11 September 2017

Things To Do In Suan Phueng

Ratchaburi Mitr Pol FC

Suan Phueng is part of Ratchaburi province, which takes less than two hours drive from Bangkok.  Apart from a handful of themed destination resorts, Suan Phueng has a few other interesting natural attractions and theme parks.

Baan hom tien (candle house)
A place where they transform a boring normal candles into something attractive and creative.  Everything candle imaginable.  From a giant duck candle to a cup of beer cable.  Although you're not willing to buy any candles, but it is kinda a great experience to see those creative and imaginative ideas.

New Land Suan Phueng

Baan Hom Tien (Candle House)
210 Moo 2, Suan Phueng
Ph: +66 81 995 8144

New Land Suan Phueng
214 Moo 2, Suan Phueng
Ph: +66 80 111 5892

Stay tuned for the next blog still in Suan Phueng:
Eden Garden, Suan Phueng

31 August 2017

Jamie's Italian Bangkok

Crunchy Italian Nachos 220฿
This dish is a little different than an ordinary nachos.  Instead of corn chips, they use ravioli sheets stuffed with three type of cheese', mozzarella, ricotta and parmesan.  They then deep fried into golden crispy puff and served with spicy Sicilian tomato sauce on the side.  Love the idea and definitely love the taste of this dish.

Crispy squid 280฿
Fresh squid deep fried with chilli, garlic and parsley seasoning.  It is also accompanied with delicious creamy garlic mayo for dipping. 

Funghi pizza 340฿
Thin base gourmet pizza topped with Porcini mushroom sauce, roasted herby mushrooms, mozzarella, cracked black pepper and lemon zest. It is a vegetarian dish, so nice and healthy.

Grilled pork chop 620฿
A huge piece of sloan's free range pork that had been marinated and cooked under a brick.  It also served with parsley bagna cauda, apple, lemon and kohlrabi.

Our famous prawn linguine 390฿
Al-dente pasta served with garlic prawn, tomatoes, fennel, saffron, fresh chilli and finished with rocket leaves on top.

Carbonara spaghetti 
I always love a classic carbonara spaghetti but this dish let me down.  They have a nice creaminess, although slightly too slimy when the dish gets cold.  It was also lack of flavour.  Hmmmm..  I wasn't that happy with this dish.

Ultimate plank 1,590฿
This signature antipasto consists of fennel salami, mortadella, prosciutto, chicken liver pate, wagyu bresaola, and pork scratchings with grissini and music bread, Italian nachos, tomato and ricotta crostini, mini mozzarella, aged pecorino and chilli jam, olives and pickles, grilled marinated peppers and rainbow slaw.  So many thing was going on this long board and enough to feed around 4 to 6 people.  However, is it worth the value of money?  Probably not.  Unless you really into antipasto thingy.

From left: Panna cotta 220฿, chocolate fudge sundae 240฿, tiramisu 240฿
We all know tiramisu, the classic Italian dessert and the most I was looking forward to.  However, it turned out the least yummy out of three desserts.  It has a grainy texture and the coffee mascarpone was pretty average.  So disappointed, I think tiramisu in wollies still tastes better.  Panna cotta was surely sit on top of the chart with silky smooth consistent and fresh berry compote to balance the entire dish.  And in the middle was the chocolate fudge cake served with salted caramel ice cream and caramelized popcorn.  Salted caramel and chocolate, two elements that can not go wrong together.  It was a great dish.  

Jamie's Italian Siam DiscoveryNo 989, Room G06 Ground Floor
Rama 1 Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok
Ph: +66 22 555 222
Opening hours: 11:30am–10:00pm

24 August 2017

Khaoyai, Thailand

Have anyone ever heard of Khao Yai or Kho Rat in Thailand?  This place may be overlooked by foreigners but for local is actually one of the top destination whenever Thais are on holiday or just for short getaway.  Kho rat or formally known as Nakhon Ratchasima is a province in the North Eastern Isan region of Thailand.  It is about 3 hours long drive from Bangkok.  And Khao Yai National Park in Khorat is a UNESCO World Heritage and the most visited park in Thailand that take across 4 provinces.  The most famous access is from Khorat.  Once you enter the area around Khao Yai, you will find lots of western theme resorts and restaurants.  Not only that, the biggest winery and wine produces are located in this area.  With the cooler weather compared to Bangkok (especially in winter season) made them one of the top city to visit.

These resorts in Khao Yai are mostly family-friendly and one of them that we stayed, is called Valata.  My son doesn't even want to leave the resort and you will understand why after seeing the photos below.

This resort is full with free-roaming pets, such as ducks, rabbits and even carb fish.  This little resort only features as much as 15 rooms.  So less crowded compared to any resorts in the area but with the huge lawn for kids to run around.  It is also completed with swimming pool and slider.  It is definitely made a great choice for family with kids. 

Just becareful with those ducks, there are quite aggressive especially if you carry the food.  They have no patient, sometimes they just grab it out of your hand.  Imagine all those kids prefer the rabbits and while we feed the rabbits most of time that ducks will steal it from them and it makes kids hate them even more.  We as adult need to trick the duck by throwing the food and lead them to the place far away from rabbits, so the kids have more time to play and feed those rabbits without any disturbance from little monster, ducks.

And morning or night, even on the hot sunny afternoon my son plays around with those animals, only come back to our room just for sleep.  The kids totally love it.

Besides lovely animals, this resorts also provide us with clean room and friendly service as well.  At night we had dinner in the main dining room.  It was great steaks that served on our table.  Surely a happy tummy.

On the way back, we made a short stop at The Chocolate Factory for a little sweet treat.  Their hot chocolate is perfecto.  And they also sell some sweet souvenirs to take home as well. Their chocolate-filled buns are so soft and so yummy with oozy filling inside.  Don't miss that.  It comes in chocolate, white chocolate and coffee.

Chocolate truffles making

Dark hot chocolate

That's just about it in Khao Yai this time.  More like eating and relaxing for us.  We haven't explore much the National Park although we have been there quite few times.  While you were there, don't forget to try the deep-fried banana on the main road before arriving Palio Khao Yai.  Palio is a walking street shopping centre with an Italian-town theme.  Beautiful and nice place to taking photos especially for pre-wedding. 

Valata Khaoyai Resort
555 Moo-11, Pong Ta Long, Pak Chong
Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand
Ph: 044 983 261 or 088 709 9675

The Chocolate Factory (Thailand)
352 Moo 2, Thanarat Rd, Pak Chong, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand
Ph: 092 443 8881

Palio Village Khao Yai
146/1 Moo 4, Thanarat Rd, Pak Chong, Nakhon Ratchasima
Ph: 044 365 888