Thailand …..The Land of Smiles 🙂 and temples… and so much more…
Many years ago when we first visited Thailand it stole a corner of my heart and although it is a country of many contradictions to me it is home.
Why? I don’t know…I have family in many different countries and have loved my visits..have I wanted to put down roots there ?…No!
Thailand just does it for me…
Whether its beautiful unspoiled beaches and there are many.
Sunsets which are so amazing, diving, rock climbing or just living among the people.
Where we have experienced the real Thailand, the amazing food..which we have tasted which is not cooked purely for the tourists.
For my dear friend Annie I have amended this post..how I could forget our favourite Thai curry…I don’t know..but I did…One of my all time favorite Northern Thai Curries is Khao Soi. I was introduced to it by my dear friend Annie and we would do our research once a month to find the best Khao Soi and have a bit of a girlie chat and maybe a vino or two….as you do!
Khao Soi is a beautiful yellow curry with chicken( Gai) or pork(Moo) with soft yellow noodles and topped with crispy noodles.
Served with a side of pickled cabbage, lime, shallots and if it isn’t hot enough then some lovely hot, fried chilli mix.
The beautiful countryside and it really is the land of smiles.
We have stayed in villages where the children by our standards have nothing by comparison but they are happy, they have carefree childhoods bought up with love.
Yes there is the seedy side…but so is there in all countries.
Bangkok…..I love it..so vibrant and alive….I have wandered down at midnight to get something to eat at one of the street stalls…do I feel unsafe…never ever. I am given a seat to sit on while I wait..hastily they rub the seat over with a not so clean cloth…do I care…No! They treat madam as they call me like a special visitor and when I say Thai hot …the smile I get and they tell everyone who will listen….”Oh Madam she eat spicy”
What they prepare and cook the food in is spotless..the vegetables so fresh…the food amazing…
China Town and the markets….. I love Bangers as I call it but only for a few days and then I am back to the peace and calm which is home.
Pageantry the Thais love it..every procession is so joyous…..The Vegetarian Festival…..Songkran… Loy Krathong…
..if you love being part of festivals make sure you come at the right time ..you will not be disappointed.
The noise, the street food and partying is amazing and to be part of it so special.
Have you visited Thailand…If not ..you will not be disappointed…
I hope you enjoyed this post and you can see why I love this country…Over the next few months, I will be taking you to some of the beautiful places I have visited, places which are off the beaten track…The real Thailand and the one I love.
Until next time stay safe, have fun and laugh a lot and if you fancy a boogie then pop over to Sally’s from Smorgasbord Health 2017 …I will be there as will many others ..lots of fun and frolics….. See you there….