Samut Sakhon – Mangroves, Salt Farms, and Seafood!

Samut Sakhon

I really love living in Bangkok. But sometimes it’s nice to get away from the big city and see another side of Thailand. Fortunately, for this latest trip I didn’t have to go far. In fact, adventure was found just an hour outside of the Big Mango in the lovely coastal province of Samut Sakhon.

TakeMeTour in collaboration with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) have put together day trip tours under a program called “Local Table“. These private tours offer visitors a unique opportunity to explore Thailand through the eyes of locals.

I received an invitation to review the very first Local Table tour for Samut Sakhon. It was described, “Discover the Secrets of Salt and Savor Homemade Seafood at Salt Farm“. I was thrilled to accept. The tour consisted of a tour to a mangrove forest, an active salt farm, and a lunch of seafood and unique local dishes prepared by the salt farming family. Honestly they had me at seafood!

It was a fantastic break from the city, and I’m happy to share this experience. Continue reading “Samut Sakhon – Mangroves, Salt Farms, and Seafood!”

Supanniga Cruise – A Bangkok Fine Dining Experience!

Supanniga Cruise Bangkok

We recently had family visiting over the holidays. We wanted to be good hosts, and we wanted to do some things that were different for us, too. After all, how many times does a person really need to see the Grand Palace or Wat Pho? A dinner cruise along the Chao Phraya has been something my gal and I have wanted to do. But neither of particularly enjoy the idea of being on a crowded boat filled with tourists lining up for the buffet (which will have at least a couple of dishes with hot dogs in it), lining up for a bar that serves watery drinks, or to a bathroom that looks like it’s been destroyed. That’s when a friend suggested to me that we check out Supanniga Cruise (official Facebook page). Continue reading “Supanniga Cruise – A Bangkok Fine Dining Experience!”

Learning at Issaya Cooking Studio: Day 2

I had another amazing day learning to cook Thai food at the Issaya Cooking Studio. (Check out my first day!) This time I was the only student so I had a private lesson with Nat (the instructor). There are definite benefits to living in Thailand because during the non-tourist season you can find yourself receiving one-on-one instruction as opposed to when it’s tourist season and you participate in a full class. Continue reading “Learning at Issaya Cooking Studio: Day 2”

Learning at Issaya Cooking Studio: Day 1

Learning to Cook at Issaya Cooking Studio: Day 1

I had such an amazing time today learning to cook Thai food at the Issaya Cooking Studio at Central Embassy! I first made a spicy green papaya salad (Somtam) with salted egg–why am I not making this everyday? I often eat somtam but this is the first time I had it with salted egg. It gives it a creaminess I dig. Continue reading “Learning at Issaya Cooking Studio: Day 1”