‘Bene’ there, done that the Italian way
‘Bene’ there, done that the Italian way
From their handsome bar at the centre came a fruity-teneted Mistletoe, a cocktail with vodka, cranberry and triple sec. A trip through Italian hinterlands will take you past fields of pomodoro tomatoes, clusters of olive trees and past the famed black truffle hidden away in the forests. And there is cheese made by the Dominican monks that accentuates each meal. Italy is that cornucopia of flavours that the new Chef De Cuisine, Chef Roberto Apa at the Sheraton Grand’s Bene has curated with a traditional essence. His new menu aspires to bring to the heart of Italian cuisine. Chef Apa’s Napoli origins find pride of place in this new menu (lots of seafood), and so do his forays at Michelin-star restaurants throughout his career, which started at the tender age of 13!
Bene sits atop of the Sheraton Grand at the Brigade Gateway fourth floor, with a beautiful outside gazebo seating, and swanky interiors. The perfect place for a lavish meal.
From their handsome bar at the centre came a fruity-teneted Mistletoe, a cocktail with vodka, cranberry and triple sec. Refreshing for the summer was the Aperol Spritz, a bubbly cocktail made with Aperol and Soda.
The in-house bakery’s bread basket came with a medley of freshly baked wonders that we dipped into olive oil and balsamic with glee, and also with pomodoro, sundried tomato and cheese dips… till the elegant amuse bouche sauntered to our table. A small crisp dumpling of pizza dough with pesto, delish. The La Fruttarola salad with lollo rosso, walnuts, groundnuts with pear and apple was perfect and subtle and the zuppa de pomodoro with stracciata cheese was alright, the croutons were too mushy.
For the next course came the chef’s favourite tortellini, with a duck meat filling and parmesan cheese. We loved the play of pulled duck meat in a pasta with that delicious creamy parmesan, though the tortellini was a bit too tough. The scallapino di polo, a chicken breast with mushroom sauce and a delicious mash came next, the breast was too dry, surprisingly. And it could have been more flavourful.
We loved the vegetable lasagna which Chef Apa regaled about being a dish that is a grandmother’s meal favourite… not found in restaurants at all. It was delicious, with mushroom, and fresh and crusty at the ends.
The Pasta Caprese stuffed with burrata cheese was perfect… soft parcels filled with gooey cheese with a play of flavours – tomato, basil with leeks. Very good.
The woodfire oven at Bene is a must-order exercise, and we had the yummiest pepperoni pizza with gooey mozzarella, crispy thinnest of thin slices of pepperoni with a sauce that had just the right tang and taste. Must-must-have!
The tortellini and its doughy toughness was disappointing as the flavours were wonderful, also as handmade pasta usually melts in the mouth. The chicken could have been juicier too. Especially since the chef is a veritable pro of Italian classics.
The masala chai-loving chef has had stints across the world, in Shanghai, at Monte Carlo on a private yacht and a few Michelin star restaurants, so he has the leanings of a perfectionist. Apa then went back to his chopping board, to study at Gualtiero Marchesi (the father of Italian cuisine) Academy where seasoned chef hone their skill.
The menu sees Apa’s love for seafood, and classical dishes like a puttanesca, carbonara or a simple risotto. “I change the menu every three to four months, as a business hotel, we have people who spend long stints here. Every menu is a study, this one is based on tradition and classics. A tour around Italy with wholesome recipes from the regions. The leaning is towards the northern regions that have a rich repertoire which Indians like, and a few dishes from the south,” says chef Apa who respects classics implicitly, and has incorporated techniques learnt through his career. Apa’s Tiramisu is seeped in tradition too and fantastic. The versions we’ve had earlier across the city fade in comparison… The others have too much emphasis on the liquor, cocoa and cake. This was perfect. The most delectable, creamy mascarpone with dollops of cake, hints of cocoa, and liquor. Delectable. The chef who busts some myths about Italian food, especially for those asking for pink or white sauce, which Apa says is non-existent
in Italian cuisine.
On the job changing 90 per cent of the menu frequently, Roberto is ready to dish out potions of Italian… and the menu is replete with myriad options. Some more flourish and finish would definitely add much more to Bene. With a chef who’s heart and soul is Italian to the core.
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Popped up to Paisley in Scotland for the food and drink festival which now features a vegan section.
Paisley is famous for the ‘paisley’ pattern, a decorative woven teardrop, known in Persian as a ‘boteh’. The local museum is closed for refurbishment until 2022, but the brief history is that 19th century soldiers, returning from the colonies, brought back fine cashmere shawls for their sweethearts and wives. Weavers in Paisley were the only ones with the requisite skills and complex looms to reproduce the pattern.
The April food and drink festival is next to the river, the cherry blossom trees and further down from the gothic Victorian buildings at the top of the town. Queen Victoria, a fan of Paisley shawls, visited the town in 1888. It is said by locals that her statue in the centre has her back turned to the town.
This year, for the first time, the festival features a vegan section which is less surprising than you might think, in that Glasgow, nearby, is a centre for vegan cuisine in the UK . I ate: Vegan fish and chips and vegan satay with peanut sauce from There’s No Catch. Fried cabbage balls from The Sly Fox Cauliflower pakora, a Scottish-Indian fusion street food in Scotland, from Cafe Zique. I saw very Scottish takes on vegan food: haggis and Irn bru chutney, and mince and tatties.
Gin making has boomed in Scotland: distilleries waiting three years to set up for whisky, make gin in the meantime.
I tried violet and bramble gin from Boe, butterscotch gin from Arbikie , in the gin tent, and a dry ice bramble gin cocktail from The Dispensary Bar .
For dessert I reverted to non-vegan ice cream millionaires shortbread ‘tacos’ (the wafers in a taco shape), served in generous Scottish style portions at Chunks ice cream
Finally at The Kilted Fudge Company stall , I discovered the difference between Scottish tablet and fudge: tablet is cooked at a higher heat rendering a crisper, more granulated texture than fudge which is softer. Ultimately it’s all boiled sugar! Recent posts
3 Halal-Certified Restaurants to Go to for Scrumptious Ramadan Buffets
3 Halal-Certified Restaurants to Go to for Scrumptious Ramadan Buffets by Xinyi Soh , 29 Apr ’19 SHARE VIA FACEBOOK Ramadan is approaching and if you are thinking of going for an iftar treat, don’t miss out these yummy spreads this year. Conclude your fasting day with your loved ones with a scrumptious buffet spread and spend quality time bonding over food with your family and friends.
Saltwater Credit: Saltwater
Away from the hustle and bustle of Singapore’s city life, Saltwater provides a peaceful and relaxing ambience to bond as guests break fast.
Enjoy an extensive galore of Asian and Singaporean local fare alongside delightful treats at the halal-certified Saltwater. Ramadan Specials to look out for include Hummus with Pita Bread, Kambing Soup, Beef Rendang, Ayam Panggang, and the sweet dessert pastry Baklava.
Saltwater’s Chill & Grill station, where you can feast on a variety of fresh seafood and juicy meats cooked a la minute by our chefs, will be available daily during Ramadan (The station is usually available only during Fridays, weekends and public holidays). Classic must-trys include Saltwater’s award-winning Nonya Laksa, Oxtail Stew, DIY Rojak, Durian Pengat Shooters as well.
Pricing range from $50++ for weekdays (Monday to Thursday) and $60++ for weekends (Friday to Sunday).
Katong Kitchen Credit: Katong Kitchen
Serving a Ramadan Dinner buffet from 5 May to 5 June 2019, enjoy an extensive range of local and Asian fare, alongside Ramadan Specials such as Rendang Roasted Ribeye, Satay Marinated Oven Roasted Lamb Leg, Soup Kambing, Ayam Masak Merah and Oxtail Rendang.
Located at the heart of Katong, Katong Kitchen embraces the diversity of cultures and cuisines of Singapore. Bringing together old, traditional classics and modern creations, from Chinese, Malay, Indian, Eurasian and uniquely Singaporean dishes, enjoy Singapore’s best in a warm and cosy setting. Signature dishes include its Katong Laksa, the Peranakan Ayam Buah Leluak, Kueh Pie Tee and Beef Rendang. The dessert spread at Katong Kitchen features favourites including Durian Pengat, Cempedak Crème Brulee, assorted mini Nonya Kueh and more.
Pricing range from $50++ for weekdays (Monday to Thursday) and $60++ for weekends (Friday to Sunday).
Straits Café Credit: Straits Cafe
Savour a scrumptious buffet spread of regional fare at the halal-certified Straits Café, which features the Favourites of the Straits, drawing flavours from Penang, Melaka, Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore.
In additional to straits favourites such as KL Prawn Noodles, Klang Chic Kut Teh, Ipoh Chicken Rice, diners can look forward to Ramadan Specials such as Daging Masak Kicap (Beef with Sweet Soya Sauce), Ayam Goreng Berempah, and Oxtail Soup. Sweeten the meal with desserts including the Ondeh Ondeh cake.
Pricing range from $54++ for weekdays (Monday to Thursday) and $62++ for weekends (Friday to Sunday).
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Tribeca Review: Aamis
Before going in to see Aamis, I tried to explain what this movie was about to Hubert while I was eating a large stack of pancakes. I said that it was a love movie about two people that bond over meat in an Indian society and I had no expectations going into it. I thought that it would be a a simple love story about a married woman who begins to have an affair with a PhD student over their shared loved of different, unusual cuisine, and prepared myself to see interesting foods from all over India.
Technically, I wasn’t wrong. They do share a developing love over food, but when I tried to explain it to one of my friends after seeing the movie, I described it to them as “If Hannibal Lecter made a romance.” I wasn’t expecting Aamis to become what it did, and it certainly became something alright, but I was still curious to see where it went. And I guess it went from being a decent romance movie into a decent horror movie. Can’t say I ever expected that to happen. Now whether it would have been a better horror movie from the get go is entirely up for debate.
Aamis Director: Bhaskar HazarikaRelease Date: April 26, 2019 (Tribeca Film Festival)
Niri (Lima Das) is a pediatrician that lives a fairly mundane life. Her husband is usually gone on business trips, leaving her alone without much to do besides go to work and take care of her child. One day she’s asked to treat a man named Sumon’s (Arghadeep Barua) friend who contracted indigestion from having meat from what Sumon calls his Meat Club. In it, Sumon prepares different kinds of unusual meat like rabbit, bat, or monkey, and everyone in the group samples it. Niri, in payment for her services, asks to try some of this meat, as their interactions increase more and more, and they start to develop feelings for each other, taking their relationship to new and unhealthy heights over their love of meat.
When put as broadly as that, it’s pretty easy to piece out why what should be a romantic movie turns into such a dark ride, but you honestly wouldn’t get that impression by watching it in the moment. Hazarika constructs his movie with a logical train of progression, never becoming truly dark until the characters start proposing to each other new suggestions for the Meat Club. The movie almost feels like two completely different beasts when you look at it by the end. At first it’s a movie about social taboos and extramarital affairs while being stifled by a life that isn’t fulfilling, only to morph into something that you would get out of a Dario Argento love story.
The two lead actors do an admirable job with the material they were given, with the brunt of the work being done by Das. It’s always an impressive feat to make a normal character slowly abnormal, and she does a fantastic job with it. Barua is also good as Sumon, though his character does come off as creepy even before the tone shift, acting like a creeper without boundaries and obsessing over Niri at every turn. I don’t blame the actor at all for the character’s disposition; I don’t think there was any possible way to have him endear himself to me. This unfortunately stifles the romance, since while you do care about one half of the couple and want Niri to feel alive and fulfilled, you don’t want it with someone who acts like a spoiled child when he doesn’t get his way and does things to her without her consent, only to be mortified when she does the same to him.
Speaking of not having consent, the shift to horror had a good amount of problems. I know that we’re meant to take this relationship seriously, but myself and several other audience members were laughing our asses off at how dark and serious the movie became. The Hannibal Lecter comparisons weren’t just for humor’s sake, with some of the characters beginning to talk like they were just taken from Bryan Fuller’s masterpiece TV-series and shoved into an Indian romance. Characters begin to have deep and introspective voice overs with your standard horror music playing over their narration and I couldn’t keep myself from laughing. Some other critics walked out due to the darkness, but it came across more as naivete to me, like the romance wouldn’t have been able to support the movie alone unless their was an edge to it. I guess I can appreciate the artistic choice at turning a conventional romance on its head, but it feels more forced than anything else.
That’s not even taking into account how much the movie seems to drag at points. This is a nearly two hour long movie, but it moves along at a snail’s pace half of the time. The first half shows us multiple times that Niri and Sumon like to go out and find exotic places to eat, but it never knows when to stop. Niri is constantly rejecting the idea that she’s falling in love with him, which is only delaying the inevitable. The second half has a solid pace and doesn’t waste the viewer’s time, but it comes too little to late. By the time Aamis showed its true colors I was more interested in the time than the movie.
There’s a good movie buried in Aamis . The actors are on point and the genre shift is done well, but there’s not much too it besides that shift. This is a movie about forbidden desires that is all to willing to go up in your face and show them off. While maybe a few more rounds of editing to make the film leaner, Aamis could have been a delicious and unusual addition to any horror fan’s library. Aamis feels like an Indian Audition , but while that film made me squirm with how it handles the shift in tone, Aamis lurches to a conclusion that was too out of place for its own good.
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Woolworths – 1/2 Price Food & Grocery Specials – Ends 7th May
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Things to do in Krabi Thailand
Things to do in Krabi Thailand Apr 29, 2019 | Posted by Rosalind Cuthbertson | Asia |
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Thailand is one of the world’s top holiday destinations and while many flock to Phuket, the laid back lifestyle, gleaming sands and crystal clear waters of Krabi are poised to steal Phuket’s crown. So, come along with us to discover the best things to do in Krabi Thailand!
To get a taste of what Krabi has to offer we decided to stay in two different locations, the lesser known Koh Kwang and Noppharat Thara Beaches of Krabi. I’m glad we did this because we got two different perspectives of Krabi as a seaside holiday destination.
Koh Kwang Beach was a quiet, peaceful beach which had a relaxed beach nightlife while Noppharat Thara Beach had a more party town feel. We loved both and are sure they would appeal to a wide variety of holiday styles. Contents 8 Last Words on Krabi Thailand Where is Krabi?
The town of Krabi sits at the mouth of the Krabi River in Krabi Provence in Southern Thailand . Krabi is the gateway to tropical beaches, mangrove forests and the towering limestone islands of Phang Nga Bay in the Andaman Sea. Best Time to Visit Krabi
The best time to visit Krabi is between November and March, peak season for Krabi Thailand. Weather is generally hot during the day and cooler in the evenings.
In low season between July and October, the Krabi weather forecast is unpredictable, and monsoon winds and rain can be expected. Krabi Beaches Koh Kwang Beach
Picture an early morning walk. In the distance towering limestone formations jut out of the sparkling turquoise water. The wooden hulls of the traditional long tail boats sway gently as waves softly lap the silky sands of a tree shaded beach. Welcome to the magic of Koh Kwang Beach!
Koh Kwang Beach is walking distance to popular Klong Muang Beach in Krabi. We visited Koh Kwang Beach in late March, at the tail end of high season. What we found was a peaceful beach with soft sand and crystal-clear water.
Though not the height of high season there were still groups of tourists, singles and couples of all ages, many with young families. Koh Kwang Beach isn’t a party beach; it is a quiet beach which is ideal for those who just want to chill out and the gentle waves make it a family friendly Krabi beach.
Koh Kwang Beach isn’t as developed as nearby Klong Muang Beach, it doesn’t have as many large resorts, but you will find small hotels and small family run resorts scattered along its length. In saying that, Koh Kwang Beach does have one jewel in its crown, the luxurious Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort, which has a private swimming area along Koh Kwang Beach.
Koh Kwang Beach Shopping & Activities
There are a range of small shops lining the streets leading to Koh Kwang Beach. Here you will find a large 7-ELEVEN, which has snacks, beer and most essentials. You can get a massage, book a tour or get your nails done. If you are hungry there are a choice of restaurants and street food stalls.
Koh Kwang Beach Nightlife
I just love the Koh Kwang Beach nightlife. Small beach bars and restaurants line the southern end of Koh Kwang Beach. Each evening you can sit in a beach bar with a cool beer, look out over the Andaman Sea and watch the long tail boats as sun sets over the water. The perfect end to a perfect day!
If you are staying at nearby Klong Muang Beach, the beach bars and restaurants are just a short beach walk from the island end of Klong Muang Beach.
Getting to Koh Kwang & Klong Muang Beach
Both Koh Kwang and Klong Muang Beaches are a 45-minute drive from Krabi Airport. Some hotels will provide an Airport pickup at an extra cost. Or you can pre book your hotel transfers online before you leave home through Frequent Traveller.
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Booking Tours of Krabi
Most tours of Krabi can either be booked through Koh Kwang Beach hotels, local tourist agents or you can book your tours online before you leave home through Frequent Traveller.
Click Here for Frequent Traveller Krabi Tours… Noppharat Thara Beach
From Koh Kwang Beach we moved south to Noppharat Thara Beach. This beach has a different vibe to Koh Kwang Beach. Noppharat Thara Beach is more developed, the streets are full of shops, restaurants and bars giving it a more seaside resort style feel. Though the beach has a party atmosphere it is quieter than its nearby neighbour, the popular Ao Nang Beach. Alan and Ros at Noppharat Thara Beach
Noppharat Thara Beach is a lengthy 5 km beach that stretches as far as the eye can see. In the distance limestone islands dot the horizon and the peaceful waters gently rock the traditional long tail boats that sit ready for day tours out to the islands.
At the southern end of the beach, a limestone outcrop forms a natural shelter. The calm waters make Noppharat Thara Beach a popular destination for singles, couples and families alike. Compared to Koh Kwang Beach, Noppharat Thara Beach has more activities and a larger tourist crowd.
Beside the beach, tree shaded pathways play host to coffee huts selling refreshing drinks. Local families sit under the trees to enjoy a cool break from the heat of the day. Noppharat Thara’s beachside restaurants fill up with lunchtime visitors who relax with an ice-cold beer and authentic Thai cuisine. The perfect place to enjoy the sweeping views of the bay.
Noppharat Thara Beach Nightlife
Noppharat Thara Beach nightlife begins at sunset as people converge on the beachside bars and restaurants to watch the sun set over the water. It is a magical time as people walk along the beach or return from their day out to the islands.
Popular music plays in the back ground and often live music is performed by talented musicians. Later in the evening the music gets louder and it’s great to see people enjoying themselves. If you want a larger party atmosphere, head south to neighbouring Ao Nang Beach.
Getting to Noppharat Thara Beach
There are a few ways to get to Noppharat Thara Beach. Many hotels offer airport transfer at an extra cost or you can get the airport shuttle bus. The Airport Shuttle bus stops at the Ao Nang Landmark Bus Station, this bus has many stop off points including Ao Nang and Krabi Town.
Airport and hotel transfers can also be booked online before you leave home through Frequent Traveller.
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Local Bus from Noppharat Thara Beach
The local bus leaves from Ao Nang Landmark Bus Station to Ao Nang Beach, Fossil Shell Beach, Krabi Town and Krabi Bus Station.
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Booking Tours to the Islands
There are many tour companies with shops in the streets around Noppharat Thara Beach. Popular tours include the 4 Island tour and the Phi Phi Island tour.
You can either go through the tour companies or go to the tail boat booking kiosk at the beach. The kiosk displays the prices for long tail boat rides to the islands. Just be aware that you may be charged extra for a tuk tuk ride out to the pier and you will have to pay an extra 400 Baht per adult and 200 Baht per child for National Park entry fees on top of the listed price.
Tours of Krabi can also be booked online before you leave home through Frequent Traveller.
Note** Noppharat Thara Beach is part of the Ao Nang subdistrict, and many hotel booking sites refer to the area as Ao Nang. Geographically Noppharat Thara Beach is one beach north of Ao Nang Beach. Krabi 4 Island Tour
One of the best activities in Krabi is to take a Krabi island tour. There are a few different Krabi Island tours to choose from, we chose the Krabi 4 island tour . There are a couple of cruise styles, you can either take a traditional longtail boat or a speedboat.
While cruising in a longtail boat is a wonderful cultural experience they are slower and take longer to make their way around the islands. We thought it would be exciting to take a speedboat to some of the best beaches in Krabi.
Getting to the 4 Islands
We were picked up from our hotel and taken to the boat pier in a bench seat bus. Once at the pier the passengers were given a coloured wristlet and divided off into their chosen tour groups.
Once on our boat we were given lifejackets and a safety demonstration. There was complimentary water and orange juice and they supplied us with snorkelling equipment. Then it was time to sit back and enjoyed the ride. Alan & Ros on the speedboat 4 Island tour Krabi Thailand
The beach quickly receded into the background and soon we were headed out to sea. The ride was a thrill as we picked up speed and quickly bounced through the waves. Before we knew it, we were looking up at the craggy limestone islands that rise high above the azure waters of Phang Nga Bay. Phra Nang Beach
We were dropped off at Phra Nang Beach. It was high tide and it seemed like the whole tourist population of Krabi was there. Despite the crowds you could see that it was a gorgeous beach. We were later told that the beach is less crowded early in the morning and later in the afternoon.
Phra Nang Beach is shaded at one end by a towering monolith of limestone. Swimming in the cool shaded water you can look up and marvel at the stalactites that hang like melted rock from this rugged cliff. Phra Nang Beach is popular for rock climbing and caving.
Phra Nang Cave Shrine
Phra Nang Cave is a real curiosity, a shrine dedicated to the Princess God of the Phra Nang Cave. The shrine is filled with wooden phallic symbols (lingam) that are said to protect to local fishermen.
Local people believe that the lingam and the holy womb (the cave) will create fertility and prosperity to mankind and the whole earth. A beautiful belief that brings singles and couples to the shrine to make offerings for love and fertility.
There are a few legends about the cave, one is that an Indian princess was killed in a shipwreck nearby and the other that a grieving wife waited in the cave for her dead husband to return from the sea. Railay Beach
Considered the most beautiful beach in Krabi, Railay is made up of East and West Railay Beach. The beaches are located on opposite sides of a thin peninsula, within easy walk to each other. Both beaches are home to many resorts which are only accessible by boat.
Railay Beach is a short walk from Phra Nang Beach. Along the way you will find caves and there are signposts up to the viewpoint. If you are on a tour, make sure you leave plenty of time to get back to your boat.
Snorkelling near Poda Island
After leaving Phra Nang Beach we headed to Poda Island. The boat stopped short of Poda Island and we all donned our snorkelling gear and jumped into the water. The water was deep and filled with different varieties of coral.
The snorkelling gear was the best I have ever used, they didn’t leak or get cloudy. We had so much fun swimming along with the schools of fish, one even came right up to my mask. It must be one of the best things to do in Thailand! Poda Island
The views from Poda Island are breathtaking! Nearby, Ma Tang Ming Island stands tall against the sky, framed by the sand and longtail boats anchored on Poda Island. A picture postcard quality that will have you happily snapping away on your camera.
Bright white sand and the intense aqua blue waters of Poda Island make it a truly magical destination . The island is well shaded with trees and the ideal place to stop for lunch. Our lunch was included in the price of the tour and consisted of a selection of Thai dishes and tropical fruits.
After lunch we went swimming in the crystal-clear water. I continued to snorkel and while there wasn’t any coral, there were small schools of fish. The reflection of the waves made intricate turquoise patterns on the dazzling white seabed, a beauty I will never forget. Tup Island
Tup Island is a tidal island which can only be reached at low tide. Nearby is the smaller Mor Island and at low tide the connecting beach is revealed. This small strip of land faces nearby Chicken Island.
Tup Island has a great swimming beach, the gleam of the water entices you to swim. Tup Island doesn’t have a lot of shade so make sure you have a hat and lots of sunscreen. Chicken Island
At low tide you can walk from Tup Island to Chicken Island. The island gets its name from the rock formation that stands on the opposite side of the island. View from Tup Island to Chicken Island which can be crossed at low tide.
We didn’t get to walk across to Chicken Island as the tide was too high, but our speedboat cruised past and yes, it really does look like a chicken! Where to Stay in Krabi
Krabi Thailand Accommodation
When thinking of places to stay in Krabi, you have a lot of choices to make. Deciding what beach and style of accommodation to choose can be frustrating and that’s why we are here to help.
We have narrowed the best place to stay in Krabi to five beaches, Koh Kwang Beach, Noppharat Thara Beach, Ao Nang Beach, Pai Plong Beach and Railay Beach. We have mixed up the accommodation styles from Krabi beach hut accommodation, to Krabi hotels and resorts, including luxurious Krabi 5 star resorts. Here’s our top picks for a Krabi hotel list.
Krabi Thailand Hotels
When booking your accommodation do check the location on a map. Some hotels will give their subdistrict as a location. For example, Noppharat Thara Beach is in the Ao Nang subdistrict but geographically one beach north of Ao Nang beach. Koh Kwang Beach Hotels
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What’s On This place in Essex has been named best spot in UK for a staycation It’s got really cheap food and drinks Why this place in Essex is named as the best spot in the UK for a ‘staycation’ Share There’s so many lovely places to go for a staycation (Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto) Get the biggest Daily stories by email Subscribe Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email
More and more of us are choosing to holiday at home instead of trekking abroad.
But would you ever think of opting for a ‘staycation’ in Essex?
It might seem strange to us, but Chelmsford has been named as the best place in the whole of the UK for a great value holiday.
According to research by Crusader Vans , Essex’s only city tops the list of locations to holiday at home, pipping Southampton and Bath to the post.
Here’s why Chelmsford is being touted as the place to visit.
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Chelmsford comes out top for the price of drinks. Our only city ranks top as the average pint of a pint is £2.60, which is way less than other similar cities, according to Crusader Vans.
Dinner for two also costs an average of £47.50.
Reasonable hotels Saracens Head Hotel in Chelmsford.
Again, Chelmsford offers the best value when it comes to staying in a hotel. The average cost of a hotel stay for two is just £56 per night.
That’s less than the UK’s historic student towns of Cambridge and Oxford where the average price is £58 and £60 respectively. Read More
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It’s one of the closest cities to the capital, yet also one of the most affordable. While it offers great value for money itself, Chelmsford is just 35 minutes away from London and all the sights and shows that it offers.
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We’ve seen a huge influx in the amount of restaurants in Chelmsford over the last few years and you can now choose from a brilliant range of Italians, Chinese, British, Steakhouses, Indians, burger joints and South American cuisines.
Not forgetting all of our cafes, tearooms and street food stalls. You can get pretty much to eat anything in our lovely city now.
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We’re lucky enough to have one of the luxury cinema brands in the city. At Everyman, you can recline on a sofa, have food and drink brought to you and enjoy the latest movies. What’s not to like?
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Chelmsford has lots of green spaces for such a busy city and just a few of the pretty parks include Hylands, Central Park, Admiral’s Park and Oaklands. Stay in the know, follow Essex Live
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At first, it was deciding what new vegetarian things to try, and what choices I was going to give up. I’ve come to realize that a lot of people identify with food. For some, it’s a family thing to have a big burger. For others, whatever non-meat products they have had gave bad experiences. I can’t tell you how many people I’ve met who say tofu is horrible. To be fair, most places or people have no clue properly prepare it; thus, the very idea of a non-meat substitute is killed.
I’ve tried the burger. It’s impressively too close to the real thing for me to want to eat them. Yet, it is my hope that the impossible burger will be one of many avenues for people to make a transition to a more sustainable, ethical and healthier diet. In turn, I hope it ups the game for other companies to look at vegetarian options that are prepared well.