Samchuk’s Jewel In The Crown
Visiting Suphan Buri
By Mike Gilman.
As the softness of the rain gentle touched our faces the
restaurant beckoned. And from the moment of opening it’s door a cooling
freshness and clinically clean ambiance greeted us. Welcome to Pranee
A multitude of Chiang Mai’s population drive to and from
the mid and southern Thai provinces several times each year. En-route the
question which is always asked is, “where shall we have breakfast, lunch or
dinner”, as the case may be. Well at last a small dining jewel has been
found, tried twice, and comes recommended. There is a feminine touch to the
whole place, a high ceiling pervades a sense of space, whilst the soft blue
and cream walled decor provide light and clarity. Seating for 32 guests at 8
tables is available, in air controlled comfort. After selecting a table a
friendly waitress presents the so professionally prepared menus, then
courteously withdraws. Such an antonym from other dining experiences. A wide
variety of both Thai and western culinary dishes are available. My family
chose vegetable soup with prawns, stir fried veggies, a glass noodle salad,
all with steamed rice and 3 large fresh fruit drinks. For myself I opted for
the chicken steak, mashed potatoes and vegetables, followed by home made
apple pie and ice cream, a palatable glass of red wine and a coffee. The
mutual fulfilment was simply delicious, no other superlatives are necessary.
Of course everyone says that their Mum’s apple pie always tasted so yummy,
well Pranee’s recipe and presentation is in that same league too. Our bill
for 4 adults amounted to less than 600 B, absolute value for money. And yes,
we returned from the south one week later, and were not disappointed. For
those early birds who enjoy a cooked western meal, the American Breakfast is
priced at 59 B.
One of my global career habits is to check the “backstamp
logos” on ceramic tableware. My courses were served on spotless German
You may be familiar with “Tasty Thai” food outlets both
here in Thailand and around the world. Pranee is one of the founders of the
“Tasty Thai” franchise.
How to get there - From Chiang Mai take route 11 to
Lampang, then follow route 1 to Nakhon Sawan and on to Chainat. Change here
to route 340 heading due south to the Samchuk traffic light junction, (45kms
from Chainat). Turn right, continuing for 500 mts, following signs for the
well known 100 years old market. Pranee Kitchen is just before the market,
the restaurant has ample adjacent parking. Open 7 days per week, 9am to 9
pm. Tel - 035 571 491.
Whilst in the Suphanburi area, the Samchuk market is
worth visiting too. It’s stalls sell unusual products, and the Thai deserts
made from yesteryear’s recipe are a must. Try the “Khao hor bai bua”,
steamed jasmine rice wrapped in a lotus leaf. Vendors have pride in the
whole area, it’s walkways cleanliness are a joy for browsing.
Special package on offer to bring
tourists to Chiang Mai for the low season
heads of the major attractions
for Chiang Mai join hands to help draw tourists to the area.
By Phitsanu Thepthong
In a bid to draw tourists to Chiang Mai’s major
attractions during the low rainy season, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT),
Chiang Mai Zoo, Zoo Aquarium, Chiang Mai Night Safari and Royal Flora
Ratchapruek are offering a special package at the cost of 999 baht for
visiting all four destinations TAT’s Chiang Mai office Director Chalermsak
Suranant told the Chiang Mai Mail at the end of August.
The one day,one night package includes hotel room
accommodation, meals and van service and is available until October 31,
Along with visits to the Zoo and the famous Lhin Ping,
the Aquarium and its underwater tunnel, night safari tours to view the
wildlife in a natural habitat, there is a trip to Doi Suthep and out to the
Royal Flora Ratchapruek to experience the lush gardens there.
Roj Thuwanasin, Chairman of Chiang Mai Zoo Aquarium said,
“We would like to promote these tourist attractions, offering the three zoos
and one garden in a single package. This is the first package of the year
but we expect to offer more later,” he said.
He noted that this month, the Zoo Aquarium will be
offering viewers more colorful shows with a light and sound presentation
with special underwater dancing.
Dr Sarawut Srisakun, the CEO of Chiang Mai Night Safari
said that he and the other organizations have worked together to attract
tourists to the region. While, Mr. Niphon Wichairat, the Deputy Director of
Chiang Mai Zoo noted the broad collection of animals at the zoo, saying,
“The panda and now the koalas are a popular attraction at the Zoo which has
been open for 34 years.”
Mrs. Tassanee Srimongkol, Director of Royal Floral
Ratchapruek noted the many attractions of the Royal Park and the upcoming
Royal Flora Expo.
Chalermsak concluded hoping that the package will attract
tourists to the many interests in Chiang Mai, noting that brochures will be
distributed to 26 TAT offices nationwide.
Finally, he reminded everyone of the tourism road shows
that visisted the five regions of Thailand in a bid to increase domestic
Information is avaiable at the TAT Chiang Mai office,
Open daily from 8:30 a, to 4:30 pm Tel. 053-248604, 053-248607 or the Cal
Center Tel. 1672. Or contact Apinya at Chiang Mai Zoo Aquarium Tel 0 5389
3111, 08 3783 2630 E-mail: [email protected], Nimnual at Chiang Mai
Night Safari, Tel. 0 5399 9088-9, 08 6673 5959 E-mail: [email protected]
Royal Flora Ratchaphruek Tel. 0 5311 4110-5, 08 1960 6162
E-mail. : [email protected]
New meditation retreat in Loei
The Middle Way, an international Meditation Retreat
Program, has opened at Suan Pa Himmawan, Phu Ruea district, Loei province,
For more than four years, instructors of The Middle Way
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