About a month ago, Mustafa and I visited the island of Koh Lanta, Thailand. While we were there we decided to visit the number one attraction on TripAdvisor – The Koh Lanta Animal Welfare.
What we found was an enchanting place where volunteers from around the world came to take care of sick dogs and cats for a few days or a few weeks at a time. We just spent a few hours there and it was hard for us to leave because the animals were all so friendly and lovable and in need of permanent homes.
This lovely shelter is not only a temporary home for lost animals, it is also a sterilization center and the work that the vets and the rest of the staff do there is stupendous.
It really got me to thinking, what about those who have pets and need/want to travel? So far I’ve found a really great service for dogs for those in the UK and the Western European countries called DogBuddy.
Whilst you go traveling and visiting awesome places like the Koh Lanta Animal Welfare, at least you’ll know that your dog or dogs is/are safe and very well cared for.
That being said, I also encourage you to check out the Koh Lanta Animal Welfare’s Facebook page, read up on their amazing history and the touching stories of their beautiful animals:
To keep the ball rolling on the topic of food I decided to do a quick comparitive review of a few of best (and worst, maybe?) dishes that we’d had since arriving to Thailand.
Despite my paranoia about consuming too much MSG, I must admit that the food here is actually quite tasty. The salads are a great balance between healthy eating and excellent taste. Also, all of the street-foods are incredibly delicious and cheap.
Our first meal was a little bit of a miss for me. We had some quick soupy like noodles at an open-air street-food stall/sit down restaurant outside a seven eleven in Bangkok. The ingredients are still a little bit of a mystery to me but I believe I had a type of fishball soup whereas Mustafa had a chicken or other meat version. The soup broth was a clear pinkish colour and was a little on the sweet side.
Our second meal was much more interesting as we’d found a place to serve us some Tom Yum Kung, it was better than I’d expected.
The next most memorable thing we had was the famous mango sticky rice. This was something I’d never tried previously. Warm sticky rice topped with sweet condensed milk and crispy puffed grains of some sort all accompanied by two delicious, ripe mangoes.
After busy and bustling Bangkok, Ao Nang was a wonderful surprise, less busy but not quiet. It was there we found a most interesting salt grilled fish, pictured below.
Then we went on to find more culinary adventures in Koh Lanta. We found two remarkable dishes – a seafood salad called “Spicy Mama Salad” and some excellent garlic chicken and Panang curry (first picture in this post).
After all our wonderful food experiences in these places we came to Chiang Mai…and the foods we found here will be showcased in even greater detail in an upcoming update so get ready to feast your eyes as we feast our souls and tummys!! ;P