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Farang / Guava

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Thai Fruit: Farang / Guava

The word “farang” in Thai means foreigner, some say coming from the first ‘foreigner’ in Thailand who happened to be a French man. With 'farangset' being the Thai word for Frenchman.

It is also the name given to guava. The guava is not a native species to Thailand, but indigenous to tropical America. It is said that it was brought to Thailand by Portuguese or Spanish traders over 400 years ago. Guava is grown primarily in the Central Plains of Thailand and is available all year round.

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Guava has great nutritional value being high vitamins A and C, and a good supply of minerals like calcium and phosphorus. It has a high content of roughage, and no cholesterol, making it good for those wanting to lose weight.

In Thailand raw guava is usually served with a dry salt-and-sugar dip seasoned and of course crushed chilli, as many fruits are here. Or it is sometimes served with a savoury chilli dip prepared by blending palm sugar with fish sauce heated to a caramel-like consistency called nam pla waarn.

The creative use of guava is gaining popularity and is frequently used as an alternative to papaya in Som Tam – the papaya salad and in Thai salads or yam.

Researchers have shown that guava is pretty effective in preventing cancer and even heart diseases. Along with the presence of complex carbohydrates and dietary fibers in guava, it makes for an effective fruit in lowering cholesterol and blood sugar levels.

Sounds great, doesn’t it? Go out and try some today!!

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Urban Living

Pros and Cons

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Urban Living

Many families and individuals find themselves questioning the advantages of rural versus urban living.
The quality of life is one of the central issues to consider in any comparison between rural versus urban living. While a case can be made for either location as being the best place to live, it is worthwhile to consider how these two options, rural versus urban, are similar and different.

Important factors such as employment is usually a primary concern when making the choice, especially in Thailand. A lot of people call Thailand the one city country, with almost everything of importance being centred in or around Bangkok. Many attempts by Thai central government have been made to encourage educational institutes and industry to move out of Bangkok, recently to the eastern seaboard. While Bangkok’s cramped conditions do seem to have improved in recent years, development outside of Bangkok does still need to be done, to further relieve the pressure on the current capital city.

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There are a number of positive as well as negative factors that contribute to the overall quality of life in urban areas and if there is any general statement to be made about urban living, it is that there is a great deal of diversity and choice. In urban areas, there are many more choices people can make about a number of aspects of their daily lives. For example, in urban areas, you are likely to be able to find many different types of food and this could lead to overall greater health since there could be a greater diversity in diet. In addition, those in urban areas enjoy the opportunity to take in any number of cultural or social events as they have a large list to choose from. As a result they have the opportunity to be more cultured and are more likely to encounter those from other class, cultural, and ethnic groups.

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Negatives could include pollution and time wasted in traffic jams. Bangkok’s notorious traffic jams which can be as thick at 5pm, as they are at 11pm. Rush hour has a new meaning in this part of the world, where jammed traffic every evening can be an 8 hour exercise. Recent improvements to mass transportation have improved the situation, with construction of the Bangkok BTS Skytrain, and MRT Underground train. These are a start, but currently they don’t service a wide enough area. But at least everyone can now commute around the central business districts (CBD), namely between Silom and Sukhumvit with ease.

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Let’s hope the new change in government will be committed to extending both the BTS Skytrain, and MRA Underground train in all directions, so more and more people can benefit, not just those living in the nucleus of the city.

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Nong Nooch Garden

The Most Beautiful Botanical Garden in SE Asia

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If you are over Pattaya Chonburi way you should take the time to visit Nong Nooch Garden (pronounced "Noot"). It is well known for its impressive Elephant and Thai Cultural Shows, along with what many believe is the biggest and most beautiful botanical garden in SE Asia.

thailand-i..buri_1a.jpgNong Nooch garden is approximately 15km south of Pattaya. The garden is constantly changing and being developed, creating new interest for locals and tourists alike. One of the great things about the Nong Nooch garden is that it is dedicated to education, preservation and research as well as the conservation of the world’s largest palm collection, the largest variety of Orchids in Thailand and other tropical flora and fauna.

It is well worth a visit for an afternoon with the family or a loved one, or even alone to just take in the relaxing environment. It is an experience you will never forget. Just make sure you take plenty of photographs!!

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Full Moon Party

Full Moon Party - 2012: May 5th / June 5th / July 3rd / Aug 4th

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Full Moon Party - 2012: May 5th / June 5th / July 3rd / Aug 4th

The Full Moon Party has changed massively over the years, my first Full Moon Party was 18 years ago, so just imagine how much it has changed since then. Back then there was not even a road from the port to Haadrin, and if the crowds hit 1,500 we knew we were in for a big one! But one thing is for sure, everyone enjoys it massively, and come from all over the world to experience it.

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Koh Phangan has a wide variety of hotels, resorts and bungalows, some with online reservation and special discounts, for others it is still fine to turn up without reservation. But as always, if you are coming for the Full Moon Party try arriving at least 3 days prior to the party. Places do fill up, and you don’t want to be scratching around for a tent, or staying on someone’s balcony.

The number one rule is always to be on your guard. The worldwide popularity of the Full Moon Party has unfortunately attracted some undesirables whose only intention is to profit from other people’s misery, definitely not in the spirit of the Full Moon Party, and how and why it has developed.

A few basic words of advice:

- Use a money belt, don’t have any handbags, rucksacks etc, you will lose them.
- Keep all valuables in a safety deposit box, phones, ipods, passports, credit cards, extra money etc, keep in a safe place until the next day.
- Wear something on your feet, glasses and bottles do break, and the last thing you want is a cut foot.
- Don't be under the assumption drugs are tolerated. This island has changed a lot over the years, and certain things that went on in the past, are not tolerated now. Thailand has had a severe crackdown and the police will come down hard on you. Expect a hefty fine and possibly a jail term if caught.
- DO NOT attempt to drive a jeep or motorbike to or from Haadrin. The road has always been terribly dangerous, and VERY difficult to navigate, even for a local. People die who neglect this advice, DO NOT be the next statistic.

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ENJOY THE EXPERIENCE OF A LIFE TIME, BUT REMEMBER YOU WILL REGRET IT IF YOU DON'T HEED THE ADVICE

Koh Phangan, Thailand – Memories of a life time

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Kanchanaburi Temple

Tham Phu Wa Temple

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Tham Phu Wa Temple

The compound which is set in natural surroundings is situated approximately 15 kilometers away from the city of Kanchanaburi. The temple is famous for meditation courses and a very relaxing place to spend a few hours, and gather your thoughts. There is also a beautiful cave with plenty of stalactites that is worth a visit.

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The scenic Temple of Wat Phu Wa is also here in Kanchanaburi. This temple is a modern construction incorporating varied examples of Thai, Mon and Khmer styles.

It’s really very beautiful and peaceful, so go early to beat the crowds!

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