Getting To Know Thailand – 3 Must Try Items On The Menu

Thailand has long been a destination which has entranced travelers from all over the world including members of NAR USA. From the warm friendliness of the Thais themselves and the incredible scenery and the depth of the history and cultural attractions of the country this is a place that will always call to those who want a vacation that will provide memories for years to come.

One of the greatest attractions of Thailand has always been its cuisine. From street food to the meals that are provided in world class restaurants across the country, sitting down to a Thai meal in that country will always be something special.

There are so many choices when it comes to great food items in Thailand what would one choose? Here are three of the best choices available to the visitor.

#1 Tom Yum Goong.

Possibly the best known of all Thai foods this spicy shrimp and seafood soup is a taste explosion. With highlights of lemongrass, cilantro, line and galangal this is a meal that will leave anyone’s taste buds tingling. The addition of chili makes it the perfect antidote to the inter blues and the light nature of the soup makes it ideal for those who are watching their weight.

#2 Tom Kai Kai.

tom-kha-gai-chicken-coconut-soupTake chicken and the freshest ingredients such as chili, lemongrass and shallots, add coconut milk and you have the perfect mix for this iconic Thai dish. With a dash of spice and flair this is the taste of Thailand in a bowl. This makes the perfect pick me up in summer or winter and the addition of coconut makes it suitable for those who don’t like things too spicy.

#3 Gaeng Daeng.

This red curry is Thailand in a bowl. Red curry paste and beef or chicken, mixed with coconut milk and shredded kaffir lime leaves it makes the heart long for southeast Asia.

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If you want to enjoy exotic Thai dishes you can easily make up authentic meals in the comfort of your own home. Use the freshest of ingredients and you, and your guests will be amazed at the depths of flavor on your plate.

The History Of US And Thailand Relations Is A Long One

phuket-1432876_640The history of United States and Thailand relations is actually quite a long one. This might come as a slight shock to some people, as Thailand is often known for sex tourism and political oppression, things not commonly found in nations with longstanding good relations with America.

However, given Thailand’s geographic location between the world’s largest democracy of India and near the military buildup and naval expansion of China, in addition to its growing popularity as a tourist destination, having strong diplomatic relations with Thailand is in the best interest of the United States.

Surprisingly, bilateral relations between the republic of the United States of America and the kingdom of Thailand trace all the way back to the year 1818, when the United States was still a relatively new nation finding its place on the global stage. For nearly two full centuries, the two countries have enjoyed many years of diplomatic partnership and at some times actual alliance.

At the time, Thailand was known as Siam. The country received a visit from a captain of an American ship. He had on his person a letter directly from James Monroe, who was president of the United States at the time.

It was from this encounter that Thailand not only wound up having a formal and full diplomatic relationship with the United States, but was actually the first Asian nation to do so!

Relations were maintained throughout that century, with noted gifts given by American officials, such as Andrew Johnson during his Presidency. Relations have been closer since World War II, with a number of treaties reaffirming economic ties and the ability of businesses in both countries to participate in the markets of the other. Following nearby Japan and China, America is Thailand’s largest trading partner in the world.

Beaches For Days

I have been to 5 out of 10 of these beaches. My favorite is Patong Beach. Based on where you are staying will determine what beach that you will go to.