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KraPow LDN Insider Guide To Thailand

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When visiting a country as vast and varied as Thailand, it’s important to have a person on the ground who can take you off-the-beaten track. Luckily for the KraPow LDN founders, Richard and Paul, they went to university with travelling guru Johnny Ward, or as he’s better-known @onestepforward.

Paul travelled across Thailand for a number of months with Johnny searching for the hidden gems and new flavours he’d heard so much about. Already an avid foodie, it was during this time he discovered his undying love for Thai food and culture.

The idea for Krapow LDN was born one evening while wandering the back streets of Chiang Mai. Paul stumbled across a little street full of hidden culinary treasures, each one more vibrant and exciting than the next. These experiences inspired the guys to bring the authentic Thai flavours back to London.

We’ve compiled a list of must-see places to help you plan your next trip to Thailand with Thai Airways - and don't forget, if you order EatFirst you could be flying there with a friend for free! 

 

DO THAILAND PROPERLY

KraPow LDN’s Thailand bucket list

Bangkok - a buzzing metropolis

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This vibrant, bustling city sees the modern and traditional cultures collide. Visiting this city for the first time you might be taken back by the concrete and billboards. But, if you care to venture a little deeper you will uncover many of the city's incredible tastes and smells you’re unlikely to forget.

1) Erawan Museum - Samut Prakan

The Erawan Museum is made famous by the iconic GIANT 3 headed Elephant statue, it offers a look into local heritage, customs, and craftsmanship.

2) Damnoen Saduak- Ratchaburi

Floating boat market just outside Bangkok where you taste the delights of Southern Thai cuisine.

3) Nahm - Sathon District

The restaurant from David Thompson, the man behind one of Bangkok's – and quite possibly the world's – best Thai restaurants. Using ancient cookbooks as his inspiration, Thompson has given new life to previously extinct dishes. Booking is advisable.

4) Sky Bar - Bang Rak District

Sky Bar is the world’s highest open-air bar on the 64th floor of the State Tower, kick back with a cocktail and take in the views of the city.

5) Issaya Siamese Club - Sathon District

An outdoor restaurant experience from Chef Kittichai. Thai cuisine is served in a relaxed atmosphere for dining and lounging with a hip garden party vibe – all in a historic 100-year-old Thai villa.


Chiang Mai - Food Heaven

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Chiang Mai’s outdoor bazaars are a riot of sounds, smells and tastes. When dusk falls the area comes to life with an array of delicious food giving the city its unique culinary heritage for which it’s become world-renowned.

1) Khao Soi Khun Yai - Si Phum  

A small restaurant nestled between two temples this is hands down the best khao soi you can get. If it’s strong spicy flavours you're after, this is the place for you.  

2) Lert Ros - Si Phum

A local style hole-in-the-wall diner with northern Thai style dishes that are pretty unforgettable.

3) Doi Suthep- Su Thep

One of Northern Thailand’s most sacred temples, it’s said to contain a shard of shoulder bone from the original Buddha. Give the 306 steps a go if you want to work up an appetite for lunch from one of the many vendors outside.

4) Chiang Mai Night Bazaar - Chang Moi

A legacy of the trading caravans that used to stop here on the way to China. A great place to pick up gifts for loved ones but make sure you use your haggling skills as the traders are bartering experts.

5) Huay Tung Tao Lake - Don Kaeo

Incredibly beautiful lake at the foot of the Doi Suthep Mountains. Many people come for the walking but we go for the food, Goong Ten (jumping freshwater prawns) is a local delicacy that should not be missed.


Special Events

Song Kran - From the 13th – 15th of April each year, the Thai’s celebrate their new year. Thai people used to gently sprinkle ‘Buddha’ water, over their elders to wash the bad away, bring good luck in the New Year. The gentle pouring of water has been replaced by a mass three-day water fight in the sun, with plenty of alcohol thrown into the mix for good measure.

Loy Krathong - 4th November - This is Valentine's day in Thailand, although this day is not an official holiday, it is the most romantic and spiritual festival in Thailand and is celebrated all over the country. It is believed that a love affair would last a lifetime if one offers Krathong to the Water God, and the tradition is to make wishes and push candles down rivers or lakes.

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