Floating Market Pattaya
After our recent visit to Thailand, I’ve been writing a series of posts on Pattaya focusing on positive attractions this former fishing village has to offer to tourists and visitors.
To generate attention, I decided to post it on a Travel & Writers group on LinkedIn, the first response was by an acclaimed professional travel writer/photographer (his words). Dunking the city, bad-mouthing and writing in capital letters ‘not’ to visit Pattaya at all it wasn’t worth the time and money.
My post features the latest and largest attraction “Floating Market” in Pattaya, the whole project costs 350million Bath. The local administration is making effort on re-branding the city, this project was set up to showcase the four regions of Thailand. And offering employment to the local population, most of them coming from Isaan, where the vast majority are farmers and poorest region of Thailand.
The cultural and historical project is slowly but surely becoming a success visited by locals and foreign visitors. The Market opened two years earlier and the admission is free.
Initially my post link wasn’t working, not even bothering to check the website the professional writer relentlessly gave his expert advice. Claiming that he just visited the City in January, got stuck in the ‘old center didn’t like the accommodation etc.”.
He wasn’t aware of this sightseeing place or recent changes at all, nor did he at any point had one single thought about the local people making ends meet. He couldn’t admit that he had put his foot in his mouth. Kept badgering, luckily the thread was terminated and I was able to re-post with both links resulting in positive response immediately.
Odd as it may seem, I am glad that he responded. Not in the way I would have expected but it does illustrate the biased attitude spreading tendentious knowledge as “have it seen all and nothing changes”.
I am not in the business of changing minds nor advertising, but I’m all for sharing observations with travelers and readers who will draw their own conclusion instead of being contemptuously brushed off.
Have a look at the post, let me know whether you have been there or would plan a visit. Reblog or retweet if you like the story in support of the locals working and earing an honest living.
For the love of HEO: Chả lụa, piggy goodness
Recently the Ravenous Couple posted a ridiculously awesome entry titled, “Pork: the Vietnamese Way – Heo Yeah! Win a t-shirt!” where they shared the creative photo they made themselves describing the various parts of the heo, or pig, used in Vietnamese cuisine:
Asiabroadcast: Nice post and good blog ẗhe ravenous couple” too:)
Banh Mi Food Memories
Have you ever watched the Food Network show Chopped? I’m a huge fan of the Food Network and watch Chopped religiously, but on more than one occasion, their judgment over asian food, in particular, banh mi aka Vietnamese sandwiches, has left a severe distaste in my mouth. And yes, it’s literally because they made crappy food in the name of Vietnamese cuisine.
Anyone RAGE like I do when non-Vietnamese folks make a banh mi and don’t do it the right way, BUT have the audacity to assume their dish is legit, when it’s NOT? Read more, this is for you.
Asiabroadcast: Ever since I laid eyes on this scrumptious Bahn Mi photo I’ve been absolutely salivating, alas no way I can get any here in The Netherlands so I have pork-belly on my shopping-list to prepare these at home for the family.