mouth in Chiang Rai

We used Google maps to locate this place but still had some difficulty finding it as the GPS took us to the back of the building. Guess Google is not too smart after all! This quaint little restaurant is nestled along the Kok River in Chiang Rai city but it takes a lot of little ‘sois’ or small lanes to get in here. However, this little gem is worth searching for and though well camouflaged with plenty of greenery around it almost all but blends into the river scene nicely. The building is Colonial in design with nice whitewashed full length windows to afford  view and a well-tended garden and riverside grounds for a leisurely meal.

Melt in your mouth Chiang Rai
Thailand Info Melt in Your Mouth in Chiang Rai

Slate tiles pave the way up to the restaurant and main building keeping from view a homely and warm interior that more than beckons and welcomes you. We arrived in the rainy season here in Chiang Rai which nicely added up to that romantic atmosphere of a grey balmy season and a welcoming hot tea away from the wetness outside.

Thailand Info Melt in Your Mouth in Chiang Rai
Thailand Info Melt in Your Mouth in Chiang Rai

Step inside to a typically English styled drawing room not unlike the olden Colonial homes in the early 40s to 60s style. They even have Celadon and Waterford decor to complete the setting but remember, this is Thailand not England! Plush seating all around for your to relax and enjoy the time which seem to move very slowly in Chiang Rai. I wondered if they had a fireplace in use during the colder season which can drop down to around 1 degree Celsius.

Thailand Info Melt in Your Mouth in Chiang Rai
Thailand Info Melt in Your Mouth in Chiang Rai

Plush wing chair seating if you like to read and have a cup of tea with scones and cream here. Kudos to the owners for the marvelous setting and ambiance in warm colours and attention to details.

Thailand Info Melt in Your Mouth in Chiang Rai
Melt in your mouth Chiang Rai
Thailand Info Melt in Your Mouth in Chiang Rai
Melt in your mouth Chiang Rai

We wanted to enjoy the outside so opted for a riverside seating in the early morning. The call of birds was a welcome sound from that of congested traffic in the cities. The outside seating on the patio is a great way to enjoy the river flowing past with its rush weeds and heavy set Banyan and Willow trees swaying in the breeze.

Thailand Info Melt in Your Mouth in Chiang Rai
Thailand Info Melt in Your Mouth in Chiang Rai

We ordered an iced Caramel Macchiato, slow cooked ribs with fruit sauce and rice, and a local dish of fried Enoki mushrooms with Thai sauce. The coffee was delightful with Macchiato coffee in the little inverted Eiffel Tower sitting in a cup of fresh whipped cream and caramel.

Thailand Info Melt in Your Mouth in Chiang Rai
Thailand Info Melt in Your Mouth in Chiang Rai

Portions of food that arrived were rather large compared to the very reasonable pricing. The costs of this meal was actually cheaper than a McDonald breakfast in the airport! The deep fried tempura mushrooms were tasty and crunchy which went very well with the mushroom sweet and sour dipping sauce. Definitely a must try when you are here.

Thailand Info Melt in Your Mouth in Chiang Rai
Thailand Info Melt in Your Mouth in Chiang Rai

This is the slow cooked pork ribs in fruit sauce. Heavenly with a side serving of fresh fruit and mixed niblets accompanied by steamed Jasmine rice. This is a definate #norulesjusteathere type of place.

Thailand Info Melt in Your Mouth in Chiang Rai
Thailand Info Melt in Your Mouth in Chiang Rai

Patio seating by the Kok River which affords you a view of the inner garden and the river.

Thailand Info Melt in Your Mouth in Chiang Rai
Thailand Info Melt in Your Mouth in Chiang Rai

A spiral staircase that leads up to the upper deck dining and a sweeping view of the grounds.

Thailand Info Melt in Your Mouth in Chiang Rai
Melt in your mouth Chiang Rai
Thailand Info Melt in Your Mouth in Chiang Rai
Melt in your mouth Chiang Rai
Thailand Info Melt in Your Mouth in Chiang Rai
Melt in your mouth Chiang Rai

Melt in Your Mouth Desserts and Eatery in Chiang Rai serves a mix of fusion Thai cuisine  and international cuisine. They have a beautiful selection of cakes, pancakes and other sweets that looks scrumptious but were too full to try and will be back on our next trip for more. The idyllic setting of this little piece of heaven in Chiang Rai is delightful for a quick getaway or to enjoy some quiet moments ( provided it is not during lunch or dinner times) and is listed as one of the places to drop by when you are in visiting Chiang Rai and to put on your list of things to do in Chiang Rai.

 

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