DINING …. The MOVING FEAST

You can please your palate 24 hours a day just strolling along the pavements of practically every street in Thailand. The variety of al types of things to eat from the very familiar to the exotic offered by the food stalls and street vendors will surprise you.

p6Astonishing, yet fascinating, anybody, with a hearty appetite can have a virtual feast at every turn, all at minimal cost. The food enterprise is practical; the vehicle can be a mobile “rot khen” or merely two baskets on the end of a bamboo pole that can be carried around, or “haab reh.” A “shop” is hastily set up and remains stationary, while stools are brought in. Starting from appetizers, you may choose “look chin” or meatballs and other similar things fried or grilled on sticks, such as beef, chicken and pork. These typical BBQ’s cost a few bath with “nam chim” or sauce made from chilies and sugar. “Thod man kung” is included in this variety, made from parwn paste mixed with fresh coriander and then fried; the taste is finished by a dipping in sweet spicy sauce.

p7For those with a preference for Chinese food, the dumplings call “kui chai” (chive-like Chinese vegetable from where it got its name), these dumplings were later adapted to Thai taste with various fillings like prawn, bamboo shoot and taro. The typical E-sarn cuisine (from the northeast) is becoming popular around town. One which will be remembered most is “sai krok E-sarn” or northeastern sausage. With a mixture of minced pork, sticky rice, garlic and other spices stuffed into pig’s intestines and mixed with fresh vegetables, these are not to be missed. For your main course, “kuay tiew” is a delectable feast food for all locals. Many styles of noodles can be chosen from “Bamee nam” – a standard dish of yellow wheat noodles in stock with roast red pork and chopped chives thrown into noodles served dry or with soup and meatballs.

p8The bon vivant should try Thai style spicy dishes. “Khanom jeen” is one such exotic sample. The essentials of the dish are a generous helping of rice noodles with a mild curry sauce containing fish-paste balls. The dish is more appetizing eaten with fresh vegetables. Trade is always brisk at these stalls, characterized by great steaming vats of sauce and adjacent tables laden with bowls of vegetables. End tour meal with some sweets. Most farangs love to try “Khanom Thang Taek” – Thai style waffle filled with grated coconut, sugar and sesame.

p9Thang Taek is a slang expression meaning “skint’ but for this sweet, “aroy” (delicious) might be a better term. Cheap and filling, “Khao niao ping” is most often seen on the haab reh. The combination of sticky rice and coconut milk, stuffed with banana or taro, is wrapped in banana leaf and grilled. Wash it down with a choice of a myriad of juices-all for just a few baht.

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Essential massage tools

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In Thailand, where traditional Thai massage and countless other types of massage and spa therapies abound, finding one to give you that great rubdown is easy. Just remember, as wonderful as a good massage is, a good massage with the right massage oil, hot compress, hot stones, lotion, cream, gel or powder can make it a thousand times better.

p1To help you decide which type of medium you want your masseuse/masseur or therapist to use, some of the most common aides they use here are massage oils, creams, lotion and powder. A simple backrub already feels wonderful but using oil does not only make it feel better. Massage oils may offer physical benefits of their own, or simply enhance the experience with scent, sensation and ease.

Massaging with massage oil adds the benefit of moisturizing and toning the skin, as well as making it easier for your therapist’s hands to move and knead over muscles and skin. The scent you choose, the ingredients included and the way that you use the oil all give different benefits – from helping to heal old wounds to just plain making a massage more fun. Massage creams are generally used on people with sore muscles, an injury, or have muscle spasms. Herbal muscle creams with therapeutic properties stimulates healing and is great for a deep muscle massage. These creams contain essential oils and Capsicum which is a heat generating ingredient.

Many people prefer creams because they do not make the body feel greasy. For somebody with a highly sensitive skin, it is best to advise your therapist ahead so they do not use a cream that you will have allergic reaction to. A popular alternative to massage oils is the use of lotion. Massage lotions like oil, work well for deep tissue stimulation and non-slip massage. Most lotions are non-greasy and provide ideal glide protecting the skin from damage due to excessive friction during high-friction massages.

p2They help relieve muscular tension and stress without too much drag. As it is not quickly absorbed by the skin, lotion has the ability to condition the skin during massage. A very light massage using fingers, hands and arms over your powder-dusted body is like going back to the days when your sensitive baby-skin is caressed by the gentle touch of a mother’s hands. Powder massage is not designed to work your muscles as it is focused on the soft areas of the body like the back of the knee, elbow crooks, calves, palms, small of the back, etc., to stimulate nerve endings.

Sugar Hut Resort… Keeping the Thai Tradition Alive

Pattaya has fully embraced modernity just like the rest of other areas frequented by tourists in the Kingdom of Thailand but some traditions are still well kept alive creating a wonderful blend of modern conveniences and ancient Thai lifestyle. That’s exactly what you’ll find and feel at Sugar Hut Resort, a family-owned enterprise nurtured through the years, which offers a unique experience living in an old Thai-style house.

Set away in secluded jungle-like surroundings where animals like peacocks and rabbits freely roam around, Sugar Hut boasts of elevated wooden villas each with a serene and beautiful garden-like bathroom with traditional earthen Thai jar and a deck area that separates the bedroom from the living room. “You can barely see Thai-style house in Pattaya. It’s mostly high-rise buildings,” says Yanin Viravaidya, general manager of Sugar Hut Resort and a second-generation scion of a medical doctor who established the resort.

Yanin says their resort offers “an escape from the whole hectic city” and a chance to relive in a wooden traditional Thai-style house without sacrificing the conveniences of the modern-day era. Sugar Hut Resort… Keeping the Thai Tradition Alive Each villa has an elevated bed with a beautifully-laden mosquito net. Each bathroom has hot and cold water and a rain-shower for that that earthly jungle-feel.

The living room is equipped with a mini refrigerator and a cozy sofa where you can hang out or unwind. There are three swimming pools around the resort, each with wet and dry saunas. Non-guests can also avail of these amenities for just 1,000 Baht per person per day. Nearby is a restaurant where you can sample some of the best Thai dishes you can find. The resort also has a lounge area where you can read books or magazines, learn more about Thai culture or simply to chill out. And there’s more—Sugar Hut can arrange boat trips, scuba diving or even a brief tour to the city. Yanin assures their staff are always ready to help guests to make their stay in Thailand truly amazing.

For more info : visit http://www.sugar-hut.com

or call (66-038) 428-374 or 364-185.