Food

A Look At Rayong: Thailand’s Underrated Treasure

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Once overlooked in favour for the other beachy, sun-lit areas in Thailand, Rayong has been getting some international attention from travellers. Most still prefer the other destinations, like KohSamui, but many hotel rooms in Rayong are booked by travellers looking to enjoy that are quieter than most destinations.

In additions to postcard worthy beaches, Rayong also offers a look into traditional Thai life that have become rarer in the more tourist-heavy destinations, with many inhabitants in the region still making a living by drying squid, catching fish, and the like.

For those interested in the sleepy seaside, here’s some of the things you can enjoy.

See Wat pa Pradu

A destination for the history buffs and culture-hounds, this ornately decorated wat, a building housing a Buddhist temple. With fewer visitors than the grand temples in the capital, it’s much more enjoyable for travellers to enjoy at their own pace. Built during the Ayutthaya period, between 1351 and 1767, Wat Pa Pradu features aesthetic touches from multiple cultures, with a Chinese shrine, and a 12-metre-long Buddha resting his head on his left hand, like classical European sculptures.

Walk through the historic area of Yomjinda Road

Situated near a bend in the Rayong River, this traditional walking street is basically a still of old Thailand. Unlike the modernized Sukhumvit Road, Yomjinda Road remained underdeveloped for decades, until some artists, artisans and businessmen, earlier in the millennium, opted to revitalise the area. They put up new coffee shops, art galleries and museums, while retaining the old-timey, traditional aesthetics and feel of the area.

Cycle past wonderful scenery

If you’re a cyclist or a cycling aficionado, then you’ve got reason to book hotel rooms in Rayong, as the area sports 70 kilometres of paved trails ideal for cycling. Visitors can either opt to go on their own or sign up for a guided tour with Rayong Bike Tours. This cycling club welcomes participants of different skill levels from across the world to enjoy; die-hard athletes can compete with the team, while the novices can participate with one of the more laid-back nature rides.

Shop at the local market

The best time to visit the local markets are during the early hours of the morning, before the tropical midday heat sends people packing. Evenings are also a great time, as that’s when the hawkers offer up all sorts of delicious food. Tapong Fruit Market, just off ofSukhumvit Road in Rayong City, offers lots of fruits for people to enjoy. For those looking to stay in the shade, the Ban Phe Market, located in a small village up the coast from the city’s main hub, offers snacks and even edible souvenirs.

Tips On How To Pack Items In The Kitchen

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Your kitchen stuff can be very difficult to pack because some are fragile and breakable while the rest are rather valuable. There is no question that you will need plenty of cardboard boxes for moving home as well as plastic boxes for essential food items. You do not need to pack the dishwasher and washing machine or the oven but it makes sense to put tape on the doors so that they won’t move during travel.

Items like the toaster and coffee maker can be placed on standard boxes but make sure to put a label outside the cardboard box to make it known to the mover that the contents are fragile. Choose the cardboard box carefully; it must be thick and sturdy enough. Do not forget to put packing tape at the bottom of the box.

Do not waste your time wrapping glasses, plates and cups in newspaper; you are just wasting your efforts because newspaper cannot prevent the fragile items from breaking. One suggestion is to buy a pack of polystyrene plates and put them in between the plates for support. You can also wrap each item in bubble sheets before putting them inside the cardboard box.

Your expensive wine glasses should be separated from the drinking glasses. There are glass boxes that can be purchased from online vendors where you pack the wineglasses into neatly organized separate packets. There will be less opportunity for the wine glasses to bump against each other because of the cardboard support. You can also order for customized boxes for a precious collection,

Don’t overload the cardboard box because the bottom may not be able to handle the excessive weight. Opt for the smaller standard boxes to ensure that your kitchen stuff will reach its destination in good condition.

Buying cardboard boxes for moving home through online vendors has its benefits. They have a catalogue where you choose the type and size of boxes that will suit the kitchen stuff that you will pack. Aside from the cardboard boxes, you can also order packing supplies like labels, tapes, tape dispensers, bubble sheets, marking pens and single face corrugated rolls.

Where To Find Authentic Middle Eastern And Lebanese Food In Bangkok

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A trip to Bangkok is incomplete without tasting its delicious food.  From fancy restaurants to glittering food streets, Bangkok has many options to satisfy your cravings. It has a lot of restaurants serving cuisines from around the world. The hotels in Bangkok also have in-house restaurants that serve authentic Thai cuisine along with other European, Lebanese, Middle Eastern and continental cuisines.

On my recent visit, I booked a hotel near Lebanese food in Bangkok. The Sukhmvit area has most of the top restaurants in Bangkok that serve Lebanese food. The restaurants offer authentic Lebanese recipes in the heart of Bangkok. Most of these places are vegetarian and vegan friendly and also offer Halal food for the Muslim tourists. The Lebanese Restaurants offer a lot of authentic dishes like Falafel, Humus, Fattaoush, Tabbouleh, chicken and vegetable kebabs and Shawarma.

Apart from the fancy restaurants, the street food of Bangkok is equally amazing. The street vendors   whip out amazing recipes ranging from authentic Thai recipes using the freshest produce and sea food, to innovative recipes which combine different cuisines. Thailand has a multicultural influence, which is visible in its cuisine too. The fertile coastal lands in Thailand produce the freshest vegetables and fruits with a distinctive taste, the use of aromatic herbs and condiments enhance the taste of food.  Thailand has many enclaves consisting of authentic cuisines from countries like China, Japan, Korea, Middle East and India. Each of these enclaves combines the taste of its home countries with the rich taste of Thai food.

The Middle Eastern enclave is a street market teeming with joints that serve Mediterranean, Turkish, Lebanese, Egyptian and Moroccan delicacies. The market sees huge crowds of Arab tourists and traders who visit Bangkok. The shishah lounges share space with humble eateries serving halal food. If you are a family traveller, looking for more upscale restaurants serving Lebanese food, the sukhmvit area has a wide range of restaurants serving authentic Middle Eastern and Lebanese food. These premium restaurants are well appointed and use imported ingredients to cook authentic Lebanese food. The restaurants offer a friendly and warm atmosphere with tourists from around the world relishing the delicious cuisine.

I advise travellers who are looking for good experiences in Bangkok and wish to savour the rich and delicious food the country has to offer, to choose Sukhmvit area which has hotel near Lebanese food In Bangkok and a lot of other fancy restaurants in the surroundings.