Had Noppharat Thara - Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park

Had Noppharat Thara - Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park

The Royal forest department had surveyed and established the 75 million-year shell cemetery (Susan Hoi), Noppharat Thara - Mu Ko Phi Phi and near-by islands in Nong Thale sub district, Ao Nang sub district, SaiThai sub district and Pak Nam sub district of Amphoe Muang Krabi, 243,725 rais, as the 47th National Park of Thailand so called "Had Noppharat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park". There after, it had been expanded to cover the shell cemetery and near-by islands, 12.68 Rais., to have totally area of 243,737 rais. After that the area of Nong Thale sub district, Amphoe Muang Krabi, Krabi province which is the area of the Royal Thai Navy and the Royal Palace area has been excluded from this national park and left only 242,437 rais.


Consists of the land area on the coast of the island such as Oaw Maow mountain area, Oaw Nang-Hang Nak forest and other islands. The geological form of this area is the high mountain laid along the northwest-southeast direction. Coast area is the high mountain while the western side has deeper slope than the eastern side. Geological form of sea coast area and islands in Andaman sea would be affected by the line of earth layer movement so called "Indosenia Teotonic Movement". At the area of mangrove forest of Hang Nang mountain you would find the Klom mountain canal on the coast rim which get the drained water from a big pond, so called "Nong Tale" (Sea Pond) and originates the mangrove forest and low plain area of the Samed forest in the area of national park office namely "Klong Hang" (Dry canal)(Nhoparatanatara Beach).


"Nopharatanatara - PhiPhi Beach National Park are influenced by tropical monsoon wind. During November-October would has the southeastern-monsoon wind drives through and induces to have two seasons of weather here; the first is raining season starts from May till December and the hot season starts from January till April. Average temperature here is about 17 - 37 degrees celsius. Average rainfall per year is about 2,231 milimeters which would be highest in July and lowest in February.

Flora and Fauna
Vegetations in the national park area could be classified into 3 groups as follows :
Primary rainforest could be found in the high steep mountain. According to these are the limestone mountains which have a thin layer of soil and are frequently impacted with strong wind, lets the rainforests in this area are not naturally fertile. Most of plants are iron wood, rubber and shorea, and the low level trees such as chanpha, rattans, banyans and many kinds of vines.
Mangrove forest could be found in dry canal and Yan Saba canal. Found plants are red mangroves, samae, peninsular, withe beans, black beans, etc.
Phru forest is the society of dominant plants which found the dense samet trees in the Nhoparatanatara beach. Other found plants are shorea, jambolan plum, cogon grass, etc.


Koh Samui (2)

Safety & Well Being

Road Safety Easily the single most dangerous activity on Koh Samui is driving or riding on the back of a motor bike. If you choose to rent one (and especially if you are inexperienced), take precautions to minimize the risk of injury or worse. (See Getting Around for important tips that may save your life.)

Beach and Water Safety

Many people's holidays are ruined from too much sun. Samui's hospitals see many cases of heat stroke and severe burn caused by poor judgement. Limit your time in the sun, especially when you first arrive, and use sunblock. If you think there may a chance you will fall asleep on the beach, choose a shady spot under a palm. Don't swim in the sea alone, especially if you are not a strong swimmer. DO NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT swimming in the sea if you have been drinking alcohol. WARNING: During the months of January through April, extremely dangerous rip currents come and go, especially at Chaweng beaches. People lose their lives every year on the worst days. Look for the flags that responsible hotels display when conditions are dangerous. If they are red, use EXTREME CAUTION or better yet, do not swim

Food and Beverage Hygiene
All restaurants and nearly every food vendor serve safe bottled drinking water and clean factory-made ice cubes. Vegetables are washed in tap water but safe when cooked. You may want to avoid eating raw ones. However in spite of your best efforts to avoid it, you may develop intestinal discomfort. This may be painful, but probably not serious. A visit to a doctor, clinic or pharmacy is likely to provide quick relief in the form of medication that will work within hours.
Nighttime Activities
The atmosphere is so relaxed, and the people are so warm and friendly, that it's easy to let down your guard on Samui. This is especially true if you have had a few drinks. Though exceptionally safe by world standards, like any tourist area, Samui has its petty criminals. These individuals are most often present late at night, especially in some of the entertainment areas. This is not to say these places are unsafe, simply remember your common sense, exercise the same caution you would at home, and it is very unlikely you will be victimized. If a friendly and attractive stranger pulls up beside you on a motor bike while you are out walking at night, and offers you a ride, DON'T GO.Many people - men especially - may find it is very easy to make attractive new friends in the bars and discotheques. Bear in mind that some of these people will expect you to pay them for their company if you go out for the evening. The majority of them do not have criminal intentions of any kind, however there are occasional incidents and misunderstandings. If you choose to take a new friend (whether a local or a tourist) back to your hotel, no matter how kind-hearted she or he may seem, safeguard your valuables! Finally, women especially, should not accept an invitation from a stranger to walk on the beach at night, no matter how attractive he or she may be.

Koh Samui (1) General Infomation

This beautiful island off south-eastern Thailand is covered with coconut plantations and circled by (call us clich?d but it's true) palm-fringed beaches. It was once an 'untouched' backpackers' mecca, but is now well on its way to becoming a fully-fledged tourist resort. Coconuts are still the mainstay of the local economy, however, and up to two million of them are shipped to Bangkok each month.The most popular beaches are Hat Chaweng and Hat Lamai: both have good swimming and snorkelling but are getting a little crowded. For more peace and quiet, try Mae Nam, Bo Phut and Big Buddha on the northern coast. The main town on the island is Na Thon.Most of the beaches have plenty of rustic, thatched-roofed bungalows but accommodation can still be hard to secure in the high seasons between December and February and July and August. The best time to visit is during the hot and dry season between February and June. There are flights from Bangkok to the island's Don Sak Airport. Several ferry and jetboat companies operate from Surat Thani: express boats take two and a half hours and jet boats take one and a half hours. Local transport comprises songthaews (trucks with two rows of seats in the back), though several places hire motorcycles.Ko Samui's northern neighbour, Ko Pha-Ngan, is more tranquil, and has equally good beaches and fine snorkelling. Its renowned beach parties at Hat Rin are popular with backpackers, though not with the local police. The island is a half-hour boat ride from Ko Samui.
About Koh Samui

There are many wonderful destinations to visit in Thailand. Why include Koh Samui in your travel plans? Not that long ago the island was a favorite destination of adventure seeking sun worshipers. These savvy travelers visited Samui long before it was in the guide books. Seaside bungalows were available for as little as 150 baht per night, and you could count on spending day after sunny day on the beach in nearly perfect tranquillity. These visitors found there was an almost mesmerizingly restful and carefree feel to the island that often kept them here long after they had intended to return home.
Those who have known and loved Samui since those early days may not agree about the current pace of development in some areas, but for the most part they do agree on one thing. The island retains its sleepy magic. Koh Samui is still a paradise. Tourist arrivals have been increasing steadily in recent years. An impressive island-wide effort was undertaken in late 1999 and continues in early 2000 to improve the island's infrastructure to accommodate these developments. Those who visited prior to 1999 will be astonished at the number of newly paved and widened roads, drainage systems, and perhaps most welcome; the addition of sidewalks in the bustling villages of Chaweng and Lamai - home to many of the islands hotels, nightlife and shopping areas.However much of the island, especially the south coast, remains largely undeveloped. A day spent on scooters or in a jeep exploring this lush underbelly is a day of sheer serendipity. With its spectacular and astonishingly diverse flora, and its dozy little neighborhoods peopled by some of the world's most amiable islanders, this kind of exploration is sure to provide the delights you imagined when you planned your holiday. Short direct flights here now depart several times a day from Bangkok, Phuket, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore. You can also arrive by train, bus and boat.


Songkran Festival

Of all the feasts and festivals in Thailand, which are many, the Songkran Festival is the most striking, for it is widely observed not only in this country but also in Burma, Cambodia and the Lao State.
Songkran is a Sanskrit word in Thai form which means the entry of the sun into any sign of the Zodiac. But the Songkran in this particular instance is when the sun enters the sign of Aries or the Ram. Its full name is Maha Songkran or Major Songkran to distinguish it from the other ones. But the people call it simply the Songkran for it is the only one they know and in which they take interest. It is their traditional New Year when they can enjoy their holidays to the full with no economic hindrance. Songkran is a fixable feast on the solar calender. It begins on the 13th April and ends on the 15th April, but occasionally in certain years on the 16th April. The Songkran is in fact the celebration of the vernal equinox similar to those of the Indian Holi Festival, the Chinese Ching Ming, and the Christian Festival of Easter. The beginning of spring when the sun crosses the equator is now on the 21st of March which is due to the precession of the equinox. The Songkran Festival is in a certain sense like April Fool's Day, when the maids of the village play pranks on any gallant who happens to pass by their way. He will be caught and bound by the united strength of the maids and they will daub him with blacking.
Information from: "Essays on Cultural Thailand" by Office of the National Culture Commission.


Pattaya Thailand

by Robert Rystrom
Pattaya is one of the largest cities for tourism that can be found in the country of Thailand. Physically, Pattaya is located in the Gulf of Thailand and is Southeast of the country's capital, Bangkok. With wonderful attractions offered, much of this city's economy consists of tourism. If you are interested in visiting Thailand, chances are that you may want to think about visiting the city of Pattaya. This city is known to have a lot to offer to its tourists, which is the reason that it has become such a popular tourist attraction recently. Here, we will take a much closer look at some of the main attractions that Pattaya has to offer to its tourists, in order to help you determine whether or not vacationing in this city may be a decision which you may want to make in the future. Pattaya Beach is a favorite spot of many tourists, and it is also the most popular beach that Pattaya Thailand has to offer. Since it is located near shopping centers, bars, and hotels, it has become very popular among tourists. Unfortunately, it is often hard for many to get a spot on the sand, due to its popularity. Jomtien Beach is another one of the beaches which Pattaya Thailand has to offer. While it does offer some hotels and restaurants, Jomtien is mainly an area where people own summer homes. It is typically easier to find a spot on the sand at this beach than at Pattaya Beach. Jomtien Beach is especially loved by who enjoy taking part in water sports. It has a large entertainment center which offers water park attractions, a roller coaster, a monorail and fun attractions for children - which has helped with it become a popular area for people who are vacationing as families to want to visit. Of course, the beautiful beaches that Pattaya Thailand has to offer is not the only thing that this city has going for it. There are many other attractions which Pattaya has to offer that tourists all find to be quite appealing. Some of these attractions include golf courses, places for go-cart racing, the Sri Racha Tiger Zoo, Pattaya Beach Resort Water Park and Funny Land Amusement Park, a submarine, a crocodile farm, and various museums. There are also various shopping centers and stores which anyone may be interested in visiting while they are in Pattaya. Go go bars and strip clubs occupy the time of many tourists. As you can see, there are so many different tourist attractions that Pattaya Thailand has to offer. Ranging from its beautiful beaches where you can spend the day relaxing, having fun in the sun, or taking part in water sports to its amusement parks and other entertaining activities that the city of Pattaya has to offer, there is no doubt that Pattaya has gained some much well deserved appeal from tourists. No matter what you are interested in doing while you are visiting Thailand, Pattaya has just about everything that you could possibly be interested in to offer. There is no doubt that Pattaya Thailand is a city which you may definitely want to think about visiting.

My Bangkok Adventure

by Evan Moss
My personal experience of Bangkok is that it is one of the most fun, vibrant, culturally infused and delightfully exciting places that I have ever visited.
For those brave enough to undertake, driving into Bangkok is an experience in itself. With the sizzling food stalls, the open shop fronts, the omnipresent orchids, the rattle of the three-wheeled tuk-tuks, the saffron of the Buddhist monks, it's one of Asia's biggest cities, population seven million and growing.
Bangkok, however, is an Asia with one eye firmly on the West, and on Britain in particular. They like, for instance, the fact that our two countries have royal families, our conservative dress, and understated British manners. But more than that they love our football, with highlights of Premiership matches to be seen hours before we see them here. From what I knew of Alex Garland's The Beach, Bangkok's Khao San Road, the international back-packers' first stop in Asia, was a dangerous, druggy place of sexual sighs behind paper-thin walls, where Western junkies hid from the real world.
While as with most developed societies that that scene may well exist, my visit to the Khao San Road provided me with a very different experience. What I saw was a lively, 24-hour, bouncing place of inexpensive hotels, Internet cafés, clubs and travel agents. I was staying in the glistening, towering new Peninsula Hotel, on the Chao Phraya River, in the centre of Bangkok, across from the old city. I was bedazzled by the river. This extremely busy jugular functioning as a highway for speedboats, river taxis, junks and the occasional jet ski for the very brave. I took a riverboat ride upstream from the old port, the Farang Quarter (a foreigner is called a farang in Thai) with its hotels, embassies, shops selling antiques, jewels and fossilised dinosaur droppings, past the beautiful old, dilapidated European customs house and on to the Park Khlong flower and vegetable market. Nowhere in Bangkok is far from a shrine or a statue of the Buddha and, as we pulled upstream passing slums and temples the spiritual presence followed. Some of the best Buddha statues are in the Grand Palace in central Bangkok, where the 15th century Emerald Buddha, made from a single piece of jade, is the most revered.
While I had expected to find a society living spiritual life, my misconception was quickly corrected. Everyone who visits Bangkok will have heard about its sexy image and every night thousands of Western tourists are drawn to the Patpong area. While some visitors are either tempted by, or visit Bangkok specifically for the carnal pleasures on offer, many like myself find themselves in little more risqué that haggling over the price of a fake Rolex.
Not being so inclined I did not experience any of the sex clubs and similar establishments. But after a quick look around, I was making my way around out of Patpong when a smiling Thai tout in a Manchester United T-shirt emerged from a house of ill repute. "Would you like a beautiful young lady, sir?" "No, thank you," I replied politely. He hurried after me. "What about a handsome young boy then?" "Don't be ridiculous," I said, somewhat taken a back. With a philosophical shrug, the tout dropped back, obviously thinking, "There's no pleasing some folk."
But it was not all hedonistic. Hiring a tuk-tuk I sped back into the centre of town where earlier I'd spotted my own carnal speciality. Slipping inside a doorway down a riverside alley, I prepared myself for something really decadent. A beautiful young woman in a long, white dress padded over. She carefully removed my shoes and gently washed my feet. I had a blissful moment that I will more than likely never forget. My feet after a day and a half legging it around Bangkok, were screaming with pain. The young masseuse anointed my feet with sweet-smelling oils, simultaneously pointing out to me, on a map of a foot, how every bone of the foot represented a different organ of the entire body. This, at last, was the exotic East. Later, on the green-canopied ferry as we made our way back across the river to the Peninsula Hotel, I realised that for what seemed the first time for ages I was standing and my feet weren't hurting. It was all I could do to refrain from dancing with joy.


Chiang Mai

Experiencing the merging of the past into the present in Chiang Mai where locals are proud of the city's 700-year history. Its rich traditional heritage and unique culture is a perfect foundation for the development of the city. Chiang Mai is one of the few places in Thailand where it is possible to find in the heart of the city centuries-old chedis and temples next to modern convenience stores and boutique hotels. The original city layout still exists as a neat square surrounded by a moat with vestiges of the fortified wall and its four main gates offering prime access to the old town.
For years, tourists have mistaken Chiang Mai as the northern junction and the base from which they can explore other provinces. The phrase "a day in Chiang Mai is enough to see things around" was common. Today, tourists are surprised by the fact that there is always something new to discover Chiang Mai. Intriguing diversity among ethnic tribes coupled with breathtaking scenery makes Chiang Mai one of Asia's most attractive tourist destinations. Two weeks in Chiang Mai may not be long enough for serious travelers.
The old city of Chiang Mai with its fascinating indigenous cultural identity such as diverse dialects, cuisine, architecture, traditional values, festivals, handicrafts and classical dances is a prime location in its own right. In addition, the presence of hill tribes and their wealth of unique cultures enhance Chiang Mai's distinctive diversity

Chiang Mai is also blessed with pristine natural resources of mountains (dois), waterfalls, and other nature-based tourist attractions. At the same time, Chiang Mai residents are warm, gracious and congenial providing authentic hospitality making visits memorable and meaningful. Moreover, visitors from all walks of life can collect handicrafts of silk, silver and wood produced locally as timeless souvenirs. Chiang Mai is a place where both backpackers and luxury tourists can enjoy themselves to the fullest.
The Past
Chiang Mai literally means new city and has retained the name despite having celebrated its 700th anniversary in 1996. King Meng Rai founded the city as the capital of the Lanna (A Million Rice Fields) Kingdom on Thursday, 12th April 1296 during the same period of time as the establishment of the Sukhothai Kingdom. King Meng Rai the Great conferred with his friends, King Ramkhamhaeng of Sukhothai and King Ngam Muang of Phayao before choosing the site where the capital of the Lanna Kingdom was to be founded.
From then, Chiang Mai not only became the capital and cultural core of the Lanna Kingdom, it was also the centre of Buddhism in northern Thailand. King Meng Rai himself was very religious and founded many of the city's temples, which are still important today.
At the height of its power, the Lanna Kingdom extended its territory far into Burma and Laos, and southwards to Kamphaeng Phet a province above Sukhothai.
The Burmese conquered the Lanna Kingdom in 1556 ending the dynasty founded by King Meng Rai that lasted over 250 years. As Burma had occupied Chiang Mai for nearly 200 years, Burmese architectural influences are visible in many temples. At the end of the 18th century, King Taksin the Great regrouped the Thais in the south and finally drove the Burmese out with the help of King Kawila of Lampang thereby regaining Thai independence from Burma. Chiang Mai was then governed by a succession of princes who ruled the north as a Siamese protectorate under the Chakri dynasty. In the late 19th century, King Rama V appointed a high commissioner in Chiang Mai and it was only in 1939 that Chiang Mai finally came under the direct control of the central government in Bangkok the same time the country was renamed Thailand.
In the past, Chiang Mai was only accessible by river and elephants. More convenient access was achieved only when the railway line was completed in the late 1920's. Moreover, the first motor vehicle driven directly from Bangkok arrived in Chiang Mai in 1932. Such isolation was more favorable to Chiang Mai as it helped to nurture and preserve the unique Lanna culture.When we look at Chiang Mai today, it is the economic, cultural and communications hub of northern Thailand complete with excellent infrastructure, good roads, by passes and road tunnels, and reliable communications infrastructure.
The Setting

Chiang Mai, with an altitude of approximately 310 meters above sea level, is situated approximately 700 kilometers from Bangkok on the Mae Ping River basin. Surrounded by high mountain ranges, the city covers an area of approximately 20,107 square kilometers and is the country's second largest province. Chiang Mai borders Myanmar on the north, Lamphun and Tak Provinces on the south, Chiang Rai, Lampang and Lamphun Provinces on the east and Mae Hong Son Province on the west. The terrain is mainly comprised of jungles and mountains, which are home to the hill tribes. In addition, wildlife and exotic flora may be found in the national parks
Most of Chiang Mai's mountains are oriented from north to south. Together they create a multitude of streams and tributaries including Mae Chaem, Mae Ngat and Mae Klang. One of Chiang Mai's distinctive features is Doi Inthanon, Thailands highest peak, which is 2,575 meters above sea level. In addition, the province boasts flat, fertile valleys, which spread along the banks of the largest and most important river in Chiang Mai Mae Nam Ping (Ping River) which originates from the Chiang Dao mountain range

Thai Food & Cooking

Thai food has become in recent years one of the world's favorite cuisines. When we speak of "Thai food ", we are in fact talking of four very distinct regions in the country, each with their own culinary traditions. We are speaking too of the dishes created in the royal courts and palaces of Old Siam, that have been passed down through many generations of chefs, and finally into public domain.
Good food also comes up from the street level, and many of Thailand's most popular dishes can be found at the smallest food stalls and restaurants. And there is the influence of China, India, Malaysia and other neighbouring countries. So all these different factors come together under the label "Thai food", and you will find them in varying degrees at any Thai restaurant you care to visit, anywhere in the world.
One of the most distinctive aspects of the cuisine is its use of herbs and spices. With regard to the spices, some Thai dishes are very hot, but by no means all of them. The herbs have another function, in addition to providing flavour, in that they all have to varying degrees various medical and therapeutic benefits.
Thailand has a long history, going back to ancient times, of the use of herbs for medical purpose, and this in turn has permeated the ways of cooking and preparing food. Coupled with its low-fat qualities and its essential freshness, this helps make thai food one of the healthiest anywhere. Another important aspect about Thai food is the hospitality and friendiness, the sheer enjoyment of good companionship and of eating that is such a powerful element of the Thai personality. Sharing a meal is an important part of the day for any Thai person, and meal are very seldom taken alone. That is why all the dishes are generally served at once during Thai meal, and why there is a communal spoon placed alongside each dish for people to help themselves and to serve others.
A Thai meal ideally is a communal affair, principally because the greater the number of dinners the greater the number of dishes that can be sampled. Diners choose what ever they require from share dishes and generally add it to their own plate of rice. All the dish are serve simultaneously, or nearly so. The object is to archive a harmonious blend of the spicy, the subtle, the sweet and sour, and a meal is meant to be equally satisfying to the eye, nose and palate.
Thailand is blessed with many varieties of plants, herbs and spices which ensure s balanced diet. Today, visitors can both relish classic Thai menus and the benefits of a natural diet, and study the art of Thai cooking at several specialist schools in Bangkok and major beach resorts.

Long-stay in Thailand

Linked to the health-and-holiday concept is the promotion of long-stay visitors, with is mainly targeted at getting retirees from countries that have harsh winters and a higher cost of living to stay for extended periods in Thailand, where it is both warmer and less expensive.
Thailand owes much of its international popularity to the remarkable variety of its natural attractions. On offer is a tremendous choice of settings – blissful beaches and islands, rugged hills and jungles, teaming rivers and waterfalls.
Now a related product of this diverse environment, the country's rich natural healing heritage has started to attract a new generation of discerning tourists. With the increasing international popularity of health centred holidays, Thailand is pushing to the fore its world-renowned traditional massage, herbal steam baths, healing arts,
meditation, aromatherapy, yoga, acupuncture, cookery and beauty treatments, as will as an ever-expanding selection of world-class spas. Longer stays are the order of the day as visitors seek not just to experience these healthy ways fleetingly but to absorb maximum benefits over an extended period, while at the same time experiencing the country's history and culture at a deeper level. Once the process of rejuvenation and enlightenment starts to bear fruit, the logic of making this choice becomes beautifully apparent and quite irresistible.
What to do during your long-stay in Thailand
- Enjoy the healthy Thai food and learn the art of Thai cooking
- Enjoy the benefits of traditional Thai massage or learn the techniques for yourself at numerous resorts and spas, as well as the famous Wat Po in Bangkok
- Enjoy traditional Thai healing in the form of a herbal steam bath designed to improve circulation, reduce stress and muscle fatigue, enhance the respiratory system, ease allergies and cure skin ailments.
- Meditate your way to health and happiness.
- Rejuvenate your body, mind and spirit in a distinctively Thai atmosphere at the finest of spas
- Take up yoga and achieve harmony of mine, body and spirit
- Experience the rejuvenating power of the 4,000 -year-old Chinese art of acupuncture, a technique that awakens the body's self-healing responses and restores the balance of yin and yang.
- Experience the holistic healing power of aromatherapy and wave good-bye to negative energies and depression.
- Pamper yourself with all kinds of beauty treatments, modern and traditional, at amazing Thai prices.
- Learn the Thai language for a better understanding of the country and its people, so making your long-stay more fun and meaningful.
Suggested programmes
Day 1: By road to Chachoengsao to pay homage to the revered Luang Pho Sothon Buddha image at Wat Sothon Wararam Worawihan. Visit Wat Pho Bangkhla to see the fruit bats living there. After lunch, by road to Prachin Buri for inspection of Phraya Abhaibhubet Hospital's facilities. Dinner and overnight at Prachin Buri.
Day 2 : Spent the whole day taking part in the various health programmes or enjoy Thai massage and herbal sauna facilities at Phraya Abhaibhubet Hospital . Dinner and overnight in Prachin Buri.
Day 3 : Depart for Sa Kaeo, stopping to buy silk items at Kabin Buri. Lunch at Aranyaprathet on Cambodian border, followed by shopping at Rong Kreua market. On to Nakhon Nayok. Dinner and overnight at Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy.
Day 4 : Briefing and visit to academy's museum. Enjoy a orning of activities from tower parachute jumps to biking, canoeing and swimming. Lunch at the clubhouse. Depart for Bangkok


Top 10 Bangkok’s Restuarants

Where to eat in Bangkok?1.Je-Ngor seafood restuarantJe-Ngor seafood restuarantThai RestaurantSathorn Branch: 25 Bangkok Insurance-YWCA Building (next to Sukhothai Hotel entrance) 11 Floor, South-Sathorn Road, Tung Mahamek, BangkokFor Reservation: 02 677 3927, 02 677 3928, 01 170 9544Jengor's Kitchen HistoryA lady, who generally known to the people as Je Ngor has the name in her ID card as Mrs. Na-Chanok Sae-Ung. She is a native of Bangkok with 65 years of age.Prior to the operating of her own restaurant she personally made vegetarian-pao (Vegetarian Chinese Bun) for sales among friends in the vegetarian food festival in October for more than a decade. Je Ngor's pao has a wide varieties of stuffing materials of both salty and sweet type. Her home-made PAO has been well known among testers both vegetarian and non-vegetarian for a long time so that once her story was interviewed and written in : "Ploy Kam Petch Journal" in October 2001.Further from her original prestigious PAO she has now developed herself to run her own restaurant because of her fond of cooking plus encouragement from her close friends. Therefore so many different menus from varieties of recipes were created from her first restaurant located at Si Phya/CharoenKrung Soi 39 about 2 years ago and that every step of each menu was under her close supervision starting from buying the raw materials from those strictly selected grocers to ensure their quality and freshness.Je Ngor's Kitchen/Seafood has a variety of menu for selections with different prices from less than hundred baht upto several hundred bahts. Most of customer's order start with light starter or appetizers before enjoy their main dish and those seafood exotics.2. Wan FahWan FahThai RestaurantAddress: 292 Ratchawong Road, Chakrawat,Sumphanthawong Bangkok 10100 Thailand.Open daily: 11.00-22.00 hours.For reservation: +66 (02) 2228679, +66 (02) 2238064Wan Fah, a high-class luxury Thai style boat restaurant with Thai food, seafood, and beverage accompanied by Thai classical music. You will enjoy a pleasant atmosphere with our charming and friendly hospitable services.Come along and explore the Siam culinary experience on water. After an exciting day of travel, keep the rest of your time for relaxation with our fine traditional service. Welcome to our luxury boat restaurant with all kinds of attraction ranging from ancient relics to modern comforts.Do not miss a delightful experience for connoisseurs along the Chao Phaya River on Wan Fah, a comfortable boat restaurant among sparkling night lights to give you an exotic experience.Dinner CruiseSince its founding more than 2000 years ago, Bangkok has been the Royal, Religious and culture heart of the nation. The cultural and artistic heritage is reflected in the awe-inspiring palaces and temples while the history is revealed in the museums and other buildings of significance.3.Crepes & Co. Cafe' RestaurantCrepes & Co. Cafe' RestaurantInternational RestaurantURL: 18/1, Sukhumvit Soi 12 Klongtoey 10110 Bangkok ThailandTel (662) 653-3990 or 653 3991Fax (662) 653-3992Crepes & Co was established in 1996 with a unique & original concept and has become a landmark in Bangkok's dining scene. Offering more than 350 dishes with fillings inspired from the North to South, East to West, offering a wide selection of specialties covering the entire Mediterranean region. Our menu is a "first time ever in Bangkok" for almost all the dishes.4. Neil's TavernNeil's TavernInternational RestaurantBranch: Ruam Rudee and AsokRuam RudeeAddress: 58/4 Soi Ruam Rudee, wireless Rd., Bkk 10330Open:Lunch: 11:30 A.M. - 1:45 P.M .( Mon-Sat.)Dinner:5:30 P.M. - 10:30 P.M .( Daily) Bake Shoppe: 9:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M. ( Mon-Sat.)For Reservation: +66 (02) 2566874-6, +66 (02) 2566644AsokeAddress:G/F, Prime Bldg., 24 Sukhumvit 21 Rd., (next to Sino Thai Tower ) Bkk 10110Open:Lunch: 11:30 A.M. - 2:00 P.M .( Mon-Sat.)Dinner: 5:30 P.M. - 10:00 P.M .( Daily) Bake Shoppe: 9:00 A.M. - 10:00 P.M. ( Mon-Sat.)For Reservation: +66 (02) 2604391Neli's Tavern HistoryNeil’s Tavern , the house of the best steak and seafood , first opened for business in 1969. The restaurant was originally in the famous Siam district of Bangkok. “Neil’s Tavern” is named in honour of an American astronaut , “Neil Armstrong” , the first man on the moon. Neil A. Armstrong: Commander for Apollo 11, was the first man to walk on the moon on July 20, 1969.In 1978, Neil’s Tavern was moved to its current location in Soi Ruam Rudee , where it grew in size and fame.5 years later the equally famous Bake Shoppe was added to the name “Neil’s Tavern” , becoming , in its own right , the house of the best cakes and baked-goods. Then in 1994 , Asoke branch was opened , featuring both the restaurant and Bake Shoppe. Over 30 years Neil’s Tavern Restaurant & Bake Shoppe has become one of Bangkok’s landmark , serving customers the best steak , seafood and many more tasteful dishes , as well as various delicacies.5.Rang MahalRang Mahal26th FloorRembrandt Hotel Bangkok19 Sukhumvit Soi 18Klong Toei, Bangkok 10110Tel: +66 2 261 7100 ext: 7532The Rang Mahal restaurant, located on the 26th floor of the Rembrandt Hotel Bangkok, takes you through a typically South Asian gastronomic paradise! The Rang Mahal is open for lunch from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm and for dinner from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm. The restaurant, which accommodates 125 people, is decorated with complicated mirror work and high-quality paintings.In ancient times, rang mahal was the name given to the pleasure house and banqueting room of the maharajahs of India. The maharajahs frequented these pleasure houses to get away from the hassles of ruling the kingdom. Once there, they were treated to the best food, drinks and music.The Rang Mahal restaurant at the Rembrandt, true to its name, combines the lavishness of the maharajahs with contemporary Indian cuisine to give you a truly authentic South Asian gastronomic feast.6.New York Steak HouseJW Marriott Bangkokopening hours: Dinner 6.00pm - 11.00pmFor reservations, please call 02 656 7700JW Marriott Bangkok was delighted to receive two more accolades at the recent annual Bangkok Dining Entertainment Magazine Awards. Marriott Cafe received the Top 3 Best Buffets in Bangkok 2004 award and the New York Steakhouse was voted Best American Restaurant 2004.The latest accolades add to an impressive collection including New York Steakhouse for Best American Restaurant (2001, 2002, 2003) and Best New Restaurant, 2001 (Metro Magazine), Best American Restaurant 2002 and 2003 (Bangkok Dining & Entertainment Magazine), Thailand’s Best Restaurant 2002 (Thailand Tatler), Best Grill Restaurant 2003 (Metro Magazine), Best Restaurant in Town 2003 (Metro Magazine), Best Bangkok Restaurant 2004 (Metro Magazine), The Best Grill Room 2004 (Metro Magazine) and The Best Bangkok Hygiene Mark 2004 (Metro Magazine).Director for Food and Beverage, Stefan Gruber is extremely proud of his team and praised their outstanding contribution to the hotel’s collection of awards.7.SALA RIM NAAMThe Oriental,Bangkok Buffet Lunch: 12pm-2pm Set Dinner(with show): 7pm-10pm (Show time: 8:30pm–9:30pm) Terrace Rim Naam: 5:00 pm -11:00 pm A la carte DinnerFor details and reservations,please call +66 (2) 437 6211, +66 (2) 437 3080, +66 (2) 659 9000Ext. 3344, 3346Email:orbkk-restaurants@mohg.comOn the opposite bank of the Chao Praya River, Sala Rim Naam offers a choice of Thai dining; Sala Rim Naam serves a buffet lunch and set-menus for dinner, or choose to dine al fresco at the Terrace Rim Naam which offers an exotic a la carte menu at night.Housed in a richly decorated Thai pavilion, originating from Northern Thailand, the restaurant is also the setting for one of the kingdom’s unique cultural experiences - classical Thai dancing, performed before your table every night. It’s the perfect accompaniment to such lavish cuisine.8.Chesa Swiss Cuisine5 Sukhumvit Soi 20Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok 10500 Tel: (66-2) 261 6650Open: Daily: 11:00AM - 11:00 PM DailyDown a driveway that leads to the restaurant, Chesa sits on Sukhumvit Soi 20 in a typical-style converted house, situated opposite Windsor Hotel.The restaurant offers a modern look, with bright colors, a "wall" of white pillars with a trademark red wave. There's a private room for 24, along with a dark wood bar. There are no photos of snow capped mountains, no cookoo clocks or yodelling here. Two quirky painted "paper-mache cows' heads gaze down from their settings on the back wall, a nod apparently to a famous Zurich festival. For an appetizer, capuns, Swiss chard dumplings with bacon, onions, and cheese in a cream sauce are a house speciality popular with the locals. Others may prefer the pan-fried goose liver with raspberry vinegar. Thomas Nowak, the owner and chef, cooks according to the market, so chances are an item will be featured on the menu for a week or so before disappearing. There are many dishes on the menu that exemplify modern Swis cuisine while nearby cultures are incorporated into the cuisine. The gourmet raclette features raclette cheese, cervelat sausages and vegetables. Other choices include; Bundnertella (imported air-dried beef with bacon and ham), veal with pan-fried potatoes, onions, and bacon and Chateaubriand, minimum of 2 persons, this beef tenderloin is served with a bearnaise sauce and fresh vegetables. From the dessert menu there is Schokoladen Mousse (chocolate mousse) with whippd cream and grated Toblerone chocolate - but you could also try a Swiss favorite, deep-fried apple rings in beer batter or the popular Swiss chocolate fondue with assorted fresh fruits.9.Giusto bangkokitalian restaurant & grillSoi Sukhumvit 23Klongtoey, Wattana Bangkok Tel: (66-2) 258-4321Open: Lunch: 11:30AM - 2:00PMDinner: 6:00PM - 10:30PMLarge windows surrounded by a garden give the restaurant an open-air feeling. Arriving by car offers a fairly large parking area or if disembarking at the Asok BTS skytrain station then it's but a 6 minute walk to the restaurant. There is a path that leads to the front door where you're politely greeted and escorted to either the bar or your table. The interior eminates a warmth as the walls and ceiling are painted a light-chocolate brown with a textured floor design. There are a few pictures on the walls keeping the overall concept for the restaurant simple, yet elegant. There is also a private function room that accommodates 16 persons.As my two dining partners and I were escorted to the main dining-room we walked past large windows that allow patrons to view the kitchen where Fabio, the executive chef, and one of the three owners of this restaurant, stands cooking at the grill while giving instruction as a conductor might do over a seasoned orchestra. Covered in perfectly starched linen, our comfortably spaced table sat next to a window. We received nods and smiles on our way in, plus a greeting from Renzo, the second of the trio of owners. People dining here not only seem to be enjoying their food but its apparent they are enjoying the experience as well.We relaxed momentarily and then that frustrating moment …choosing the right wine. Selection? One of the most comprehensive in Bangkok as the choice of Italian red wine alone is vast. There are hundreds of wines from Italy, France, and Spain plus a serious selection of new world wine. I must have had a confused look on my face as Giulio, the manager and third of the three owners appeared, offering his assistance. I mentioned my preference to be a full flavored red wine yet my fiance and her friend prefer a fruity white wine. Giulio explained they offer numerous selections by the glass which would allow each of us to select different wines with our food. Great idea!The menu is more than a list of inticing dishes, devised ingeniously to stave off boredom with separate categories, each taking on a life of their own with items on the menu sounding more like delectable art pieces than cuisine, making it that much harder to select. I started with the "Parma Ham" as my appetizer; sliced air dried parma ham with imported cantaloupe while the ladies each had an order of the "Fresh Tuna" ...hand sliced with a zucchini & shrimp salad in a lemon dressing. For the main course, my fiance chose the "Black Spaghetti with Rock Lobster", having a brandy cream sauce, it reflects the simplicity that defines Italian food at its best. Her friend Jan chose the "Angus Beef Fillet with Mushroom Sauce", slowly cooked over the charcoal grill and deliciously tender while I selected the the "Seafood Skewer". A visual treat, this charcoal grill specialty is a tiger prawn & giant scallop skewer wrapped in pork colonnate lard with mustard sauce served with a mixed salad. Each dish was a delectable assortment of the spirit of Italian dining. Next up, dessert of course. I had the "Tiramisu" which was served in a large martini glass with mascarpone chesse mousse, coffee & amaretto liqueur that was hypnotic. The ladies chose to share "Millefoglie"; served with beautiful imported fresh raspberries. We finished with a Barolo Grappa and were more than impressed with Giusto. If you love quality Italian, then you'll also find Giusto is the "right" choice.10.Dalat (Le)Extensive Vietnamese menu47/1 Sukhumvit Soi 23Bangkok, Bangkok10110Tel +66 2 260 1849 / +66 2 258 4192Open 11a-2:30p & 6p-10p M-SuLe Dalat is a Vietnamese restaurant located in the business district of Sukhumvit. It is surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens and has a relaxing atmosphere inside, providing an escape from city’s noise. Traditional wooden sculptures and soft lighting add to the serenity. The menu offers a number of delicious Vietnamese specialties. Some of the items on offer include Goi Ca (raw fish marinated with fresh lime juice) and Cha Tom (fried shrimps with vegetables and vermicelli). Choose from soft drinks or a full bar of alcoholic beverages to accompany your meal.

Top 4 Hospital in Bangkok

Where to go when you need care and cure?1.Bangkok HospitalNo.2 Soi Soonvijai 7, New Phetchaburi Rd., Bangkok 10320Tel: 662 310 3377Fax: 662 310 3367Bangkok Hospital is one of the biggest hospitals in Thailand which provides tertiary healthcare. The hospital was established in 1972 by a group of doctors and pharmacists, starting with 5 specialists and 30 full time nurses. Today Bangkok Hospital has more than 400 full-time & consultant physicians and 600 nurses. Bangkok Hospital has gradually expanded its network to many provinces and is now the leading hospital of a whole network of hospitals throughout the country: The Bangkok Hospital Group. Continuous development and investment in technology, medical expertise and supporting facilities have contributed to the hospital's current status, ranking it amongst top medical institutions in Southeast Asia.The International Medical Center (IMC) at Bangkok Hospital is a department catering especially for foreigners. The team of multi-lingual interpreters is ready at all times to help overseas visitors and expatriates overcome the barriers of language and culture when visiting the hospital. The IMC also has its own International Clinic, where highly educated nurses and doctors serve patients from all over the world.Currently, more than 100 different nationalities benefit from the excellent international medical care and the personal service offered by the hospital.2.Praram 9 Hospital99 Soi Praram 9 Hospital, Rama IX Rd., Bangkok 10320.Tel: 662 248 8020Fax: 662 248 8018Established in 1992, Praram 9 Hospital aims to establish a hospital provided with quality care of an international standard. Also the hospital has been accredited under the ISO quality assurance system in 2000 and Hospital Accreditation (HA) in 2004.The international patient assistance will be available in English, Japanese, Chinese and Korea. The assistance in other languages would be available upon request.The hospital provides a complete range of accommodation, from budget-minded bedrooms to royal suites. All rooms have been designed with your comfort and safety in mind.3.Bumrungrad HospitalNo.33 Sukhumvit 3 (Soi Nana Nua), Wattana, Bangkok 10110 ThailandTelephone: 66 (0) 2667 1000 Facsimile: 66 (0) 2667 2525 Emergency: 66 (0) 2667 2999 Out-patient Appointment: 66 (0) 2667 1555 Dental Appointment : 66 (0) 2667 2300 General Appointment: E-mail: info@bumrungrad.com is an internationally accredited, multi specialty hospital located in the heart of Bangkok (Sukhumvit Road). All medical services are delivered within a 100,000 square meter facility that houses Southeast Asia’s largest private out-patient clinic, featuring 30 specialty clinics and over 600 physicians, 554 inpatient beds, and complete state-of-the-art diagnostic, therapeutic and intensive care facilities.4.Samitivej Hospital (Sukhumvit)133 Sukhumvit 49, Klongton Nua, Wattana, Bangkok. 10110 Tel : +66-2711-8000Fax : +66-2391-1290 Email : in 1979, Samitivej Hospitals is one of the leading private hospital groups in Thailand, the main facility Samitivej Sukhumvit Hospital located on Sukhumvit Road Soi 49, considered one of the leading private hospitals in South-East Asia.Samitivej with its state of the art medical facilities serving its customers for primary and specialty care has long been seen as the comprehensive provider of choice.In 1999 Samitivej won a prestigious award for Mother and Baby Friendly Hospital, from WHO and UNICEF, which further strengthened its position in the expatriate population in South East Asia.As an international healthcare provider the services are geared to manage relations with insurance and assistance companies to further ensure a smooth and easy handling.Our services include specialized care enters, international services, interpreters, arrangement for appointments/treatment.Known for the quality of its medical staff, many with international training and its sophisticated facilities make Samitivej Hospitals an easy accessible healthcare provide


Thai Car ( TUKTUK ) of Thaland

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The tuk-tuk (ตุ๊กตุ๊ก or ตุ๊กๆ in Thai) is the Southeast Asian version of a vehicle known elsewhere as an auto rickshaw or cabin cycle. It is a widely used form of urban transport in Bangkok and other Thai cities, as well as other major Southeast Asian and South Asian cities. It is particularly popular where traffic congestion is a major problem, such as in Bangkok. Tuk-tuks were introduced in Brighton, England on 10th July 2006, where a fleet of twelve (spelt TucTuc) operate using compressed natural gas, as the first motorised rickshaw service in Europe, between Brighton Marina and Hove, via Brighton railway station.
The tuk-tuk may have a sheet metal body (painted mild steel) or open frame with canvas roof and drop-down sides. Some have ornate tin ornamental hammerings or carvings for decoration. The roof may be either mild steel or a water proofed canvas, riveted to round tubing. Water proof removable sides can be added in the rainy season. Resting on three small wheels (one in front, two on the rear), there is a small cabin for the driver in the front and seating for three in relative comfort in the rear. They are very maneuverable and can turn around in one lane of traffic with room to spare.
Tuk-tuks are generally fitted with a water cooled two-stroke engine. They have handlebar controls instead of a steering wheel, making them a tricycle. The tuk-tuk is named after the sound its two-stroke engine makes when it is idling. It may have been derived from a similar Japanese non-motorised automobile in the 1950s, although tuk-tuks of the type used in Brighton, England evolved from the Vespa scooter, (later Bajaj of India), using old Piaggio Vespa pattern tooling and a Piaggio-derived 175cc engine. These were the front half of a Vespa, with an axle created for the rear, badged (in Vespa-style) as the Ape. These were used with truck bodies, pick-up bodies and eventually taxi bodies. Later the legshields were extended all the way up and over to create a roof. They generally are low geared, to allow the small engine to move comparatively large loads. Given the low gearing, Tuk-tuks have a high torque to weight ratio and can accelerate quite quickly making them nimble, especially in heavy traffic. The lack of high speed capability is irrelevant in heavy urban traffic.
Tuk-tuk drivers may have migrated from the provinces and have a reputation for not knowing the city in which they work very well, therefore getting people lost. Tuk-tuks do not have meters and users generally bargain with the driver for a price to take them to a specified destination. In Bangkok, there is now a maximum fee which drivers may not exceed. This has tended to become the default fee for foreigners. As with all unmetered transport, not agreeing to a fee before departure can risk unethical practice by the driver.
Drivers also earn money by having advertising posters and placards on their tuk-tuks. In early 2005 many of them were covered in advertising for the 6 February election. Tuk-tuk drivers can earn fuel vouchers or other commissions by diverting passengers to certain businesses that cater to tourists, possibly against the passenger's expressed wishes. Most drivers also decorate their tuk-tuks with religious charms and small Buddha images.


Top 5 Things To Do In Bangkok Thailand

By Aimee C. Barnard, Thu Dec 8th
1.Get on a river taxi and see the beauty of the Chao PrayaRiver. A very different view of Bangkok I've got tosay. If you're the adventurer, you can just jump on one at anyof its terminals. Just be fast enough as the boats ( water taxis) hardly stop. Otherwise, book a tour from one of the hotels bythe river such as The Royal Orchid Sheraton, Shangri la or ThePeninsula.
2.Rub elbows with the locals and tourists at the Weekendmarket, Chatuchak/Jatujak. It can get very hot in herebut it's an excellent place to see the wares of Thailand. Youmight even find a good buy along the way. Thai ( and not so Thai) goods available from antique furniture to fake jeans.
3.See the wonders of the Grand Palace All hail theQueen of England, but her Buckingham Palace is nothing comparedto this glorious work of art in the middle of Bangkok.
4.Have a Thai massage in Wat Po and if you have the time,take the 10-day Thai Massage course If you don't get aThai massage in Thailand then you haven't been to Thailand atall. Experience this somewhat bone breaking yet de-stressingtechnique right from where it originated. Or if that's a bit toomuch, go for the foot massage instead
5.Have A Relaxing Spa At The Banyan A relaxing sparetreat right in the middle of the city. You can choose from a 1hour facial treatment or if you have time to spare, have a 7hour Banyan package and spoil yourself mad.


The Loy Krathong Festival - Lighting Up The Chao Phraya

By Eric Lim, Thu Dec 8th

The Loy Krathong Festival is one of the most colorful Thaifestivals celebrated nationwide. Processions of beautiful girlsdressed in traditional costumes carry floral floats that arefloated on rivers and lakes. Each province has its specialfeatures in celebrating this annual Festival of Lights.
In Bangkok the highlight of the Loy Krathong Festival was aprocession of boats from the Royal Thai Navy decorated withvarious designs and lights presented by various organizationsheld nightly from 13 - 16 November 2005.
It was a spectacular floating kaleidoscope flickering in thenight along the Chao Phraya River from the Taksin Bridge to KingRama VIII Bridge against a backdrop of historical monumentslighted up for the occasion.
The Loy Krathong tradition
What's the significance of this festival beyond the color andpageantry?
The Loy Krathong Festival is a 13th century Sukhothai traditionof Brahmin origin, adapted to Buddhism, to give thanks to theGoddess of water and to seek forgiveness for past misdeeds.
This tradition is particularly strong in agricultural societieswhere the river gives life and sustenance in a close bondbetween Man and Nature. To the millions of farmers dependant onits source of water, the Chao Phraya is the river of life.
Held on the 15th night of the new moon in the twelve-month ofthe Thai calendar, the Loy Krathong Festival usually falls inthe third or fourth week of November.
The Loy Krathong ritual
In the ritual, the person kneels by the water, says a prayer,makes a wish, asks for forgiveness and floats (loy) off thelighted krathong. Courting couples float off a krathong togetherunder the full moon and watch as the krathong drifts towards thefulfillment of their dreams.
Making the krathong
Made entirely from natural material, traditional krathongsconsist of a small slice of banana trunk to serve as the float,which is decorated with banana leaves, multi-colored orchids,lotus and bright yellow marigolds, a candle and three josssticks.
In the old days, sharpened wooden slivers are used to pin

Who are Smiling Albino Adventurers?

Most Smiling Albino guests have never taken an organized expedition before. We often receive emails that start out something like this: “My wife and I aren’t really ‘tour’ kind of people, but your trips look really cool…”, That’s when we know we’re on to something and that you’ve found the right company! We’re not ‘tour’ kind of people, either.
Smiling Albino guests come from all nationalities and backgrounds, including captains of industry, families, grandparents, entrepreneurs, preachers, millionaires, adventurous 40-something dreamers and even students. Those who lay claim to a great experience with Smiling Albino indeed come from all walks of life. We even allowed a lawyer to come on a trip last year!
Our guests appreciate that SA adventures are an opportunity for self discovery, legitimate local interaction and exciting activities that do justice to the areas we visit. They like the fact that the pace of each day enables them to absorb the charm and energy of the areas we visit; things so often missed on organized ‘tours’.
Smiling Albino adventurers are also sensitive about their impact on local cultures and environments, preferring their money be used responsibly, in a way that benefits local communities, something we place the utmost importance on, every step of the way.
Our guests are reasonably active and adventurous folks who want some activity during their holiday without the pressure to perform. Often our group’s members have a variety of physical abilities and interests and we adjust portions of the program to suit everyone’s needs. For the sports star and the bookworm…welcome, you’ve found the ideal adventure company.

Stimulate Your Senses

Whether you’re preparing for your adventure, currently enjoying it or reminiscing years later, food for the soul is always a good thing. These picks can be enjoyed while overlooking the Mekong River, lazing on a stunning beach, riding the plane or lounging on your couch at home. Here are some books, movies and CDs that we enjoy and hope you will too.
Just for Fun
Bangkok 8, by John BurdettA twisting tale of a half-Thai police officer trying to solve a murder on the streets of Bangkok.
The Big Mango, by Jake NeedhamAn American is summoned to Bangkok on a mysterious mission to find missing Vietnamese money.
Tea Money, by Jake NeedhamAnother enjoyable detective tale set in the Kingdom.
The Judgment, by Chart KorbjittiA depressing look at the affect peoples’ ideas of another can have while providing a fascinating look at life in a small Thai village.
The People/Culture/Country
Lonely Planet Thailand, by Joe CummingsThe world’s best selling travel guide – tonnes of great info and the author’s a really nice guy.
Very Thai - Everyday Popular Culture, by Philip Cornwel-Smith and John GossA very fun book that covers pretty much every quirky area of Thai culture and society - great pictures too.
Bangkok Then and Now, by Steve Van BeekA nice picture book comparing old pictures of the fast changing capital with ones of today.
Culture Shock Thailand, by Robert Cooper and Nanthapa CooperA nice, light, quick introduction to all things Thai.
Thai Ways, by Denis SegallerA long-term expat’s explanation of quirky things Thai. Quite a fun read.
Phra Farang - An English Monk in Thailand, by Phra Peter PannapadipoAs the title suggests, a British man’s transition to becoming a Thai monk.
Touch the Dragon - A Thai Journal, by Karen ConnellyA Canadian woman’s journal from her one-year living at Denchai, a northern Thai farming community when she was 17. Won the Governor General's Award in Canada.
The Story of Tongdaeng, by His Majesty King Bhumibol AdulyadejAn illustrated biography of Tongdaeng, the King of Thailand’s favorite dog.
Thailand in Figures, by Alpha Research Co. Ltd.Full of every possible stat about the Kingdom you can think of and then some.
Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, by Dr. SeussA timeless tale of life’s ups and downs and all the places in between. Great pictures too!
Doing Business
Working with the Thais, by Henry Holmes and Suchada Tangtongtavy with Roy TomizawaFull of great insight into why Thais do the things they do and how foreigners puzzle them equally too.
Start up and Stay up in Thailand, by Roy TomizawaA look at how to start a business here via analyzing 13 case studies.
There, Thee ChaiyadejThailand’s sweetest voice combined with acoustic guitar and soft piano.
On and On, Jack JohnstonLaid back, good lyrics and suits every travel environment.
Café Del Mar - Volumes Seis and SieteTwo great chillout releases compiled by Spain’s premier beach DJ Jose Padilla. Guaranteed to make you feel out there.
Nirvana Lounge – Disc One, Claude Challe and RavinThis chillout, world-music compilation conjures up travel memories each and every time.
Buddha Bar II – Buddha’s Dinner 2, Claude ChalleMore ultra-laid back, funky rhythms. Perfect while drinking a bottle of wine.
Greatest Hits - Volume 1, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana BrassHerb is clearly the man! Put this on if you’re ever feeling bummed out and you’re sure to feel a bit silly inside and certainly happier.
King Size, Silly FoolsOne of Thailand’s best rock acts really nails it with this offering.
Let it Bleed, Rolling StonesThe Stones rule and this is one of their best efforts.
Café Arabica – The Cream of Arabient CuisineDreamy tunes with middle eastern overtones.
The Red Album, LOSOA favorite band of most Thais dish out their greatest hits.
Super 3 Cha, CarabowThere’s simply no better known rocker in Thailand. Carabow has been rocking the Kingdom for more than 20 years. These are his greatest hits.
Coffee Shop – the chillin sessions 1Seriously funked-out, laid back stuff.
Man with the Golden Gun (1974)James Bond is chasing Scaramanga, this time through Bangkok and on the Andaman Sea.
Beyond Rangoon (1995)Set in 1988, Beyond Rangoon takes us to Thailand's lesser known neighbour of Burma, a region once recognized as the wealthiest and most ravishing in all of Asia but which, by this point in time, had all but gone up in the flames of political suppression.
The Killing Fields (1984)An American citizen is trapped in Cambodia during tyrant Pol Pot's bloody "Year Zero" ethnic cleansing campaign, which claimed the lives of two million "undesirable" civilians. A chilling tale of modern genocide.
Bridge over the River Kwai (1957)British soldiers are forced to build a railway bridge for their WWII Japanese captors, unaware of an allied mission to blow it up.
The Beach (2000)Okay, not a great movie but it was shot at Maya Bay on the island of Ko Phi Phi. Leo!
Anna and the King (1999)The classic tale of an British woman’s ‘relationship’ with Rama IV, Thailand’s fourth king of the Chakri Dynasty.
Ong Bak (2003)Thailand’s Tony Jaa rips it and them up. This guy does all his own stunts, there’re no computer effects and he’s touted to be cinema’s next Bruce Lee. We could take him!


Cultural Tips for Thailand

Thais are very easy going and would rarely tell you if you are doing something that offends them. However, here are few things to think about before you arrive:
Heads: Never touch an adult on the head. Thais consider the head to be the highest part of the body (spiritually) and would feel incredibly uncomfortable if you were to do so. Children under the age of 10 can be touched on the head in a playful manner, but the best rule of thumb is just to not do so.
Feet: On the opposite side of things, Thais consider the feet to be the lowest part of the body (spiritually) Therefore, it is extremely rude to do almost anything but walk with them. Do not put them up on chairs, ledges, etc to relax. Do not gain someone’s attention by tapping him or her with your foot. Do not open or hold open doors with your foot. This might seem a bit extreme and strange, but it will quickly become second nature.
Noses: Try not to blow your nose while eating. If you need to refresh your nostrils, it is best to get up and step away from the table.
Shirts: In busy centers, keep your shirt on (unless on the beach of course). Trust us, despite the Thais not sweating as much as foreigners, everyone is hot. Imagine if everyone walked around with their shirts off – Someone Call the Fashion Police!!
Naughty Bits: Do not tan nude at any time in Thailand. Thais consider it very inappropriate and rude to expose your private bits and pieces in public. It doesn’t matter if you see others on the beach doing it – the Thais don’t like it; as mentioned before they are just too polite to tell you.
Royalty: Refrain from speaking publicly about the Royal Family of Thailand. Thais highly revere all members of the Royal Family, to the point that it is almost rude to speak publicly about them out of respect. Never speak about any past or present Royal Family members passing away either.
Monks: Women must never come into physical contact with or directly hand anything to a monk.

The Thai Language

So you’re coming to Thailand? Fabulous! Here are a few linguistic treats to help you get started.
To start, as a pleasantry, men always should add “Krup” to the end of sentences and statements, while women should “Kha”.
MePhom (men) or Dichan (women)
Hello/GoodbyeSawatdee krup/kha
Good luck (important with Buddhists)Choke-dee krup/kha
How are you?Sabai-dee mai krup/kha?
I’m fine.Sabai-dee krup/kha
Thank you.Khawp khun krup/kha
What’s your name?Khun cheu aria krup/kha?
My name is…Phom/Dichan cheu …krup/kha
Excuse me.Khaw thoht krup/kha
YesChai krup/kha
NoMai chai krup/kha
WantOw krup/kha
Don’t wantMai ow krup/kha
0 suun
1 neung
2 sawng
3 saam
4 see
5 haa
6 hok
7 jet
8 paet
9 gow
10 sip
11 sip-et
12 sip-sawng
13 sip-saam
20 yii-sip
21 yii-sip-et
30 saam-sip
100 rawy
200 sawng-rawy
1,000 phan
10,000 meun
100,000 saen
1,000,000 laan one
1,000,000,000 phan laan How much is this?Nii tao rai, krup/kha?
Who?Krai krup/kha?
What?Arai krup/kha?
When?Meu-arai krup/kha?
Where?Tee-ni krup/kha?
Why?Tumai krup/kha?
How far?Glai tao rai krup/kha?
Where is the ...... ?...... yoo tii nai, krup/kha?
Can I change money here?Lek ngun tii nii dai mai krup/kha?
Can you go to ......?Pai ...... dai mai krup/kha?
Have you seen my bags?Gra-paow kong chan hin mai krup/kha?
I don’t understand.Mai khao jai krup/kha
Let’s drink beer.Ghin beer, nah krup/kha
Cheers!Chun keow krup/kha
DeliciousAroy krup/kha
Very spicyPhet mak-mak krup/kha
What’s that?Nee aria krup/kha
I’m crazy about you.(Dichan/Pom) klang klai nai tuah kuhn
What is the approximate likelihood or snow today in Bangkok?Wan nee hee-ma mee ohgart ja tok bang mai nai Krungthep?
Do you want to eat breakfast together?Ghin kow chow duai gan mai krup/kha
You don’t love me anymore, do you?Khun mai rak (dichan/pom) eek laeo, chai mai?


Religion in Thailand

About 95% of Thais are Theravada Buddhists, which made its way to Thailand from Sri Lanka during the Sukhothai period (13th century). This Thai practice borrows heavily and incorporates elements of Hindu, Tantric and Mahayana influences. Thais believe that Buddhism is one of three elements that keep their kingdom strong, the other two being the monarchy and nationhood. Their faith is deep and dictates much of their behavior in everyday life. Most males, in the later teenage years will become monks, usually for about three months to make merit for and honor their family.There are roughly 32,000 monasteries in Thailand and about 460,000 monks, who follow 227 precepts.Three percent of Thais are Muslim, with most of them living in the three southernmost provinces

Holidays in Thailand

January/FebruaryChinese New Year, depending on the lunar cycleThis isn’t an official holiday but is celebrated by Thai-Chinese for three days. The exact dates differ every year depending on the position of the moon.
FebruaryMakha Bucha, full moon dayThis is the third of the years’ Buddhist festivals, which includes merit making and candle processions at temples across the kingdom.
AprilChakri Day, 6thCommemorates the founding of the Chakri Dynasty, by Rama I in 1782.
Songkran, 13-15thOfficially running for three days, Thai New Year is a time to be with family, wash Buddha images and make merit. Nowadays it amounts to a 63 million person, nationwide waterfight. This festival is most popular in the northern provinces where it’s celebrated for up to a week.
MayCoronation Day, 5thMarks the crowning of King Bhumibol, Rama IX, the current king of Thailand, who has been on the throne since 1946, making him the longest reigning, living monarch in the world.
Royal Plowing Ceremony, depending on the lunar cycleThis takes place at Sanam Luang (Bangkok), opposite the Grand Palace and marks the beginning of the rice planting season.
Bun Bang Fai, second weekThis interesting festival in Yasothon province sees locals fire huge, homemade rockets into the air to encourage rain for the coming season. Combine drinking and merry-making and you’ve got all the ingredients for a huge party!
Visakha Bucha, full moon dayThis is the most important date on the Buddhist calendar. It celebrates the birth, Enlightenment and death of the Buddha. There are beautiful candlelit processions at temples nationwide.JunePhi Ta Khon Festival, mid/late monthThis wild festival takes place at the village of Dan Sai in Loei province. Masked players reenact the legend of Prince Vessandon, the Buddha’s penultimate incarnation. Plenty of colorful people, masks and lots of partying – hang on for the ride.
JulyAsanha Bucha, full moon dayThe second of the year’s major Buddhist festivals, commemorating the anniversary of the Lord Buddha’s first sermon to his five disciples.
Khao Phansa, full moon dayThis time marks the start of the three-month Buddhist Rains Retreat at which time monks stay at their temples to concentrate on study, meditation and young men usually ordain.
AugustHer Majesty the Queen’s Birthday, 12thThis is also Mother’s Day across the country.
SeptemberVegetarian Festival, late month or early OctoberCelebrated with fanfare at Phuket and Trang provinces with locals performing self-mortification rituals following abstinence from meat. Many Thais across the nation tend to eat vegetarian dishes during this special time.
OctoberChulalongkorn Day, 23rdCommemorates the death of Rama V, one of the most beloved Thai kings; credited with modernizing the country. He was also the first Thai king to make state visits to Europe.
Ok Phansa, full moon dayCelebrates the end of the Buddhist Rains Retreats with nationwide celebration of Lord Buddha’s reappearance on Earth after a season spent preaching in heaven.
NovemberElephant Roundup, third weekHeld at the province of Surin, this festival pays honor to the national animal, its role in society and is capped-off with displays of forestry skills and a mock battle. Expect 150 elephants in attendance.
Loy Krathong, full moon dayOne of the kingdom’s biggest and most beloved festivals. It honors the goddess of water Mae Khongkha and asks her for forgiveness for polluting her. Locals float ‘krathongs’ on waterways in the evening, making for a very beautiful spectacle.
DecemberTrooping of the Colors, 3rdThis very colorful event takes place at Royal Plaza, Bangkok, when Royal Guards parade past the King and Queen, pledging their allegiance.
His Majesty the King’s Birthday, 5thOne of the biggest days of the year on the calendar. Locals pay homage to His Majesty, erect large pictures of him across the country and show their deep love for their beloved monarch. This also serves as Father’s Day across the nation.

A Brief History of Thailand

IntroductionModern day Thailand and its people are an ancient melting pot of Southeast Asian cultures. A variety of people have called the area home over the years, most notably the ‘Tai’ of Southern China, who first came here in the first century AD. Over time various Tai tribes settled in what are now Burma (Shans), Laos (Lao) and Thailand (Thais). Most modern day Thais are descendants of this clan in one form or another. Combined with periodic Burmese and Khmer invasions and more recent Chinese settlement, this is very a unique people.
Early HistoryCivilization, in one form or another, has been in Thailand for at least 5000 years, with evidence of bronze tools, pottery manufacture and wet rice cultivation in the northeast dated before to 3000BC. Prior to the development of Thai kingdoms, the region was controlled by other significant civilizations including the Mon Dvaravati Kingdom (6th-11th centuries), Malay Srivijaya Empire (7-13th centuries) and the Khmer Empire (9th-13th centuries) During this period Hindu beliefs were replaced by Buddhism (via Burma) as the primary religion of the region.
Early Thai KingdomsThe first major Thai kingdom, at Sukhothai, was established in 1238 when the Thais led by King Intharathit drove out the regional Khmer governors and became autonomous. During the reign of Ramkhamhaeng (1279-98) the Sukhothai kingdom peaked in grandeur and influence but thereafter declined in power until it came under control of Ayutthaya in the 1370s. King Ramkhamhaeng is traditionally credited with codifying the Thai alphabet based on the Sanskrit derived script of the Khmer kingdom.
In 1259 the Lanna Kingdom in the Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai regions of Thailand was founded by King Mengrai. This state remained mostly independent of, though cooperative with, their Sukhothai, Ayutthaya and Burmese neighbours until it was conquered and partitioned by the Burmese in 1560.
During the Sukhothai and Lanna kingdoms Theravada Buddhism was also brought to Thailand from Sri Lanka becoming the Buddhist religion for most of SE Asia.
The Ayutthaya PeriodAyutthaya was established on the banks of the Chao Phraya River as the capital of Siam in 1350 by King Ramathibodi. In 1378 it annexed the remaining portions of the Sukhothai kingdom and began a period of expansion and wars with its neighbours. At its peak Ayutthaya controlled or was the main power over a loose empire that occupied parts of modern day eastern Myanmar, northern parts of Malaysia, most of western Laos and the western half of Cambodia including the Khmer capital of Angkor.
The Portuguese were the first foreigners to establish an embassy here (1511), followed by the Dutch (1605), the English (1612), the Danes (1621) and finally the French (1662). By the end of the 17th century the city itself had grown to more than a million people and was described by some western visitors as the most glorious city on earth. In 1680 Ayutthaya expelled foreigners and sealed itself off from the west for the next 150 years.
With the destruction of Ayutthaya in 1767 to a united Burmese army, its residents fled south, settling on the banks of the Chao Phraya River.
Bangkok and the Chakri DynastyIn 1769 General Phraya Taksin, made himself king of Siam and quickly regained Ayutthaya and northern Thailand, forcing the Burmese to withdraw. His rule was cut short in 1782 by one of his generals, Chao Phraya Chakri who was offered the throne after Taksin was deposed, crowning himself Phra Yot Fa. With this change came the establishment of the Chakri Dynasty with ‘Krung Thep’ (Bangkok) as its capital beginning the modern period of Thai history known as the Ratonakosin period.
In 1825 Rama III, King Chakri’s grandson, ascended the throne and ruled over an empire that eventually included eastern and southern Burma, portions of Malaya, most of Laos and virtually all of Cambodia. He further revived Thai culture, cultivated trade with China and brought the first printing press to the kingdom.
Rama IV, King Mongkut, previously a Buddhist monk for 27 years succeeded his brother and continued to modernize the country by negotiating looser trade ties with the west and establishing a modern, European-styled education system.
True modernization came under King Mongkut son, the highly revered Rama V (King Chulalongkorn) who made the first state visits to Europe, brought back such items as the locomotive, establishing the country’s first railway, abolished slavery and instituted the modern monetary system. Until his death 1910, Rama V shrewdly kept Siam from becoming a colony of Britain or France, but did so by ceding controlled regions of Burma and Malaya to the British and all of Laos and Cambodia to the French.
In 1932 the absolute monarchy was replaced with a constitutional one during the reign of Rama VII and shortly after the country’s name changed from Siam to Thailand in 1939. Rama VIII was crowned King in 1945 but died of mysterious circumstances the next year, paving the way for his younger brother to ascend the throne.
Rama IX and transition to democracyAt age of 18, Rama IX was crowned in 1946 as King Bhumiphol Adulyadej, and is still ruling to this day – King Bhumiphol is the world’s longest reigning, living monarch. During the first part of his reign, Thailand was largely controlled by the military until in 1973 massive demonstrations prompted King Bhumiphol to intervene and help the country transition to a full democracy.
Since 1992 after a series of military coups and demonstrations had taken place, the country has had generally stable democratic elections. The first complete, four-year, democratically elected term was completed by the Thai Rak Thai Party (Thai Love Thai) in 2004. Under Thaksin Shinawatra, Thai Rak Thai was elected to a second term, capturing another majority government in 2005.
Since December, 2005, pressure has come to bear against Thaksin and his government due to perceived corruption, electioneering and defection of leaders within the Thai Rak Thai party. In April 2006 Thaksin called a snap election that was successfully boycotted by opposition parties. King Bhumiphol refused to open a less than complete parliament and in the aftermath Thaksin was forced to resign.
As of May, Thailand is waiting for a new election to be called as no parliament is currently sitting.

Food, Glorious Food

Thai food is something we’re really passionate about. Many of our guests say their Smiling Albino adventure could be described as “a culinary trip mixed liberally with a variety of adventure activities and venues,” due to our very deliberate emphasis on dining.
In a culture with a highly cultivated sense of taste, mealtime is an opportunity to experiment, indulge and enjoy traditional ‘family-style’ dining. This is how we like to approach meals too, sharing many dishes amongst the group. This way you’ll get to try an incredible array food, including famous Thai curries, dazzling sauces, fresh aromatic herbs, pungent spices and an abundance of fresh greens and exotic ingredients. Many of our guests say it’s the best food they’ve ever had.
Throughout your SA adventure we’ll personally host you on a Thai culinary extravaganza at each and every meal. From chic urban restaurants, street-side noodle stands, to those out of the way spots that only locals know about, we’ll introduce you to the most celebrated culinary traditions.
Our dining experiences cater to all diets and personal preferences, from the truly daring, to the more conservative palate. The best part is you can try as much or as little as you wish, we finish when you’re full, ensuring that your Smiling Albino adventure is a totally enriching culinary experience.
Bring your appetite, the table is set, we’re looking forward to hosting you here.

Prepare For Your Trip to Thailand

The biggest word of advice is to travel light. Most items are easily available for purchase in Thailand – especially clothes.
A favorite word of how to pack is to take half of your items out of your bag and leave them at home.
Although we never really have to carry bags further than 100m and always go out or our way to assist you, a good rule of thumb is that if you can't manage your bag yourself, you've packed too much.
As our adventures usually involve a mixture of urban and rural locations, here are some suggestions:
Sense of Adventure
Personal travel-medical insurance
Comfortable walking shoes (leave your uncomfortable ones at home!)
Rain Jacket
Casual shorts
Swimming Suit
Long pants (for temples)
T-shirts and at least one collared shirt with sleeves
Insect spray (especially for those venturing to the far north)
Passport with at least six months of validity
In the event that we visit a nightclub, nice restaurant or attend a concert, you may want to pack something to fit the occasion
For our Active adventures (cycling trips and Summit Siam) you may wish to bring your own cycling helmet, gloves, biking shorts, hydration pack and clipless pedals if you have some at home you enjoy
Consult your local health authority regarding immunizations and medications you may wish to acquire before the journey (malaria tablets, typhoid, Hepatitis A and B) Things like sunglasses, t-shirts and sandals are REALLY cheap in Thailand. So if you don’t own them now – don’t worry, buy them here!

Health and Safety in Thailand

After living and extensively traveling Thailand, we can ensure all possible precautions to ensure a safe, yet incredibly exciting experience.
Thais are very friendly by nature and always willing to lend a hand. Instances of crime against travellers are very rare and penalties for perpetrators, harsh. Special Tourist Police are stationed in all of Thailand’s 76 provinces, with their sole task, “To aid and assist all travelers”. All of these tourist police speak English.
We use the safest modes of transportation available and only hire from agencies we have previously dealt with.
We carry a cellular telephone on all adventures, so any unforeseen need for assistance is always just a phone call away. Thailand boasts a world-class cellular telephone network that services nearly every corner of the country.
Thailand’s hospitals are some of the best in Asia and all cities have readily available care and facilities.
Most importantly, all of our adventures have been designed first-hand, by us. We don’t use any other travel companies or tour agencies. We only offer adventures that we, ourselves, have enjoyed many times. Unlike other travel companies, your guides have personally designed the adventures you participate in.
References from past participants are available by request.
Accidents can happen at home, just as they can when on vacation. Although every attempt is made to ensure the safest and most enjoyable experience, remember that accidents are just that – unplanned occurrences. Smiling Albino insists that each participant be equipped with his/her own personal travel insurance (including medical emergencies) for the duration of their Smiling Albino adventure. We guarantee to always put your interests and safety before our own so you can have the experience of a lifetime.
Physical Fitness
Many clients and visitors have asked us about what type of physical fitness level one needs to have in order to undertake a Smiling Albino adventure. Firstly, if you’re not an Olympian – don’t panic! We cater to clients of all ages and abilities.
Remember, that everything we do can be catered to specific tastes and needs. For example the mountain biking portion of our Chiang Rai adventures can be altered depending on how much of a workout the traveler wants (some in fact have shrugged the workout all together and undertaken the cycling portion by car. No problem!). Others want to beat a torrid path through the jungle on two wheels.
Our trips can be designed to accommodate all comers.
Health Precautions
The following is a list of possible ailments occassionally found in Thailand:
Diphtheria & Tetanus
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis B
Japanese B Encephalitis
Malaria Although this list may seem frightening, most people never experience anything more than an upset stomach. The best way to avoid any health problems while in Thailand is to take proper pre-departure preparations. Please contact your local Health Authority or family doctor to receive proper, accurate and personal advice to meet your individual needs.