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Retiring In Pattaya Thailand

Pattaya, in Chonburi province of Thailand, is about 150 kilometers southeast of Bangkok. It is probably the most well-known destination in Thailand for foreigner alike. The Pattaya city and its three beaches – Pattaya, Jomtien, and Naklua – grew rapidly during and after the Vietnam War, when the Americans built a naval base and American GIs invaded the town for “Rest and Recreation”

Today Pattaya boasts dozens of Five-star hotels, luxurious resorts, and a vibrant nightlife with hundreds of bars, nightclubs, and restaurants.

Pattaya has a large foreigner’s community, with Americans and Brits topping the list. There’s a sizeable population of assorted Europeans and Australians, as well. Two foreigners’ Clubs organize a host of activities for the foreigners. There’s a various of activities going on in the Pattaya city every day. There are two daily English-language newspapers-The Pattaya mail and Pattaya Today-and one free bi-weekly magazine which is called EXPAT.

Pattaya is a prime tourist destination for the pleasure-lover, and lies along the gulf of Thailand 150 km southeast of Bangkok. U-tapao airport is nearby. A taxi to bangkok is Bt 1,200 – 1,500. Buses and trains are much cheaper and service is virtually continual.

But a reasonable drive down the coast brings the visitor back into contact with Thailand. Sattaheep, Chantaburi and Trat are much more traditional.

Here are the comparison between benefit and drawback of retiring in Pattaya.

Benefit of Retiring in Pattaya, Thailand

1. Pattaya has foreigners’ clubs that meet every Sunday. They provide an extensive support network. Each club has a host of special interest groups. One of them provides cheaper health insurance for foreigners.

2. Easy access to Bangkok and all its attractions.

3. Three beaches offer a host of water sports for the active resident.

4. The city is one of the most entertainment capitals of Thailand, with hundreds of beer bars and A-go-go bars that are open to the small hours.

5. A heaven for gay residents for foreigners and gay-lovers.

6. Amazing array of restaurants, especially for sea-food and international cuisine; five-star hotels for comfortable dining and night-life entertainment.

7. Some of the best sailing and yachting in the country; also a big-game fisherman’s paradise.

8. Well over 20 golf courses in the nearly area.

9. Lots of clubs to join: five Rotary Clubs, a Lions Club, a Sportsman’s club and two prominent yacht clubs.

10. Many business centers to take care of financial and property needs.

Drawback of Retiring in Pattaya, Thailand

1. Up to a million tourists during the November to March. There are a lots of people around here.

2. Overcrowding of beaches during the tourist seasons.

3. Inflated prices for foreigners.

4. Pattaya residents usually get mistaken for tourists until the locals get to know you better and see you frequently.

5. Rush-hour traffic can be as suck as other metropolis, especially during holidays and festivals.

6. Although improvement of environment, the beaches are still polluted with garbage all the times.

7. Booming tourism has caused much environmental degradation of the area.

8. High rate of Crimes.

9. Pattaya continues to have the image of being a city of sin and sex.

Global food crisis is developing

The L.A. Times called the present global food crisis “A Perfect Storm”.(April 1, 2008)

The U.N. is struggling to meet the needs of millions of people from Central America to Africa to Asia to the Philippines and back to South America who are desperate. It was reported that the Belgian director of procurement for the U.N.’s World Food Program was in total exasperation over the price of white beans -”White beans at $1,160″ a metric ton presently is “complete madness”, he said. Two years ago white beans could be bought for $235 per metric ton in Ethiopia markets.

The crisis is escalating quickly as the WFP director is sounding the global alarm. Millions of people who 6 months ago were not going with out food are now scavenging for food and many do not eat daily.

Rising fuel prices are contributing to the rising food costs. This in turn is leading the world into the first major food shortage since World War II, which many people around the world do not remember. Not only are prices going higher and higher, in many cases the droughts around the world have yielded smaller harvests.

Food riots in the last few months have broken out in Senegal, Morocco, Mexico and Yemen. WFP predicts riots are close to breaking out in Morocco, Guinea, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Senegal, Yemen, Pakistan and Indonesia as their food reserves are gone.

Government officials in the Philippines have been “raiding warehouses” in Manila seeking out black market traders who are hoarding rice.

Rice prices continue to surge on the commodities market weekly, rising 30% in one day. Many rice importers have suspended rice exports or cut them drastically, such as Egypt, Cambodia, India, Vietnam and the world’s largest rice exporter Thailand.

The huge pestilence problem in Southeast Asia has damaged rice, bamboo and other major food crops that are large exports for the Asian nations.

The 10 year drought afflicting Australia is making their crops lands dust bowls.

The long snow laden and extremely cold winter in China (45 days of bitter cold and snow)has added to food problems there. So China has stopped exports of essential food commodities.

The western expansion of corporate business in India and China has created sudden wealth for many people in these countries and changed their eating practices. The Chinese are consuming more meat, in fact the statistics show that consumers there are eating 150% more meat since the 1980′s. But, that increases the need for more grains

Thailand Travellers – Explore The Mystery Of Thailand

Thailand is teeming with tourists, perhaps it is because of blend of mystery and excitement, the mix of ancient lore and modern nightlife. Thailand, has been known as Siam for centuries, Thailand has been a crossroads of culture and religion and the 21st century has not changed that fact.

If you are a Buddhist, it is the destination of a lifetime, if you are simply one who enjoys witnessing a culture far different than your own; again it is the destination of life time. For the devotee of Buddha; Thailand is home to some of the most unique and unusual Buddhist temples in the world.

And even if you are not a Buddhist, to stare at the emerald Buddha, crafted entirely of jasper quartz or jade is staggering to the imagination; the jade is dated to the 15th century, with the murals not being quite as old.

Add to that the fact that travelling in Thailand (not counting the airfare to get there) is one of the most inexpensive destinations worldwide. Hotels, food, shopping all are priced to make even a tourist with a modest budget, travel in style and eat like a King (a bowl of noodles cost less than one Dollar US)

If you are either the type of traveller who goes with a group, or strikes out on your own; either is find in Thailand with hotels to accommodate any budget. Backpackers can choose Kaosan road and if your tastes are more refined, you can choose packages from $40 to $100 or even $200 a night. The service is outstanding and staff will cater to your every whim.

Bangkok is full of activity, home to The National Museum of Thai art, musical instruments, weapons, woodcarving, ceramics, clothing and sacred Buddha images. While you’re here, don’t miss the Vinmanmek Teak Mansion, the largest teak structure standing. And of course you’ll want to visit The Royal Elephant Museum and Dusuit Zoom.

ROYAL ELEPHANT MUSEUM: The Royal Elephant Museum (this was first a stable for elephants commissioned by King Chulalongkorn) was an area or enclosure in the Palace and would eventually lay claim to containing the famous white elephant. This elephant was purported to have spiritual powers and was later elevated royal status in 1906.

While there are many ways to travel, I feel that coming to Thailand with a tour is not the best way to see the country. Certainly you will hit the high spots, but you will be surrounded by many other tourists, many love to discover Thailand more intimately. Thailand is a country that loves visitors, has kind and caring people and getting from one place to the other is easy, with the skytrain, taxi or tuk-tuk.

TUK-TUK: The tuk-tuk is like a small taxi and is widely used for transporting people in Southeast Asia. The name itself is derived from the sound of the engine. Tourist seem to like them since in times of increased traffic, they are often faster than a taxi. Be certain of the price you are paying for your ride and bargain for your fare, it is not expected to pay the first price you are quoted in Thailand.

Thailand ,The Land of Smile which is located in Southeast Asia

The Kingdom of Thailand , the land of old culture with a beatiful nature for relaxing, traveling , and your vacation.
Thailand, or Siam , or The Land of Smile which is located in Southeast Asia , the capital’s name “Bangkok”, the population amount 60 millions and most of people are Buddhist, has well known in beautiful traveling places. Every year there are many foreigners come and visit our country. The popular places are the beach and sea, island, waterfall , forest and mountain, and cultural

There are two side of the sea here ; 1. Andaman sea side and 2. Gulf of Thailand sae side

Andaman sea is full of under water world marine life such as corel, fishes, sea flower, etc. So Andaman sea is the paradise of scuba diving and snorkeling. The beach is very clean and has white sand which attract the tourist for sun bathing. Phuket Island is one of the province of Thailand which located at the Andaman sea side. This island is the most popular in Thailand. Every year many tourist come and visit Phuket expecialy the Europain and American because it has beautiful sea and beach. Around Phuket Area, there are many places which very popular for scuba diving and snorkeling. At Phuket you can choose to stay with economic hotel to 5 stars hotel because there are many hotels here.
At night Phuket changes to the civilize town for tourist who want to eat and drink, lot of bars, pubs and restaurants are open for service you. That why the foreigner who love to come and visit Thailand never forget to go to Phuket also.
The islands which are located in Andaman sea side such as Koh (meaning island in Thai) Phi Phi, Koh Lanta, Koh Similan, Koh Tarutao , etc. are very popular and beatiful not less than each others. Oh!! more than word to say and explain with them.
Gulf of Thailand sea side is beatiful not less than Andaman sea side. The most popular island is Koh Samui wich located in Suratthani province. Europian and American likes to visit here. Near Koh Samui, there are Koh Pha-Ngan , Koh Tao, and Angtong islands which have nice sea and nature.
In The East of Thailand, the popular island are Koh Chang, Koh Samed, Koh Mhak, Koh Man-Nork, Koh Man-Nai. The Asian likes to visit them.
Contined to talk about the the waterfall, forest, and mountain. Kanchanaburi is the large province located in The West of Thailand. Here is full of the perfect forest. The popular waterfall here is Erawan waterfall which has 7 tires. The City is old with the history of The World War II. War Cemetery and The Bridge over The Kwai River are located here.
Furthermore, the perfect and large forest in The Northeast of Thailand is Khao Yai has beatiful nature, waterfalls, you will enjoy adventure in the forest.
Chiang Mai is the largest province of Thailand which has beatiful nature , forest and mountain. There are many cultural places here for cultural traveling. The tourist loves to go to Chiang Mai during Songrand Festival which call Thai New Year, in the middle of April to join with this tradition.
From the above details is talk about the beach and sea, waterfall , forest and mountain in Thailand but if you are the one who love cultural traveling you should go to Ayutthaya and Sukhothai. They will attract and impress you with the old cultural places.
All of Thailand information that I describe for you is just a little part of us. Come to visit and touch us by yourself, you will love us never forget Thailand.

A New Luxury Holiday Destination In Thailand

Koh Samui, also known as Samui, is Thailand’s one of the most idyllic islands, located in the Gulf of Thailand. Situated about 85 km east of Surat Thani and about 700 km south of Bangkok, Koh Samui is the largest island on the Gulf of Siam and third largest island in Thailand, other two being Phuket and Ko Chang. Sometimes Koh Samui is also referred to as Coconut Island because of its countless number of coconut palms, harvesting more than two million coconuts per month.

Koh Samui’s prime attraction is undoubtedly its serene environment blessed with mountainous jungle terrains, luxuriant tropical ferns, swaying coconut palms, long stretch of pristine white sandy beaches, granite boulders, clear blue water, superb waterfalls, and sparkling ponds. Hence, it is no wonder why foreigners, particularly from Europe, flock here year-round.

One of the most popular among the Koh Samui’s attractions is Wua Ta Lap, which has to its credit a stunning cave. Perhaps the most prominent attraction of Koh Samui is Pra Yai or the Big Buddha – a 12 mt high golden statue which is proudly placed at the northern point of the island. This astounding image is visible even from several kilometers away. Located at the southern part of the island, Na Thian Butterfly Garden is another popular attraction, providing opportunities to observe numerous species of butterflies. A well-maintained garden, bee house, and a Thai style house are also attached to the garden.

There are also some interesting destinations in the area, such as, Hin Ta Hin Yai, which are two renowned granite stones that stand out among numerous other rock formations along the coastline. These two rocks, literally meaning Grandfather and Grandmother are believed to be the origin of the Mui people. Landmarks also include the Samui Aquarium with a variety of tropical fish and marine fauna. Other worth visiting destinations in the area are Thale Nai, encircled by mountains; the statue Garden featuring an array of Buddhist and Hindu Statues; and Tham Bua Bok.

In addition, Samui is much famed for its incredible beaches such as Chaweng, Lamai, Bophut, and Maenam Beach, each of them providing options to enjoy a range of activities such as fishing, boat chartering, and sailing. Further, Samui boasts of some stunning water falls like Namuang. Koh Samui is home to some of the best diving sites in Thailand, with a range of spectacular islets such as Koh Mad Lang, Koh Som, and Koh Taopun.

However, Koh Samui’s enormous range of activities is more than diving and fishing. For instance, Koh Samui provides excellent options for bowling, with more than ten pin bowling. For shooting enthusiast, superb facilities are available to enhance your shooting skills at the Shooting Gallery, consisting of a variety of guns with live ammunition.

Some superb options are also available for adventurers in the form of Bungy Jumping in Chaweng. Equally fabulous is Samui’s nightlife, with a range of happening beach bars, cabaret bars, rocking, and pubs. If you are looking for something different during your Koh Samui vacation, then spectacle a Muay Thai (Thai boxing) match or take a Thai cooking lesson under the guidance of some renowned Thai cooks. Likewise, take an elephant trekking for a unique experience.

A lot number of other choices are also available, such as Treasure Island Adventure Golf Course and a tennis court facility as well as a go kart facility. For weary travelers, a plethora of spa facilities are available to get pampered and relaxed. Majority of the high-end resorts and hotels render a range of massages and herbal treatments.

From elegant bungalows and sea view villas to beachfront resorts and world-class hotels, accommodation options are aplenty in Samui. Many of them provide top-class facilities including air-conditioned rooms coupled with en-suite bathrooms, lounge, kitchen, and dining room.

Facilities cover barbeque area, baby sitting service, and car rental. Further, majority of the villas and apartments offer maid service, apart from facilities such as superb swimming pools and complimentary airport transfers. Besides, there are also some fantastic options available for budget conscious travelers. Above all, most of them provide some kind of discounts for booking rooms in advance.

With these attractions and umpteen options to choose from, Koh Samui is unquestionably a luxury destination in Thailand!

Rising food prices

The one single dominant issue galvanizing the minds of Filipinos today is the price of rice. As the global costs soar for this basic food staple, the Philippines – the world’s biggest rice importer – is facing a crisis.

Unlike their neighbours in Thailand and Vietnam, successive Philippine governments chose to invest in the service sector over agriculture. This failure of foresight, which had the potential to make the country self sufficient in the grain, has resulted in its need to import (in a classic case of “Coals to Newcastle”) over 2 million tons annually. If that’s not pause for thought, imagine this nation’s desperate reliance on the commodity. The population has

risen by an unprecedented 27 million in as many years to almost 90 million today. It is forecast, at current trends, to reach 140 million by 2040.

Such is the necessity of rice in the diet the average Filipino spends 40% of his income on its consumption. As almost half the population attempts to survive on less than $2 a day, the food demands in years to come for this ever growing populace can never be overstated, and will overshadow all future matters of state. The challenges ahead are immense.

Contrary to popular opinion, there is no actual shortage of rice. It is the consumer, fearful of reports day after day of rising costs, that has led them to stockpile. This panic buying resulted in depletion of government reserves, which forced the authorities to make additional demands from exporters.

With 3 billion people worldwide relying on rice as their mainstay, and speculation of impending future supply problems effecting and driving fast moving prices, buying on the international market has become more difficult. Producers like Thailand are finding it complicated to set the right price and to measure and balance it against the high degree of desperate buyers. Furthermore, in order to ensure stability for their own people, some governments have shut off exports altogether in an effort to control prices at home, which compounds the uncertainties of the importers.

The rice crisis in the Philippines, fuelled by unscrupulous traders hoarding vast amounts of rice in order to maximize profits, has focused much needed attention to the debate on self-sufficiency. With prime agricultural land depleting rapidly, whether through factors of urban build, deforestation, bio-fuel production, or even climate change (all contentious subjects) the government is now addressing issues to make farming more productive. Too little too late some may say.

In its drive to be a hub of technological excellence, embracing a global IT and telecommunications nucleus, the Philippines may find the cost of economic growth considerably at odds with the price of feeding its people. In this brave new world, it is a lesson which other emerging nations contemplating a similar path may do well to heed.

Food Tales from China

Some years ago I was working in a relatively small restaurant. It was a quaint place with a large outdoor seating area, a few indoor tables and an open kitchen, so open in fact that guests would often walk right in and chat to us Chefs. This was also because most of the customers were on a first name basis with us and felt completely at home in our kitchen. It was a very comfortable place to work. Most nights we ran with just 3 of us in the kitchen, myself the apprentice and the kitchen hand. The kitchen hand, Jason, was originally from Shanghai. A very mild mannered humble man of about 45. He had a young child and pretty wife that would often pick him up at the end of his shifts late at night. They were in Australia on a working holiday, and although he was a high ranking civil engineer back in Shanghai, he was completely comfortable with washing dishes here in Sydney as he knew his minimal English was a limitation. Having said that even with his minimal English there were plenty of conversations in that kitchen.

I had in those years developed quite an interest in all things China and Jason had plenty to tell on that topic. He told me of the phenomenal growth Shanghai and the whole country were experiencing. He told me of the food he grew up on and told me the Chinese names of all the seafood we had in the cool room. He told me of how the rapid change in his country had meant that many generations could not relate to one another, grand parents had grown up in Dynasty ruled China, parents in dictatorial communist China, and children were raised in the current all Capitalism embracing Communism. All these things, some good some bad intrigued me to get there even more. So when my best friend Trevor moved there from Canada for a job as a Journalist in Beijing with Chinese Radio I knew it would only expedite my inevitable trip to China.

That trip came a few months ago and I have to be honest I was impressed, very impressed. I shall stop short of telling every aspect of it that impressed me as that would take more room than we have here. Instead I will just focus on the food and what amazing food it is. This, my first trip to China saw us eating from Beijing to Hong Kong via rail and back again. To give you some idea of the scale of the space between those 2 amazing cities, it is around a 26 hour train journey.

Maybe it is my ignorance or maybe it is the fact that China has so much else worthy of mentioning, but when people used to mention great food cultures of the world, I would tend to think of countries where I know food is an integral and everyday part of the culture and lifestyle. Places like France, Italy, South America and South East Asian countries like Thailand, Viet Nam and the likes. Obviously I knew China had an important food scene but I did not expect it to be as an integral part of everyday life as it is. The Chinese do not just eat for the sake of eating, they do not eat just because they are hungry, they eat because it is an important part of who they are. They eat with pride and cook with pride even the simplest of meals. This is not a culture that invented the sandwich or fast food. This is a culture where eating is almost always a social event to be shared and enjoyed. This is not an eat a muffin during rush hour in the car on the way to work sort of culture. This is a culture where many everyday dishes have a connection to the history of the soil on which it is eaten. I was lucky to eat with many locals during my trip thanks to Trevor’s connections and I recall many occasions where someone would tell me how a certain dish is named in honour of an emperor or how a meal we were having was the same meal that was eaten after a significant battle or how a dish we were sharing was the signature dish of the province they had grown up in as a child. These are not one off special occasion dishes either, this is everyday food eaten by everybody!

My first day saw me arriving on a comfortably warm yet very smoggy day in the Golden City; Beijing. Trevor and his beautiful fiancé Jing Jing & I went for Dry Pot, a new style of cuisine on the abundant Beijing restaurant scene. Jing Jing ordered the food, chicken beef, vegetable, fish balls and chilli. In the middle of our table was a large hole with a conductive thermal hot plate. We laughed a lot as we caught up and talked over some green tea and very large cheap Tsingtao beers. The food arrived in a big mixing bowl, wow, how much food was there? We ate the food on mee-fan; my first Chinese word meaning rice. The dish was very spicy and absolutely delicious; I had to pace myself and remember to enjoy it before I was too full too quick. There were whole cloves of garlic that were nutty yet subtle, the fish balls were juicy and tender and the chicken & beef were delicious. Trev’s friend and colleague Paul joined us near the end of the meal and after digesting the dry pot we all jumped into a cab and moved onto an area called Nanjie and settled in at a nice quaint outdoor bar. It was just off the main street down an alley and felt a world away from the bustling street it was just off of. We spent the next few hours on that warm autumn night completely relaxed in that courtyard catching up on days gone by. Near the end of the night I remember mistaking the smog for a balmy tropical climate, whoops forgot Beijing is not in the tropics, probably enough Tsingtao for day one.

The next morning we checked out some of the sites in Trevor and Jing Jing’s area and that afternoon we went for a beautiful Dim Sum breakfast/lunch/dinner (which on subsequent days we simply coined; brunner). A few of the dishes that stand out for me were a taste I had of Jing Jing’s cold Turtle soup. It was served stiff like one would store a quality stock or consommé, and then served with a unique briny like sugar syrup, couldn’t have eaten the whole bowl but it was better than I thought. As most dishes Jing Jing ordered it was also apparently ‘very healthy’, I think the health qualities in this case were good skin and teeth, but don’t quote me. Another very pleasant surprise was the sweet braised chicken feet and the countless dumplings of spinach, mushroom & peanut, prawn and pork & broth. Although it wasn’t a dessert per se I chose the last thing that would meet my palate that evening to be a unique yet not too dissimilar from a South American Churro fried pastry consisting of shredded purple potato and sugar, delicious.

A later day saw us eating a very unique style of food from China’s western side, Islamic Chinese food. This is the original ‘Fusion’ cuisine, taking influences from the Middle East and merging them with the flavours of western China, amazing! We had a side serving of crispy bread, similar to Turkish bread, pieced out chicken coated in a delicious and spicy sauce, there were sautéed green peppers, red chillies, potatoes, and sweet potatoes. All of it was delicious except for the onion salad as it was much more onion than salad. The most interesting thing I remember was that unlike many other parts of Asia where a meat based dish may be served on top of a noodle dish, in this cuisine, the noodles, in this case beautiful broad egg noodles were served on top of the chicken dish. Makes sense really when you consider that it was a communal plate and we all served our own plates from it, causing the noodles to again end up under the chicken on our own plates.

That evening we went to the Donghuamen Night Market where you will find everything from sea horses to live scorpions on skewers awaiting to be grilled and eaten. I did not partake in any of these ‘delicacies’ as it seemed to be namely for shock value that these things were offered. Again my luxury of being with many locals was a big plus, Jing Jing informed me that for all her years living in Beijing she had never known this to be a local delicacy and that it’s popularity had increased in relation to the number of international flights into China. Thankfully so, as I am one to subscribe to the ‘When in Rome’ school of thought.

The following day we went for some good and simple local food. It was a restaurant that Jing Jing had chosen and once there Trevor insisted we try the Gung Bao Ji Ding, or as we in the west may know it Kung Pao Chicken. What a difference, this meal to me was the one that really hit home to me that what we had been eating as ‘Chinese’ food in the west has just as much in common with China as does Icelandic food. None of the foods have the glutinous ‘Corn Starch Shine’ you see in western Chinese food, there are none of the glowing purple sauces we know as sweet and sour and even less pineapple. Instead the food is fresh, vibrant and resembles the food in its raw state, the sauces are more ‘dressing’ than the western ‘drowning’ and the meats are naturally tender rather than the processed ones found in our Chinese food. I was very thankful that we had had at least one western clichéd Chinese item that night so I could finally be certain that what we eat is not Chinese at all and I could get back to eating the things the Chinese do eat. Which in this case was the aforementioned real Gung Bao Ji Ding; a very interesting and equally delicious fried bean salad with diced pork and a wonderful salt & pepper fish garnished with abundance chopped dried chilli and fresh herbs, delicious.

The pride and respect for the foods the Chinese eat is not only something demonstrated by the end user but by everyone, from the farmer who grows it, to the peasant that packs it, to the driver that ships it to the market stall owner that sells it. The vendors who sell in the fruit markets, the vegetable stands and the meat and seafood markets are proud to sell only the best, and selling anything less is shameful. I witnessed Jing Jing claim some lychees were not very juicy (after of course the fruit stand owner let her try it for absolutely free). At first the fruit vendor seemed offended but when he realised she was right, he became ashamed and immediately offered her a cut rate price or an alternative fruit. At this same market were seafood vendors and on their tables were beautiful fish that looked as fresh the minute they landed in the boat, prawns that were alive and jumping as though the 2 inches of water in the tray on that table was the mouth of a great river. Later I saw a pork butcher with her wares laid out on a table, no refrigeration or ice to be seen, just amazing fresh cuts of beautiful pork laid out on a piece of plywood. Now normally this sort of lack of refrigeration would have the ‘Professional Chef’ in me up in ‘Hygiene Standards Arms’ and very wary. However one of the best detectors of pour hygiene I have I keep on my face; my nose and on that day it said nothing, there was no smell in the air, no chemicals, nothing just the smell of fresh food all around. After spending some time at that market I realised why there was no smell, the turnaround was phenomenal. Rickety little trucks brought the fresh goods to the back and tough little Chinese men and women with skin like leather and hands like those of somebody twice their size unloaded them and carted their contents to their respective stalls and immediately started, sorting, cutting, cleaning and putting it all out on display. On our end; the retail end, the flow of goods out the door was less chaotic but equally consistent as bag after bag of the most amazing fresh seafood, pork and produce made its way out the doors in the hands of locals and onto their respective bicycles, scooters, trains and taxis to be cooked into the most amazing meals that evening.

The rest of our trip saw us eating cuisine from virtually every remaining province or region in the country and each left me with an equally memorable experience. Since returning from my trip I have been asked numerous times which region had my favourite cuisine and it is a question I can honestly not answer. Even during my time there I would fall for the spice of Sichuan, only to find that I enjoyed the flavours of Hunan and their different spices and peppers just as much, then we would have Canton and I would be taken by the cleaner flavours and abundance of seafood just as appealing, Then we might have Guangdong cuisine or local Beijing specialties and at the end of the trip I decided that I fell for the nation as a whole based on ALL of the amazing food it offers. I can’t wait to go back and would highly recommend paying it a visit yourself. Bring an appetite and a sense of dining adventure I believe and you will become equally enamoured.

If you’d like to read more about the food in China, and the buzzing Beijing food scene then check out my friend Trevor’s Article at the CBC.

Things to Do in Pattaya, Thailand

Visitors to Pattaya in Thailand often think immediately of the beach (and well they should with so much going on there) or the nightlife (with its infamous reputation), but don’t overlook the following when spending time in this great city:

Water Sports

The number of water sports available in Pattaya is mind-boggling. Try your hand at sailing, wind-surfing, jet skiing, para-sailing, kayaking or banana-boating. Plus, if you feel like it, mix a boat ride to the outlying islands with some fishing or snorkeling.

Eating out

All along both Jomtien and Pattaya beaches you will find some great restaurants offering a mixture of Thai and Western cuisine. Make sure you try the seafood and look for the restaurants that Thais are eating at, as they will be the ones with the freshest ingredients!

Amusement parks

In and around Pattaya, there are a couple of parks that should form part of any visit, especially for families with children. Underwater World boasts a fantastic aquarium with many activities for visitors. For something a little more adventurous, try Funnyland Amusement Park, with its carnival rides. Alternatively, Pattaya Water Park offers similar fun, of a watery kind.


Pattaya has a number of modern shopping centres, together with a couple of great factory outlet malls offering brand names at fantastic prices. Just make sure you have enough space in your suitcases. Remember too that tourists can claim back on the VAT.

Museums with a twist

Nearby, Mini Siam offers a glimpse into Thailand’s past, with mini being the operative word, since everything this reconstruction boasts scaled down miniatures of historic buildings. Otherwise, check out Ripley’s Believe It or Not for a museum visit with a difference.

Other Sports

Pattaya has some gorgeous golf courses (no need to bring your own gear if you are struggling with luggage already), as well as a number of great go-karting courses. You can also try out paintball or laser tag.

Wildlife Parks

If you are more interested in seeing some of Thailand’s more exotic wildlife, there are a number of parks that offer a taste of nature. Sriracha Tiger Zoo offers a close (very close) look at these magnificent wild cats. The Million Years Stone Park and Pattaya Crocodile Farm mixes plant and animal life in its beautiful grounds. Alternatively, visit Nong Nooch Tropical Garden for a glimpse into Thailand’s amazing flora. And of course no visit to Thailand is complete without experiencing the elephants who have their own Elephant Village in Pattaya.

With all of the above (and more) on offer, it is easy to spend 2 weeks in Pattaya and still not see it all.

Phuket Property Thailand Property Property In Phuket

Real estate phuket such as private islands with beautiful beach villas, phuket islands with fabulous phuket villas; other Thailand property such as property in phuket are some refined examples of high standard living style at cheap prices. Besides, 5 star hotels phuket, phuet hotel resorts and beach villas put into shape and design by Marian Development South East Asia and made easy to buy by real estate Companys phuket have set the score convenient for every soul to find peace in phuket. The whole Thailand property in general and phuket property in particular offers swift water sports; peace, tranquility and luxury; all the avenues to utilize your best times in phuket. All the property phuket is world class.

Phuket, Thailand, is one of the brilliant sunset viewable sceneries. It reflects nature, manifests art and design masterpieces with tropical gardens and blasting but soothing nightlife at service. The density for homes has been set low so that the Thailand homes in phuket could swallow visitors and provide them with outstanding accommodation. All the homes are single-storey with indoor outstanding dcor. These homes are available for permanent or temporary ownership. Either you can have accommodation or you can purchase these homes for lifetime.

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Thai Beach Backpacker Villas In Thailand For the Billionaire Backpacker

Those Lonely Planet-clutching gap-year students are now in their late 30s and 40s and some have progressed to the level of hedge fund managers, law partners and corporate leaders. Cash-rich, time-poor, with families in struggling, what is their dream holiday home now?

Ambitious backpacker villas in Thailand developed on the Thai island of Koh Kood, within sight of the Cambodian mainland, promises to bring back memories of barefoot bliss for former backpackers, coupled with the comforts they have grown acclimatized to in business hotels.

These are holiday homes having prices to get even a hedge fund manager to choke on his pineapple. With backpacker villas in Thailand costing up to $7.5 million, they put sand in the face of other island developments in Barbados and the Seychelles.

Many people who have strung up a hammock outside many an inexpensive Thai beach hut, were intrigued to see these rather more luxurious versions on offer. Residents will dispense with the coconut boat to get aboard a private jet which takes 45 minutes from Bangkok airport. The fourth largest island in Thailand, Koh Kood is one of the least advanced, with three quarters of it covered with rainforest. A few small resorts are already placed into its coves – the exceptional bungalows are $60 a night – but any hint of cheap luggage is placed at a safe distance from these ambitious villa sites.

“Bamboo huts” of these ambitious villa sites are vast 400sq m (4,300sq ft) private backpacker villas in Thailand, built in eucalyptus, sustainably farmed teak, New Zealand pine and local bamboo, attaches with colonial style white pavilions. Each of these “bamboo huts” will have four to six bedrooms, an infinity pool and yoga sala in up to two acres of beach or hilltop land.

The cocktail of glamorous “extras” is enough to overwhelm the senses. You can anticipate in-villa gourmet dining, walk-in wine cellars, private steam rooms and gyms. You will also get treated with a butler service, and $100,000 worth of interior furnishings in the style of Dr Livingstone goes to Louis Vuitton.

But the reality is that bamboo huts are just too costly. However the people concerned at these ambitious backpacker villas in Thailand knows the international wealthy and are extremely confident that they can sell wooden beach backpacker villas in Thailand for $7 million plus. In Oman they argue, beach backpacker villas in Thailand are bought at a price of $15 million. Money attracts money, and the ambitious backpacker villas in Thailand on offer are nothing if not reassuringly expensive.

That said, the people at these ambitious backpacker villas in Thailand do not desire for the bling brigade. Really, they would go for a mix of nationalities: British and other northern European buyers, and limited numbers of Middle Eastern, Indian and Russian buyers so as not to form cultural cliques. Thai beach backpacker villas in Thailand without doubt are built keeping in mind the billionaire backpacker.