21 Sep | jacob | No Comments

Gin Jay? Thailand’s Vegetarian Festival 2014

The Vegetarian Festival is a bright and lively celebration held over a nine-day period in September/October. The Chinese community consider that abstaining from during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar will be rewarded with good health and serenity. As is typical with many Chinese festivals, the origin of the Vegetarian Festival is not …

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17 Sep | jacob | One Comment

Where Should I Stay in Bangkok?

Contrary to many popular travel destinations, there is not one “central” district of Bangkok – there are several. This can cause tourists who have never visited the city something of a conundrum when trying to decide where to stay. Here is our rough guide to the main areas of the city: Sukhumvit This is the …

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8 Sep | jacob | No Comments

Because in Bangkok, when it rains, it pours!

In Thailand, the Rain Gods take a holiday from November and leave us all in sunny peace. Come April, when we’re all being melted to the pavement, they start having one or two occasional days in the office and by June, they’re pretty much clocking-in full time. The downpours are foreshadowed with an ominous gathering …

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2 Sep | jacob | No Comments

Top 3 Thai Food Apps

Hey food lovers, what’s ‘appening? Here’s how to put some delicious Thai food at your fingertips… It’s no secret that we believe that Thailand is home of some of the best food in the world. With all that flavour and variety, we want to eat it, cook it and share it all day every day. …

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22 Aug | jacob | No Comments

Top Five Thai Beaches & Islands

In addition to its food, Thailand is perhaps most well known for having some of the prettiest beaches in the world. When we aren’t busy eating, we love nothing better than heading out of Bangkok and hitting the beach to relax. But with so many to choose from, where are the best beaches and islands in …

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10 Aug | jacob | 11 Comments

Our Favourite Bangkok Food Blogs

At Taste of Thailand, we love sharing with you not only food we discover and sample as part of our tour, but also the history of Thai food and some popular Thai dishes and how they are made. We are also big fans of reading other blogs – there are some amazing food blogs in …

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27 Jul | jacob | No Comments

Our Favourite Thai Curries

Thai curry is made from paste, coconut milk or water and then seafood/meat/poultry/vegetables and fresh herbs are added. Thai curries differ from their Indian cousins thanks to their use of fresh ingredients like herbs and aromatic leaves rather than spices. Common ingredients of curry pastes are: – Chillies (the type of curry will determine whether dried …

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20 Jul | jacob | No Comments

Lost In Translation Competition

Oftentimes foreigners in Thailand don’t choke from the spiciness of Thai food, rather from the laughter at some of the Thai-English menu translations one can encounter in the Land of Smiles. While Google Translate is a terrific tool, when solely relied on, it can sometimes have highly entertaining consequences. Like our surprise to see we …

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15 Jul | jacob | 3 Comments

The History Of Thai Food

Undoubtedly, one of the most popular cuisines worldwide, but what makes Thai dishes so well loved? How did they originate? Thai cuisine is a simple yet clever combination of Eastern and Western influences harmoniously combined into that je ne sais quoi. Sour, sweet, salty, bitter and spicy flavours work together to make each dish come …

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6 Jul | jacob | No Comments

Giving Back To Our Community

Thailand is a predominantly Buddhist country. From a Buddhist perspective,  karma is very important. People who follow Buddhist principles believe it is why we are here and why we experience ups and downs in life. Thai people believe that Buddhist monks are the ones that have entered the path to enlightenment and help keep the …

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30 Jun | jacob | One Comment

Southern Thai Cuisine

Southern Thai food tends to be much hotter than Thai food from other regions of Thailand and being heavily influenced by flavours and spices used in Indonesia and Malaysia, it is known for its sharp and intense taste. We would like to share with you some popular dishes from Southern Thai cuisine. Geang Probably the …

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25 Jun | jacob | No Comments

Why Thais Love Tea!

There are many coffee and tea street stalls dotted around the streets of Bangkok, and indeed the rest of Thailand. Following the Chinese revolution and the defeat of the Kuomintang (KMT) by the Chinese communist party in 1949, thousands of KMT soldiers and their families were forced to flee China. They were welcomed by the …

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17 Jun | jacob | No Comments

5 Fun Facts About Thailand

This is probably evident already, but just in case it isn’t we will say it again. We are massive fans of our beloved Thailand. The food (this at the very least was probably apparent!), the people, the temples, – we love it all! But did you know the following about Thailand? 1. Land of the …

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8 Jun | jacob | No Comments

Where To Eat After Curfew

You would probably have had to have been asleep for the last two weeks to have missed that there has been bit of a shakeup in Thailand with the country now being governed by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), a junta of the military army. The main question for visitors to Thailand …

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1 Jun | jacob | No Comments

Food As An Aphrodisiac

We’ve blogged before about our food tour being set in Bangrak, Bangkok’s village of love, which is very apt. There is something about food and love which just goes together hand in hand (pun intended). Scientific tests have proven that some aromas can cause a greater effect on the body than the actual ingestion of …

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19 May | jacob | 10 Comments

5 Benefits Of Coconut Water

Coconut water is the liquid found inside young, green coconuts and is the ultimate thirst quencher, offering a tasty alternative to water, especially in the recent heat and humidity of Bangkok. April and May are the hottest months in Thailand, and it is important to ensure you keep properly hydrated, especially if you are off …

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5 May | jacob | No Comments

Tom Yum Goong (Spicy Prawn Soup)

We’re just going to come out and say it. Tom yum goong (sometimes pronounced tom yum kung) is the flavour that defines Thailand! There’s just something about that tangy flavour and the rich colours which emanates Thailand. The words “tom yum” are derived from two Thai words: “tom” and “yam”. “Tom” refers to boiling process, …

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28 Apr | jacob | No Comments

Spice Up Your Life: Thai Chillies

The chili (also known as chile pepper or chilli pepper) is the fruit of plants from Capsicum, which are members of the nightshade family, Solanaceae. The term in British English and in Australia, New Zealand, India, Malaysia and other Asian countries is just chilli without “pepper”. The substances that give chili peppers their intensity/heat when ingested …

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20 Apr | jacob | No Comments

Durian: King of Fruits and Discussion

We are now in the durian season in Thailand.  There are 30 recognised species of the “king of fruits” which belongs to the Malvaceae family. Thanks to its distinctive smell, durian is very much a love it or loathe it type of fruit. Fruits can grow up to 30 cm long and 15 cm wide …

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11 Apr | jacob | 3 Comments

Best Places To Celebrate Songkran in Bangkok

Thailand is well known for its festivals, and as of this weekend, Songkran, the most popular festival of all will be with us. Songkran celebrates the start of the new solar year and sees Thailand move officially into its summer season! April is also Thailand’s hottest month, so it is probably good in more ways …

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