The market here is quite big with designer clothes (fake of course), second hand books, second hand clothes, a small flea market, tools, posters, fashion jewellery, spectacles, toys, fruit, and in fact nearly everything you can think of! We were in Sri Racha for a few days and visited the market before eating at the adjacent night market, we would...more
Ko Si Chang is an island about an hour by boat from the island temple of Wat Ko Loi where the passenger boats depart from. The trip across will take just over an hour and you will see many huge tankers as they wait to offload. You will arrive at the pier by a sleepy town. The island is only 5 kms long by perhaps 1-2 kms wide so we were able to bear...more
Wat Ko Loi is located on an island which is accessible by a 500m causeway that has been constructed for the many visitors. Around the small island are many places to eat and this is where the passenger boats leave for Ko Si Chang. While the Wat is just like all the others it is the setting that makes the difference, enjoy the view and treat...more
Situated by the sea between the pier and the and the island temple of Wat Ko Loi where you will find many exercise machines, stages, children's playground etc. This park is crowded early morning and evening with locals jogging, playing sepak taraw, yoga and using the free machines. In the evening join the locals exercising as a instructor carefully...more
This is THE thing to do in Si Racha. Mind you, it is that far out of town that this could almost qualify as an 'off the beaten path' tip. In terms of interaction with the animals, this is probably the best zoo I have ever been to and it would probably be a very exciting place to take kids. You can ride, pat, feed and get your photo taken with a...more
More wacky stuff at Sriracha Tiger Zoo. This time it's a sow nursing three piglets and two tiger cubs. In the next enclosure they had a female tiger with three piglets. I asked the handler why this was so and he mentioned something about 'biology' and 'safety'. I just nodded and pretended to understand. The tigers were smaller and weaker than their...more
We rode our bikes to the other side of the island and came upon this beach area with tables, awning, and a beautiful beach. There were outdoor kitchens set up to make food and the food was good and very cheap, 50 cents to a 1.50. Alot of people had brought there own bottle of booze and they were camped out for the day. It's not luxurious in the...more
I'm not sure what the reasoning is behind this, but in the zoo's nursery, you can see a female tiger caring for her three piglets. They put a small tiger skin coat on each of the three piglets (so the mother doesn't eat them?). Anyway, the strangest part of it was that in next cage there was a sow feeding two tiger cubs.There is a lot of bizarre...more
It costs 100 baht to get your photo taken with a snake at the Tiger Zoo. I originally gave the handler the money on behalf of my wife but she changed her mind and I filled in ;-)Strong little critter - I can't believe they let me hold it! They also have deer, horses, donkey and other animals you can pose with. One was enough for us though....more
Si Racha boasts an excellent night market with hawkers stalls outside and a large area inside with around 40 stalls and many tables. It is located on Si Racha Nakhom 3 halfway between the shopping mall and the seafront. There is a good selection of seafood. My favourite was a spicy Thai salad which is put tgether in front of your eyes by a...more
While we were walking past this hotel we were greeted by staff promoting the hotel's buffet breakfast and it did not take much persuasion was we looked at the food on offer. There was a selection of cereals, eggs any style, bacon, ham, various breads, rice, Thai dishes, fruit, vegetable, juice and drinks----and all for around 120 baht. There are a...more
Once you have crossed the causeway to the island temple of Wat Ko Loi there are many small restaurants on your right which will be particularly crowded at the weekend. They are by the ocean and you will sit down on the floor Thai style at a table a foot or so high while you view the surrounding area. The staff speak little English but most have an...more
Passenger boats leave regularly from the island temple of Wat Ko Loi, the trip takes just over an hour and the island is well worth a visit as there are many things to see and you are able to walk to all the places if you can bear the heat. Try get a place on the top deck of the boat as it is cooler and you will be able to enjoy the view.more
There is a shopping mall located in the main street and next door is a minibus office that depast to Bangkok every 30 minute for just over 100 baht. This is also where the buses stop too. We got on the minibus which dropped us near the airport then we transferred to a local bus.more
A big multi-level air-conditioned shopping mall. It's filled with familiar chains and brands, but there are a few bargains to be had there, mainly in the temporary stalls that are set up along the walkways inside.
What to buy: Basically you'll find the same stuff here as you would in a mall of a similar size elsewhere in the world. One thing though, none of the shops seem to stock the biggest sizes if you are looking for clothes of shoes (I ended up having to go to Pattaya to get some shoes).
I'm not sure if this is local custom or just a very clever improvisation - anyway it's worth a try. Next to the cafe by the exit you can try satay with crocodile meat. I'd already eaten crocodile a few times before and I must admit it didn't taste anything like it.
They cook it right there in front of you and it costs 100 baht for five sticks.
If you go to the Tiger Zoo, I wouldn't recommend the Tiger Show. The animals look like they aren't treated very well, and I don't think they'd be allowed to do some of the stunts in a lot of other countries.
They keep announcing that the animals are used to being hit with sticks and it's part of their training etc etc but it still seems excessive. I'm not a lion tamer by trade so I can't say for sure if it's ok. It certianly doesn't help that the main female handler dresses and looks like a dominatrix and scowls the whole time!
If you have children with you, it could be. I saw this at the Tiger Zoo, and couldn't believe it. This is possibly the most poorly placed signs I have ever seen. The sign reads 'Child's Garden' and points straight into the crocodile pond, where there are about 200 three meter-long crocodiles!-). Are they for real? LOL! I thought it was a joke at first. The real child's garden is in another direction...I guess they just never bothered to fix the sign!
This is the moment I'll remember the most in Si Racha - nursing a tiger cub at the Tiger Zoo. They have a nursery with baby animals near the entry to the zoo. My wife just couldn't stop grinning - she loved them! They let you hold the cub and feed it with a bottle. So cute!
It costs only 150 baht and 200 baht if you want a polaroid from them.