Hello from Thailand! Jen was kind enough to ask me if I would like to try my hand at the Monday Montage and I eagerly jumped at the invitation feeling quite privileged! It may be that my teasing about how MUCH I was going to write gave her second thoughts as she told me (more than once) that Monday’s blog is only one to two paragraphs at the most, to which I responded “Oh, no problem! We all know I can write a WHOLE page that is only two, or even one long sentence since I am the queen of run-on sentences!” 😀
This is my first trip to Thailand and we have been able to gallivant about almost daily for one adventure or another. What strikes me most so far about my visit is the meshing of old versus new! I get quite a kick out of what we might consider very rudimentary conditions right across the street from newer high-rise condominiums! Of course I do have much more to wax on about this incredibly journey, but that will be at a later date from my blog in case you are interested in Thailand through the eyes of a tourist!
This is a small market just a short walk from Jen, Chad and Zoë’s house. Many of the restaurants and stores look similar to this one.
These are tanks full of tiny fish that eat the callouses and dirt off of your feet. I squealed when I tried it, but soon was chastising the minnow sized creatures for not doing a better job. Here Chad and Zoë give it a go!
I have never seen fish cooked this way. So I spent a considerable time watching and photographing this curious culinary method of preparation. The eating of whole fish seems to be considered a common delicacy here in Thailand. This photo was taken at the Cicada Night Market and was only one of a passle of food stands.
Jen in front of the Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin, which was originally built in 1923! Quite the perfect setting for our High Tea together!
This is the street full of taxi (Tuk-Tuk) stands and eateries as well as little sidewalk shops which seems to be the norm for the areas here in Hua Hin. I found it particularly captivating to see this area directly across from one of the worlds most renowned hotels, The Centara Grand.
This was certainly one of the highlights for me, being such an inquisitive visitor. This is one of the Thai’s largest holiday celebrations, Loy Krathong, which translates to “Floating Decoration”. Hanging lanterns swayed about overhead as the crowds made their way through the festival. It was indeed a beautiful evening with the vibrant colors from the lanterns and the stunning full moon. You can see Zoë carrying the Nemo balloon and Jen carrying Zoë through the crowd of attendees in this picture.
I loved the display of colors reflecting off the Lily Pads, especially with the complimentary colors of bright arrangements made for this festival surrounding them. The floating decorations were made either by individual families for their personal launching or made to be sold to others. Each one was quite distinct and beautiful!
This photo is from Yummy Corner, where we have now had the pleasure to dine three times. The food has always been scrumptious as well as beautifully displayed. Here is Indy, (co-owner, with her husband Node, of both the restaurant as well as Sea Harmony Guest House) letting Zoë be her assistant.
It has indeed been a delightful visit for which I am thankful! (Check back later just in case I can sneak in a couple of PAGES of blogging when Jen’s not looking!) :0)