Heaven and Hell on Earth, Ang Sila Fresh Market and Seafood Tour
The Thai culture is predominantly based on Buddhist teachings which reflect the rule of Karma. This interesting yet mesmerizing day tour in Chonburi brings you on a discovery of Thai beliefs in retributions of Karma and life after death. Starting with the Baan Saen Hell Garden which is a monastery and temple in the province of Chonburi, this is one of many such Buddhist retreats where monks and Buddhist scholars go to reflect on mortality and morality in their preaching. The garden represents a Heavenly Kingdom on one side and a Hellish existence where souls are purged of their wrong-doings before reincarnation. In between the two are examples of right and wrong values in life. You can do merit making here or feed the large tortoises that inhabit the pond at the monastery. This place is mostly frequented by Thai families who bring their children to learn about being good and for picnics especially on weekends.
After a stroll through this garden with a narrated story of its purpose, indulge in making your way to another exciting adventure tour at the Ang Sila fresh seafood market. Ang Sila is located mid-way between Baan Saen and the resort town of Pattaya. With the sea on one side, the market is a hustling and bustling place for fresh seafood drop-offs from boats and suppliers. You can see the variety of fresh and live seafood from different varieties of crabs and prawns to mussels, clams and preserved seafood. Learn a little about the coastal diets of the Thai people and how these produce are used in Thai cooking throughout the country. You can have the opportunity to pick a variety or two of live seafood to be cooked at the restaurant while here for lunch!
From the fresh market, we shall make our way to a shady fresh seafood restaurant for lunch. Amidst the tropical sea breeze, you can see rows of oyster beds and a legendary island in the distance. Try the variety of delectable seafood cuisine that will make this trip a most memorable experience that few get to experience. On the menu for those willing to try is grilled horseshoe crab roe which is a specialty and mixed with plenty of Thai herbs and sauce. This is a very rare dish and must be informed in advance if you would like to try it. You can bring one or two selected fresh seafood to be cooked from the market for your dining pleasure as part of the menu!
After lunch, you can stroll along the sidewalk and have a look at ceramic and stone works by local artisans that makes Ang Sila famous besides its seafood market and restaurants before heading back either to Bangkok or to continue your tour in Pattaya in our other Hidden Trails Thailand tour package which is part of another day tour in Pattaya.