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Sunday, April 14, 2019

Cafe Nho, Bankstown

Banh flan Vietnamese creme caramel with red rubies at Cafe Nho in Bankstown Sydney

Remember those mini tubs of creme caramel your Mum would buy you from the supermarket fridges? The ones with the plastic tabs you’d have to break off the bottom so the custard would slide out? You’ll get a flashback to childhood with the Vietnamese version, banh flan. It’s all about that sensation of slowly savouring chilled custard - sitting in a lake of caramel sauce of course - made even colder with a blizzard of chipped ice scattered across the top. Take that, tropical humidity.

Banh flan Vietnamese creme caramel with ice and red rubies at Cafe Nho in Bankstown Sydney
Vietnamese creme caramel $6.90

At Cafe Nho, they kick things up a notch by adding a crown of red rubies. They’re those addictive nubbins of water chestnut jellies tinted red so they look like giant pomegranate seeds. Or rubies. Put it all together and you’ve got a multi-textured dessert of silky custard, bitter caramel and the refreshing crunch of water chestnuts encased in chewy tapioca jelly.

You’ll find a constant crowd of families, teens and couples at this Bankstown cafe, spilling across the footpath out the front or hidden in the booths at the back. Everyone has a drink or dessert in front of them. The constant whir of blenders doesn’t faze anyone.

Watermelon, lychee and strawberry frappe at Cafe Nho in Bankstown Sydney
Watermelon, lychee and strawberry frappe $6

Here you can design your own fruit juice, smoothie or frappe from a rainbow of tropical choices. We’re talking dragon fruit, soursop, jackfruit and, you guessed it, durian. And even though you keep forgetting that avocado is a fruit, the folks here haven’t. If you can’t make up your mind, pick a preset combo from the menu, like mango, coconut and whipped cream or watermelon, lychee and strawberry.

Pomelo rind, white seaweed and beans on shaved ice at Cafe Nho in Bankstown Sydney
Pomelo rind, white seaweed and beans $6.90

Smashed durian at Cafe Nho in Bankstown Sydney
Smashed durian $10

Otherwise the dessert menu revolves mostly around shaved iced concoctions. The shaved ice with candied pomelo rind and snow fungus will cool you right down, or get that ice blitzed up with smashed durian. They’re not stingy with the durian either. The crowd favourite is probably the homemade jelly combination, a parfait glass filled with grass jelly, basil seeds, red rubies, shaved ice and coconut milk.

Cafe sua da Vietnamese iced white coffee at Cafe Nho in Bankstown Sydney
Cafe sua da iced white coffee $4

Looking for a turbo-charged pick-me-up? Get the Vietnamese coffee. It’s super strong and just as sweet. Most locals have it with condensed milk and poured over ice but you can pull out all the stops and get it blended with Oreos, Tim Tams, Bounty or Snickers.

Vietnamese creme caramel and shaved ice desserts at Cafe Nho in Bankstown Sydney


Cafe Nho Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Cafe Nho
64 Bankstown City Plaza, Bankstown Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9709 6820

Opening hours
Daily 7am-6pm

This article first appeared in Time Out Sydney. Read this article online or read more of my Time Out Sydney reviews.
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Monday, April 01, 2019

All you can eat mu kratha Thai bbq hotpot at Capital Thai, Sydney Chinatown

Moo kratha with grilled pork at all you can eat Thai bbq hotpot at Capital Thai in Haymarket Chinatown Sydney

What do you get when you cross Korean barbecue with Chinese hotpot? Meet mu kratha. It's a mash-up commonly found across Thailand, and guess what. You can get it in Sydney too. And it's all you can eat. Yeah, baby.

Get it at Capital Thai, the restaurant located next door to the Capitol Theatre. I bet you've walked past it a million times and never even realised. Sure they have a la carte options but head deeper into the dining room and you'll find the mu kratha buffet set-up. It's here you'll find groups of Thai uni students in the know. And now, you.

Banana prawns at all you can eat Thai bbq hotpot at Capital Thai in Haymarket Chinatown Sydney
Banana prawns

The buffet is a veritable bargain. Just $29.80 for all you can eat meat, seafood, vegetables and desserts. It even includes a self-serve soft drink station, so you can pump all the post-mix soda you please.

Marinated beef at all you can eat Thai bbq hotpot at Capital Thai in Haymarket Chinatown Sydney
Marinated beef

Stackable trays mean you can bring back the motherlode of ingredients for your table. Proteins include chicken, beef and pork - marinated and plain.

Tripe and intestines at all you can eat Thai bbq hotpot at Capital Thai in Haymarket Chinatown Sydney
Tripe and intestines

If you love tripe, you're in luck here. Bible tripe and intestines are both available. Cook them in the soup for maximum deliciousness.

Fish tofu, fish balls and and meatballs at all you can eat Thai bbq hotpot at Capital Thai in Haymarket Chinatown Sydney
Fish tofu, fish balls and meatballs

Soup aficionados will want to load up on fish balls, meat balls and more.

Fishcake slices and meatballs at all you can eat Thai bbq hotpot at Capital Thai in Haymarket Chinatown Sydney
Fishcake slices and meatballs

Green bean vermicelli, noodles, enoki mushrooms and mussels at all you can eat Thai bbq hotpot at Capital Thai in Haymarket Chinatown Sydney
Green bean vermicelli noodles, egg noodles, enoki mushrooms and mussels

Grab all the noodles you want as well. We went nuts on the enoki mushrooms.

Water spinach, Chinese cabbage, baby bok choy and fresh corn at all you can eat Thai bbq hotpot at Capital Thai in Haymarket Chinatown Sydney
Water spinach, Chinese cabbage, baby bok choy, Thai basil and fresh corn

Don't forget your greens either. We ate tonnes of kang kong water spinach and baby bok choy. The corn cobbettes worked a treat on the grill.

Cooking pork on the mu kratha all you can eat Thai bbq hotpot at Capital Thai in Haymarket Chinatown Sydney
Cooking pork on the mu kratha

The mu kratha is genius in design. Imagine a Korean barbecue grill surrounded by a trough filled with clear soup stock. The grill - greased with hunks of pork fat - is slightly domed so as your meat cooks, all the juices run down into the soup. That means grilled meat with a bonus of meaty vegetable broth. Nothing gets wasted here!

Drinking soup from the mu kratha all you can eat Thai bbq hotpot at Capital Thai in Haymarket Chinatown Sydney
Drinking soup from the moat filled with enoki mushrooms and water spinach

In Thailand the mu kratha vessel is much bigger and fueled by charcoal. Here you'll have to contend with a portable gas flame, and a significantly smaller moat, but it's still a heap of fun.

Moo kratha Thai bbq hotpot at Capital Thai in Haymarket Chinatown Sydney
Moo kratha party

There's no limit to broth refills. And everyone gets two types of nam jim dipping sauces, providing a spicy, salty sweet and sour baptism for the protein of your choice.

Fried chicken wings at all you can eat Thai bbq hotpot at Capital Thai in Haymarket Chinatown Sydney
Fried rice and fried chicken wings

Too hungry to wait for your food to cook? They have cooked dishes too. A massive tray of fried chicken wings was hard to resist, coated in a golden batter.

Fried prawn crackers at all you can eat Thai bbq hotpot at Capital Thai in Haymarket Chinatown Sydney
Fried prawn crackers and fried wonton crackers

The prawn crackers are particularly good too. They're the proper prawn cracker type with real prawns and extra crunchy.

Chicken skin crackling at all you can eat Thai bbq hotpot at Capital Thai in Haymarket Chinatown Sydney
Chicken skin crackling

But wait until you clap eyes on the chicken skin crackling. You read that right. And there's a mountain of it!

All you can eat nam kang sai Thai shaved ice dessert at Capital Thai in Haymarket Chinatown Sydney
Self-serve nam kang sai shaved ice dessert station

Your 90-minute buffet time limit includes unlimited desserts. After the heaviness of grilled meat, you'll relish the relief of the self-serve shaved ice station. Here you'll find jackfruit, grass jelly, toddy palm seeds, basil seeds, palm seeds, sweet corn and soft white bread. They even have fruit salad mixed through with chilli salt.

Grass jelly, basil seeds and jackfruit at all you can eat nam kang sai Thai shaved ice dessert at Capital Thai in Haymarket Chinatown Sydney
Adding grass jelly to basil seeds and jackfruit

Choose whatever fruit you prefer...

Adding condensed milk to nam kang sai Thai shaved ice dessert at Capital Thai in Haymarket Chinatown Sydney
Adding condensed milk to shaved ice

add a mountain of shaved ice and then drizzle with condensed milk or flavoured syrups.

All you can eat coconut jelly at Capital Thai in Haymarket Chinatown Sydney
Coconut jelly and fresh watermelon

Need more? They have banana and sago soup, fresh watermelon and rockmelon, and my favourite - coconut jelly.

Go with friends. Go hungry. Go now.

Entrance to Capital Thai restaurant in Haymarket Chinatown Sydney


Capital Thai Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The all you can eat mu kratha hotpot buffet costs $29.80 for adults and $15 for children under 11 years old. A 90-minute time limit applies. Additional charges may be applied for excessive food wastage, so only take what you can eat. Bookings are highly recommended.

Capital Thai
21A Campbell Street, Haymarket, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9211 1130

Opening hours
Lunch daily 11am-3.30pm

Dinner daily 5.30pm-1am


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Monday, March 25, 2019

Top 5 Things to Do in Khao Lak, Thailand

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Looking for the non-touristy version of Phuket? Travellers in the know head to Khao Lak, about an hour's drive north of Phuket. Here you'll find pristine beaches, crystal clear water and incredible seafood.

What should you eat? Where should you go? Where should you stay? Read on!

1. Build Market

Entrance to Build Market in Khao Lak, Thailand

First stop? The nearest night market. There are two main markets in Khao Lak: Build Market and Bang Niang. Build Market is smaller than Bang Niang, but it's also less touristy. Stop by at dusk to appreciate the stunning sunset before a meandering amble among the stalls, most of which are dedicated to food.

Dusty pink sunset at Build Market in Khao Lak, Thailand
Build Market at dusk

Fish ball, fish tofu and frankfurter sausage skewers at Build Market in Khao Lak, Thailand
Fish balls, fish tofu and frankfurt sausages

Snack as you go or hustle up a collection of dishes before grabbing a table to eat all your purchases in one go. We did both.


Moo ping grilled pork skewers on charcoal at Build Market in Khao Lak, Thailand
Moo ping grilled pork skewers on charcoal

You'll definitely want to load up on the moo ping grilled pork skewers, garlicky and sweet with marinade and cooked over charcoal until smoky. And here in Thailand, they're crazy cheap at less than 50c each.

Moo ping grilled pork skewers at Build Market in Khao Lak,Thailand
Moo ping grilled pork skewers 10THB / AU$0.45 per skewer

Quail egg skewers at Build Market in Khao Lak, Thailand
Quail egg skewers 10THB / AU$0.45 per skewer

Self serve vegetables for nam prik dipping sauces at Build Market in Khao Lak,Thailand
Choose your own vegetables for eating with a bag of nam prik dipping sauce

You'll need some vegetables with dinner. This nam prik stall is the tastiest way to eat your greens. Here you choose your own vegetables - bamboo shoots, okra, young corn, pickled cabbage, cooked eggplants and more - for dipping into your choice of nam prik chilli sauce.


Nam chim dipping sauces at Build Market in Khao Lak,Thailand
Nam prik dipping sauces

There's a whole rainbow of chilli sauces, each one varying in heat. And there's a whole complex laying of sweet, sour, salty and spicy flavours that makes eating your veggies super addictive.

Grilled meat and fish ball skewers at Build Market in Khao Lak,Thailand
Grilled meat and fish ball skewers

Grilled naem sour sausages at Build Market in Khao Lak,Thailand
Grilled naem sour sausages 15THB / AU$0.70

We became obsessed with grilled naem sausages, pork and rice sausages that have been fermented for a slightly sour tang.

Grilled sai grok pork and rice sausages at Build Market in Khao Lak,Thailand
Grilled sai grok pork and rice sausages 15THB / AU$0.70

We also loved sai grok sausages, little balls of pork and rice sausage with a springy skin.

Grilled river prawns at Build Market in Khao Lak,Thailand
Grilled river prawns

River prawns are an incredible treat in Thailand. It's all about the generous amount of treasure found in their almost bulbous heads. Flavour. City.

Fried chicken feet at Build Market in Khao Lak,Thailand
Fried chicken feet

And forget fried chicken legs. Check out these fried chicken feet.

Salt-crusted grilled fish at Build Market in Khao Lak,Thailand
Salt-crusted grilled fish

Steamed corn at Build Market in Khao Lak,Thailand
Steamed corn

Khao kriap pak mor steamed rice flour dumplings at Build Market in Khao Lak,Thailand
Khao kriap pak mor steamed rice flour dumplings

If you love salty and sweet combinations, you'll adore khao kriap pak mor. Freshly steamed rice flour sheets are wrapped up around a filling of peanuts, palm sugar, garlic, shallots and radish. It's a bewildering mix of intense sweetness contrasted with savoury garlic and shallots.

Making khao kriap pak mor steamed rice flour dumplings at Build Market in Khao Lak,Thailand
Making the khao kriap pak mor steamed rice flour dumplings

And yet somehow it works, as your hand sneaks forward to eat another.

Khanom buang crepes with meringue and foi thong golden egg yolk threads at Build Market in Khao Lak,Thailand
Khanom buang crepes with meringue and foi thong golden egg yolk threads

Sweet tooths should definitely pick up a khanom buang or two. Likened to a dessert taco, this street treat combines a thin crunchy crepe with marshmallowy meringue and strands of foi thong golden egg yolk threads.

Sweet potato balls at Build Market in Khao Lak,Thailand
Sweet potato balls

2. Day trip to Surin Island

Snorkeling in the Surin Islands of Khao Lak, Thailand

Do you like snorkeling or scuba diving? You'll want to visit the Surin Islands, a collection of five islands in the Andaman Sea. It would be an understatement to say the water is incredibly blue. And crystal clear. And ridiculously warm.

Best ever snorkeling in Surin Islands of Khao Lak, Thailand
Snorkeling in Surin Island

We chose SeaStar from the range of operators that run day trips to Surin Islands. Most will include transfers from, and back to, your hotel accommodation. SeaStar was great, with tour guides who were well organised, spoke excellent English and happy to help everyone get kitted up with flippers and snorkeling masks.

There was also no shortage of food. We had access to a free breakfast beforehand; snacks, drinks, fresh fruit and sweets on board; a buffet lunch; and afternoon tea at the pier when we returned. They even had a basket of free sea sickness tablets for anyone who'd forgotten.

Long tail boat for our tour of the Surin Islands in Khao Lak, Thailand
Long-tail boat

Our day trip included snorkeling at three sites, each with different varieties of fish. Most of our travel was done via speed boat with transfers to long-tail boats required when heading to shore.


Buffet lunch on our tour of the Surin Islands by SeaStar in Khao Lak, Thailand
Buffet lunch

Lunch was at Surin Island National Park where staff set up an all-you-can-eat buffet. The food here was deliriously good - fried chicken, prawn stir fry, stir-fried vegetables and a terrifically good green chicken curry. Add free fruit and unlimited soft drinks and Thai milk tea for maximum afternoon slump.

Mai Ngam Beach in the Surin Islands National Park in Khao Lak, Thailand
Swinging around Mai Ngam Beach

Post-lunch naps could be taken on the Mai Ngam Beach, a pinch-yourself spectacle of fine white sand and brilliant blue water. Hang around or...

Boyfriends on Insta in the Surin Islands National Park in Khao Lak, Thailand
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...get your boyfriend to take a pic for Instagram.


Moken village in Au Bon Yai Bay, Surin Island, Khao Lak, Thailand
Moken village in Au Bon Yai Bay

Our day tour included a visit to the Moken Islands, the local sea nomad community. The Moken people do not have a written language, passing on knowledge verbally through folklore. They also have no word for individual ownership.

When the 2004 tsunami hit, the entire Moken tribe survived, a reflection of their intimate knowledge of, and relationship with, the sea. In February 2019 a new disaster struck, when fire ripped through the entire village. Right now there is nothing left of the huts you see in these photos, although the government is working with locals to rebuild.

Traditional Moken hut in Au Bon Yai Bay, Surin Island, Khao Lak, Thailand
Traditional Moken hut

Traditional Moken huts in Au Bon Yai Bay, Surin Island, Khao Lak, Thailand
Moken huts that once lined the beach

Longtail boat in Surin Island, Khao Lak, Thailand
Long-tail boat waiting our return

Nam Khem Pier, Khao Lak, Thailand
View from Nam Khem Pier, our departure and return point for the tour


3. Baan Khao Lak Seafood

Grilled tiger prawns at Baan Khao Lak Seafood Restaurant in Thailand

We asked our songthaew (an open truck bus that's used as a share taxi across Thailand) driver for his local restaurant recommendation. "For the best seafood, you have to go to Baan Khao Lak," he said. He wasn't wrong. The food is great. And cheap.

Raw prawn salad at Baan Khao Lak Seafood Restaurant in Thailand
Raw prawn in fish sauce 150THB (AU$6.50)

The menu is huge. There's a strong emphasis on seafood but lots of chicken and pork options too. The raw prawns are a winning start, the sweet flesh doused with a fish sauce dressing. And I'm heartened now to realise that there are plenty of similarities between this dish and the one served in Sydney's Mojo Restaurant (currently available now as part of their all-you-can-eat crab and prawn buffet).

Prawn cakes at Baan Khao Lak Seafood Restaurant in Thailand
Prawn cake 150THB (AU$6.50)

Prawn cakes, on the other hand, are not so great, rubbery deep fried pucks made even less appealing with a cloyingly sweet sauce on the side.


Soft shell crab curry stir fry at Baan Khao Lak Seafood Restaurant in Thailand
Soft shell crab curry stir fry 350THB (AU$15.50)

But all is right again with the soft shell crab curry stir fry. Battered soft shell crab and a crunchy tangle of vegetables are enveloped in a fragrant curry sauce.


Tom yum prawn soup at Baan Khao Lak Seafood Restaurant in Thailand
Tom yum prawn with thick broth 250THB (AU$11)

We like the tom yum prawn soup too, hitting just the right notes of hot and sour.



Giant tiger prawns at Baan Khao Lak Seafood Restaurant in Thailand
Giant tiger prawns 1800THB (AU$80) for 8

We splurge on giant tiger prawns, $10 each, but almost hand-sized. These are blisteringly hot - as our hand model will testify - and grilled to juicy and succulent perfection.



Mixed seafood curry in young coconut at Baan Khao Lak Seafood Restaurant in Thailand
Mixed seafood curry in coconut 180THB (AU$8)

The mixed seafood curry affords the most fun. You'll be amazed at how many king prawns you can fit inside a young coconut! They just keep on emerging. Scraping the young coconut flesh from the inside was a personal treat.

Stir fried baegu leaves at Baan Khao Lak Seafood Restaurant in Thailand
Stir fried baegu leaves with vermicelli 100THB (AU$4.50)

We order locally grown vegetables, baegu leaves, which I've now researched to realise has alternate names of gnetum gnemon, melingjo and padi oat leaves. It's a vegetable more commonly grown in Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Fiji. The seeds from this plant as used to make sayur asem sour vegetable soup as well as emping deep fried crackers.

Stir fried kang kong water spinach at Baan Khao Lak Seafood Restaurant in Thailand
Stir-fried kang kong water spinach 100THB (AU$4.50)

A huge serve of water spinach is bright and tender.

Crab fried rice at Baan Khao Lak Seafood Restaurant in Thailand
Large crab fried rice 250THB (AU$11)

And just like a good Asian banquet, we finish with a huge plate of fried rice, this one speckled with chunks of crab.


4. Sea Turtle Conservation Centre

Young turtles at the Sea Turtle Conservation Centre in Khao Lak, Thailand

Nope. These turtles are not for eating! What you will find is a sanctuary for turtles run from the Royal Thai Navy base in Phang Nga. The conservation centre looks after turtle hatchlings in its nursery, releasing about 8,000 turtles - aged 6 to 8 month - each year. At this age, the turtles are more likely to survive in the wild.

Old sea turtle at the Sea Turtle Conservation Centre Naval Base in Khao Lak, Thailand

After paying a modest fee of 60THB (less than $3), you can wander freely throughout the grounds. It's quite an open centre that's ideal for kids, with tiled baths holding turtles grouped by age and size. There's a "hospital ward" for sickly turtles, as well as a "nursing home" for older ones. You'll feel an overwhelming sense of peace and tranquility as you watch the turtles swim around with grace.

Here you'll also find a memorial to naval base personnel and families who lost their lives in the 2004 tsunami. It was here, on the shores of Khao Lak, that saw the first terrifying waves of the tsunami roll in.

Sweet corn ice cream in Khao Lak, Thailand

Finish up with a treat from the local shop. I went with one of my faves, sweet corn ice cream!


5. Krua Puen Navy Restaurant

Som tum tray and fried fish with herb salad at Krua Navy Base Restaurant in Khao Lak, Thailand

On your way to/from the turtle conservation centre, it's worth dropping by the Krua Puen Navy Restaurant for lunch or dinner. It's a tiny family-run restaurant just before the boom-gate entrance (with security guards) to the naval base. BEFORE the boom-gate. If you get it wrong, like we did, security will smile at your ineptitude and point over their shoulder to the restaurant driveway you missed completely.

Entrance to Krua Navy Base Restaurant in Khao Lak, Thailand

Here you'll find a quiet retreat. And no English menus. If you don't have a Thai local travelling with you, feel free to bring up and point out photos from this blog post.

Seaweed grape salad at Krua Navy Base Restaurant in Khao Lak, Thailand
Seaweed grape salad 120THB (AU$5)

Whatever you do, get the seaweed grape salad. It's like a seaweed version of flying fish roe, popping with briny goodness like your favourite sushi filling.

Crispy pork belly with young cabbage at Krua Navy Base Restaurant in Khao Lak, Thailand
Crispy pork belly with young cabbage 80THB (AU$3.50)

A plate of deep fried pork belly is deliriously cheap at only $3.50. Add a handful of young and tender cabbage leaves - harvested from the garden out the back - and you've got one lipsmacklingly good feed for cheap.

Som tum tad and fried fish with herb salad at Krua Navy Base Restaurant in Khao Lak, Thailand
Som tum tray small 120THB (AU$5)
Herb salad with fried fish 250THB (AU$11)

Som tum tad is an extended version of the usual som tum salad. Tad means tray, so you'll get your som tum salad on a platter, surrounded with a mix of noodles, meats and vegetables. Here we scored crisp fried frankfurts, fish cakes, steamed corn, rice noodles and century egg. All this for only five bucks!

My heart lay with the fried fish draped with dried chillies, fresh mint and lashings of fish sauce.

Larb pla tod fried rubyfish at Krua Navy Base Restaurant in Khao Lak, Thailand
Larb pla tod deep-fried rubyfish with herbs 320THB (AU$14) for 1.2kg

We feasted on a 1.2kg rubyfish, this one deep fried whole and covered in a spicy dressing accented with shallots, lime and roasted rice powder.

Fried rice with pork crackling at Krua Navy Base Restaurant in Khao Lak, Thailand
Large traditional fried rice 220THB (AU$9.50)

And our customary finish of fried rice, this one with bonus pork crackling. Win!


Khao Lak Accommodation: La Vela

Pools and sunbeds at La Vela Hotel Resort in Khao Lak, Thailand

There's a vast range of accommodation options to chose from in Khao Lak, everything from backpacker hostels to high end resorts. We went a little high end with La Vela, a relatively new resort that opened mid-2017.

I'll confess right now - this was my first time at a fancy resort. I could barely believe the swim-up pools to apartment balconies or the sunbeds sitting in ankle-deep water.

Outdoor bathtub with ocean view at La Vela Hotel Resort in Khao Lak, Thailand

Our apartment had an outdoor bathtub with a view of the beach.

Poolside outdoor bathtub at La Vela Hotel Resort in Khao Lak, Thailand

Other ground floor apartments had bath tubs within splashing distance of the pool.

Infinity pool at La Vela Hotel Resort in Khao Lak, Thailand

The infinity pool included a clever zigzag around apartments to maximum privacy, and there was plenty to like about the architectural attention to visual design.

Dining room and apartments at La Vela Hotel Resort in Khao Lak, Thailand

Of  course my favourite place was the dining room. We spent two nights here so feasted twice on the expansive buffet breakfast. It wasn't until the second day that I was convinced to dine on the terrace to appreciate the view, and soak up that early morning humidity.

Egg station in the dining room at La Vela Hotel Resort in Khao Lak, Thailand

The egg station included fried eggs and omelettes.

Noodle soup station in the dining room at La Vela Hotel Resort in Khao Lak, Thailand

And you could design your own noodle soup, from the meatballs to the type of noodle.

Buffet breakfast of congee and green curry chicken at La Vela Hotel Resort in Khao Lak, Thailand

Day one was all about that congee, green curry chicken, fried rice noodles and crispy bacon.

Buffet breakfast noodle soup, congee and skewers at La Vela Hotel Resort in Khao Lak, Thailand

Day two involved noodle soup, more congee and delicious skewers of grilled pork and chicken.

Buffet breakfast tropical fruits and Thai desserts at La Vela Hotel Resort in Khao Lak, Thailand

Can you tell I like congee? Plus tropical fruits and a gluttony of Thai desserts. Because I could.

Buffet breakfast waffles and bacon with maple syrup at La Vela Hotel Resort in Khao Lak, Thailand

And who can resist waffles with bacon and maple syrup? And pancakes! And French toast! And all the tropical fruit!


Grab Your Fork travelled independently to Khao Lak. All places in this post were visited anonymously and paid for personally.

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Baan Khao Lak Seafood Restaurant
1/15 Moo 2 (Phetkasem Rd), Khao Lak, Changwat Phangnga 82210 Thailand
Open daily 10am-12am

Build Market
Khuekkhak, Takua Pa District, Phang Nga 82190 Thailand
Open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday 1pm-9pm

Krua Puen Navy Restaurant (ครัวนาวี) (Wongnai- in Thai)
Phang Nga Naval Base, Lam Kaen, Thai Mueang District, Phang Nga 82210 Thailand
Open daily 10am-11pm

La Vela Hotel
98/9 Moo 5, Khuk Khak, Takuapa, Khao Lak, Phang Nga 82220 Thailand

Sea Turtle Conservation Centre (Facebook)

Tambon Lam Kaem, Thai Mueang District, Chang Wat Phang Nga 82210 Thailand
Open daily 7am-5pm
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