Khao Lak Street Food

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Khao Lak Street Food Insight

Street Food

One of the hypes about Thailand is the flavourful “Thai Cuisine”. Tourists around the world flock to Thailand to explore beautiful culture, pristine beaches, relish their holidays and recognizably get sunk in the savory taste of Thai food. It’s undeniable that Khao Lak itself offers abundant choices from fresh seafood to international venues. One way to enjoy Thai food and culture at the same time is to experience “Street Food”. Newcomers who visit Thailand may feel a bit skeptical about food on sticks that have been lying out in the summer heat thus here are 7 items you must try and the tricks to keep yourself from unclean food.

1. Somtam (Papaya Salad) and Grilled Chicken, the King and the Queen of Thai street food. In Khao Lak, you see many motorcycles with a glass cabinet in which you could spot raw shredded papaya and the Thai style BBQ grill. There are several pieces of meat like breast, thigh and chicken leg that you can choose from. Ask them to warm them up on the grill while you’re waiting for your papaya salad. Try to get Tam Tai, which is not scarily spicy and the peanuts add a creamy flavour to this tangy dish.

Mantas

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Mantas

When tide and current turn a tiny bay into a bowl of plankton, than it is Manta Time…
A little less than 30 miles off the west coast of Phang Nga, in the middle of the Andaman Sea, there is an uninhabited island named Koh Bon.
It’s not much to see: a rocky place, no beach, no paths. The island’s size isn’t unusual for this area in the Andaman Sea. But several times a year, when time and tide align, manta rays from throughout the region converge here to feed in a spectacular coral-reef ballet.
From December to May, when the Indian Ocean’s northwestern monsoon current brings plenty of plankton up from deep water, a massive concentration of plankton builds up in just a few hours, a swarm so thick it turns the water cloudy.
These massive fishes, the manta rays, are dynamic filter feeders, shoveling their shoe-box mouths through krill like threshers through wheat, inhaling prey. They barrel roll when they hit a rich patch, somersaulting backward to stay in the hot spot. They chain feed, following each other in a train of open maws.

Bavaria House

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Bavaria House

The “Bavaria House Jane Isaan” in Soi Bang Niang cannot be overlooked. Initially, the name surprised, because Bavaria will not necessarily match up with the North-east of Thailand, the Isaan. But the apparent inconsistency clears up quickly: Tom, a likeable “Bavarian” and his wife Jane, who comes from the North-east, commonly operate this restaurant. While Tom originates from a well-known family in the restaurant business, Jane learned to cook German with his mother for 6 years. Through years of experience in the restaurant business Bavaria House stands out from all others in terms of quality and thoughtful service.

Bavaria House opened already in 2009. Apart from typical German dishes like schnitzel, goulash, roast pork and cheese noodles, a variety of Thai dishes is offered, which are prepared really authentic. An absolute highlight is grilled chicken barbecued in “traditional German” style, but served with 7 different herbs “Thai Style”. The highlight on the dessert list is “Grandma’s cheesecake.” The different coffees are on Arabica basis and match with the standard in Germany and Austria.

Takua Pa

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Takua Pa

In earlier times, the area between Ranong and Surat Thani in the north and between Krabi and Nakhon Sri Thammarat in the South was a centre of trade between China and the Middle East. Numerous findings from the 4th – 9thcentury show the strong Indian influence on the South of Thailand, as here, the trade routes over the Malay Peninsula led to China. One of the most important trade routes of Indian and later Arab traders led from Takua Pa to the east coast.

The town of Takua Pa, located just 30 kilometres north from the centre of Khao Lak, was originally called Takola and belonged as city-state to the Srivijaya Empire, which extended from Java and Sumatra to the Malay Peninsula during the 5th – 12th century. After lead-rich deposits were found nearby, the name was changed to Takua Pa. ’Takua’ is the Thai word for lead, although the tin deposits were actually more important.

For a long period the town was administered by the Kingdom of Nakhon Sri Thammarat until it came to Phuket in 1892, which at that time enjoyed a certain degree of independence from Bangkok, justified by the prosperity from the island’s rich tin deposits and the geographic proximity to Penang and Malacca. In 1931 Takua Pa was incorporated in the province of Phang Nga.

Butterfly and Orchid Garden

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Orchid Garden

Tucked away opposite the only gas station in Khao Lak, interested visitors will find the Orchid Garden and the Butterfly Farm of Ekkehard Schwadtke, who has made the hobbies of his youth accessible to other nature lovers.

An unpaved road through a former rubber plantation ends after 250 metres at a small stone house, the entrance in which a selection of unusual souvenirs are also on sale. Here, visitors can decide, if they like orchids or butterflies more – or if they want to visit both gardens.

The orchid garden was founded in November 2004 and is like a small botanical garden, which reveals the diversity of Thai orchids to nature enthusiastic visitors. The timing of the opening was not a lucky choice, as a tsunami destroyed the entire infrastructure of Khao Lak only 6 weeks later. Although the garden was not directly affected, Ekkehard Schwadtke had to close for 2 years, as there were no visitors.

The reopening in 2007 happened at a new location and started with the butterfly garden. The orchids were brought to the new garden in daring transports one season later.

Recipe of the month Som Tam

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Som Tam Thai…Papaya Salad

Som Tam

A very popular Thai dish is the famous Som Tam Thai, the Papaya Salad… not only for Thai people, for tourists too: …fresh ingredients, exceedingly healthy, refreshing and quick and easy to prepare.

You want to serve this salad once you are back home? Voila, …here we present the corresponding recipe: For the preparation you need a mortar, preferrably an original one “Made in Thailand”, which you can buy at markets or in “Asia-Shops” in your home country. In Thailand these high wooden mortars are called “Pock Pock”, and Thai people use them especially for this tasty salad.

The ingredients are: one unripe, green papaya, 5-10 green jalapeno pepper pods, 5 garlic cloves, 50 gr. dried shrimps, 8 cocktail tomatoes, 3-4 long green French beans, 200 gr. bean sprouts, 60 gr. fish sauce “Nam Pla”, 1 ½ soup spoons of palm sugar, the juice of 1 or 2 limes, and 100 gr. unsalted and unroasted peanuts.

A Gem on the Andaman Sea

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Khao Lak - A Gem on the Andaman Sea

Khao Lak – A Gem on the Andaman Sea

Khao Lak is located just north of Phuket Island, in the Takuapa district of Phang Nga province on the beautiful Andaman Sea coast, and is one of Thailand’s most tranquil holiday destinations.

The local economy is mainly based on tourism, namely hotels and resorts, local shops, restaurants, tailors and the diving industry.

Editor’s Note 4th Issue KL Magazine

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4th Issue KL Magazine

At last, our fourth issue has arrived in the cool month of December which we believe to be the peak season of Khaolak and the rest of Andaman Coast. To people of Thailand, December is considered to be the most important month as we celebrate the birth of our King, the longest reigning Monarch in the world. After several years of hard works to progress his nation, KL Magazine team wishes H.M.K. Bhumibol Adulyadej all the best for his upcoming 85th birthday on. December 5th or a Father’s day of Thailand as he is considered as the father of all Thai people.

This month we introduce you to the underwater world of the wreck diving; the mysterious, intrigue and breathtaking of deep Andaman. The beautiful experience you should not miss if you’re in love with diving. We also take you to the jungle of evergreen forest in Khao Sok National Park. Only one hour-drive from Khaolak, Khao sok offers activities like jungle hiking, bamboo rafting, elephant trekking, canoeing and the amazing inner tubing along Khao Sok river.

Recipe of the Month

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Green Curry

Kang Kaew Wan is a popular dish of chicken in a spicy green curry. It combines many herbs such as basil, chilli and kaffir lime leaves.

Served hot it is part of a main meal.

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cups of coconut milk
1/4 cup green curry paste
350 grams of chicken breast, cut into bite-size pieces
2 eggplants cut into small pieces.
1/2 cup chicken broth
2 tsp palm sugar
3 tablespoons fish sauce
2 red chillies, sliced
4 kaffir lime leaves
1/4 cup Thai basil leaves

Bamboo

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Bamboo

Bamboo

Bamboo is a perennial evergreen from the grass family and one of the fastest growing plants in the world; some species can grow up to 1 m per day. Unlike trees, individual bamboo culms emerge from the ground at their full diameter and grow vertically to a height of up to 30 m during a single rainy season. Then the branches extend from the nodes and leafing out occurs. During the next 2 years, the pulpy wall of each culm slowly hardens. Then the shoot is considered a fully mature culm and can be harvested.

Bamboo must be harvested at the end of the dry season when the culms reach their greatest strength. Traditionally, the best time is at dawn or dusk on a waning moon.

Most bamboo species flower seldom and infrequently, some need as long as 65 or 120 years for one cycle. Bamboo exhibits mass flowering with all plants of one species flowering worldwide at the same time, regardless of differences in geographic locations or climatic conditions, and then the plant dies.

Bamboo species are found in diverse climates, from cold mountains to hot tropical regions. They occur across East Asia to Northern Australia, and west to India, southern Africa, and in the Americas.

Khao Sok National Park

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Khao Sok

Khao Sok straddles the central mountain range which forms the backbone of the Malaysian Peninsula and is located just south of the Isthmus of Kra, the peninsula’s bottleneck. Monsoon rains sweep into these mountains from the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea making this area the wettest of Thailand.

Khao Sok has a complex geological history dating back 300 million years, when the Permian limestone was built up from corals in a warm, shallow and quiet sea. This coral reef stretched from China to Borneo and later became deeply buried under new sediment, which created immense heat and pressure resulting in the limestone rocks we see today.

During the last Ice Age, water was trapped in the enlarged polar caps and the sea level fall, rejuvenating the fluvial systems and producing greater erosion. When the sea levels rose again, the process of erosion was slowed resulting in the smaller meandering rivers and dramatic topography we see now.

Health and Wellness: Sleep

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How much sleep does a person need? Some people say that they are not fit with less than ten hours nightly rest, while others claim to get along with only four hours of sleep. How many hours of sleep are necessary appears to be very different from person to person. Most people are at ease with seven to eight hours. Scientists now distinguish different types of sleepers that are obviously genetic. There are short sleepers who feel recovered after 4 to 5 hours and long sleepers, who are subjectively satisfied and recovered only after 9 to 10 hours. There are early risers, who lie in bed long before midnight and get up early, as well as late sleepers who fall asleep well after midnight, and accordingly wake up late in the forenoon.

Cuisine: Fizz Bistro ‘n Bar

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Fizz Bistro ‘n Bar

Stepping into something different in the town of Khaolak, Fizz is a new  alternative for those who are looking for great unique food in a  contemporary restaurant. This noshery has been established for four years under the concept of great good, fresh ingredients in creative plates. Although they offer only a two sided-menu, each dish has present its own special taste. On the left side of Fizz Menu is their original Thai   cuisine which is prepared by Chef Golf who graduated from Mandarin  Oriental Cooking School, BKK. Never compromising in rich taste and technique in Thai cuisine, Chef Golf created popular dishes like Pad Thai Shrimp and slow-cooked, melt-in-mouth Masaman Beef with bursting flavor of Thai curry. The original spicy Laab Chicken recipe is served on top of organic leafs with abundant of Thai herbs. Crunchy yet juicy Fried Mince Shrimp looks very pretty and tastes marvelous.

The Green Season

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Fishermen at Khuk Khak Beach

Fishermen at Khuk Khak Beach

Khao Lak is known as a quiet, secluded destination even during the peak tourist season. Over the last few years Khao Lak’s been gaining in popularity during the off season months. The monsoon rains feed the lush forested hills, plants and trees thrive giving this time of year it’s name, the Green Season. If your idea of a relaxing holiday is peace and quiet with a good book you’ve certainly found the right place. However, if you are searching for more,

Wreck Diving from Khao Lak

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Khao Lak /wreck diving – seachart

Wreck Diving in Khao Lak – Part 1
Diving the Sea Chart Wreck

The descent line disappeared below us after we splashed in above the ‘ Sea Chart ‘, the most exiting one of the few diveable wrecks off the coast of Khao Lak.

There is a long moment between when we leave the sunny surface of the Andaman Sea and the first hint of the ship’s shadow blackening the blue water below us.

The wreck is a cargo ship about 80 meters long and lying on it’s starboard side with it’s cargo of teak wood still on board. The ship had departed with it’s cargo from Burma in August 2009 heading for Vietnam, but was caught in bad weather and ended up on the sandy sea floor 38 meters from the surface.

Wreck Diving from Khao Lak – Part 2

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Khao Lak /wreck diving – seachart

  Wreck Diving in Khao Lak – Part 2

  Boonsung Wreck

A tin dredger called Boonsung sank more than 20 years ago. It is located to the North of Tab Lamu Pier, about 7 nm offshore from Khao Lak beach. It has become a favorite destination for ½ – day trips that depart from Khao Lak. The wreck lies on serene flat sand at 16 to 20 meters. The wreck is around 10 meters wide and 30 meters long. The average roof level of the wreck is at 13 to 16 meters, and the highest part of the wreck is at about 12 meters depth.  After Tsunami, the wreck has been broken into 5 parts. All are fully covered with barnacles and sponges, and only a few corals can be seen here. Sometimes you can see the remains of a fish cage near the wreck. Boats can moor at buoys attached to the wreck.

Khao Lak by Night

Happy Snapper

Live Music Livemusik
Happy Snapper lies north of Khao Lak Centre on the mountain side of Highway 4 close to the Siam Commercial Bank. Open daily from 20.30-02.00. Cozy atmosphere with live music from Mon-Sat from opening until 01:00.
Happy Snapper liegt nördlich des Zentrums von Khaolak auf der Bergseite der Nationalstrasse 4 in der Nähe der Siam Commercial Bank. Täglich geöffnet von 20:30-02:00 Uhr. Gemütliche Atmosphäre mit Livemusik von Mo-Sa ab Öffnung bis um 01:00 Uhr.

One Two Bar (12 Bar) is located on Bang Niang Beach in a small street opposite the entrance to Mukdara Beach Resort. It has a nice round setup with some contemporary designed tables and chairs and a pool table. Acoustic live music starts daily at 21.30 and ends at 01.00.
One Two Bar (12 Bar) befindet sich in einer kleinen Strasse am Bangniang Strand gegenüber vom Eingang zum Mukdara Beach Resort. Die offene Bar ist rund gestaltet mit modernen Tischen und Stühlen und einem Billardtisch. Akustiche Livemusik beginnt täglich um 21:30 Uhr und endet um 01:00 Uhr.

Phang Nga Bay

Established in 1981, Phang Nga National Park lies in the sheltered waters north and east of Phuket Island and belongs to Phang Nga province. Its pale, milky-green waters are the setting for more than 40 spectacular islands, often rising to 300 metres and more. People have sailed the waters of Phang Nga for at least 3000 years.

The islands of Phang Nga are part of a geological feature which extends all the way from the island of Borneo northwards to the southern provinces of China. Technically, Phangnga is referred to as a drowned karstland. At one time this was a barrier reef more than thousand kilometres long. From the onset of the Permian Age, roughly 230 million years ago, corals and other marine organisms laid down deposits of calcium carbonate hundreds of metres thick. Then, movements in the earth’s crust came to exert enormous pressures on this sedimentary rock. Rather than bend and fold, the inelastic limestone ruptured. Blocks of stone sheered away one from the other, some thrusting up while others sank. Other forces have played their role in sculpting the dramatic cliffs and natural monuments.

Japanese Buffet !

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Enzo Japanese Restaurant – Japanese Buffet.

You can order as much as you can eat from more than 100 items!

Every Sunday: 13:00-23:00

Gent: 599 Baht
Lady: 499 Baht
Child (-12 years old): 259 Baht
Child (-4 years old): Free

90 minutes, including free flow of Green Tea

And, at the same time, we have house wine buffet promotion now.
330 Baht/person (also 90 minutes).

Note: the house wine promotion is NOT included in the price of the buffet. This house wine promotion is a separate promotion.

Editors’ Note – 3rd issue KL Magazine !

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KL Magazine 3rd Issue

Dear Readers,
Well, the new High Season is here! As usual it has been eagerly awaited by local   businesses but as usual they hope it will bring more visitors than previous years. There will undoubtedly be a large number of returners, visitors of many nationalities who need no convincing of Khao Lak’s wonderful appeal to them. However, the real hope is that there will be an increase in the number of new visitors and more will return in future years. Obviously some people already think that is going to happen with a huge investment in large new resorts that will open during this High Season to add to the existing great range of accommodation that Khao Lak offers for all tastes and budgets. KL Magazine will continue to do its best to play a part in getting more visitors to come to Khao Lak.