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Krabi, Thailand

For me, the best part of traveling is tasting the local cuisine.

I love Thai food.

Coming to Thailand was always on my list of ‘Must Go’ places because of the food.  In the States I would enjoy the occasional curry, and even made a few myself from pre-made curry paste packages.  Never did I imagine all the different flavors found here.  Honestly, I’d have to say that it’s a Flavor Explosion with every meal.  Two times a day I eat some sort of curry: Green, Red, Yellow or Massaman.  Before coming to Thailand I would have said that Green was my favorite, now it’s most definitely Massaman.

I can’t only brag about the curries, because most of the Thai food is equally as wonderful.

My Favorite Thai Foods:

  1. Massaman Curry – “Muslim Man” Curry is originally from Persia, but the Thai people have been perfecting (at least I’m guessing because it tastes soo darn good) this recipe for a long time now.  It is made with peanuts and potatoes.  That sounds weird, I know, but trust me it’s amazing.  This curry is usually eaten with chicken or beef, chicken being my favorite.
  2. Rice baked in a Pineapple – This is usually served with shrimp.  The rice and a few other veggies are baked right in a hollowed out pineapple.  I love pineapple even more when it’s warm.  This is a real treat for me.
  3. Thai Spring Rolls – I specify Thai spring rolls because they are made with rice paper, where Vietnamese Spring rolls are made with flour.  Usually they are vegetarian, but they can be ordered with any kind of meat you prefer.  I’ve only eaten the vegetarian ones, and they’re fabulous.  Plus, spring rolls are served with an orange sweet chili sauce.  It’s similar to the Duck sauce you get at Chinese restaurants back home.
  4. Fried Rice with Chicken – I’ve had this a few times and it’s different everywhere I go.  The fried rice is very different from the typical fried rice varieties I ate in the States.  This dish is the most simple of my favorites.  It’s a good choice because you can add your own spice and sauce to suit your mood of that particular meal.  In Thailand, there are usually four condiments on the table at all times: sugar (in case you like your food sweet or it’s too spicy for your liking), crushed red peppers (for even more kick), vinegar/soy mixture (don’t know the name but it’s used instead of salt), and a clear spicy sauce with chili bits (this one is super hot!).
Massaman Curry

Massaman Curry

Pineapple Fried Rice

Pineapple Fried Rice

Spring Rolls

Thai Spring Rolls

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Chicken Fried Rice

Condiments

This is what's on every table.

Trip Update

Panorama - Maya Bay - The Beach
Phi Phi Islands

  • “The Beach” – this is where the Leonardo Dicaprio movie was filmed in ’99
  • More snorkeling with views of coral and fish in a rainbow of colors
  • This place was too touristy and too expensive.  I enjoyed the sights, but we left right after our snorkel trip

View from Our Balcony at Ko Lanta
Koh Lanta

  • Less people
  • Stayed on the West side of the island on Long Beach
  • Super cheap food and shopping
  • Rented motorbike – a bit scary for me, but had a blast
  • Cooking Class!!!  – learned how to make my very own Massaman curry paste (I’ll have to do an entire blog on this later.)
  • Night Carnival – found some shirts that actually fit me, Seth ate giant bugs (ewwww) and I got some cotton candy

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Adventure Thailand

Where to begin?

After our exhausting travel out of Korea, life has become extremely pleasant.   Landing in Bangkok, Thailand instantly brought a smile to my face. 

I haven’t stopped smiling.    :mrgreen:

Thai food has always been a favorite of mine, but I didn’t know exactly how good it should be.  I have no words for how scrumptious this food tastes.  Green, yellow, and massaman curries have become my breakfast, lunch and dinner.  I don’t miss kimchi at all… yet. 

So far, my adventure includes:

  1. getting a haircut (I got 4 inches cut off!! Seth basically shaved his head.)
  2. oil massage (Seth got Thai massage)
  3. listening to live music
  4. floating market
  5. petting tigers (quite scary actually)
  6. overnight train ride
  7. swimming in clear-green waters
  8. lounging & reading on the beach
  9. snorkeling (1st time to do this)
  10. kayaking in the ocean
  11. witnessing a Thai ocean sunset
  12. boat ride around various islands
  13. seeing stars!!!  (can’t see stars in Korea)
  14. napping (which is something I never do)
  15. all the yummy curry I could ever want

 

 PAD THAi BANGKOK Panang Curry Thai green curry with prawns

Hopefully soon I’ll get to a place that I can upload my pictures.  These things can be more appreciated with a picture to illustrate my ramblings.

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Packing for Thailand

So, in less than a week I’ll be flying to Thailand.  Travels to Vietnam and Cambodia are also in my near future.

Clear waters, sandy beaches, temples, floating markets, jungles and trains….  I can’t wait.

Packing is a draining task.  Thanks to my sister and Skype I have decided what to pack.  I’ll be traveling for 6 weeks in a hot, sticky climate.  This is difficult for me to imagine now because I am still tripping over the snow piles as I walk to work everyday.

This is what I have so far……. all going in my backpack.

Clothes:

  1. khaki shorts
  2. black workout shorts
  3. black skirt
  4. jeans
  5. 7 pairs socks
  6. 7 pairs underwear
  7. 3 bras
  8. 3 tank tops
  9. 4 T-shirts
  10. light weight sweater
  11. light weight over shirt
  12. bathing suit

Toiletries:

  1. lotion (face and body)
  2. face wash
  3. Dramamine
  4. Ibuprofen
  5. vitamins
  6. hair pick
  7. toenail polish (red)
  8. toenail clippers
  9. shampoo/conditioner
  10. chapstick
  11. baby powder

Extras:

  1. light weight blanket
  2. scarf that can be used as a shawl
  3. jean jacket
  4. novel
  5. book of puzzles
  6. pillowcase
  7. calendar/diary
  8. umbrella
  9. wash cloth
  10. laptop
  11. blueberry snack bars
  12. ginger (for nausea)
  13. flip flops

Buying in Thailand:

  1. towel
  2. sunglasses
  3. another bathing suit
  4. sunscreen

Images of 2 Thailand beaches.  Are you jealous yet?

Andaman Sunset 5 - Phuket, Thailand Tri Trang Beach, Phuket

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