So after Japan, we flew to Bangkok, Thailand and met up with the parentals for lunch at the Hua Seng Hong branch in Central World (Floor 6 ZEN). Hello suckling piggeh!!! Food in Thailand is so ridiculously cheap, this suckling pig was enough for 4 very hungry people and only cost 1600 baht ($53) and once we’d eaten all the skin they chopped up the rest of the piggy and deep fried him so each piece was just glorious and not at all oily.
The food courts were all kinds of amazing, with the usual fast food chains mixed in with stalls selling local dishes and fresh produce. One stall had these incredible buns that were filled with molten salted egg yolk! You had to be super careful eating them, take too big a bite and you could burn your tongue, take too little a bite and the egg yolk would spurt across the table…
We ended up going back to our hotel, crashing and sleeping all afternoon and only wandered out when we started getting hungry. Like magic a whole lotta stalls had set up along the road just down the block and everything smelled AMAZING.
Foods on sticks! But it was way too hot and humid to queue for this, let alone eat.
Normally I avoid getting fruits at roadside stalls but I had a mad craving for jackfruit so a bag of jackfruits and a bag of mango was procured along with the instruction of helping ourselves to the containers holding a chilli and pepper concoction to sprinkle over the fruits.
After the fruit and a bit of random souvenir shopping we stopped and watched mesmerised at this dude cracking in eggs to make pad thai.
Resistance was futile! One freshly cooked Pad Thai with heaps of fluffy egg, fat bean sprouts and the perfect balance of sweet and spicy. No idea on prices but this and the next 2 dishes worked out to be less than $20 all up. Win.
The table next to us were scarfing down plates of Khaophat Kai aka Fried Rice so we were swayed into ordering it too. It was pretty tasty especially with a squeeze of the fresh lime.
I randomly chose the Khao Khaichiao Mu Sap and it was pure comfort food, the golden omelette held a jumble of minced pork and a bunch of chopped chillies, lime and herbs.
We wished we could’ve kept eating but we had another flight to catch…
To Krabi! From the airport we were driven to Krabi Pier and then a short speedboat trip down the coast to Rayavadee Resort.
My brother had told us we’d be getting to the resort via tractors. We didn’t know if he was joking until we saw this tractor hooked up with a trailer coming towards our boat to take us onto the beach.
You see we were here for my brother Jason and Shirley’s wedding and the place is so fricken beautiful it hurts. There were coconut trees aplenty but best of all there were pandan plants all over the resort so the whole place just smelled incredible!
Check out our 2 storey pavilion!
So pretty! That bed was seriously like sleeping on a cloud. Oh and I may have been a little too excited about the jar of freshly baked cookies that appeared each night. And super loved all the gorgeous candles which were lit at turn down service while we were out for dinner.
It was so freaking humid that this was where I was camping out at the whole time.
Or alternating submerging my body here. Randoms aren’t allowed into Rayavadee and while the beach can be packed with tourists during the day, all of them have to leave by 4pm.
There were 4 restaurants at Rayavadee and I’m not entirely sure which pic is from which restaurant but this salad with super fat scallops was delicious.
Loved the cornflake prawns!
Papaya salad because, Thailand.
The seafood platter was humongous! The epic platter had grilled rock lobster, crab, king tiger prawns, jumbo scallops, calamari and sea bream. There was also fried rice and papaya salad and all for 2700baht/$90!
But onto the big day!
Bro with groomsmen Alvin and Sean.
The beautiful Shirley being walked down the aisle by her mum.
[Photo from Aiden Dockery Photography] Seriously how perfect is this? The ceremony was in The Grotto, a limestone cave sculpted over thousands of years by the Andaman Sea.
[Photo from Aiden Dockery Photography]
[Photo from Aiden Dockery Photography] Welcome to the family Shirley!
Reception was held in the Umbrella Tree Court and while Jason and Shirley were getting photos taken we set up the signing table and had a beverage or two.
Suuuuunnnnsettttt over the beachhhhes ♪♫ ♪
[Photo from Aiden Dockery Photography] There’s just something about fairy lights that makes everything magical.
[Photo from Aiden Dockery Photography] SQUISH!
[Photo from Aiden Dockery Photography] Muahaha games time
[Photo from Aiden Dockery Photography] Speech! Speech!
[Photo from Aiden Dockery Photography] Cake cuttin’
[Photo from Aiden Dockery Photography] And then it was time for the after party! Back to the Grotto to drink and dance the night away! So many drinks. So much dancing. 😀
Everyone was a bit worse for wear the next day but I wasn’t going to miss breakfast. Breakfast buffets are the best!
Fresh juices, fruits, breads, cereals and yoghurt.
My favourite station, the baked goods with amazing banana bread, danishes, croissants, muffins AND DONUTS!
And some items off the alacarte menu- french toast, waffles and er congee for Noods.
We nicked some bread to feed the colourful koi. Noods is trying to make them work for their food…
I felt bad that we didn’t really do any activities like kayaking, snorkelling, cooking classes or even rock climbing in Krabi as I was still recovering from my cold.
So with 15mins to spare before our boat left, Noods and I walked down Railay beach where we’d heard there was a shrine of some sort nearby at Phranang Cave.
The whole area was packed with both locals and tourists crowding around…
Penises. Insert immature giggle. Turns out the wooden phalluses are not fertility symbols but are symbols to appease the spirit of the princess Phranang who died nearby and thank her for a safe journey.
And with that, we depart Rayavadee and fly to Malaysia for our last leg of the trip!