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Oct
23
Wed
2019
King Chulalongkorn Day
Oct 23 all-day

A National Holiday celebrating one of the greatest Kings Thailand has ever had.

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Chulalongkorn Day

October 23rd is a National holiday commemorating the death of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V). He was one of the greatest and most revered Kings the country has ever had. His largest achievements being the abolishment of slavery and saving Siam from Western colonisation. His lasting impact is easily visible on the reverse of 100 Baht note. On the right you can see him fully dressed in his Navy Uniform. On the left, a depiction of him abolishing slavery in all forms.  Known as the Royal Buddha, King Chulalongkorn was truly a King of the people.

Chualalongkorn Day commemorated on the reverse of 100 Baht note Photo By: Miran Rijavek License: CC BY 2.0

Abolition of Slavery

Chulalongkorn is most widely known for the abolishment of slavery. He knew the plight of the common man and was famous for disguising himself and walking the streets to see what life was like for the less fortunate. In 1867 over one Third of Siam’s population were essentially slaves. He saw the violence of the American civil war and believed it to be caused by the almost instant transition of slaves to free men. So through a slower process of social and political reforms, from 1864-1905, Chulalongkorn peacefully eradicated slavery in all its forms. For most Thai people today, this was his defining act. Below you can see a large memorial of King Chulalongkorn in Bangkok.King Chulalongkorn Memorial in bangkok Photo by: dsin travel License: CC BY 2.0

Thailand as we know it

Although Siam didn’t officially become the Kingdom of Thailand until 1939, the borders of the country were very much shaped by King Chulalongkorn. Siam was a much larger area than Thailand and encompassed much of Laos, Cambodia and even parts of Myanmar. As Western Colonisation began to encroach on all fronts, the King saw he needed to take drastic actions to prevent his country being lost to the West. He need to unite the people and play the West at their own game; politics.

Here come the French!

The first territorial cession of Siam came in 1863, when the King of Cambodia put his country under French protectorate. However, the French took a little bit more than they should. Some areas, including Siem Reap (Angkor Wat) were actually part of Siam. But the French refused to leave.

In 1888 the French invaded Laos. Then in 1893 they requested the cession of all land east of the Mekong river. When the King refused, this led to France invading the Chao Praya river with huge gunboats. Siam were forced to agree to the cession of Laos. But France kept on encroaching and had occupied as far Chantaburi and Trat. King Chulalongkorn needed to act quickly before all was lost.Map of Siam 1950 Photo by: David License: CC BY 2.0

Modernisation of Siam

In order to prevent the West from controlling his country, King Chulalongkorn knew he needed to embrace certain elements of the West. He was the first king to send his Princes to a Western education. He himself travelled much of Europe to learn the ways of the West. After the clear defeat from French Gunboats, he reformed the Navy by hiring the Danish Naval Officer Andreas Richelieu. Incidentally, This is where the name Richelieu Rock comes from. Richelieu Rock is a Mecca of a dive site known to Scuba Divers worldwide.

Chulalongkorn split his country into official provinces which were all overseen and ultimately run by a central authority. This essentially removed local dynasties and united the country in a way more recognisable and acceptable to Western ideals. He modernised the army by introducing military conscriptions and established a defence ministry. he started to build the railways so he could easily keep eyes everywhere. He built Siam’s first Power plants.

He started Siam on the path to becoming a democracy. All the reforms he made lead to Siam becoming officially recognised as a country on an international scale. The French agreed to recede from Chantaburi & Trat and so the borders of Modern day Thailand had been set. There have only been small changes in Thailand’s boundaries since King Chulalonkorn’s death in 1910.Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok Photo by: Chris Brown License: CC BY 2.0

King Chulalongkorn’s Legacy

King Chulalongkorn was one of the greatest Kings Thailand has ever had. Around the country you can see statues and images of him. Just take a peek at the back of the 100 Baht note. There is a University (pictured above) and a large pavilion name after him. Then of course, October 23rd, is a national Thai holiday. This seems fair when you consider the massive positive impact he had on the country. It is fascinating to contemplate how different Thailand could have been if France had been allowed to move in.

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Bang Niang Market @ Bang Niang
Oct 23 @ 14:00 – 22:00

ตลาดสด บางเนียง –

The largest tourist market in the area. Full of cheap tee shirts, electronics & food.

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ตลาดสด บางเนียง

ตลาดนัดบางเนียง โดยเปิดให้บริการ ตั้งแต่เวลา 14.00-19.00 น. ทุกวัน จันทร์ พุธ ศุกร์ และให้นักท่องเที่ยวและลูกค้าทุกท่านได้เข้าเลือกซื้ออาหาร อาทิเช่น ผักสด ปลาสดๆ อาหารทะเล เนื้อหมูและไก่ พร้อมนั้นยังมีอาหารที่ทำสำเร็จรูปเพื่อง่ายต่อการรับประทาน ส่วนผลิตภัณฑ์ต่างๆ เช่น เสื้อ ผ้า เครื่องประดับ สินค้าตกแต่งภายในฯลฯ อีกทั้งตลาดนัดบางเนียง ยังมีมินิบาร์เพื่อเปิดให้บริการแก่นักท่องเที่ยวเพื่อผักผ่อน และ ดื่มพบปะสังสรรค์พูดคุย ทางด้านหน้าของตลาดยังเปิดให้บริการ รถแท็กซี่ แก่นักท่องเที่ยวและผู้คนที่สัญจรในเขตบริเวณ เขาหลัก อีกด้วย.

ฺBang Niang Market

Talaat Nat literally translates as ‘Market by Appointment’. For practical purposes, what this really means is that it is not open every day. There are two of these markets in the Khao Lak area. There is the newer and more mind boggling market outside Build Factory. But, by far the best market for tourists is the Bang Niang Market. Open from 2pm till around 10pm every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, this market should be on your list of places to visit before you leave.

Bang Niang Market is set up in several different sections, all of which are covered here.

Food

There is a great variety of foos at Bang Niang Market. The food section is closest to the Main road on the East side of Bang Niang Market. Just behind all the Taxis are rows upon rows of food stalls. Try the BBQ skewers, fried chicken, sushi, spring rolls, kebabs, burgers and steamed peanuts (sounds weird but they really grow on you). There are also more authentic Thai dishes served in plastic bags to take away.
Bang Niang Market Photo by: Michael License: CC BY-ND 2.0

Fresh Food

On the North side of Bang Niang Market is the fresh food section. If you are just on holiday there may not be a lot for you to buy here but it is an interesting experience nonetheless. Head down and see how many of the various fruits and vegetables you actually recognise. And, if you are concerned about cleanliness at the meat stalls, don’t worry. Most of them wave a plastic bag on a stick to get rid of the flies. Job done!

All the other Stuff…

Furthest from the main road on the Southwest side of Bang Niang Market is a collection of all the stuff locals think tourists want to buy. This basically consists of cheap T-Shirts, counterfeit electronics, Handicrafts and swords. Quite an eclectic mix! After living here for five years I still find it fun to walk around and see the contrast in items on sale. I particularly like the Hand carved soap stall next to the stall with throwing stars and Tasers. Something for everyone! But whatever takes your fancy, be prepared to haggle…Beats Headphones at Bang Niang Market Photo by: Grant Guarino License: CC BY-SA 2.0

Barter Barter Barter!

You can’t get angry with being quoted extortionate prices for two reasons. Firstly, in Thailand, getting angry very rarely helps the situation. The Thai culture is one that doesn’t appreciate confrontation. Secondly, the ridiculous initial price you are quoted is just part of the whole game. You are supposed to play along! So smile, laugh and enjoy the process. Start with a price lower than you are prepared to finally pay and be prepared to walk away. Just beware sometimes you might only be able to get a 10%-20% discount. Other times they might be trying to sell something to you for 4 or 5 times what its worth.

Bang Niang Market is open every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 2pm till around 7-8pm. It is next to the Main road on the corner of the Bang Niang Beach Road. The best time to head down there is in the late afternoon when it is a bit cooler. There are plenty of restaurants and bars for you to relax in when you’re finished.

Chilli at Bang Niang Market

Title Photo by: Adam Baker License: CC BY 2.0

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Jam Night @ Happy Snapper Khao Lak
Oct 23 @ 19:00 – 22:45

Be a star on Wednesday night at the Happy Snapper

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Join the Fun

Wednesday night is Jam Night at the Happy Snapper. Your chance to show off your musical talents to Khao Lak.

One of Khao Lak’s most popular evenings

Saxaphones at the SnapperWhether you sing or play an instrument the stage is yours at the Snapper. This evening is hugely popular with guests to Khao Lak and also a lot of the local crowd.

About Jam Night

Join the fun at the Happy Snapper which is located on Khao Lak’s main high street. Just head north from Nang Thong Supermarket.

The evening starts with acoustic music on the outside terrace from 6:00pm.

You, the performers can hit the stage around 8:30pm.

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Oct
24
Thu
2019
Bang Niang Market @ Bang Niang
Oct 24 @ 14:00 – 22:00

ตลาดสด บางเนียง –

The largest tourist market in the area. Full of cheap tee shirts, electronics & food.

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ตลาดสด บางเนียง

ตลาดนัดบางเนียง โดยเปิดให้บริการ ตั้งแต่เวลา 14.00-19.00 น. ทุกวัน จันทร์ พุธ ศุกร์ และให้นักท่องเที่ยวและลูกค้าทุกท่านได้เข้าเลือกซื้ออาหาร อาทิเช่น ผักสด ปลาสดๆ อาหารทะเล เนื้อหมูและไก่ พร้อมนั้นยังมีอาหารที่ทำสำเร็จรูปเพื่อง่ายต่อการรับประทาน ส่วนผลิตภัณฑ์ต่างๆ เช่น เสื้อ ผ้า เครื่องประดับ สินค้าตกแต่งภายในฯลฯ อีกทั้งตลาดนัดบางเนียง ยังมีมินิบาร์เพื่อเปิดให้บริการแก่นักท่องเที่ยวเพื่อผักผ่อน และ ดื่มพบปะสังสรรค์พูดคุย ทางด้านหน้าของตลาดยังเปิดให้บริการ รถแท็กซี่ แก่นักท่องเที่ยวและผู้คนที่สัญจรในเขตบริเวณ เขาหลัก อีกด้วย.

ฺBang Niang Market

Talaat Nat literally translates as ‘Market by Appointment’. For practical purposes, what this really means is that it is not open every day. There are two of these markets in the Khao Lak area. There is the newer and more mind boggling market outside Build Factory. But, by far the best market for tourists is the Bang Niang Market. Open from 2pm till around 10pm every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, this market should be on your list of places to visit before you leave.

Bang Niang Market is set up in several different sections, all of which are covered here.

Food

There is a great variety of foos at Bang Niang Market. The food section is closest to the Main road on the East side of Bang Niang Market. Just behind all the Taxis are rows upon rows of food stalls. Try the BBQ skewers, fried chicken, sushi, spring rolls, kebabs, burgers and steamed peanuts (sounds weird but they really grow on you). There are also more authentic Thai dishes served in plastic bags to take away.
Bang Niang Market Photo by: Michael License: CC BY-ND 2.0

Fresh Food

On the North side of Bang Niang Market is the fresh food section. If you are just on holiday there may not be a lot for you to buy here but it is an interesting experience nonetheless. Head down and see how many of the various fruits and vegetables you actually recognise. And, if you are concerned about cleanliness at the meat stalls, don’t worry. Most of them wave a plastic bag on a stick to get rid of the flies. Job done!

All the other Stuff…

Furthest from the main road on the Southwest side of Bang Niang Market is a collection of all the stuff locals think tourists want to buy. This basically consists of cheap T-Shirts, counterfeit electronics, Handicrafts and swords. Quite an eclectic mix! After living here for five years I still find it fun to walk around and see the contrast in items on sale. I particularly like the Hand carved soap stall next to the stall with throwing stars and Tasers. Something for everyone! But whatever takes your fancy, be prepared to haggle…Beats Headphones at Bang Niang Market Photo by: Grant Guarino License: CC BY-SA 2.0

Barter Barter Barter!

You can’t get angry with being quoted extortionate prices for two reasons. Firstly, in Thailand, getting angry very rarely helps the situation. The Thai culture is one that doesn’t appreciate confrontation. Secondly, the ridiculous initial price you are quoted is just part of the whole game. You are supposed to play along! So smile, laugh and enjoy the process. Start with a price lower than you are prepared to finally pay and be prepared to walk away. Just beware sometimes you might only be able to get a 10%-20% discount. Other times they might be trying to sell something to you for 4 or 5 times what its worth.

Bang Niang Market is open every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 2pm till around 7-8pm. It is next to the Main road on the corner of the Bang Niang Beach Road. The best time to head down there is in the late afternoon when it is a bit cooler. There are plenty of restaurants and bars for you to relax in when you’re finished.

Chilli at Bang Niang Market

Title Photo by: Adam Baker License: CC BY 2.0

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Build Factory Market @ Build Factory
Oct 24 @ 14:00 – 22:00
Oct
26
Sat
2019
Bang Niang Market @ Bang Niang
Oct 26 @ 14:00 – 22:00

ตลาดสด บางเนียง –

The largest tourist market in the area. Full of cheap tee shirts, electronics & food.

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ตลาดสด บางเนียง

ตลาดนัดบางเนียง โดยเปิดให้บริการ ตั้งแต่เวลา 14.00-19.00 น. ทุกวัน จันทร์ พุธ ศุกร์ และให้นักท่องเที่ยวและลูกค้าทุกท่านได้เข้าเลือกซื้ออาหาร อาทิเช่น ผักสด ปลาสดๆ อาหารทะเล เนื้อหมูและไก่ พร้อมนั้นยังมีอาหารที่ทำสำเร็จรูปเพื่อง่ายต่อการรับประทาน ส่วนผลิตภัณฑ์ต่างๆ เช่น เสื้อ ผ้า เครื่องประดับ สินค้าตกแต่งภายในฯลฯ อีกทั้งตลาดนัดบางเนียง ยังมีมินิบาร์เพื่อเปิดให้บริการแก่นักท่องเที่ยวเพื่อผักผ่อน และ ดื่มพบปะสังสรรค์พูดคุย ทางด้านหน้าของตลาดยังเปิดให้บริการ รถแท็กซี่ แก่นักท่องเที่ยวและผู้คนที่สัญจรในเขตบริเวณ เขาหลัก อีกด้วย.

ฺBang Niang Market

Talaat Nat literally translates as ‘Market by Appointment’. For practical purposes, what this really means is that it is not open every day. There are two of these markets in the Khao Lak area. There is the newer and more mind boggling market outside Build Factory. But, by far the best market for tourists is the Bang Niang Market. Open from 2pm till around 10pm every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, this market should be on your list of places to visit before you leave.

Bang Niang Market is set up in several different sections, all of which are covered here.

Food

There is a great variety of foos at Bang Niang Market. The food section is closest to the Main road on the East side of Bang Niang Market. Just behind all the Taxis are rows upon rows of food stalls. Try the BBQ skewers, fried chicken, sushi, spring rolls, kebabs, burgers and steamed peanuts (sounds weird but they really grow on you). There are also more authentic Thai dishes served in plastic bags to take away.
Bang Niang Market Photo by: Michael License: CC BY-ND 2.0

Fresh Food

On the North side of Bang Niang Market is the fresh food section. If you are just on holiday there may not be a lot for you to buy here but it is an interesting experience nonetheless. Head down and see how many of the various fruits and vegetables you actually recognise. And, if you are concerned about cleanliness at the meat stalls, don’t worry. Most of them wave a plastic bag on a stick to get rid of the flies. Job done!

All the other Stuff…

Furthest from the main road on the Southwest side of Bang Niang Market is a collection of all the stuff locals think tourists want to buy. This basically consists of cheap T-Shirts, counterfeit electronics, Handicrafts and swords. Quite an eclectic mix! After living here for five years I still find it fun to walk around and see the contrast in items on sale. I particularly like the Hand carved soap stall next to the stall with throwing stars and Tasers. Something for everyone! But whatever takes your fancy, be prepared to haggle…Beats Headphones at Bang Niang Market Photo by: Grant Guarino License: CC BY-SA 2.0

Barter Barter Barter!

You can’t get angry with being quoted extortionate prices for two reasons. Firstly, in Thailand, getting angry very rarely helps the situation. The Thai culture is one that doesn’t appreciate confrontation. Secondly, the ridiculous initial price you are quoted is just part of the whole game. You are supposed to play along! So smile, laugh and enjoy the process. Start with a price lower than you are prepared to finally pay and be prepared to walk away. Just beware sometimes you might only be able to get a 10%-20% discount. Other times they might be trying to sell something to you for 4 or 5 times what its worth.

Bang Niang Market is open every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 2pm till around 7-8pm. It is next to the Main road on the corner of the Bang Niang Beach Road. The best time to head down there is in the late afternoon when it is a bit cooler. There are plenty of restaurants and bars for you to relax in when you’re finished.

Chilli at Bang Niang Market

Title Photo by: Adam Baker License: CC BY 2.0

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Oct
27
Sun
2019
Build Factory Market @ Build Factory
Oct 27 @ 14:00 – 22:00
Oct
28
Mon
2019
Curry Paste Workshop @ Riverside Thai Cooking
Oct 28 @ 9:00 – 13:00

Sign up for a Thai Cooking Class on a Monday at Riverside Thai Cooking in Khao Lak and learn how to make a spicy Thai curry paste.

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Every Monday at Riverside

Preparing Thai curry paste

Join your teacher Apple and learn some of the secrets of Thai cooking in a cosy kitchen overlooking the river.

At Riverside Thai Cooking Class you will get to learn spicy spring rolls, your favourite Thai dish, vegetable carving and every Monday; a delicious, zesty, spicy Thai curry paste.

During Khao Lak’s low season you will also learn how to prepare Som Tam, a sour and spicy papaya salad for free.

Classes cost 1,500 THB per person and includes a tour of the local fresh market in Khuk Khak.

You can contact Apple here and book you Thai curry paste workshop.

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Bang Niang Market @ Bang Niang
Oct 28 @ 14:00 – 22:00

ตลาดสด บางเนียง –

The largest tourist market in the area. Full of cheap tee shirts, electronics & food.

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ตลาดสด บางเนียง

ตลาดนัดบางเนียง โดยเปิดให้บริการ ตั้งแต่เวลา 14.00-19.00 น. ทุกวัน จันทร์ พุธ ศุกร์ และให้นักท่องเที่ยวและลูกค้าทุกท่านได้เข้าเลือกซื้ออาหาร อาทิเช่น ผักสด ปลาสดๆ อาหารทะเล เนื้อหมูและไก่ พร้อมนั้นยังมีอาหารที่ทำสำเร็จรูปเพื่อง่ายต่อการรับประทาน ส่วนผลิตภัณฑ์ต่างๆ เช่น เสื้อ ผ้า เครื่องประดับ สินค้าตกแต่งภายในฯลฯ อีกทั้งตลาดนัดบางเนียง ยังมีมินิบาร์เพื่อเปิดให้บริการแก่นักท่องเที่ยวเพื่อผักผ่อน และ ดื่มพบปะสังสรรค์พูดคุย ทางด้านหน้าของตลาดยังเปิดให้บริการ รถแท็กซี่ แก่นักท่องเที่ยวและผู้คนที่สัญจรในเขตบริเวณ เขาหลัก อีกด้วย.

ฺBang Niang Market

Talaat Nat literally translates as ‘Market by Appointment’. For practical purposes, what this really means is that it is not open every day. There are two of these markets in the Khao Lak area. There is the newer and more mind boggling market outside Build Factory. But, by far the best market for tourists is the Bang Niang Market. Open from 2pm till around 10pm every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, this market should be on your list of places to visit before you leave.

Bang Niang Market is set up in several different sections, all of which are covered here.

Food

There is a great variety of foos at Bang Niang Market. The food section is closest to the Main road on the East side of Bang Niang Market. Just behind all the Taxis are rows upon rows of food stalls. Try the BBQ skewers, fried chicken, sushi, spring rolls, kebabs, burgers and steamed peanuts (sounds weird but they really grow on you). There are also more authentic Thai dishes served in plastic bags to take away.
Bang Niang Market Photo by: Michael License: CC BY-ND 2.0

Fresh Food

On the North side of Bang Niang Market is the fresh food section. If you are just on holiday there may not be a lot for you to buy here but it is an interesting experience nonetheless. Head down and see how many of the various fruits and vegetables you actually recognise. And, if you are concerned about cleanliness at the meat stalls, don’t worry. Most of them wave a plastic bag on a stick to get rid of the flies. Job done!

All the other Stuff…

Furthest from the main road on the Southwest side of Bang Niang Market is a collection of all the stuff locals think tourists want to buy. This basically consists of cheap T-Shirts, counterfeit electronics, Handicrafts and swords. Quite an eclectic mix! After living here for five years I still find it fun to walk around and see the contrast in items on sale. I particularly like the Hand carved soap stall next to the stall with throwing stars and Tasers. Something for everyone! But whatever takes your fancy, be prepared to haggle…Beats Headphones at Bang Niang Market Photo by: Grant Guarino License: CC BY-SA 2.0

Barter Barter Barter!

You can’t get angry with being quoted extortionate prices for two reasons. Firstly, in Thailand, getting angry very rarely helps the situation. The Thai culture is one that doesn’t appreciate confrontation. Secondly, the ridiculous initial price you are quoted is just part of the whole game. You are supposed to play along! So smile, laugh and enjoy the process. Start with a price lower than you are prepared to finally pay and be prepared to walk away. Just beware sometimes you might only be able to get a 10%-20% discount. Other times they might be trying to sell something to you for 4 or 5 times what its worth.

Bang Niang Market is open every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 2pm till around 7-8pm. It is next to the Main road on the corner of the Bang Niang Beach Road. The best time to head down there is in the late afternoon when it is a bit cooler. There are plenty of restaurants and bars for you to relax in when you’re finished.

Chilli at Bang Niang Market

Title Photo by: Adam Baker License: CC BY 2.0

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Oct
29
Tue
2019
Build Factory Market @ Build Factory
Oct 29 @ 14:00 – 22:00