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Traditional Thai Cooking Styles

Every geographic region, especially one which is as cultured as Thailand is, has its very own culinary style and, in the case of Thailand, Thai cuisine has a significant place in history, popular culture and tourist influences.


Naturally, Thai cuisine would be a branch of one of many South East Asian cooking traditions, but its heavy influence of seafood gives it its own, unique identity, aggravated by the fishing culture of the various Thai locals and the location of the place, together with its surrounding islands, along very rich coastlines of exotic sea creatures.


Thai cooking may have a heavy fish and seafood influence, but it pretty much caters for all culinary tastes, including those who are not so inclined to going beyond fish, as a seafood diet.


In a bit of a different approach to the European's approach to food, Thai cooking is more focused on the preparation of the food, as an occasion, with the enjoyment thereof consisting out of the actual taste of the food as well as the look of the presentation.


Variety is the order of the day, with dull, two-toned dishes very rare, unless specially requested.


The dishes are traditionally light in preparation, with special attention given to the strength of the taste, reinforced with an assortment of seasoning, in the form of sauces and spices.


The seasoning isn't just there to add variety to the dishes though, since one gets the sense that herbs and spices are specially selected to bring out the natural taste of the food prepared, especially when prepared by a Thai chef who knows exactly what he or she is doing.


Traditional ways of serving Thai dishes are those which offer a lot of variety, more so in the choice of seasoning, since some of the spices can get really strong for some people.


A true Thai cooking experience would probably be attained if one is invited to a Thai dinner, where they don't actually really have to pay, like in a restaurant, as this allows the authenticity of the generosity to come into play, offering much more diversity in the various preparation styles, enjoyed in generous portions.

Klong Son Beach is good for:

peace and quiet

sandy beach



Short description:

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


Short description:

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

Short description:

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:


seafood restaurants



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


quiet and peaceful

Short description:

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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