I used travel agencies for all my travel in and out of Thailand. This included to and from Cambodia, Malaysia and Singapore. Through all those dealings I have come to a conclusion as to the mindset that you should have when traveling by way of ground / sea transport in Thailand.
Decide on the tour agency by means of reputation through friends, guidebooks, etc. Purchase your ticket to wherever you want to go. Then, here comes the hard part... let whatever happens happen.
You will receive little sheets of paper with scribble on it that you have to give to some person. This person will give you one or two other sheets of paper to give to various other people. You must show up on time or a bit early to sort through the chaos, but everything does eventually work out. Nothing will make sense, everyone tells you something different, and it will be the most unorganized process known to man... but, it WILL work.
Every time you think it is getting out of hand or too crazy, go ahead and ask someone for clarification. The answer will be different than the previous person, but go ahead and trust this one. Everyone will be nice and courteous, as long as you are. Just stay calm and smiling and you will get where you want to go.
How a REAL woman fishes
These women started fishing early in the morning and slowly worked their way along the beach. By the time noon rolled around, it was very hot. They were all wrapped up in wool with heavy scarves over their faces. If you're out in the sun every day of your life, I guess you need heavy duty sun protection.
I wonder what she thought of the woman who was sunbathing topless right behind her?Related to:
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I don't actually know is it a cultural thing or not when you'll see a small house
and there's an antenna on it's roof. First I thought that it was a satellite antenna but then someone informed me that it's a normal antenna and there's free tv channels and that's why even poor people can watch tv.
This was in Koh Samui...
Recipe for Thai-style steamed fish
Cooking healthy, delicious and healthy Asian food at home is not that difficult. In fact, this is one of my favourite recipes that is quick, easy to make and packed full of flavour!
It's also a great dish when you are on a diet, as it's extremely low in fat & calories.
You will need (for 2 persons):
2 fish (trout, sole, etc.) fillets, each weighing about 140g
1 small knob of fresh root ginger, peeled and chopped
1 small garlic clove, chopped
1 small red chilli, seeded & finely chopped
Grated zest and the juice of 1 lime
3 baby pak choi, each quartered lengthways
1-2 tablespoons of soy sauce
1-2 tablespoons of fish sauce
(one can also substitute asparagus or broccoli for the pak choi)
Let's get cooking!
Place the vegetables in the centre of a large piece of aluminium foil Nestle the fish fillets on top of the vegetables and scatter the ginger, garlic, chilli and lime zest over them. Drizzle the lime juice on top and then pour over the soy sauce and fish sauce. Loosely seal the foil to make a package, making sure you leave space at the top for the steam to circulate as the fish cooks.
Steam for 15 minutes. (If you don't have a steamer, put the parcel in your pre-heated oven at 180C for approx. 15-20min.)
This is best served with a generous helping of steamed Jasmine rice... Enjoy!Related to:
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It is polite to take off your shoes when visiting temples etc... Some places do tell you to take them off. The locals also tend to take off their shoes before going into shops, I wouldn't say this was compulsory, especially around the more touristy areas such as Chaweng and Lamai, but in the quieter villages it's respectful to do the same.
The Fish Market
The Fish Market in Mae Nam is a good place to go and get fresh fish & vegetables if you are on an apartment holiday and cooking your own food. You get it here very fresh and cheap as well as the spices you need for a good Thai dish.
Environmentally Friendly Samui Airport
Frequently described by visitors as 'the most beautiful airport in the world', the award-winning Koh Samui Airport proves that it is possible to be both environmentally friendly and aesthetically pleasing. Built using local materials like palm, wood and rattan; the largely open-plan design negates the need for air conditioning.
The airport has 2 terminals (Domestic & International). The International terminal is located about 50 metres north of the domestic. The airport is located near the Big Buddha Pier where ferries to Ko Pha Ngan depart from. High speed ferries to Koh Tao and Chumphon depart from the Maenam beach pier, located approx 6km North west of the airport
There are many airports in picturesque exotic locations around the world, but Samui airport holds the crown as the most beautiful and the best designed in tune with its natural surroundings.Related to:
Near enough, wherever you go on Ko Samui, you'll find local fishermen tending to their nets or, if you're around earlier enough, bringing their catch in for market. It is said that the island was first inhabited about 1500 years ago by fishermen from the Malay Peninsula and Southern China and they're still here today. The main place to see them is along the north coast in Bophut in the Fishermen's Village and in the main port town of Nathon on the islands western side.
This event is over a few days in april the hotest and dryest month.......it is normally over a few days but once in Pattaya a few years ago it went on for 2 weeks........
Basically the whole country errupts into big water fights............you will wherever you are get wet in doors or outside...........don't bother changing into dry clothes you will just get wet again even battles rage while driving down the road and accident rates go up.
Its mad but fun and if you think it will annoy you after a while then miss this time of year or stay in your hotel room.................thats exciting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'm planning on using an oil based mosquito repellent with lemon eucalyptus (not the usual eucalyptus oil) and lemon grass oil. it smells wonderful and was quite effective in Thailand.
Also, I have heard/read that Angosturo bitters was what was originally used to help the body combat the little buggers. (Malaria, etc) It tastes great added to your bloody maria cocktail! Also olive leaf extract and black walnut hull extract can help prevent the bad guys from having a protective coating around them, rendering them harmless. I understand that the side effects from the usual recommendations are as bad as what they are trying to prevent...so yuck. And I figure eating lots of garlic can only help, and tastes delicious!
The roads in a lot of Koh Samui are like a BMX track so scooters or 4by4's are the best way to get around. There's no helmets ( it's too hot ) and no driving licence requirement so it's a free for all. Its not uncommon to be oevertaken by a couple of girls , one steering and one delicately perched side saddle like the Queen on a horse. There's a great deal of 60mph drunken riding but if you smash it up it doesn't cost much to get them fixed.
Worst when it rains as the potholes fill up with water so you can't tell how deep they are.
Regular or Super
There isn't much in the way of petrol stations ,but the conveniance shops ( shacks ) normally in the middle of no-where sell petrol out of large glass jars. Regulars bright yellow and supers bright red and you get a rubber tube to syphon it into your petrol tank.
" Hey , hey , english boy , you come in and buy me drink , english boy you like ride motorcycle maybe you like ride something else? "
Every bar we passed our little convoy of scooters got this from various bar girls who peeled themselves away from fat middle aged businessmen to give us their sales pitch. Particulary annoying for Phil who is in fact German.
Men fishing on Ko Samui
First, these fellows in their long-tail boats put out their net. Then, they cruise back and forth, slapping the water with this long pole-like contraption, scaring the fish into the net.Related to:
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