If you love eating, you’ll love Phuket. There are many restaurants to suit various tastes which serve a wide variety of Asian and Western food. Phuket’s wide variety of food and dining experiences are a major attraction for tourists.
Phuket’s seafood restaurants
When you travel to Phuket Island you have to sample its seafood, otherwise it will be like not having gone there at all. The island is famous for plentiful of crabs, fishes, oysters, squids, and particularly, lobsters and prawns, which are tasty and sourced fresh from Andaman Sea. Whichever way they are prepared-fried, grilled, baked, sautéed, steamed or roasted-or whether they’re in the styles of Thai, Western, or Chinese, the dishes your order always come out aromatic and delectable.
Seafood restaurants are found in Phuket town, beach fronts of Rawai, Kata, Patong etc, Chalong Bay, as well as in large tourist hotels. Although seafood restaurants generally charge reasonable prices, there are classy ones found on major beaches which serve seafood dishes cooked with high international standards and are a bit costly.
Phuket’s Chinese food restaurants
Chinese food is available in first-class hotels and restaurants in Phuket town as well as Patong beach. And one of the restaurants that serve a wide range of genuine Chinese delicacies is the Royal Kitchen restaurant in Patong, Phuket.
Phuket’s Western food restaurants
Most first and second-class hotels in Phuket have a wide range of Western food i.e. European food. To sample authentic Western dishes, you should try nationality restaurants spread along tourist beaches as well as in leading hotels.
Phuket’s local food restaurants
There are so many restaurants in Phuket that serve a wide variety of dishes to satisfy all sorts of tourist tastes. Chinese and Western foods are served in tourist hotels as well as along some top beaches, while local dishes, which blend Thai, Chinese and Malay styles, are found everywhere. But, local food is available in large quantities and cheaper prices in Phuket town’s restaurants compared to those at the beaches. A wide variety of local food can also be found in food stalls everywhere in Phuket.
Phuket’s variety of delicacies
There are several special local foods in Phuket, different from those found in other areas of Thailand and those travelling to the island should not miss them. Some of them include the following:
This is Thai rice noodles usually taken with curry soup from minced fish or shrimps. It is also delicious when eaten with chicken or beef curry. Phuket’s Khanom Chin has a lot more flavor and is taken with a wide range and quantity of fresh or preserved vegetables. It is typically taken at breakfast by locals.
There are 2 styles of noodles available in Phuket. The first style of fried noodles is known as mi hokkian and is fried with pork, fresh shrimps, green cabbage, and shellfish. The other one is called mi sapam and is fried with seafood and gravy.
This is steamed curried fish/crab or other seafood, with vegetables in a foil container or banana leaf. It should be taken with steamed rice.
Phuket’s curry is called kaeng luang, a sour curry with vegetables and fish. This popular southern curry has a peculiar taste.
This is a small type of moon cakes specially made in Phuket. It is very popular with tourists.
Phuket’s pineapples are delicious, juicy, not-so-soft and cheaper.
Cashew nuts are a famous local produce. They are used to make a variety of delicious snacks, such as fried cashew nuts with garlic, roasted cashew nuts, and chocolate-coated cashew nuts.
Some Bangkok residents will want to relocate and one of the places they will look at is Krabi.
So what effect will this have on the real estate market in Thailand? Thailand being a tropical country in the monsoon belt has always been subject to very high seasonal rainfall and whether the current extremes are a result of climate warming or just a recurring historical event is a matter for debate. What is not a matter for debate is that these events should be learnt from and planned for. Much of the actual damage in Bangkok and in fact throughout Thailand has been the result of what can only be called bad planning. Unconstrained housing development has meant that common sense has been thrown out of the window so just perhaps, the silver lining to all the current troubles is that being fresh in the mind of the public will mean that demand for developments that actually do follow regulations will increase and those created by developers who have brushed rules aside will dwindle.
Krabi, being a relatively new area for property development, has the benefit of hindsight. The local authorities have learned from the experiences of Phuket and Samui and are actually making impressive headway in designing the infrastructure for the future. Roads, electricity and water supplies and development are on the whole being well planned and constructed and planning regulations are being enforced. As long as the authorities stay on this line with the development, then Krabi for sure will enjoy a very bright future.
Many development companies are also learning from past mistakes and are realising the marketing potential of incorporating their own additional strategies into their developments. Water management, including drainage and local water supply, are high on the list but also, energy management including solar supply and good design to reduce energy consumption are becoming major selling features as potential customers begin to put more importance on both energy costs and also, very importantly, on environmental considerations.
Local development companies are also being encouraged to be proactive in the development of Krabi as a whole and the way it relates to the unique geography of Krabi. Views are being guarded to prevent the loss of the beauty which is really its main attraction as a tourist destination.
In the future, prime real estate locations in Krabi are going to become ever more difficult to find and secure. The one thing we do have to be careful about is to ensure that condominium developments don’t come at the cost of Krabi’s attractiveness to tourists. The tourism market is the main driving force behind the growth but tourists are fickle and tourist destinations are fragile and easily spoiled.
Krabi has a very bright future, it’s natural beauty, unique geography and modern infrastructure mean that it will grow. Krabi developers and the customers who will create the growth must learn from the lessons that nature is sending. The flooding in the North of Thailand are a timely lesson and should be learnt from. The next few months and how Thailand recovers from the floods in Bangkok and the North of Thailand will certainly have an effect on the number of visitors and the way in which this rebuild is managed will affect the number of those visitors who are willing to invest.
With a wealth of houses for sale in Chiang Mai, this really is considered by many to be the perfect relocation spot. Thailand’s largest northern city provides a very live-able city, full of culture, charm, amenities and a broad community. With easy access to some of Thailand’s most stunning mountain scenery, delightful national parks and a range of outdoor activities to chose from, it is easy to see why Chiang Mai is chosen by many as home.
The city’s name, which translates as new city, comes from its time as the new capital city in the days of the Lanna Kingdom. It may be called the new city, but Chiang Mai is packed full of interesting history. Culturally, it is also home to over 300 beautiful temples. As well as the prevalent Buddhist influence, places of worship exist for the other major religious groups; Christian churches, Muslim mosques, Sikh gurdwaras, and a Hindu temple.
Being easily accessible by road and by public transport. Buses and trains link with other Thai cities, and transport to, from and around the town is easy and hassle-free.
The climate is slightly cooler than its southern contemporaries, making this town a comfortable place to live. It is generally warm all year round, although night-times in the cool season can see the temperature drop considerably.
English is widely spoken, and there is a large, active expat community. All the facilities that one would associate with a major city can be found; supermarkets, shopping malls, bar, restaurants, cinemas, swimming pools, and a range of sporting and leisure activities.
Thailand’s northern city is the ideal place to enjoy the delightful Thai living within easy reach of home comforts, in a warm tropical climate.
There are houses for sale in Chiang Mai to suit everybody’s tastes, with an exciting variety of locations, an excellent selection of property styles and sizes, and a range of budgets to suit every pocket. An added bonus of investing in Chiang Mai is that property is generally cheaper than in other major Thai cities, meaning buyers can get more for their money and strike a better deal.
There are many restrictions under Thai law on foreigners owning property in Thailand. That said, ownership and investment is possible, and agents can guide prospective buyers through the property buying process.
Co-ownership with a Thai citizen, purchase through company ownership and long term leasing options are all ways for people to make one of the houses for sale in Chiang Mai their own. The most appropriate option will depend on an individual’s circumstances, generally whether they have a trusted Thai person to go into joint ownership with or whether they have a company based in Thailand.
The property market in the north of Thailand remains optimistic and it is a highly desirable place in which to live. There are myriad reasons why Chiang Mai is a sought after and wonderful place to acquire property.
Anybody dreaming of calling this great place home, or already living in the area and wishing to move house, should look at the exceptional houses for sale in Chiang Mai to start life in the new perfect home.