This month was certainly more different - with the freak weather at work and the crashing of the waves, Emily and Justin's Wedding - more rain, OTOP Festival, new restaurants and it was certainly busy.
Rhianna was in Phuket to make a video - a little demented... here's a 'snapshot' Yet again a video shows a crime A fat balding farang steals a bag at KFC Then there is a Travel Warning to travel to Thailand I don't think that the Public Opinion of Thailand is doing well...
The OTOP is an organization which was started when the Prime Minister Thaksin was in power and it is something that has continued despite these beginnings.
It means 'One Tambon One Product' - it aims to teach the Thai people to be proud of something which is particular to where they live - in Thailand these areas are called Tambons. One Tambon One Product (OTOP) is a local entrepreneurship stimulus program designed by Thailand's former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra during his 2001-2006 Thai Rak Thai government. The program aimed to support the locally made and marketed products of each Thai tambon (subdistrict). Drawing its inspiration from Japan's successful One Village One Product (OVOP) program, the OTOP program encourages village communities to improve the local products' quality and marketing, selecting one superior product from each tambon to receive formal branding as its "starred OTOP product". It provides both a local and national stage to the promote these products. OTOP products include a large array of local products, including traditional handicrafts, cotton and silk garments, pottery, fashion accessories, household items and food. After a military junta overthrew Thaksin's government in 2006 following an election cancelled for irregularities, the OTOP program was cancelled. However, it was soon revived and rebranded.
The Festival was in the Car Park in Sapan Hin and was in a very large air-conditioned 'tent'. The was a great deal to choose from and every where we looked there was something of interest.
My first spot of interest was the unmistakable smell of the Northern Chiang Mai Sausage - wonderful and never to be missed. Not as good as eating it in a restaurant in Chiang Mai but close.
The next spot was the man with the Iced Sweet Tea - Fabulous - I have his card somewhere but I seem to have lost it - a fabulous act but the drink was a little sweet but it was definitely worth it!
Time for something to eat and then it was time for a Crepe - deliciously sweet... As I wandered about munching I found that there was some eerily creepy (almost life like) Buddhist figurines...
Then it was time for some gifts and we found plenty of them - definitely worth a visit and maybe two.
The day started with us taking Jemma to school and all I
wanted to see was an Angry Birds coach – We did.
After this was a stop in Phuket Town for some breakfast – we
chose to visit Kaewjai for a taste of the local flavour. Kaewjai is on the
outskirts of Phuket Old Town on Phang-Nga Road. On entering they are friendly and their menu is quite extensive for Thai dishes – Chuen chose the Congee
What did I have? Well I have to admit that I am not sure but
it was a delicious little morsal of something. They are delicious and are
served with a raw chilli which I did eat with it – fabulous but hot! Review will be here.
After this I wanted a cappuccino so we wandered to Café 154
at Royal Phuket City and we will never go there again – the coffees were
terrible and the cake was certainly not fresh - a review will be here.
I logged into foursquare whilst I was there and there was a
complaint that they charged for the Wi-Fi! This MUST change.
After this we visited a wood shop to buy wood to make
Jemma’s Doll House have a garden….
Then it was time for lunch – we went to a new restaurant - สมตำบนเทง – one which was next to a lake
that was full of catfish – which were there because people had released them
there to make merit!
As we chose our food we were given fish food to throw into
the lake! Food was in a set menu and was cheap – certainly one for the more
adventurous! Traditional and Spicy – see restaurant reviews here.
After this we chose to go out for dinner with friends and
because of the weather we chose Chayo Seafood because it was near to us – very
nice. I am happy that they had picture menus because I was there first. There
will be a review but I have to say that the floating seating area does make a