Saturday, December 28, 2013
Today is the last day in Hua Hin....
Having poly-carbonate hard sided luggage enabled us to stand on it so we could get it zipped. I thought that we would have nothing to say about today but the sea had other ideas. Since we arrived, we have had Positive Low Tides and each time we would walk to the sea wall hoping the tide was out enough to walk the beach it was just not possible. So we thought we would try one more time............Huzzah!
Once our feet hit the sand off came the shoes and into the water to our knees we went. It was warmer than the pool at the resort! We walked toward Monkey Mountain where the Golden Standing Buddha faces the sea.
Because of the high tides the beach was washed clean and all along were deposits of tiny shells and little bitty crabs scurrying along. The beach was calling......... out came more and more people. Tourists and Thais, children with pails and scoops, young lovers holding hands, and ponies carrying paying customers for short rides up and down the firm wet sand.
Something caught my eye up ahead. Getting closer I saw it was a large jelly fish about 3 feet in diameter. Not being a marine biologist, I have no idea what kind, but it was still really cool to see. Certain times of the year there are signs posted “No Swimming” due to box jelly fish which are very dangerous. There are currently no signs today.
Don't know what it is, but it was still wiggling and about 5 inches long!
We played, splashed, picked up shells, breathed the sea air, watched the sunset light up the Golden Buddha, and listened to others that were just as happy as we were as they laughed, smiled, hugged and made memories on Khao Takiab Beach.
Vince caught us as we were simultaneously pointing toward Japan!
We walked out to see what this man was doing. He had a contraption he would drag in the sand to find clams and he had a bag full!
The first time I told Vince "I Love You" it was over 40 years ago on a beach in Northern California..... I never thought I would be writing it in the sand in Thailand all these years later.........Yep, we are still that cute!
Dinner was soup with our favorite “Man on the Street” Tomorrow is Hua Hin to Bangkok by car service and then we fly to Chiang Mai for an additional 3 weeks.....of pretending we live there! Can't wait to get to the apartment we have rented, meet up with some internet friends in person, see more markets and try some northern street food! Stay tuned!
Posted by Lin at 4:38 AM
Friday, December 27, 2013
Decided to wake up early and be out the door at 6 am. The Day Market is in my opinion the “Real” market. This is where Thais go for all their needs including those with street carts and restaurants. Fresh fish from the boats that have been out all night, all manner of fresh meats and chicken and some that I didn't recognize. Vegetables and fruits number in the hundreds, as well as dishes, household items, clothes and flowers. We took the green Songtheaw right to the market. It's right at the end of the line.
These are spice pastes for curries, soups, sauces etc.
Dragon Fruit is Yummy!
The pink ones are Century Eggs. http://www.instructables.com/id/century-eggs/
It was a morning of surprises for us and the vendors as we were the only foreigners in the market. We got all the looks and then smiles as I said hello in Thai. I stopped to ask what something was and learned about Palm Sugar, Flowers, Coconut Milk and Fresh Cashews! We walked around a corner and there was the cutest little grandma holding up bags of cashews saying in Thai.... “Delicious” You buy two” then she had us taste some kind of cracker.....Same...”Delicious” You Buy Two!” Yes, we bought two bags of cashews and one bag of crackers. Her daughter was up inside their booth handing down the items to Mama. It was really awesome!
The Thais know how to take the coconut meat from the shell and keep the round shape intact. They then place it in a shredder that looked like a mini version of a tree chipper. Out came finely shredded coconut to be sold in large sacks or made into coconut milk. I bought some fresh coconut milk and added it to my morning coffee! Wow!
Aisles are narrow throughout the market and there were people bustling here and there including some scooters zipping up and down. We had to be aware of where we were stepping or getting too close to a table where the fresh fish was hanging tail off the end and to not be run over by a scooter or a vendor with a basket full of merchandise on his hand truck....It was exhilarating!
Back for a rest, work on the blog, and then out to dinner at Prime Steakhouse Restaurant. http://primehuahin.com/ We arrived at the restaurant a half hour before our reservation time so we walked around the block to see what was there. It seems we found ourselves in the Red Light / Bar district. The restaurant is located on a little side street, and is open air as are all the restaurants here. We watched groups of Foreigners, mostly drunk wander by and stop to see if they could come into eat. They only take reservations which is a good thing as it helps them regulate who is coming and going. Just around the corner from the restaurant are bar after bar catering to the tourist and expat population. It was only 7:00 pm so we didn't see many ladies of the evening / bar girls, I am sure the bars do a booming business as the night wears on. Even with the early time we all felt a heightened sense of need for security around our pockets and such. We really don't care for drunk foreigners!
We all enjoyed the steak dinner immensely and were very full. Dinner was expensive because it was geared toward foreigners. They import the meat from New Zealand and it was very tasty. The cost for the 4 of us with cokes, steak and dessert was $105.00. Not bad for US prices, but here is was 10 days salary for the average Thai working minimum wage.
The Songtheaw ride on the way home was crowded with a total of 29 people.....New record for us! It is much easier to ride being packed in like sardines because when the driver stops quickly or rounds a corner we are not falling over. The sheer number of foreigners here is amazing. Just on the Songtheaw we have heard Russian, French, German, Polish, Swiss, British English, Swedish, Australian and American English. Oh, and on occasion we hear Thai. It is always an adventure!
Posted by Lin at 3:25 PM