March 8, 2012

When you visit Bangkok, you are duty bound to sample the local cuisine. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that you’ve had Thai food before. The food you eat back home is just a ‘Westernized’ version that does not contain all of the authentic spices and flavor or real Thai cuisine. The Bangkok marketplace has an array of local dishes but if you wish to dine in style, try the Praya Palazzo boutique hotel in Bangkok ‘s menu.

Spicy Shrimp Soup
 of the most famous of all Thai dishes is Tom Yum Goong, otherwise known as spicy shrimp soup. It is a cavalcade of flavor with fragrant herbs and spices such as lemon grass, chili pepper, shallot and tamarind added to fresh prawns and mushrooms. The overall impact on your taste buds is nothing short of sensational. It is generally used as a starter but with the addition of rice, you have yourself a worthy main course.

Chicken & Cashew Nuts
Another signature Thai dish brought to you by the Praya Palazzo boutique hotel Bangkok is chicken with cashew nuts. One may think that this meal would be too mild to be Thai with some diners even mistaking it for a Chinese dish because it is sweet and salty. However, it is unmistakably Thai and once you sample the chicken, cashews, carrots, onions and sweet soy sauce, you won’t care where it originates from because you’ll be too busy cleaning the plate! (more…)


February 13, 2012

Although the precise date of Bangkok’s existence is unknown, it is said to have been formed in the 15th century. At this time, it was part of the Siamese kingdom known as Ayutthaya which was created in 1350 and lasted until 1767. Bangkok quickly grew in stature because of its close proximity to the Chao Phraya River.
The Ayutthaya Empire fell when Burmese forces defeated it. Phraya Tak was the strongest Burmese general and he declared himself king. In 1768, he made Bangkok his empire’s capital though the region was known as Thonburi at that time. He became known as King Taksin but was to be overthrown in 1782 by the general Chao Phraya Chakri. The city of Bangkok was formally created on 21 April of that year when it became known as Rattanakosin.
Since the late 18th century, the majority of Bangkok’s history has been dominated by the creation of new Buddhist temples and the renovation of old ones. This is because the ruling King of Thailand has a divine responsibility to keep the Buddhist religion alive. Bangkok was almost unknown to foreign visitors until the middle of the 19th century when North American and European traders and missionaries arrived. The city became more modernized by the end of the 19th century with city roads, tramways and a railway line created. (more…)