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    A tour of taste

    Life, Suthon Sukphisit, Published on 05/10/2018

    » The Vietnamese are no strangers to Thailand. Going back 230 years, to the beginning of the Ratanakosin reign, a group of Vietnamese were forced to move into Kanchanaburi province as a military troupe to protect the country from war enemies.

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    The robe offering

    Brunch, Suthon Sukphisit, Published on 02/12/2018

    » A combined festival of merit-making and dining takes place once a year. It's a festival most Buddhists wouldn't miss, the kathina ceremony.

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    A pungent debate

    Brunch, Suthon Sukphisit, Published on 24/06/2018

    » Three weeks ago, a report was published by the Commerce Ministry addressing the drop in garlic prices in the North. It explained the ministry had contacted noodle chain Chai See Mee Kiew to buy more garlic to make the krathiam jiew (deep fried garlic) that tops their dishes.

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    Take the road to culinary heaven

    Brunch, Suthon Sukphisit, Published on 05/02/2017

    » When travelling by road for any distance in Thailand, we naturally want to eat something along the way. You can just stop at a roadside place for a meal when hunger pangs strike, but some people plan everything in advance, choosing specific restaurants and calculating travel times with mealtimes in mind. It can be challenging but is definitely the most fun.

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    A taste of the past

    Brunch, Suthon Sukphisit, Published on 01/01/2017

    » When we take our first steps into a new year, starting on the path can be more reassuring if we look back on the year that just ended and put some of the things we experienced in it in one place. Over the past year, the Cornucopia column looked at many things -- among them, the old riverside neighbourhood along the Chanthaburi River, the Pathumwan area as it used to be; the informal markets known as talaad nat; traditional folk medicines; smoked fish; pesticides in vegetables; local dishes you can only enjoy by doing some travelling, and much more. Today I would like to review some of these subjects and gather them together into a kind of culinary and cultural tour.

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    Freshly squeezed

    Brunch, Suthon Sukphisit, Published on 20/11/2016

    » Those cold fruit drinks, called nam ponlamaipan in Thai, in which fruit juice is blended together with ice to form a slushy mixture, are very popular in Thailand. You can order them made with the juice of limes, oranges, watermelon, guava, tender coconut, and other fruits, or in combinations. People go for them because they combine sweetness, coolness and the flavour of a favourite fruit. Most coffee shops offer them for customers who are not in the mood for coffee, tea, or carbonated beverages.

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    Rravel Blight

    Brunch, Suthon Sukphisit, Published on 21/02/2016

    » This may be taking a dim view of things, but our approach to promoting tourism here seems to be geared toward travellers who like things quick and easy. This is the way things are working now, and it has caused the deterioration of many of our tourism sites.

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    On song in Songkhla

    Suthon Sukphisit, Published on 18/05/2014

    » Last week I began a tour of the South in Phatthalung. Today I’d like to continue on to Songkhla by crossing the bridge and elevated road across Thalay Noi in Phatthalung to Amphoe Ranote in Songkhla. The road is wide and smooth, and the route is direct.

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    No stairway, But there is a heaven here

    Brunch, Suthon Sukphisit, Published on 25/05/2014

    » I have a list of desirables for a trip that’s relaxing and satisfying, a getaway that leaves stress back in the city. First is an unspoiled natural environment with a quality all its own. Then comes a peaceful social environment that is in harmony with the natural one, and where the lifestyle and occupations of the local people have a special, local character. There should also be a chance to taste food that is different from that in other parts of the country.

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    A fond foodie farewell

    Brunch, Suthon Sukphisit, Published on 01/06/2014

    » Last week was Satun, this week we’re off to Trang, the final stage of my tour of the South. This province isn’t one of the top tourist destinations like Krabi, Phangnga or Phuket, but it is ideal for those who prefer a quiet spot with beautiful beaches without mobs of tourists swarming around, a place where they can spend time looking at interesting local attractions and finding good things to eat.

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