Thai Hom Mali rice has won the title of 2016 World’s Best Rice in a global contest

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Thai Hom Mali rice has won the title of 2016 World’s Best Rice in a global contest held by The Rice Trader.

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It was followed by rice runners-up from Cambodia and the U.S.But, who are they kidding? Thai rice is the best rice.

American rice? C’mon. Go home Uncle Ben, you’re mushy and flavorless.The Hom Mali rice is a jasmine rice from Thailand.

It managed to regain the title of World’s Best Rice 2016 in blind taste tests by cooking experts in a global rice contest held by

American organization The Rice Trader. Thailand’s Hom Mali rice held the title of best rice for two years from 2009-2010,

but it lost the title to a dark horse winner, Myanmar’s Pawsan rice, in 2011. Pawsan, which also sometimes goes by the name

of Myanmar Pearl rice, has a thick and round grain which can expand by 3-4 times when cooked, and is said to retain its distinctive

fragrance after cooking. Phaka Malis rice, from Cambodia, took the title in 2012. The words Phaka Malis mean “rice of jasmine.”

The Cambodian rice has many characteristics similar to Thai Hom Mali Rice due to the low use of chemical fertilizers in both rice crops,

reported Thai News Bureau. In 2013, Cambodia’s Phaka Malis rice tied with California Rose rice from California, USA. This

resulted in two kinds of rice sharing the winner’s pot spot. California Rose, or “Calrose” as it’s known to rice insiders, has medium-sized

grains which look like beautiful budding roses. The rice is also called “Blue Rose,” but only when it’s grown in Louisiana. Calrose

is widely cultivated in Australia and the Pacific Islands, where it would be considered a rice faux-pas to call it “Blue Rose.” Its glutinous

character makes it suitable for sushi making. In 2014, Cambodia’s other rice crop, called Phka Romdul, and Thailand’s brown Hom Mali

shared the title. Then, the U.S. California Rose rice won the title in 2015. Thankfully, on Nov. 18, in Chiang Mai, things were finally set

right again when Thai Hom Mali rice regained the winner’s title, followed by the fragrant rice of Cambodia, and Japonica rice from the U.S.

Sirocco Sky bar Rooftop at Lebua

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Sky Bar rooftop at Lebua State Tower offers one of the best views in the city. 63 floors
up and overlooking the river, it has become a must-do for a sundowner cocktail. Around
ten minutes’ walk from Saphan Taksin BTS it is very easy to find, just look up and walk
towards the tall cream building with the gold dome on the roof. It may not be the most
relaxed experience as people will flock here on a clear day and it gets crowded, but the
vista is one you won’t forget in a hurry. You can still have a drink and enjoy the view
from Distil. This comfortable oyster and whisky bar has an outdoor terrace with
a comfortable cushioned sofa area.

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There are plenty of other original cocktail choices, as well as a good range of beers
and wines. If you are coming for a special occasion it is worth considering dinner at Sirocco,
where you can enjoy a romantic dinner at the world’s highest rooftop restaurant. Although
the  crowds at Sky Bar and the lack of seating don’t make for a relaxing drink, the unusual
cocktails and arguably the best views in Bangkok make a visit here well worth the trip.


Tourism Tax Deduction: It’s like getting paid to go on vacation

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The cabinet just approved tax measures to support domestic tourism
during the last month of 2016. They have said that up to THB15,000 spent
on domestic tourism per person this year can be used as a deduction from
taxable income.

Adviser to the Minister of Commerce Nuttaporn Jatusripitak explained that
the cabinet approved tourism tax exemptions of up to THB15,000.The measure
was taken in light of state assistance to other sectors as well as in
acknowledgement of the “high season” of increased domestic tourism,
which starts in December, reported Thai News Bureau.

Nuttaporn pointed out that Thailand’s tourism sector was somewhat
depressed and the Commerce Ministry suggested tax waivers to spur
spending and travel. The incentives will last from December 1 to 31 and will
allow for personal tax exemptions for tourism of up to THB15,000.

Combined with other previously approved measures, citizens now can
potentially receive tax deductions of up to THB30,000 for engaging in
domestic tourism,since the previously announced THB15,000 tax
deduction meant to spur end-of-year shopping can be applied to some
travel-related expenses such as a new travel wardrobe, awesome camera or
lobster by the seaside.

Ton Rak Thai Massage and Spa located on Soi Thonglor 55

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Ton Rak Thai Massage and Spa located on Soi Thonglor 55, walking distance of Play Haus Thonglor.

It promises to redefine your relaxation within the wonderful complex of Gold Teak House, a tradional Thai style house.
It offers Thai Massage, Aroma Oil Massage, Reflexology Foot Massage, and a variety of spa treatments with private Jacuzzi and steam room.

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Traditional Thai Massage – involves stretching and deep massage. This form of bodywork is performed on firm mattress on the floor. No oils are used in Thai massage but some balm can be applied on tension area.

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Swedish Massage – using massage oil and long flowing strokes. It is also the basis for many specialty styles of massage, such as deep tissue, sports, pregnancy and medical.
This type similar to minced muscle and tendons of the body weight moderately. It relieves tight muscles and tendons and pain in that area.

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Aroma Massage – using massage oil that contains natural oil and drop of essential oils. It is combined with specific massage techniques that create the aesthetic emotion to help stimulate blood circulation and reduce tensions.
The massage oil also gives skin softness and moisture.

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Reflexology Massage (Foot Massage) – massage on both feet and legs. It can stimulate blood flow and working system to the whole body. It is create relaxation and tension on feet.

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Thai Food Culture

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Thai Food Culture

In the West, a “normal” restaurant meal consists of a starter followed by the main course and dessert, with each individual ordering only for him or herself.

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In Thailand, there is no such thing as a starter; neither is there any dish that belongs only to one person. As a general rule, Thai diners order the same number of dishes as people present; however,all dishes are shared and enjoyed together. For this reason,
it is better to have many guests at the table rather than just one or two. In fact, many Thais believe that eating alone is bad luck.

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It is customary to include a dish of soup called Tom, usually is a clear soup made with meat and vegetables, a dish of stir fry called Pad, which can be a choice of meat stir fried with vegetables and oyster sauce, a dish of curry called Kaeng, a dish of fried food called Tod,
and the most traditional type of food that has been part of Thai cuisine for centuries, it is a dish of dips (mostly made of shrimp paste, chillies, garlic, fish sauce, sugar and lime juice) called Nam Prik or Nam Prik Kapi served with assorted fresh veggies.

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All of these food dishes except the rice are called Kab Kaow literary means “with rice”.

Thai foods cooked in the country side are normally simply prepared and enjoyed in casual settings. Dinner time is usually early in the evening around 5-7 pm. Fork and spoons are often used while some families in rural areas use only short spoons or even hands on rare occasions.

After the meal is over, there is no such thing as dispensing with leftovers. Throwing food away enrages the Thai “god of rice”, a female deity who watches over the people, ensuring everyone has enough to eat.

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Thai people love sharing food. If you go out for lunch or dinner with Thai friends, you are most likely to be asked whether you’d like a single dish or dishes to share. To share or not to share, that is a question entirely up to you. To make things easier, it helps to observe or ask other people in your group what style they’re going for. If they’ve decided on sharing, then you should join in the fun.

Root Garden Urban Park at Thong Lor

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Root Garden At Thong Lor is located at Thong Lor Soi 3

Root Garden, it is located next to the Pridi Banomyong Institute on Soi 3 and run by the nonprofit group Land Reform in Thailand,
which seeks to promote four land-use laws to create opportunities for poor and small-scale landowners and farmers in Thailand.
Here, you can play farmer by watering the crops and feeding goats and chickens before retiring to a cup of coffee.
While they’re making progress on the larger issues, it’s the Root Garden which has grabbed attention in town.

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Since it opened last month, the urban farm has been packed with visitors every day, mostly mid-Sukhumviters come to check it out.
The peak time is late afternoon to evening on weekdays and all day on weekends.There’s always a shady area in the farm as it is surrounded by buildings.

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A small shop in front of the farm offers fresh-brewed coffee, eggs hatched by on-site chickens, juices and organic vegetables (grown elsewhere).
Visitors can sip coffee while watching children run around the farm and get a taste of agrarian life.

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