We’ve just checked into Siam Tarapalace Hotel in Maha Sarakham (Thailand) for the third time. As once again, service is consistently spotless, this little gem of a hotel warrants a rave review. Continue reading and I will tell you why I consider this the best value hotel in Isaan (to my personal experience, so far).
While shopping in Antwerp, a growling stomach started a craving for Thai food. In stead of gravitating towards my usual haunts in the Asian neighborhood, I remembered a suggestion by my friend Guido who runs Thai-Flemish cultural society Thaivlac. Recently a new restaurant opened on Tabakvest, which is about a 10 minute walk from where I was on the Meir: Baan Yuuna. Update 24/07/2017: Baan Yuuna no longer exists as a restaurant and is now a foodtruck and catering service.
One of the best known farang-style eateries in Korat is Swiss restaurant Chez Andy. Even though more and more restaurant chains (and even food courts) are promising Western dishes, I have yet to find one that gets it right. Chez Andy gets it spot on both with the atmosphere (you feel like at an eatery in the Alps), and choice of dishes
One of the attractions in the vicinity of Pattaya (Thailand) that is growing in popularity is the Silverlake Vineyard. Opened in 2002, it received a lot of domestic media attention and visitors, due to the fact that one of the investors is actress Supansa Nuangpirom and the winery was featured on the popular soap Soot Saneha. All of the surroundings (buildings and landscape) were remodelled to look like Southern Italy. This sounds quite cheesy but is really breathtaking, especially as seen from the main visitor center and the path leading up to it. This view in itself justifies a trip to the site.
That is were the praise ends, however. The expensive guided tours bring no added value: most stops of the little train reveal nothing extra, the voice-over is Thai-only so non-Thai speakers get no additional information, no explanation is offered when visiting the production facility, and the wine is … not up to par, let’s say. So do drive up there, enjoy the sights, but don’t spend your baht there.