Thailand Really is the Land of Smiles say Bloomberg

Land of Smiles according to Bloomberg.

Thailand ‘least miserable’ place in the world.

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Land Of Smiles

We’re not sure if Thailand is Thailand Really is the Land of Smiles say Bloomberg, but it has just been named the ‘least miserable’ of 74 surveyed countries, according to this year’s Bloomberg Misery Index.

The Misery Index, which was released yesterday, tracks how miserable countries are by adding their inflation rate to their unemployment rate. Supposedly, this produces a numerical percentage that tells how unhappy a population is. Thailand ranks lowest, or least miserable, with a score of just 1.11 percent, lower than each of the other 73 countries surveyed.

Singapore, the former ‘least miserable’ country, is now the runner-ups at 1.40 percent. Japan comes next at 2.70 percent.

Surprisingly, the two powerful countries didn’t rank so well. The U.K. is in the 17th spot and the U.S. is number 21.

At the other end of the scale are places like Venezuela, whose lost oil income, scarce food and medicine and high inflation (181 percent!) make it the ‘most miserable’ place on Earth. It’s preceded by Bosnia and South Africa.

Thailand’s jobless rate is hovering right around one percent, while its consumer price index has risen less than half of one percent. These numbers sound terrific, but Bloomberg points out that this isn’t all great news for Thailand. Slow inflation can also be a sign of an unhealthy economy.

Though it feels great to buy things for less, the indication of low prices is that there are more goods available than people that want to buy them.

This is all well and good but, honestly, we’d rather rank highly on a ‘most happy’ scale than on a ‘least miserable’ scale.

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Bangkok Dining at the Joe Louis Puppet Theater

Top Bangkok Dining experience at the Joe Louis The Art of Thai Cuisine and Thai Puppet Theater

Author: Pen Drageon. 

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While Bangkok, fondly known as the “Big Mango” offers an eclectic selection of dining venues and experiences, few or any can truly rival the unique and original concept of the renown Joe Louis Puppet Theater and Restaurant which is located at Asiatique the Riverfront. This restaurant not only offers an authentic array of traditional Thai cuisine for the taste buds but also a unique display for one of the treasured lost art of puppetry in Thailand.

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Conveniently located at the front entrance of Asiatique the Riverfront, it is hard to miss with its contemporary design style and a blend between a casual and fine dining ambiance. There are various puppets on display at the counter to give a hint of what is to come as part of your dining experience. The upper level of the restaurant is making way for a new puppet theater for those who only want to watch the show but at the moment any full length performance is only available by special invitation at private performances.

The Joe Louis Puppet Theater and Restaurant started out as atraditional Thai puppet outfit that was passed from several generations back. It is now considered one of the national treasures of Thailand and under the patronage of HM Queen Sirikit of Thailand to revive this ancient traditional art form. This puppet troupe has won numerous international awards and accolades forbest puppetry performances and is recognized as a master craft in Thailand. Major performances are only available for private functions but you can get a glimpse of these puppets during a dinner performance at their restaurant. Each puppet requires at least 3 performers to manipulate the intricate movements of the puppet.

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The restaurant serves a good selection of traditional Thai cuisinebased on olden recipes with the freshest ingredients. Prices are reasonable for the quality of the ingredients and cooking. Recommended dishes are the mixed Thai appetizers which comes in 4 sampling varieties per order and consists of the traditional Thai spring roll, a light pastry basket with meat fillings and a special chili sauce, deep fried minced shrimp on a slice of toast and Thai spicy fish cakes. Other signature dishes from the menu are spicy wing bean salad, and off course their varieties of authentic old-style curries which puts a zing to your taste buds with all the aromatic spices and herbs used in the cooking.

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The puppet performance at Joe Louis restaurant starts around 7.00 pm on Fridays to Sundays only. You will be entertained to a short introduction of the puppetry arts and a performance by the lovable character of Hanuman the monkey god in tales of the Ramayanatogether with another character, the Princess Sita. This is the only time you will be able to watch just such a marvelous display ofancient Thai puppetry and be able to interact with the puppets as they seemingly come to live at the hands of the skilled puppeteers. Joe Louis the Art of Thai Cuisine and Thai Puppet Theater is one of the top 10 things to do in Bangkok whenever you visit the Big Mango.

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Thailand Discovery Wat Phu Khao Thong

Thailand Discovery Wat Phu Khao Thong

 Wat Phu Khao Thong (or the Monastery of the Golden Mount)

Author: Josh@AsiaBackpackers

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Thailand Discovery Wat Phu Khao Thong

 Thailand Discovery Wat Phu Khao Thong

If only these walls could speak they would tell an ancient story of, pillage, war, slavery and a nation reborn

WAT PHU KHAO THONG (วัดภูเขาทอง) of Ayutthaya. The location has had a long and at times bloody history, it is believed the first temple, was founded King Ramesuan in 1387, but was known by another name. Today there is a relatively new structure built on the remains of the ancient ruin. The foundations and part of the pillars of the old ubosot or ordination hall are still visible.

 

A brief The History of the Chedi

The History of the Chedi is intertwined with the history, of the people of the Kingdom of Ayutthaya and their bitter rivals the Burmese. Starting in the middle of the 16th century, the kingdom of Ayutthaya came under repeated attacks by the Taungoo Dynasty of Burma. The Burmese–Siamese War (1547–49) began with a Burmese invasion and a failed siege of the city of Ayutthaya.  A second siege (1563–64) led by King Bayinnaung forced King Maha Chakkraphat to surrender in 1564. The royal family was taken to Bago, Burma, with the king’s second son Mahinthrathirat installed as the vassal king.

In 1568, Mahinthrathirat revolted when his father managed to return from Bago as a Buddhist monk. The ensuing third siege lasted almost 3 long years and ended on the 30 August 1569, the conquering army ransacked the city taking many of its people back to Burma and slavery. The Burmese King Bayinnaung made Mahathammarachathirat his vassal king and ordered the building of a Mon-Burmese styled Chedi to commemorate their victory over Ayutthaya. The reluctant vassal king ensured the victory monument and the Chedi was never finalized.

 

Thailand Discovery Wat Phu Khao Thong

Thailand Discovery Wat Phu Khao Thong

The city was not to become a Thai stronghold again until 1584, it was then to withstand repeated Burmese invasions (1584–1593), capped by an elephant duel between King Naresuan and Burmese heir-apparent Mingyi Swa in 1593 during the fourth siege of Ayutthaya in which Naresuan famously slew Mingyi Swa (observed 18 January as Royal Thai Armed Forces day and remembered in the statuettes of Roosters you see all over Thailand).

Prince Naresuan (r. 1590-1605) had the yet to be completed monument converted to a Thai style Chedi in 1587 to commemorate Ayutthaya’s newly declared independence. While the Chedi was seen as the last monument to the former Burmese usurper King Bayinnaung, under Buddhist law the Chedi was not to be touched or defiled and so it remained for almost 200 years a thorn in the side of the local people as a reminder of Burmese occupation.

 

Thailand Discovery Wat Phu Khao Thong

Thailand Discovery Wat Phu Khao Thong

When the original Chedi finally collapsed, the Thai King Borommakot promptly had a new pagoda built more or less as you see today on top of the original Burmese base, but unfortunately just in time for the Burmese to attack again and completely destroy Ayutthaya.

The Chedi was recently completely restored and a huge statue of King Naresuan was installed on a marble base about 100 yards away, on the road leading up to the temple.

Climbing the original Mon-Burmese base, you are greeted with a view of the distant city of Ayutthaya, on a fine day you can spot the needles of Wat Phra Si Sanphet. On the north side, facing the new statue of King Naresuan, a cramped passage curves down and back up to the center of the Chedi, but without a light you won’t see anything.

 

Thailand Discovery Wat Phu Khao Thong

Thailand Discovery Wat Phu Khao Thong

A little on the Ayutthaya Kingdom (Wikipedia)

Ayutthaya (also spelled Ayudhya) was a Siamese kingdom that existed from 1351 to 1767. Ayutthaya was friendly towards foreign traders, including  the Chinese, Vietnamese, Indians, Japanese and Persians, and later the Portuguese, Spaniards, Dutch and French, permitting them to set up villages outside the walls of the capital, also called Ayutthaya.

In the sixteenth century, it was described by foreign traders as one of the biggest and wealthiest cities in the East. The court of King Narai (1656–88) had strong links with that of King Louis XIV of France, whose ambassadors compared the city in size and wealth to Paris.

By 1550, the kingdom’s vassals included some city-states in the Malay Peninsula, Sukhothai, and parts of Cambodia.

In foreign accounts, Ayutthaya was called Siam, but many sources say the people of Ayutthaya called themselves Tai, and their kingdom Krung Tai “The Tai country” (กรุงไท)

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Thailand Info The Rise and Fall of Orchids

Thailand Info The Rise and Fall of Orchids

Author: Josh@AsiaBackpackers

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Thailand Info The Rise and Fall of Orchids. Sadly, wild orchid species around the world are becoming extinct faster than they can be described and classified. Threats to orchids originate primarily from loss of habitat, over collecting and due to the high specialization of pollination of the plant; extinction of insect means extinction of the orchid.

Orchids in Thailand

Thailand amongst other things is known as the land of the orchids or ‘Gluay Mhai’, and of the over 25,000 species of orchid flowers known to exist, (this number makes them possibly the world’s largest plant family – with over 1000,000 different Orchid hybrids) it can boast more than 1,300-1,500 species.

 

Thailand Info The Rise and Fall of Orchids

White Egret Orchid (Habenaria Radiata)

 

History of Orchids

The first documented record of Orchids can be traced back to the 28th century BC. The Chinese referred to them as the “King of fragrant plants” the plant since earliest times is associated with friendship, elegance and nobility.

While Orchids are used in the main to beautify the home and offices alike they have been used for centuries in witchcraft, for perfume preparation, as fodder, food for humans along with their medicinal properties,.  Listed below are some interesting facts on these two later applications.

Thailand Info The Rise and Fall of Orchids

Naked Man Orchid (Orchis Italica)

In medicine

The Chinese and later the Greeks have used orchids as a medicinal herb for centuries. In the middle ages orchids played a major role in herbal remedies. They were also regarded as an aphrodisiac and have been one of the main ingredients in certain love potions.

New research has discovered many new applications of the different orchid species, and today there are at least 50 orchid species used especially in traditional Chinese medicine formulas.

The use for dried orchids ranges from immune system build-up, to cancer treatment, eye-sight improvement, regaining strength after healing and quick recovery after sex.

The parts of the orchids used most frequently are the stems and bulbs, as they are designed to keep the plant alive during dry season, and hence are rich in nutritive substances. So writes NatureProducts.Net, the Thai internet portal for biodiversity products designed to protect endangered species in cooperation with local ethnic communities

 

Thailand Info The Rise and Fall of Orchids

 

A study in 1992 discovered Vanilla improves food intake and reduces nausea and vomiting in patients given chemotherapy. In 2004 (Fladby et al and Fitzgerald et al.) proved Vanilla as a tool for diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease in that patients cannot smell vanilla.

In Iran, orchid tubers and goat milk are used as an aphrodisiac, while dry tuber is used as an anti-aphrodisiac, antiseptic or a cure for gastro-intestinal problems associated with wine. They were also used for their anti-pyretic effect, anti-diarrheal or to increase fertility in men. (Langham W. 1579).

 

Thailand Info The Rise and Fall of Orchids

Thailand Info The Rise and Fall of Orchids

Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis)

As food for humans

Orchids are consumed all across the world

 Vanilla planifolia (Planifolia is Latin for “flat-leaved”) is a species of vanilla orchid. It is native to Mexico and Central America, and is one of the primary sources for vanilla flavouring. It has been used to flavor food for almost 500 years (and tobacco in Cuba).

The Aztecs discovered the plant in Mexico in the early 16th century and used the seed pods (vanilla beans) to counteract poisons, to aid digestion, and as an aromatic, exotic flavoring for Emperor Montezuma’s beverage. The people were said to drink a mixture of Vanilla orchid and chocolate to give them power and strength.

 

Thailand Info The Rise and Fall of Orchids

 

Orchids are also used in curries, giving the dish a slightly bitter taste, in Brazil and Turkey they are used in the manufacture of ice-cream. “Sahlep” (corrupted into Saloop or Salep) is the old Arabic name for the Orchid genus and the name of ice-cream made in Turkey.

Salep flour is consumed in beverages and desserts, especially in places that were formerly part of the Ottoman Empire. Its consumption spread beyond there to England and Germany before the rise of coffee and tea and it was later offered as an alternative beverage in coffee houses. In England, the drink was known as saloop. Popular in the 17th and 18th centuries, its preparation required that the salep powder be added to water until thickened whereupon it would be sweetened, then flavored with orange flower or rose water. It is now more commonly made with hot milk instead of water

In North America the species known as “Crane-fly orchid” or “crippled cranefly” is reported to be edible with corms that are starchy and almost potato-like

In Africa, Orchids are eaten as a food dish called, Chikanda or Kinaka, which is made from the brownish or sometimes whitish tubers of orchids which are the size of small potatoes. The use of these tubers has grown so rapidly that a recent Wildlife Conservation Society report, states that the orchids, some found nowhere else on earth, may soon vanish without better protection of their wild habitats and enforcement of existing laws.

 

Thailand Info The Rise and Fall of Orchids

Thailand Info The Rise and Fall of Orchids

In India, it is used like sago and arrowroot and is prepared from a large variety of species.

In Asia, roasted tubers of Gastrodia orchid are eaten like potatoes. While the fragrant leaves of Dendrobium salaccense are used as a condiment for rice in Malaya. Mature canes of many “soft-cane” dendrobiums are stir fried in many Asian countries, they are also used to make sauces in Japan and Singapore. In Thailand, Dendrobium flowers are dipped in batter and deep fried

In South America they are used as a curdling agent to make cheese. What is it called? Why, the cheese orchid, of course. Orchids are also valued locally throughout the tropics as a condiment. In Mexico, candy images of animals are made using orchids to celebrate All Saints Day and the Day of the Dead.

 

Thailand Info The Rise and Fall of Orchids

Thailand Info The Rise and Fall of Orchids

Monkey Face Orchid (Dracula Simia)

The local people of Hawaii use the flower to make salad dishes, they also cook orchids and scallops together and make sugar coated orchid candies.

Australia aboriginals have used orchid tubers as emergency bush food for eons.

In places all around the world they are used as a cooked vegetable or greens and can be added to salads raw. They are also employed as garnish for deserts and cakes and used as teas almost everywhere and not just for the reportedly medicinal attributes

 

Thailand Info The Rise and Fall of Orchids

Typical dried Dendrobium stems as they are used as herbal tea.

 

Facts on Orchids

 Thailand Info The Rise and Fall of Orchids

Thailand Info The Rise and Fall of OrchidsAll orchid species are protected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), which requires certification of plants crossing international borders.

 

The very name “orchid” comes from ancient Greek “orchis” meaning “testicle” and Theophrastos (c. 371 – c. 287 BC1) named the orchids from that word, as the underground tubers of Orchis Mascula and many European terrestrial orchids resemble a pair of testicles.

 

Orchids grow in all the continents except Antarctica. You can find many different types of orchid flowers having variety of colours, species, hybrids, miniature and standard sized.

Thailand Info The Rise and Fall of Orchids

Thailand Info The Rise and Fall of OrchidsThe world’s smallest known orchid at just over 2 millimeters (0.08 inch) across and nearly see-through was only discovered in 2009 nestled in the roots of another flower in Ecuador

 

The world’s largest is the Grammatophyllum Speciosum, also called giant orchidtiger orchidsugar cane orchid or queen of the orchids and can grow to a length of 2.5 m. It can grow to gigantic clusters weighing from several hundred kilograms to more than one ton.

 

 

 

Orchids do not naturally blossom in: a true blue or a true black.

Thailand Info The Rise and Fall of Orchids

Thailand Info The Rise and Fall of OrchidsOrchids thrive in a number of environments, depending on the type. Some species grow on rocks; some only underground, some in the soil, but most – grow on other plants and on trees.

 

Asia has the widest variety of orchids of any part of the globe, and therefore has the greatest potential for creating the modern hybrids which outshine their wild parents in beauty and value. The first ever hybrids were produced in 1858, and more and more have been created, with some extremely complex crosses ultimately using 5 different parents to make a single new strain.

 

When orchids appear in a dream, they supposedly represent a deep inner need and desire to keep gentleness, delicacy, and romance in ones relationship.

Thailand Info The Rise and Fall of Orchids

Thailand Info The Rise and Fall of OrchidsNot all species have a pleasant fragrance. The flower of Satyrium pumilum, exactly mimics the odor of decomposition, specifically that of a decayingmammalian carcass. Botanists have found more than 100 plant species (non Orchid) that smell like decomposing fish, carrion or dung

 

Certain species of orchids are parasitic. They are not able to produce food (sugar) using the sunlight and carbon dioxide (like other plants). Instead, they obtain food from fungi that live inside their roots.

 

Flower of orchid can survive from few hours to 6 months, depending on the species.

Thailand Info The Rise and Fall of Orchids

Thailand Info The Rise and Fall of Orchids

Flying Duck Orchid (Caleana Major)

Orchid Flower Color Meanings

While all orchids symbolize love and beauty, the color of the orchid can change the intended meaning of the flower.

  • Blue – Orchids come in every color but true blue, but there are blue tinted orchids. These orchids represent rarity
  • Red – Red orchids symbolize passion and desire, but can also symbolize strength and courage.
  • Pink – Pink orchids symbolize grace, joy and happiness and can also symbolize innocence and femininity.
  • White – White orchids represent reverence and humility, innocence and purity, and elegance and beauty.
  • Purple – Purple orchids symbolize admiration, respect, dignity and royalty.
  • Yellow – Yellow or orchids represent friendship, joy and new beginnings.
  • Orange – Orange orchids symbolize enthusiasm, boldness and pride.
  • Green – Green orchids are thought to bring good fortune and blessings. They represent good health, nature and longevity

 

Thailand Info The Rise and Fall of Orchids

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Bangkok Thailand Top 10 budget street foods

Bangkok Thailand Top 10 budget street foods

Author: Pen Drageon

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Eating on a budget in Thailand is easy if you know where to find the most delicious and tasty food that local Thais go to eat. A simple rule of thumb when looking for the best places to eat local Thai street food is to be observant of the locals and places around you. Sometimes when you are going from place to place, keep a look out for street vendors along Bangkok’s streets or side lanes, small run down looking shops sometimes has the best little street food vendors in Thailand which have been there for generations and off course the easiest place to find street food which is more for foreign taste would be in the busy food courts of shopping centers and malls. You can spot a popular vendor by the amount of traffic at their stall. The more popular, the longer you have to queue in line.

Street food in Thailand, be it in the city or even at popular tour destinations around the country is normally the cheapest option for a full meal for most people of the working class. Not only is it cheap but also fast and ready to go which suits the average lifestyle of Thai people. There are also endless varieties of street food available in Thailand which range from the acceptable healthy range to the not so healthy range. One caution is consuming too much deep fried food which can look very tempting but be wary of the oil used for frying, which is mostly recycled oil and is not advisable for long term consumption but if just to try a few varieties would be okay but best cautioned.

Enjoy the best of Thai street food in the Kingdom where eating is a passion and you can get food 24 hours a day anywhere. Thailand is one of the most interesting food paradise destinations in the world and you have everything from local to a fusion blend of western and local street foods.

Here is a list of the next Top 5 Thai street foods for you to try:

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  1. Yum Mama (spicy mixed instant noodles)

Instant noodles is a big hit for the average Thai and you can see its popularity from advertisements on the television to billboard advertisements and the large quantities sold at any 7-11 or supermarket in Thailand. Therefore it is no wonder that it is also sold by street vendors who provide a twist in the toppings and condiments of the very average instant noodle. An instant noodle stall can be recognized by trays of condiments such as seafood ranging from squid, prawns and fish slices to mushrooms and all types of vegetables and herbs along with packets of instant noodles. The dish is called Yum Mama and having a variety of condiments, you just ask for mixed (luam) or seafood only (talay), mushroom (hed) and vegetables (pak). The noodles are boiled till al dente and placed into a bowl with the stock that comes with the noodle, lime juice, fish sauce and some sugar. The condiments are then boiled and added into the bowl which is then all mixed up and packed for you. The noodles are quite tasty while being sour and spicy at the same time. An average serving cost THB35 which off course is even much cheaper than you going to a super market to buy the ingredients separately!

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Bangkok Thailand Top 10 budget street foods (Part 2)

  1. Bah Mee (Egg noodles)

Bah Mee (Thai Chinese egg noodle) is another popular noodle on the streets of Thailand or in shoplots, food courts and night markets. Bah Mee seems to have its origins from early Chinese settlers into the Kingdom as part of their staple meal diets and later incorporated into the Thai diet. The Bah Mee egg noodles are thin round noodles made from egg and flour that come in two varieties, the plain ones and the spinach based green noodles called (Bah Mee yoke). The meaning of “yoke” is jade in Thai. You can order your noodles with soup (naam) or dry (haeng) and have barbecued pork (moo daeng), wantan meat dumplings (keaw) or roasted pork (moo kop) as toppings for your noodle. The average price for a bowl of Bah Mee on the streets is THB35

Bangkok Thailand Top 10 budget street foods (Part 2)

Bangkok Thailand Top 10 budget street foods (Part 2)

  1. Saikrok Isaan (Isaan grilled sausages)

Saikrok Isaan is a snack popular in the Northern regions of Thailandbut can now be seen everywhere in the country. The signature ofIsaan sausages are the aromatic spices used to cure the meat during fermentation. The meat stuffing is slightly sour and sometimes combined with rice noodles (hoon sen) in the stuffed animal intestines. The sausages are then dried before grilling over hot coals. Saikrok Isaan is another traditional Thai snack which can be found commonly at street food stalls, food courts and night markets orfloating markets in Thailand. There are many varieties of Isaan sausages sold. Some which are meat only, others with rice noodles inside and yet others a variety called “neam” which is a preserved sour salty sausage, and a spicy chili fish paste sausage (saikrok hor mok}. The Saikrok Isaan is normally served with raw cabbage, slices of fresh ginger and green bird’s eye chili. The sausages are sold skewered on a stick, in links as any sausages or in a roll and sliced according to how many grams you want. On the average, one stick is about THB10 and other varieties start from THB15 per stick.

Bangkok Thailand Top 10 budget street foods (Part 2)

Bangkok Thailand Top 10 budget street foods (Part 2)

  1. Rotee (Asian pancake)

Rotee has its origins from other Asian countries such as India, Malaysia and now Thailand. However the method of consuming Rotee is a little different here as the Thai people have a very sweet tooth. Rotee vendors can be seen mostly with push carts that have a big flat slightly dipped frying skillet in the middle and tins of sweetened condensed milk and bunches of bananas and bottles of chocolate sauce. Unlike their Malaysian and Singapore counter parts, the dough for the rote is not as stretched in a fancy display of turning the dough but rather just spread out on a flat surface in a smaller size and fried with quite a bit of oil. Rotee in other Asian countries use a flat pan grill and ghee or vegetable lard to lightly grill their version of rotee. You can order your Thai Rotee with condensed milk and sugar (nom nam tan) or bananas (kluay) which is then packed in a small paper roll for a take away. Rotee in a shop house also serves the same thing but they have additional curries to go with plain rotee which is chicken green curry (kaeng keaw wan kai), a sweet red chicken curry with potato (massaman kai) and alsobeef red curry (kaeng neargh). Some rotee vendors also have a rotee stuffed with meats such as minced chicken or beef called “mathaba”. The Mathaba is served with sweet pickled onions, cucumber and chili or can be eaten with one of the curries. A plain roti cost THB10 while a Mathaba cost around THB35. Most rotee vendors are of Thai Muslim origin and the best Rotee vendor is at a food court in Paradise Park who hails from Southern Thailand.

Bangkok Thailand Top 10 budget street foods (Part 2)

Bangkok Thailand Top 10 budget street foods (Part 2)

  1. Thai Boat Noodles (Kuey Teow Rua)

The Thai Boat Noodle is unique to Thailand and one of the most interesting flavored noodles in the country. You can easily recognize a Thai Boat Noodle shop or street food vendor in a shop house by the little paddle boat that is used to display all the condiments and to put the stove of boiling hot soup. The noodles you can choose from are rice vermicelli (sen mee), fine rice noodle (sen lek) or thick rice noodle (sen yai). What is so special about this noodle is that the soup is mixed with fresh chicken or pig blood in small quantities when the soup is very hot to give the signature dark red hue as the blood is cooked in the hot soup. Condiments that accompany the noodles are slivers of pork, pork meat balls, morning glory vegetables and a side of deep fried pig lard and rind.  The Thai Boat Noodles are thesignature noodles of Thailand besides the Pad Thai. One of the most famous places you can eat this noodle is near the canal or “khlong” a little off the Victory Monument BTS skytrain. One bowls is THB12 a bowl but be aware it is a very small bowl and an average person eats about 3 to 4 bowls!

Trying street food is an adventure like no other and you can choose to try the “safe” versions of Thai street food or go all out to experience the wonderful aromas and taste of the genuine man-on-the-street versions as you discover the diversity of sights, sounds and taste of Thailand. This is not limited to only in Bangkok as Thai street food is available anywhere in the country even in small villages to the big cities. The Thai culinary adventure is only just beginning as you get your first taste of Thai street food which will keep you coming back for more to discover not just the taste but also the history behind each dish you try. Enjoy discovering Thailand as I did and still do every day!

Bangkok Thailand Top 10 budget street foods (Part 2)

Bangkok Thailand Top 10 budget street food

Bangkok Thailand Top 10 budget street food

Author: Pen Drageon

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Bangkok Thailand Top 10 budget street food. What can be more exciting than to seek out the local simple cuisine of the country you are visiting to truly understand the culture and customs. It is no different when you visit colourful Thailand which is rich in many varieties of food from the four corners of the country and each offering a unique blend of spices and herbs in their dishes.Street food in Thailand is easy to find, rich in aroma and taste, cheap, and interesting to the taste buds.

While there are many types of street food in Thailand, deciding what to try first or even attempting to order it might seem daunting if you do not know what it is, so to help you along, here is a list of the mostcommon street food in Thailand.

Bangkok Thailand Top 10 budget street food

Bangkok Thailand Top 10 budget street food

  1. Pad Thai

The most famous Thai noodle, Pad Thai can be found at most street food vendors along the streets of Bangkok, at food courts and even night markets or small eating shops. Pad Thai is a quick fry thin rice noodle called “seh lek”. The noodle is fried with either prawns (kung), Seafood (talay), chicken (kai), or pork (moo) and served with bean sprouts, garlic sprouts, ground peanut, a slice of lime and sometimes young banana flower. The average cost for a plate of Pad Thai is THB35 along the streets. It taste a little sweet as are most Thai foodand you can flavor it to your desired taste with fish sauce, vinegar and sugar.

Bangkok Thailand Top 10 budget street food

Bangkok Thailand Top 10 budget street food

  1. Khao Mun Kai (Thai chicken rice)

Khao mun kai is a typical Thai chicken rice dish found also along the streets, food courts and shop stalls. A Khao mun kai vendor is easily recognized by the hanging steamed chickens at the stall. Thai chicken rice has two varieties, steamed or fried chicken. The fried chicken rice is known as ‘Khao mun kai todd’ where the chicken pieces are battered and fried. Some patrons like to have a piece of chicken liver (taap) and slice of blood cake (leard) with their chicken rice. Some outlets provide the standard chicken rice sauce and additional garlic and ginger with thick soy sauce. Average price per dish is THB40

Bangkok Thailand Top 10 budget street food

Bangkok Thailand Top 10 budget street food

  1. Som Tum (young papaya salad)

Som tum can be considered a Thai National Dish among the many national dishes. Som tum is a fresh salad of shredded green papayaand a variety of condiments. Two common street vendor condiments such as salted black crab (poo kem) and salted fresh sea crab (poo ma), but seafood (talay) and several other types which are mostly found only in food courts or restaurants. Som tum vendors are recognized by their display of long beans, limes, young green papayas and the familiar sound of the wooden mortar and pestle which goes “tok. tok’ tok”! Som tum poo (the salted black crab) is the most popular. In the som tum dish are shredded young papaya, long beans, tomatoes, salted crab, lime juice, fish sauce, molasses, garlic and chilies which are blended in the wooden mortar with a pestle. If you do not want it to be too spicy then just say “phed nit noi” or if you do not want chili then it is “mai sai pik”. Som tum is eaten with a side of herbs such as basil and fresh cabbage and to make it a little more filling, you can add on Thai sticky rice (Khao niao). Total cost with the sticky rice is around THB35. Some people also like to eat it with grilled pork (moo yang) or chicken (kai yang).

Bangkok Thailand Top 10 budget street food

  1. Kai Yang (grilled chicken)

You can find a Kai yang stall anywhere along the street and it is easily recognized by first the aromatic smell of the barbecued chicken before you even reach the stall! It is not uncommon for a Thai grilled chicken stall to also be grilling a variety of other meats such as pork ribs, chicken livers, chicken innards and even fish such as salted fish (pla khim) or grilled catfish (paduk). The chicken and chicken parts, cat fish and pork is first marinated with lemongrass, turmeric, molasses or honey, salt, pepper and pandanus leaves before being skewered with bamboo sticks or bamboo clamps and grilled over a charcoal fire. Grilled meat dishes normally accompany the som tum salad or eaten on its own with sticky rice and a chili dip. Average price for a piece of grilled drumstick and thigh is THB50 depending on your location.

Bangkok Thailand Top 10 budget street food

Bangkok Thailand Top 10 budget street food

  1. Tom Yum noodles (Kuey teow tom yum)

Tom yum is a spicy, sour and rich milk based broth that is used in seafood soup or soup for noodles. A noodle stall selling tom yum noodles is sometimes found along the street but mostly in a food court, floating market, night market or a noodle stall in a sidewalk street or where plenty of street food vendors are found. The stall will have bags of noodles, fish balls and pictures of the different types of noodles they serve. There are a few types of noodles that can be eaten with a tom yum soup such as rice vermicelli (sen mee), thin rice noodle (seh lek), thick rice noodle (seh yai) or egg noodle (bah mee). Toppings that go with the tom yum noodle include seafood (talay), chicken (kai), prawns (kung), fishball (lok chin pla) or mushrooms (hed). A bowl of Tom Yum noodles cost around THB40.

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Thailand Info the dinosaurs are here in Bangkok!

Thailand Info the dinosaurs are here in Bangkok!

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Thailand Info the dinosaurs are here in Bangkok!

 Thailand Info the dinosaurs are here in Bangkok!
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Thailand Info the dinosaurs are here in Bangkok!. Step back into the Jurassic period where movies become reality right here in Bangkok. Dinosaur Planet, located right in the heart of Bangkok city at the prestigious EM District on Sukhumvit Road and just a short distance from the Phrom Phong BTS Skytrain line. Nearby shopping includes the Emporium Bangkok and Emquartier Shopping centers which cater to the middle and upper-class clientele as well as numerous cafes and pubs in the vicinity.

Thailand Info the dinosaurs are here in Bangkok!

Thailand Info the dinosaurs are here in Bangkok!

Thailand Info the dinosaurs are here in Bangkok!

Thailand Info the dinosaurs are here in Bangkok!

To get to the Dinosaur Planet site, walk about one hundred meters from the BTS or cross the road from the shopping centers. You will not miss the place with the Dino Eye ferris wheel in plain sight. Dinosaur Planet opened its doors in March 2016 after a quick setup and an expensive investment. If you love dinosaurs and your aim is to just take a few pictures with these electronically animated life-sized gargantuan reptiles, then this place is for you if you do not mind the fairly steep entrance tickets.

Thailand Info the dinosaurs are here in Bangkok!

Thailand Info the dinosaurs are here in Bangkok!

Mind you that the price of the entrance tickets which cost THB600 per person at the door does not include rides such as the Dino Eye ferris wheel that has a few more dinosaurs in there or other kiddy rides on the mobile dinosaurs.

Thailand Info the dinosaurs are here in Bangkok!

Thailand Info the dinosaurs are here in Bangkok!

At the courtyard of the entrance there is the big Tyrannosaurus Rexon the top of the building and a pair of Brontosaurus which are quite impressive. You can then head on to the 4D Deep Ocean Room where there is another dinosaur on display along with loads of large balls to simulate air bubbles for kids to play with and even a few adults!

Thailand Info the dinosaurs are here in Bangkok!

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From the sea to the ferris wheel (bear in mind this ride is another THB200 per person but was recently put on hold by the tourism ministry for two weeks due to safety reasons since the publication of this article due to a fire on one of the ferris wheel cabs in mid-air). There are a few more dinosaurs in here and the number of dinosaurs in total at the theme park is around 200 life-sized animated models.

Thailand Info the dinosaurs are here in Bangkok!

In total there are eight zones spread over 15,000 square meters. Other zones are the Big Bone Gallery where you can view huge mock-ups of dinosaur skeletons for the Triceratops andStegosaurus or head on to the Dino Lab and watch baby dinosaurs hatch from eggs. There are also two shows which are the Great Volcano and The Extinction Live show in the courtyard. Those who love thrills, go check the Raptor X-Treme cages and come face to face with a Jurassic style Velociraptor.

Thailand Info the dinosaurs are here in Bangkok!

Thailand Info the dinosaurs are here in Bangkok!

Thailand Info the dinosaurs are here in Bangkok!

Kids would love the dinosaur rides at the Dino Farm but each ride is an additional charge as it is with the craft station where children can build clay models of dinosaurs.

Thailand Info the dinosaurs are here in Bangkok!

If you are hungry, the Dino Square has a few stores for food and a gift shop. However my advice is that it is best to eat before you come as there is nothing much on offer in terms of food plus it is rather expensive compared to even eating at the high-end department stores of Emporium and Emquartier Food Courts across the road.

Thailand Info the dinosaurs are here in Bangkok!

Thailand Info the dinosaurs are here in Bangkok!

Thailand Info the dinosaurs are here in Bangkok!

Thailand Info the dinosaurs are here in Bangkok!

Thailand Info the dinosaurs are here in Bangkok!

Kids would pester you for toys and souvenirs at the gift shop that has everything dinosaur to keep them amused for a short while. You can find dinosaur coin banks, battery-operated dinosaurs, mugs, t-shirts and soft toys here.

Thailand Info the dinosaurs are here in Bangkok!

On a whole, if you absolutely love these dinosaurs, have kids you are trying to occupy their time over the holidays or seriously do not mind spending a fortune for a half day entertainment, then this place is interesting. Compared to other theme parks in Bangkok or family attractions which offer an all-in-one ticket price at the entrance, Dinosaur Planet is rather steep and parents can expect to spend around THB1000 per person on the average for an adult for food and all the rides or THB700 for each child for a few mere hours of entertainment. There are not many prominent rides in this theme park and the attraction is as the name says, all about dinosaurs. Do not expect thrill rides or roller coasters or even merry-go-rounds. If you absolutely must have a photo with a dinosaur or two, then by all means head on down to the Dinosaur Planet!

Thailand Info the dinosaurs are here in Bangkok!

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