Hip Guide to Thailand
Thailand is a country with many wonders. Thailand’s beaches, culture, food and friendly people attract travelers from around the world. The Hip Guide to Thailand offers highlights of the country, and contains many tips for making your stay here more rewarding.
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Fresh Seafood at Thai Restaurant
A meal in Thailand is a wonderful experience that awakens the senses and surprises the palate. Thai cuisine evokes the heat and exotic spices of Asia fused in colorful displays of culinary talent. Red hot curries drown in rich creamy coconut milk. Shrimp and squid swim alongside tasty vegetables in mouthwatering pots of broth brimming with the tropical flavors of lemongrass, ginger and lime leaf.
Kebabs of chicken or meat long marinated waiting to be dipped into the sweet heat of piquant peanut sauce. Fresh fish, prawns, lobsters, clams, mussels and more are temptingly displayed outside open restaurants awaiting your selection and preparation instructions.
When I visited Thailand 22 years ago I stayed in Ko Samui and from my funky bungalow I could see Koh Phangan dominating the vista out in the Gulf of Thailand. Back then few people visited Ko Phangan probably because they still didn’t have electricity and there were only about half a dozen small, even funkier bungalow resorts around the island.
Tranquility is easy to find on Koh Phangan
Unable to find a good reason to visit 22 years ago, as Ko Samui was about as funky as one needed, I never took the boat over to Ko Phangan. But now it’s a major destination for the backpacker set, thanks to the famous Full Moon parties that take place in Haad Rin.
The large island of Phuket and many of the surrounding islands and Thai mainland were affected by the December 26th, 2005 Tsunami that devastated many countries and caused a large loss of life in the region.
A bit of Tsunami debris washes up on Karon Beach
Today Phuket had fully recovered from the Tsunami, and life among the Thai people is back to normal. Tourism on Phuket has yet to recover completely, despite the fact that most hotels and bungalows escaped damage or have been restored already. This presents an excellent opportunity to visit Thailand and enjoy its wonderful attractions free from crowds, and often at reduced rates.