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Chulalongkorn Day

Tuesday, Oct. 23rd 2012 at 12am


October 23rd is a national holiday in Thailand to mark Chulalongkorn Day. The public holiday commemorates one of Thailand’s most revered kings, King Chulalongkorn (Rama V), who passed away on October 23rd 1910 at the age of 57. He had ruled what was then Siam, for 42 years.

Ko Samet

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This Island is located about 220km from Bangkok. It is a National Park, so the facilities are rudimentary and the roads are of poor quality. You get there by speedboat or a bigger sized ship. If you arrive at the official dock you have to pay a fee to get on the island.

The beaches are nice and there are affordable hotels at the beach. It helps if you like animals because there are many dogs walking around on the beach, that's a "feature" of this island. The famous Thai poet Sunthorn Phu wrote about this island and a large statue of him can be found on the beach. Like most islands Ko Samet is ideal for swimming, snorkeling and diving.

On the island the roads are poor. You can travel with a Songtaew or you can rent a motorbike or quad bike. The roads are very narrow, be careful! There is one little town centre with some shops, there's not a whole lot to see on the rest of the island. You will be surprised at the size of the island, it feels very small. If you are looking for a nice Island near Bangkok to relax and enjoy the beach Ko Samet is a good choice. If you are looking for an exiting night life Ko Samet is not your best option.

Chiang Mai

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Cooking School

Smart Cook Thai Cooking School
A cooking school day-trip is a great way to experience the Thai culture. Thai food is world renowned and actually quite easy to cook. There are many cooking school in Chiang Mai and the prices are a lot lower than cooking schools in places like Phuket. You usually prepare several courses and you can choose from a set menu. You will prepare the food after a short demonstration and you will of course taste the result! The video and photos are from the Smart Cook school, they have a really nice location and a fun trip to the school by train and bicycle.

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