Thailand's Vegetarian Festival is celebrated all around the Khao Lak area. Many of the local community participate in the festival. Towards the end of September 2014 it will be common to see a lot of residents dressed in white, as is customary during the Vegetarian Festival. Around town the Mah Song (devotees who invite the god’s spirits to possess their bodies) will be leading prossessions and calling to bless houses where offerings are made.
One of the best things about visiting Khao Lak is vast array of delicious Thai cuisine on offer. Traditional Thai dishes from every corner of the country are readily available all over town. Absorbed in the spicy, fragrant, sweet or sour local food you probably won’t be missing home much. But what do you do if you do get a craving for some decent home cooked food?
‘Tis the season for Rambutan, one of the natural and healthy delights of the Southern Thailand rainy season. The ripe clusters of red, spiky ovals bow the branches of a 10 -30 meter high evergreen tree, nephelium lappacaeum. Exotic to those of more northerly climes, this fruit is as common to tropical South-East Asia as is the apple in Europe or the N. America.
Mangosteen is a tropical fruit grown in the hot, humid climates of SE Asia, namely Southern Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. The Mangosteen tree is a tropical evergreen tree which supposedly originates from the Sundra Islands and the Moluccas of Indonesian. It is also not to be missed if you are visiting Khao Lak during the rainy season.
One thing most visitors to Khao Lak miss when away from home is a really decent cup of coffee. It is a question frequently asked, "Where can I get a good coffee?"
Chonticha is a Mookrata Restuarant, a Thai style barbeque. Mookrata literally means pork barbeque. Chonticha is immensly popular with locals and tourists alike.
The Vegetarian Festival occurs every year in Thailand, beginning on the eve of the 9th lunar month. A spectacular event, noisy, colourful and shocking.