Travelling and Cooking Thai Style

Our friend OM has just left us after a week filled to the brim with activities! I'm exhausted and I hope she is too so that she was able to sleep on the long flight back home.

OM was a great sport in accompanying me in my experiments with using local transport. We had decided to go to Hua Hin for a couple of nights and normally many people rent a car with driver for 2,500-3,500 BHT one way for a 2.5 hour drive (each way). I had heard of the express trains which take 3.5 hours and cost 412 BHT per ticket, per way (the cheapest is 88 BHT for no A/C, hard seats and on the slow train). After almost 5 hours, we made it to Hua Hin unscathed and although the train was delayed, we felt it was worth it if you weren't under time constraints. Our seats were comfortable, reclinable, had a footrest and a fold-out table. The toilets were simple but clean and drinks and a lunch were included. For 12.70 USD, what more do you need?!

Clockwise from top left: platform at the Hua Lamphong Railway Station, the locomotives, OM walking the tracks at the Hua Hin Station and what 412 Baht buys you.

Clockwise from top left: platform at the Hua Lamphong Railway Station, the locomotives, OM walking the tracks at the Hua Hin Station and what 412 Baht buys you.

Once we were back in Bangkok, we partook in a cooking class the next day. To my horror, I discovered that I had been cooking Thai food all wrong! So now, I am extremely glad that this has been rectified and look forward to learning a whole lot more about Thai food :-)

Clockwise from top left: typical Thai market supplies, making soup in a wok, my tom yum goong, pad thai key flavourings, the national Thai dessert- sticky rice with mango, penang curry, our work stations, pad thai.  Centre: OM and I making green curry gai.

Clockwise from top left: typical Thai market supplies, making soup in a wok, my tom yum goong, pad thai key flavourings, the national Thai dessert- sticky rice with mango, penang curry, our work stations, pad thai.  Centre: OM and I making green curry gai.

I love how colourful Thai food is and have really gotten used to eating chilli in and with almost everything. Yum!