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Thailand to Host Second Season of Thailicious Journey


WHY IT RATES: Thailicious Journey dives into unique culinary experiences in off-the-beaten-path regions.—Mia Taylor, TravelPulse Senior Writer.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) launches the second season of Thailicious Journey with Thailand culinary ambassador Chef Andy Ricker, two-time James Beard Award winner, and hosted by Thailand-based travel guru, Daniel Fraser.

This second iteration dives into unique culinary experiences in off-the-beaten-path regions including Chanthaburi, Trat and Chumphon. In an exclusive partnership with Tastemade, the food and travel video network will roll out the popular series over a three-week period.

Thailicious Journey Two is a celebration of TAT’s heightened focus on gastronomy tourism in conjunction to its on-going marketing campaign titled, Open to the New Shades of Thailand, which illustrates the diversity of cultural experiences, places and acceptance of everyone throughout the country.

“Thai cuisine is uniquely specific to each town within the country and serves as an ideal way to explore the innate culture of the destination and the Thai way of life,” said Charinya Kiatlapnachai, Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s New York office. “Season two of Thailicious looks beyond Bangkok as Chef Andy Ricker uses his seasoned palate to uncover the beauty of the country’s lesser-known provinces.”

Viewers will get a taste of the local Thai cuisine flavor as Chef Andy Ricker leads them on a culinary adventure exploring different dishes and unfamiliar ingredients in the following regions:

—Chanthaburi: Located just 4 hours from Bangkok, this eastern province is blessed with peaceful beaches not far from town and quiet fishing villages. Famous for gem mining and its abundance of tropical fruits, especially durian, king of fruits, and mangosteen, queen of fruits. The journey features the old “Chanthaboon” waterfront community, “Je Eed” seafood noodles, “Chantorn Pochana” restaurant, and Uncle Tom’s Floating Raft Restaurant.

—Chumphon: Chumphon is the gateway to Southern Thailand as well as islands in the Gulf of Thailand, particularly “Koh Tao”. Famous for its beautiful underwater world, fresh seafood, and various fruits such as lady-finger bananas, rambutans, mangosteens, durians, and coffee beans. Chumphon is an ideal destination for those who are seeking relaxation in a natural and quiet atmosphere. Thailicious Journey visits the “Baan Bangson” village, “Yai Puad” restaurant, “Baan Pak Puak” restaurant, and “Khao Matsee” viewpoint.

—Trat: Thailand’s eastern-most province, boarding Cambodia with the “Khao Banthat” mountain range forming a natural boundary between the 2 countries. Trat consists of 52 large and small islands featuring long, white, sandy beaches and unspoiled coral reefs. The province is the primary launching point for trips to the popular “Koh Chang” and “Koh Kut”, it also serves as a major fruit-growing, fishing, and gem mining region. The journey highlights Trat morning market “Talad Rai Rung”, the old “Klong Bang Phra” community, “Baan Huay Rang” village, and “Sri Trat” restaurant.

—Season two, episode one of Thailicious Journey is available to view on Tastemade Travel (https://www.facebook.com/tastemade.travel/videos/2289349031080473/) and TAT’s Thailand Insider Youtube channel (https://www.youtube.com/thailandinsider), new episodes will be released on Thursday, July 19 and Thursday, July 26.


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