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Favorite Local Restaurant

Text and Photography by Nike - Thursday, June 30, 2011

On the Ring road, between Huathanon and Lamai, you can find the Koh Kaew Thai / Seafood Restaurant. Situated on the corner of the Hin Ta Hin Yai turnoff, what might seem like a small place, with very basic construction, decorations, hidden away from the road, it will almost always at any time be fully packed with tourists, foreigners, and locals. Koh Kaew Restaurant makes the most delicious Thai food I have ever eaten on the island. They are open from 10:00AM - 10:00PM. The menu has a wide variety of Thai dishes, vegetarian dishes, shakes, breakfasts, snacks and an impressive array of seafood. Note that some seafood dishes and fish needs to be ordered one day in advance.

Koh Kaew Restaurant

Like most local Thai restaurants, this is a family run business, and the service always friendly and professional. The menus are in English and ordering in the same is no hassle. This place, even though it might not look like much from a distance, is where I come to eat most of my meals when not cooking. I have never had a bad meal here. The food is always extremely fresh and tasty. I even find the most simple dishes such as fried rice to be more flavorsome than elsewhere, seeing that they use a generous amount of fresh garlic in almost all of their dishes, which is not too common. Even the music playing in the background always pleasantly surprise me. They have a wide variety of melodies, a great mixture of old and new, always warm and ambient.

The restaurant

Their prices are very reasonable, a person can eat a full meal with drink for about 120 Baht. They also serve beers and some hard liquor. I can honestly say that it is safe to order any dish here, even if you would usually find it a bit daring elsewhere. All the dishes are well made, of good quality and once again- very tasty indeed. My personal favorite would be the Chicken Cashew Stir fry and the good old fashioned Chicken Noodle Soup. It's a great place to come with friends, have a few drinks and enjoy some really good Thai flavors. I sometimes come here for work meetings, and certainly always recommend it to anyone. If you are ever in the area be sure to try it out. If still not convinced, have a look at all the other smiling faces dining here. You wont be disappointed.

Wat Sila Ngu

Text and Photography by Nike - Tuesday, June 28, 2011

I recently went to have a look at the beautifully sculpted images and temple art work of the newly built ubosot (Praying hall) of Wat Slia Ngu. This temple is located next to Rocky's Resort on the 4169 Ring Road towards Huathanon, just after the Hin Ta Hin Yai rock. Although not entirely complete yet, this raw, redbrick hall has been constructed for the past two years, and boasts the most intricate, precisely sculpted concrete images of Hindu gods, Lord Buddha and Ramayana. These fancy artworks were done by sculptors from Phetchaburi. The wooden framed windows were made by artists from Uttaradit.

Temple statue

"Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it." - Buddhist Quotation

A Thai temple consist out of two main parts, the Puttha- Wat and the Sangha- Wat. The Putthawat is the area devoted to Buddha. This area contains several buildings including a bell- tower, pavilions, shrines and halls.The Sanghawat contains the Buddhist monks' living quarters. Although Thai temple art and architecture has changed frequently over the years, the definite construction of these two parts of the Wat stayed consistent.

The images are a mixture of Hindu culture and Thai Theravada Buddhism, that merged in the 10th century. The multiple armed Lord Shiva, images of snakes and Lord Ganesh are among the favorite and frequently displayed. Mythological meanings, traditional rituals, solemn,delightfully sculpted artworks. This Thai temple is definitely a feast for the eyes.

If you are looking for amazing photographic opportunities, a quiet afternoon stroll around the temple grounds or discovering more about Thai culture,religion and lifestyle, I strongly recommend Wat Sila Ngu.

Temple detail

"There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting." - Buddhist Quotation

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