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Where to eat and what are other things to do in Thailand?

Where to Eat in Thailand?

Top 3 restaurants of Thailand are:
– Ruen Come In
– Be a Green Gourmet at Chomtalay Beach Restaurant
– Beluga School for Life

1. Ruen Come In

• Chiang Mai is well known for its rich cuisine and spicy chilli pastes.
• For an authentic northern food, in style, Ruen Come In is a good option.
• The restaurant is run by a Chiang Mai family.
• Every element, from the stunning golden teak architecture and furniture down to the napkins on the tables are designed and made locally in Lanna style.
• Ruen Come In’s menu offers home cooked Northern Thai recipes that are passed from generation to generation.
• Waitresses wear traditional dress, and can teach you a few words of the local Chiang Mai dialect.
• Try “sai ur” which is a slightly spiced Northern Thai style sausage that is usually eaten with “khao niaw”, sticky rice.
• “Nam prick noom”, is a popular spicy chilly paste.
• “Kaeng hua plee”, is a local curry made from banana tree trunk.
• Free-range chicken dishes “gai baan” are also recommended.
• There is even a modest selection of Western dishes.
• The restaurant is a champion of organic dining, planting and buying organic vegetables from local farms.
• Rice is home grown, and a range of fruit juices is available for a healthy meal.
• The restaurant is happy to arrange a visit to local organic food markets.
• You can learn to cook Thai and northern Thai dishes.
• Discover the secrets of the organic and healthy food which is the pride and motivation of local organic farmers.

Contact Details for Ruen Come In
• 79/3 Sirithorn Rd., Chang Phuak, Muang, Chiang Mai, 50300, Thailand
• Tel. +66 53 212 516, Fax. +66 53 225 305
• Email:
• Website:

2. Be a Green Gourmet at Chomtalay Beach Restaurant

• Indulge in tasty Thai seafood cuisine.
• Enjoy a fresh healthy organic home cooking.
• The Chomtalay team promises a great selection of tasty, wholesome food for good health.
• The restaurant is now Prachuap Khirikan province’s model 5 star restaurant, for green gourmet grub.
• The restaurant has a friendly atmosphere and fair priced dishes.
• You can order a range of local and central Thai specialties.
• Enjoy the healthy selections from the restaurant’s organic garden.
• Taste a seasonal specialty, to taste the finest, freshest local flavors.
• You may join in their regular social and environmental initiatives: sprucing up the local community, donating to temples and schools, planting mangroves or releasing fish into the sea.
• All of these activities help to build up an appetite for a relaxing and delicious seafood dinner.
• Enjoy the food while you admire the long, beautiful, quiet, clean beach, in this laid-back resort.
• The restaurant and restroom are accessible by wheelchair for disabled guests.

Contact details for Be a Green Gourmet at Chomtalay Beach Restaurant
• 181 Moo 4 Samroiyod District Prachuap Khirikan 77120 Thailand
• Phone: 66 32 559 364
• Mobile: 66 81 376 9285, 66 81 934 4501, 66 81 988 9288
• Email:,
• Website:,

3. Beluga School for Life

• The Beluga School for Life is nestled in a small valley which is 20 km from the beach resort of Khao Lak.
• Guests stay in 18 modern pavilions, boasting private terraces, outdoor and indoor showers, WLAN internet and Satellite TV.
• The resort has a pool, basketball courts, soccer fields and bikes for rent.
• The overall income supports the Beluga School for life community which is a project established in 2005.
• This community provides education and a safe environment for local children who were victims of the Tsunami.
• The School for Life offers day trips and longer tour programs of up to 15 days.
• You can also visit the project and learn hands on how it works, through cooking classes with the kids, language introductions, social activities.
• Massage, spa, yoga and even traditional singing bowl therapy are on the wellness menu.
• Diving and snorkeling trips can be arranged to the Similan islands.
• Accommodation is separate from the family and school areas.
• The restaurant offers specialties prepared from home-grown organic fruit and vegetables and meats.
• You can visit the organic farm, learn about fruit carving, or take a full day cooking course.

Contact Details for Beluga School for Life
• Beluga School for Life under Beluga S.L. Co.,Ltd
• 7/5 Moo 4, Ban Na Nai, Tumbon, Thungmapraow, Amphur Thaimuang, Phang- Nga, Thailand 82120
• Websites:

Things to do in Thailand

1. Activities
• Cruising / Sailing
• Cultural Exploration
• Ecotourism / Green Travel
• Golf
• Learning Activities
• Medical Tourism
• Meditation
• Outdoor and Adventure Activities – Air Activities
• Outdoor and Adventure Activities – Land Activities
• Outdoor and Adventure Activities – Water Activities
• Self Drive
• Shopping
• Spa and Wellness
• Weddings & Honeymoons

2. Pampering
• Traditional Thai massage has a history of more than 2,500 years.
• Practitioners of Thai massage operate on the belief that many invisible lines of energy run through the body.
• Thailand has quickly become one of the highest ranking spa destinations in the world.
• Besides traditional Thai massage, there is a phenomenal variety of international treatments.
• The treatments include: Aromatherapy and Swedish massage.

3. Outdoors
• Scuba diving
• Snorkeling
• Longboarding
• Sea-canoeing
• Rock-climbing

4. Golf
• Golf arrived in Thailand during the reign of King Rama V, one hundred years ago.
• Internationally renowned courses can be found in tourist-spots like Bangkok, Pattaya and Phuket.

5. Khao Yai National Park and Elephant Ride Day Trip from Bangkok
• Duration: 10 hours (approx.)
• Location: Bangkok, Thailand

6. Thailand’s Ayutthaya Temples and River Cruise from Bangkok
• Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
• Location: Bangkok, Thailand

7. Bangkok Dinner Cruise on the Chao Phraya River
• Duration: 2.5-3 hours
• Location: Bangkok, Thailand

8. Floating Markets of Damnoen Saduak Cruise Day Trip from Bangkok
• Duration: 6 hours (approx.)
• Location: Bangkok, Thailand

9. Phuket Fantasea Show and Dinner
• Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
• Location: Phuket, Thailand

10. Phuket Half-Day Safari Tour
• Duration: 5 – 6.5 hours
• Location: Phuket, Thailand

11. Floating Markets and Bridge on River Kwai Tour from Bangkok
• Duration: 10 hours (approx.)
• Location: Bangkok, Thailand

12. Bangkok’s Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew Tour
• Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
• Location: Bangkok, Thailand

13. Thai Burma Death Railway Bridge on the River Kwai Tour from Bangkok
• Duration: 10 hours (approx.)
• Location: Bangkok, Thailand

14. Phuket to Phi Phi Islands by Speedboat
• Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
• Location: Phuket, Thailand

15. Canoe Cave Explorer Phang Nga Bay Tour from Phuket
• Duration: 7 hours (approx.)
• Location: Phuket, Thailand

16. Chiang Dao Elephant Jungle Trek and Ping River Rafting Tour from Chiang Mai
• Duration: 7 hours (approx.)
• Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand

17. Bangkok Grand Palace and River of Kings Canal Cruise Small-Group Tour
• Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
• Location: Bangkok, Thailand

18. Historical and cultural attractions
• Bangkok is at the start of many visitors’ itineraries.
• It has a rich cultural heritage.
• The Grand Palace is a collection of highly decorated buildings and monuments.
• It is home to Wat Phra Kaew, the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand.
• This houses the Emerald Buddha.
Other cultural attractions include:
• Wat Pho
• Wat Arun
• Jim Thompson’s House

19. UNESCO World Heritage Sites
• Siam
• Ayutthaya
• Sukhothai
• Si Satchanalai
• Kamphaeng Phet

20. Other historical sights
• Chiang Mai makes a good base for arranging these trekking.
• It also has some cultural sights of its own, such as Wat Doi Suthep.
• For those interested in recent history, Kanchanaburi has a lot of sights related to World War II.
• The Bridge over the River Kwai is the most famous one.
• There are many museums in its vicinity.

Best time to visit / climate

• Thailand is largely tropical.
• It’s hot and humid all year around with temperatures in the 28-35°C range (82-95°F).
• From November to the end of February, it doesn’t rain much and temperatures are at their lowest.
• From March to June, Thailand swelters in temperatures as high as 40°C (104°F).
• From July to October, although it only really gets underway in September, tropical monsoons hit most of the country.

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How to get there?

1. By plane
• The main international airports in Thailand are at Bangkok and Phuket.
• Both are well-served by intercontinental flights.
• Practically every airline that flies to Asia also flies into Bangkok.
• International airports are also located at Hat Yai, Krabi, Koh Samui and Chiang Mai.
• Kuala Lumpur and Singapore make excellent places to catch flights into these smaller Thai cities.
• The national carrier is the well-regarded THAI Airways with Bangkok Airways filling in some gaps in the nearby region.
• Bangkok Airways offers free internet access while you wait for boarding to start at your gate.
• Chartered flights from and to Thailand from international destinations are operated by Hi Flying group.
• They fly to Bangkok, Phuket, Koh Samui and Udon Thani.

2. By Road
Cambodia – six international border crossings.
Laos – The busiest border crossing is at the Friendship Bridge across the Mekong between Nong Khai and the Lao capital Vientiane.
It’s also possible to cross the Mekong at Chiang Khong / Huay Xai, Nakhon Phanom /Tha Khaek, Mukdahan / Savannakhet, and elsewhere.
Vientiane / Udon Thani: A bus service runs from the Morning Market bus station in Vientiane to the bus station in Udon Thani. The cost is 80 Baht or 22,000 Kip and the journey takes two hours. The Udon Thani airport is 30 minutes by Tuk Tuk from the bus station and is served by Thai Airways, Nok Air and Air Asia.
• Malaysia and Singapore – driving up is entirely possible. Main crossings between Thailand and Malaysia are Padang Besar (Padang Besar) and Sadao (Bukit Kayu Hitam) in Songkhla province, Betong in Yala province, and Sungai Kolok in Narathiwat province. There are regular buses from Singapore to the southern hub of Hat Yai.

3. By Train
Thailand’s sole international train service links to Butterworth (near Penang) and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, continuing all the way to Singapore.

4. By Ferry
• It is possible to travel by ferries in high season (Nov-May) from Phuket and island hop your way down the coast all the way to Indonesia.
• This can now be done without ever touching the mainland, Phuket (Thailand) to Padang (Indonesia). Islands en route:
– Ko Phi Phi
– Ko Lanta
– Ko Ngai
– Ko Mook
– Ko Bulon
– Ko Lipe
– Langkawi
– Penang

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