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Taste of Thailand Video Rewind

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Besides taking nice tour photos we also love to document our tours on video. We believe that videos are also an integral part in our food tour, showcasing some of the great culture, food and smiles along our tours! Check out our Village of Love tour: Village of Love Food Tour Village of Love at …

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Top 5 Fun Facts in Thailand

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Being a traveler in Thailand you may always wonder what are the fun facts or weird culture they do believe in? In this episode we would like to highlight five interesting and fun facts in Thailand! 1. The Land of….: Thailand is not only the Land of Smiles! There are 1,430 islands in Thailand (land …

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Pa Thong Ko

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Pa Thong Ko is a very popular Thai deep-fried dough or Thai-style Chinese cruller, generally made by street vendors. Pa Thong ko actually originated from Chinese cuisine, called Teochew. Originally, this snack was called Yau Cha Guay but due to a bit of confusion of the Thai people with another kind of Chinese dessert and …

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Guide Spotlight- Khun Beau

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We recently sat down with one of our cheerful guides, K. Beau, and asked her a few questions to find out a little bit more about her. Where are you from originally? Uthai Thani. It’s near Nakhon Sawan   How long have you been a guide? Almost 10 years What do you like most about …

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Our Favorite Sites: Wat Pho

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Wat Pho (Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklararm Rajwaramahaviharn) is famous for its giant reclining Buddha that measures 46 metres long and is covered in gold leaf. The temple complex also has the largest collection of Buddha images in Thailand and maintains the title as the country’s earliest center for public education, specializing in religion, science and …

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Ginger Root

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  Ginger Root Ginger has been part of the Thai culture for a very long period of time, some records say for over 5,000 years. It is a member of the Zingiberaceae family which also includes: turmeric, cardamom, and galangal. It is considered a hot ingredient. Ginger contains a lot of nutrients essential for our …

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Bananas!

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What is a tropical country without bananas?  Here in Thailand, banana is not only a fruit but also considered an important element in daily life, diet and culture. Thailand has a great variety of bananas of different shapes, sizes and colors. Thai people love to eat bananas not only as a healthy snack right out …

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Vendor Spotlight: Khun Mhuay (Fish Cakes)

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Name: Khun Mhuay Originally From: Mae Klong, Samut Songkram Favorite Food: Tod Mun Pla (Fish cakes) and Kaeng Som (Sour curry soup) My favorite Place in Bangkok: Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of Emerald Buddha) For me, Bangkok is: Heavenly, Modern and Convenient Main Quote: I want people to taste a simple Thai delicious bite! Khun …

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Beat the Summer Heat: Thai Sodas

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Thailand is a hot country and roadside drink stalls are very common here. Before we talked about Beat the Summer heat with roadside ice-creams and its varieties. But in this blog post we will know about colorful Thai sodas which are widely available through the streets. Shingha Drinking Soda- it’s the main soda that’s usually …

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Guide Spotlight: Khun Pat

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We sat down with one of our guides, K. Pat, and asked him a few questions to find out a little bit more about him! Where are you from originally? -Bangkok.   How long have you been a guide? -6 months.   What do you like most about your job? -Meeting new people and sharing …

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Lesser Known Fruits: Noina, Sala, La mut

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Durian is often #1 on the list of strange fruits to try when visiting Thailand. In our previous blog posts, we’ve written about it and also other well-known fruits like Mangosteen and Mayongchit but today let’s focus more on fruits that you may never heard of! Noina (Custard apple): Noina or Custard Apple is available …

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Jay Fai – Thai Street Food (with a side of Michelin Star;)

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We were curious…So, last week we finally made it out to try the one-and-only Raan Jay Fai – the Michelin-starred street food eatery in Bangkok. Jay Fai is the name of the owner and also the Chef, a 72 year old known for her iconic ski goggles and incredible skills and speed at the wok. …

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Thai Bamboo Salad- Soup nor mai

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Soup nor mai, also known as spicy thai bamboo shoot salad, is quite rarely seen by foreigners visiting Thailand, but it’s a common Isaan (Northeastern) dish. This unique salad recipe originated in Laos. In Thailand, it is enjoyed warm, with sticky rice, similar to other Isaan dishes, such as Larb. Some choose to accompany each …

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How Thais Celebrate New Year

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Every year Dec 31st is marked as a day of celebration across Thailand like other countries in the world. Thais love to celebrate the New Year Holiday and organize new year parties. It’s a fun day with friends and family, filled with eating, gift-giving and celebrating. Although Thailand has its own Thai New Year, the …

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Taste of Thailand Guide Spotlight: Khun Aoy

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We have quite a good number of smart, hardworking and dedicated tour guides. These tour guides are the heart of any food tour business and they are the story tellers as well. Bangkok is a city of stories and to introduce each and every places with a good story is the unique identity of Taste …

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Photo Blog: Ayutthaya

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Ayutthaya is a great historical world heritage site. The second Siamese capital, after Sukhothai, was once a prosperous Siamese trade and political center.  It was devastated by the Burmese invasion, but still draws a healthy crowd of tourists and locals alike, as the city is bursting with stories to tell, and great food to taste! …

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Sunday Sabai: Stories in the Garden

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Last year, we inaugurated our My City Event Series with a lovely Dinner Under the Stars on a hidden rooftop above the traffic and chaos of our beloved Bangkok.  It was a beautiful, relaxing evening of good company and great food, accompanied by some of the best drinks and stories from locals invested in making …

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Delicious Thai Crepe: Khanom Bueang

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Khanom Bueang, also known as Thai Crispy Pancakes or Thai Crepes is one of the most popular street snacks/sweet you will find in Thailand. This ancient Thai dessert is actually from the Ayutthaya period. These crepes look a bit like Mexican tacos (as some foreigners have noted!). Khanom Bueang’s cute little bites look simple but …

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What food should first-time visitors try?

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On my way to home from office, I asked one passer-by about what she thinks about foreigners traveling to Thailand and what foods foreigners must try when they are here! What is your name? My name is Pranee Pookaew. Where are you from in Thailand? I am from Surin province, but now I live Chachoengsao. …

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Respect & Family Culture in Thailand

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Thai culture is heavily influenced by Buddhism, ancestral beliefs and spirits. As well, there are also some traditions or rituals that visitors may not know about in regards to how Thais behave in and around their families. Here are some: The Wai: The Wai is a customary Thai greeting.  It is traditionally given by a …

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