Showing posts with label guide to Thailand. Show all posts
Showing posts with label guide to Thailand. Show all posts

Monday, April 23, 2012

Tieb Tong brings traditional touch to Thai flavors (ร้านอาหาร เทียบทอง)

To say Tieb Tong is a hidden gem is a complete understatement.   If you are unfamiliar with areas in Chonburi, this restaurant is just as difficult to find as Platform 9 3/4.  Only true Thai foodies know of this humble restaurant that has been around for decades.  So, finding the place and dining there would really give you the bragging rights that you ARE indeed in the know.   If you want an authentic Thai taste, better make this your mission.  

Tieb Tong specializes on traditional Thai food from the central region. They keep everything old school and there is zero fusion happening here.  The decor is terribly outdated, although clean, cool, and comfortable.  There are several reasons why I'm naming this restaurant as one of the main must-go-to in Thailand.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Cute Pig's Guide to Thailand: Mont มนต์นมสด bread and milk bar

For a famous, tourist-friendly mall such as the MBK, I was really surprised how very few foreigners have heard about this popular Thai cafe, Mont, short for Mont Nom Sod. Among Thai local, it is a well-known spot for fresh bread and dairy beverages.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Cute Pig's Guide to Thailand: Post Songkran festival blues

I've been telling people the best time to come to Thailand is towards the end of the year.  It's the best time for snorkelling and diving as the sea is more calm, and the weather is generally cooler.  Summer season, particularly April is usually unbearably hot.  However, I did forget to mention that Thai New Year's day, or Songkran, falls in April and it holds one of the best festivals in the world.  Songkran is a big deal.  It is as big as Christmas in Europe and North America, as wild and epic as Halloween in New York City, and people take time off as long as 2 weeks.  I swear Thai people take the most time off work than any other nationals in the world. 

The annual tradition of water fight on Songkran originated as a way of paying respect for the elders and asking for their blessings by pouring water on the hands.  Over the years, that tradition has evolved into something much bigger and more fun.   The epic water fight doesn't last for only one day, but for the entire long weekend.  No matter where you travel in Thailand, at every alley, every corner, crevices, you would find a group of people with gallons of water and hose ready to splash you down.  So, if you don't want to get wet, your safest place is probably inside your house.
I want to have water fights with eleplants!
It's truly the most wonderful time of the year.
In all my years, I have never participated in the annual water fight festival until this year.  It really brings out the youthful spirit in everyone.  I've never seen so many people being happy and having fun together.  First, we started the day off by paying respect and ask for blessings from the famous Four Faced Buddha at Erawan Shrine.