Khanom (Thailand)

I am now back in Thailand after a month in Goa; I arrived in Goa on 11th January and flew back to Bangkok overnight on 10th February; in those 4 weeks I managed to complete the sale of the apartment that I had bought there in 2007/8…………..in a country where the simplest of tasks such as buying a SIM card for a mobile phone or an internet dongle for a laptop are so weighed down by bureaucracy that they become an endurance test lasting up to a week, it was a remarkable achievement, right up there with the very best, comparable perhaps to swimming the English channel with a gas stove strapped to your back…………front crawl, naturally………….

After one night in Bangkok I took an overnight train south to Surat Thani to meet up with my lovely friend Yada, who, some of you may recall, I travelled with last winter………….she recommended the quiet seaside resort of Khanom to me, which is about 30 kilometres from Donsak, where Yada lives and where she works as a maths teacher in a local government school; I am now staying there (Khanom) which means that we can spend time together at the weekends and meet for dinner some evenings during the week……….

I arrived here last Thursday the 13th February and booked in for 4 nights at the Rachakiri resort and spa, which is a lovely and luxurious hotel in a wonderful location on a small headland at the end of the beach………I have since moved to a much cheaper hotel under the same ownership about a kilometre away, where for £20.00 per night I have a lovely large air-con room, free wi-fi, free use of the swimming pool and facilities at the Rachakiri and a new scooter to poodle around on………….it would be too much to expect breakfast to be included for this price, but on my first day Yada arrived in her car with at least 10 kilograms of fresh fruit for me……..mangos, papayas, water melon, pineapple, rose apples and a couple of others that I don’t know the names of, oh, and a stack of paper plates and a new and very sharp fruit knife………….sorted !!

Above and below are a few photos of the lovely Rachakiri resort and spa…………..where you can swim in the beautiful infinity pool or plunge into the sea beyond……….

Above and below, the hotel swimming pool is surrounded by frangipani trees and their beautiful blossoms

This little fellow is to be seen lazing around the swimming pool every day, enjoying the heat from the tiles and the small rocks that border the pool; he’s about 18″ long, half of which is his tail…………

 

 

View across the bay looking towards Khanom from the road that led me to a lovely little deserted beach………………below

 

 

Above …………..lunch with a view; Somtum, this is the favourite food of Yada (which might explain why she weighs a mere 42 kilos) and she introduced me to it last winter……addiction soon followed……..it is a salad made with shredded green papaya, carrot, peanuts, garlic, chillies, green beans, tomatoes and a few other ingredients in a wonderful spicy dressing; it somehow manages to be very spicy and yet extremely refreshing………………………served to me here at a little beachside restaurant with a bottle of water and a clean glass full of ice for 50 baht……£0.93p at todays exchange rate………….cheaper than any lunch that you can now get on the beach in Goa…………….

Above…………whilst on the subject of food, I discovered this wonderful green vegetable on a recent visit to Bangkok…………. I was totally bemused by the description from the non English speaking restaurant owner, who said it was “stir fried melon seedling”…I assumed this to have been completely lost in translation, until Tuk, the wife of Goy at the Thai Pin restaurant in St Margarets, London, kindly informed me that it is known as Yod fak maew, a particular variety of melon that grows in the north of Thailand………..she also went a step further and posted a photo of them growing on my Facebook page……..see below……….so very well done Tuk and many many thanks (^∆*)

……….and to any of you that have never visited the “Thai Pin” or have not been there for some time, please remember that it provides the best Thai food outside of Thailand, but please do not expect to be fed and watered for 93p ……… (^∆*)

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    • Well spotted Liz………I’ll see what I can find on my next leisurely stroll down the beach xx (*^*)