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Traditional Bali for Travel Photo Thursday

Posted by on Apr 16, 2015 in Bali, Destinations, Travel Photo Thursday | 18 comments

Welcome! Here we are for week 223 (04/16/2015) of Travel Photo Thursday. For the past six weeks my workhorse of a computer has been, and continues to, show signs of wanting to be retired. This is not a good time to be contemplating a younger workhorse, so I have been coaxing her along. I’m at the point that I hold my breath every time I hit the power button. If I’ve been slow getting around to last weeks Travel Photo Thursday linkers, and haven’t commented to many who have left comments here on the blog recently, do accept my apologies! I will make it up to you, I promise! :) I’ve been to Bali a number of times over the years, and one of the things that I like about the island is the traditions that they maintain. Here are a few of my favorite photos depicting traditional Bali.

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Holidays and special events center around the temple. Anyone who has been to Bali knows that these ceremonies are not put on to entertain the tourists. However, at least in Ubud, the locals do welcome visitors into the temple during ceremonies. All they ask is that you wear appropriate dress.

I love this shot of these beautifully dressed ladies waiting to take their offerings into a temple in Ubud.

Temple Offerings, Ubud, Bali

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Beach Fantasies For This Travel Photo Thursday

Posted by on Apr 9, 2015 in Destinations, Malaysia, Thailand, Travel Photo Thursday | 15 comments

Welcome to week 222 (09/04/2015) of Travel Photo Thursday. Last week I had readers lusting over Korea’s beautiful spring flowers. Well the flowers are still around, but we are now into that fickle time of the year where the temps go up and down. Right now they are down, way down. Of course there is a remedy for that …let’s go to the beach. Here are some of my favorite Asian beaches, and all with lovely toe warming sand and bathing suit temps!

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Langkawi’s Cenang Beach…

Believe it or not I ended up getting a flight from either Bangkok or KL on Air Asia for a penny! I’m not sure if Air Asia still offers their penny specials, but back in 2009 and 2010 I managed to snag a couple. If Cenang Beach was a person, I would say it has multiple personality disorder. Go to the left and you are on the side with all the normal, everyday holiday folks. The right side of the beach definitely has a well worn feeling. At least I thought so back in 2009. Take a wander to the right and it’s ritzville all the way. There were lots of expensive hotels, and comfy beach chairs stretching for a half mile or so, and not a person in sight. The shot below was on what I dubbed the ritzy side. I love this strange looking tree right smack dab in the middle of the pristine white sand. I was also extremely tempted to hijack one of the comfy beach chairs, but I was too chicken! One of the prettiest Asian beaches I’ve had the pleasure to visit.

Several hours later I managed to catch this awesome sunset…

Langkawi Sunset

 

Koh Lanta’s Long Beach…

Back in 2007 I got to wriggle my toes in the sand on this beautiful stretch of beach for two glorious weeks. The beach walking and swimming were also some of the best I’ve experienced in Thailand. I even flitted with the idea of getting ‘ship wrecked’ here for a few years!

 

On the Beach, Koh Lanta, Thailand

 

 

Hua Hin, summer home to the Thai royal family is another fantastic beach option, and it is only a couple of hours out of Bangkok by train or bus. You can even catch a bus from the airport, which I’ve taken. The bus was clean, modern, fast, and cheap!

 

Fun on Hua Hin Beach

 

Stunning sunrises at Hua Hin Beach, and the added bonus of watching the fisherman at work.

 

Fisherman, Hua Hin Beach

 

I’ll never forget beautiful Mabul Island in Malaysia. This is a divers paradise, and I did one of the best snorkeling trips of my life to world famous Sipidan. Even though I am not a diver, I hung out on the island for ten days. I snorkeled and enjoyed the beautiful beaches.

 

Bliss

 

Last but not least, Krabi’s Maya Beach, where Leonardo’s “The Beach” was filmed. All of the snorkeling boats in Krabi make a stop at Maya Beach. I’ve been on this little strip of beach a few times. Sadly, last time I was there someone had started charging about $7US for the honor! It’s still a gorgeous spot and the best vantage point for taking a gorgeous photo is from the boat (at least I think so)!

 

Maya-Beach, Southern Thailand

 

Other than Maya Beach I have never been charged to enter an Asian Beach. Beach chairs are almost always available, at very cheap rates.

What gorgeous Asian beaches have you had the pleasure of visiting? Please, tell us in the comments.

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Thailand: Ten Must-Try Thai Dishes and Foods

Posted by on Apr 5, 2015 in Destinations, Featured, Food, Thailand, Thailand | 22 comments

 

The number of Thai dishes and food is mind boggling, but if you have an idea of what you’re looking for you will leave Thailand with some fantastic culinary experiences to talk about, and maybe even a dish or two that you can make at home to impress friends and family. When you’re in the Land of Smiles I highly recommend that you try each of these awesome dishes at least once.

1. Phad (sometimes spelled phat) Thai. This dish is a favorite among foreign visitors and when you taste it for the first time you’ll immediately understand why! Invented by a Chinese-Thai chef back in the 1930’s, you’ll find this in any Thai restaurant, but the best is almost always found in a street food stall or a small ‘hole in the wall’ restaurant that stakes their reputation on ‘their’ version. Usually available with a choice of chicken, pork, shrimp/prawn, or vegetarian. I don’t think I have ever seen it offered with beef.

Pad Thai, Chiang Mai Worm's Prison Restuarant

 

Sometimes it even comes with an egg wrapping (like this one).  I had  this egg-wrapped shrimp phad thai (above) at the women’s prison restaurant in Chiang Mai. Well worth a visit if you’re in the city looking for a good, inexpensive lunch. The outdoor food court at Chiang Mai Gate (right on the moat) is also home to a vendor that makes the best seafood Phad Thai I have ever eaten. I don’t have a photo of the stall, but it’s on the outer edge, and it says something like “Seafood Phad Thai” on the sign. However, here’s a photo of the dish. I loved the fact that they served it on a glass plate with ‘real’ cutlery. The tablecloth was a nice touch too. I think this one sold for about 40Baht a plate.

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