Thailand is known for its many festivals and in October this year, it is the vegetarian festival known as Tesakan Gin Jae or Jae Festival. Whilst much of the celebrations will take place in Bangkok and Phuket, where they celebrate this festival with great gusto, Hua Hin and its surrounds also partake in the festivities, which begin on the 15th day of the waning of the 9th month of the Thai lunar calendar – phew!
This is a question we get asked extremely often, so here’s our take on things.
For us, there are basically two types of travellers; those who want to get under the skin of the country they are visiting, therefore after an experience which allows them to understand the culture and food which drives the region; then there are those traveller who are not overly food-centric; they eat to live, not live to eat. For them, when holidaying, it is no different.
It’s Durian season, but why do the locals go Loco over Durian? Known as the King of Fruits in Thailand, Durian is commonly eaten alongside the Mangosteen, the Queen of Fruits. This big spiky, sometimes intimidating fruit, has people waiting frantically for the season to commence.
Notable for its lack of spiciness, Northern Thai food is the food of the lush green valleys and cool, forested mountains of the Thai highlands. The former Lanna Kingdom was once the ruler of this Northern region. It was also home to the majority of the ethnic groups of Thailand. Its food is often extremely seasonal in nature and is indicative of the relatively cool climate of the region.
To begin to understand the influence the Chinese have had on Thai cuisine, one must first examine Chinese migration to Thailand over the centuries. Thailand is home to the largest overseas Chinese community in the world. As of 2012, there were approximately 9 million Thais who claimed Chinese ancestry; up to around….