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The Salak fruit (thai name: Ra Kam): fresh Exotic Thai Fruit

The Salak fruit is sometimes known as snake fruit because of its scaly exterior. The fruit is grown from a variety of palm tree and is native to Indonesia, although it is also found in Thailand and Malaysia. In recent times, the fruit has also been introduced to the Philippines, New Guinea, parts of Australia, Fiji and Ponape Island (Caroline Islands).  Reputedly, the Salak fruit grown in Bali, Indonesia, is the finest variety in the whole of Asia with the skin being thin yet strong, which is easily peeled.

The Salak is a type of palm that grows approximately two meters high and its fruit grows in bunches in the shade. The fruit has been given the name ‘snake fruit’ because of its scaly skin that mirrors that of a snake. The salak is a small fruit that is similar in size to a fig. The insides of the fruit are similar to a pulp texture with three lobes, which look similar to cloves of garlic and contain three seeds. Usually, the taste of the fruit is acidic and sweet but its texture can be crunchy and apple-like. 

The fruit is remarkably beneficial for certain ailments. When mixed with honey and water and ingested, the Salak fruit is used to alleviate heartburn and indigestion.

The fruit and its scaly exterior look interesting and that is why you will see the Salak fruit used in fruit platters and Thai desserts. Children really like the salak because of the sweet taste. The fruit grows in seasons in many parts of Thailand and can be easily obtain from the local market or large supermarkets when the season is upon us. This tasty fruit is produced throughout southern Asia and should be tried when visiting the region.

 

How to Make Bean Salak:

  • 600 g yellow sweet potatoes, peeled, steamed, mashed
  • 100 g flour
  • 1 tsp fine salt
  • ½ tsp vanilla powder
  • 2 drops yellow food coloring

Gravy:

  • 100 g brown sugar, chopped fine
  • 100 g sugar
  • 1500 ml of water
  • 1 pandan leaves, cut into pieces
  • ½ tsp fine salt
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 3 cm cinnamon

Complement:

  • 200 ml coconut milk
  • 150 g piece of fresh agar-agar

How to Make Bean Salak kolak:

  1. Seeds Salak: Mix the sweet potatoes that have been mashed with flour, vanilla, food coloring and salt and stir well. Take one teaspoon of dough, bentul into the dots. Heat the water, boil the beans until cooked and floating salak. Lift. Enter cooked in cold water, drain.
  2. Sauce: Boil water, put sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, pandan leaf pieces, a solution of starch and salt and stir well. Cook, stirring, boil and stir until cooked. Shortly before his appointment, enter the seed salak and stir well. Lift.
  3. Serving: Pour soup beans salak and its contents into the serving bowl. Add the chopped jelly and coconut milk. Serve warm.




Klong Son Beach is good for:

peace and quiet

sandy beach

fishing

 

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Klong Son beach (or Had Klong Son) is located on the north of Koh Chang. Nice bay at the very top of the island. Pure white sand stretch of beach, shaded with coconut trees. Klong Son gets very low numbers of visitors with the bulk of the backpackers and tourists alike speeding south enroute to Koh Chang's finer and more popular stretches of sand.

White Sand Beach is good for:

night live

sandy beach

variety of restaurants

shopping

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Koh Chang's most famous stretch of sand, at over 2km long there's certainly room for everyone! Lined with bungalows, food stalls and shops this is one of the best beaches in all of Thailand.

Klong Phrao Beach is good for:

tranquil surroundings

gorgeous rocky landscape

all sorts of activities

quiet and peaceful

Short description:

Situated on the somewhat less glamorous, northern side of the Koh Chang Island, Klong Prao isn’t all that much of tourist destination, especially for those who are in need of a true holiday experience of the exotic kind.

Lonely Beach is good for:

great sunset

cheap and peaceful retreat

all sorts of beach activities

perfect for family

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Also known as Kai Bae Beach, this is the spot to catch a great sunset! A few small shops and food stalls are along the beach, a good spot to chill out away from the crowds at White Sands Beach.

Bangbao Bay is good for:

fishing

seafood restaurants

shopping

nightlife

Short description:

A well-sheltered bay with a small and quiet beach. It is a fishing community where residents still live in houses built on stilts and are connected by wooden bridges. There are a growing number of tourist shops, scuba dive outlets and seafood restaurants offering a good selection of seafood.

Salak Khok Bay is good for:

pretty, unspoiled area

traditional Thai community

kayaking

quiet and peaceful

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There aren’t so much attraction in Salak Kok, but tourists can Kayak among the mangroves. Salak Kok Bay still has a fishing community that doesn’t change so much in many years, a great place to see the real traditional Thai community.

 

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