14 Most Mouth Watering Street Food In Thailand That Will Leave You Drooling

Every destination in the world comes with its own experiences and Thailand is no exception. We’ve all tasted Thai food at some point in our lives, but there is so much more to it than just the standard curries.

Thailand is a food lover’s paradise and the best part is, budget street food eats are always close at hand everywhere in the country. In fact, if you haven’t had your fill during the day, there are abundant night markets for you to satiate that raging appetite!

If you’re planning a visit to Thailand, sampling street food amidst the locals is an important element of its culture. Bangkok is one of the most notable food hubs in the country and serves up a variety of classic and modern Thai dishes that locals and visitors line up for.

We’re helping you out on your food journey with this curated list of some of the best local street food items and where to try them in Thailand.

1. Som Tam: Green Papaya Salad

The one dish you’ll find at almost every street food cart in Thailand is Som Tam. A popular dish that is the perfect balance of sweet, sour, and spicy, this salad is based around the primary ingredient of green Papaya.

Tip: Som Tam can be very spicy, but you can ask for a milder version with fewer chillis.

The fruit is unripe and shredded, and then tossed with sugar, lime juice, chilli peppers, shrimp, peanuts, and veggies like tomatoes and green beans to create a juicy, tongue-tingling mixture. It’s truly worth a try!

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Where to try: Soi 19 on Udomsuk Road in Bangkok, Somtum Der on Silom in Bangkok, and Cherng Doi in Chiang Mai.

2. Pad Thai: Stir-Fried Noodles

Another one of Thailand’s popular culinary inventions is the mouth-watering Pad Thai. It has been named the country’s national dish for a reason!

Tip: You can get the vegetarian version of Pad Thai with tofu, which is equally delicious.

Stir-fried noodles are wok-tossed with an array of vegetables, choice of meat, and additions like tamarind pulp, crushed nuts, egg, bean sprouts, and lime. The dish is cheap and filling, and pretty healthy too.

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Where to try: Thipsamai Pad Thai on Maha Chai Road, and Pad Thai Goong Sod Nai Sa Nga in Surawong; both in Bangkok.

3. Satay: Grilled Meat Skewers

As you walk around the streets of Thailand, you’ll find a ton of people eating on-the-go. A popular takeaway item is satay, which are basically skewers of meat served with peanut sauce. The marinade differs with every street vendor, but it’s usually a good balance of sweet and spicy.

Tip: Moo Ping or grilled pork skewer is one of the more popular local dishes.

You can pick from chicken, pork, beef as well as buffalo meat, fish balls, and even intestines. A variety of hot sauces are slathered on the meat while it’s grilled, making it extra juicy. Just grab a stick and go.

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Where to try: The stall on the corner of Soi Convent and Silom Soi 4, Chong Kee in Chinatown; both in Bangkok.

4. Guay Teow: Noodle Soup

A common, easy to eat street food item is Guay Teow or Noodle Soup. The base is common – noodles, but everything else can vary. Rice or egg noodles are served in a thick, aromatic stock with meat, wontons or vegetables.

Tip: Guay Teow is one of the most customisable Thai dishes. You can choose everything from the type and width of the noodle to the condiments.

The standard components of chilli, lime juice, sugar, and fish sauce are a given. Don’t forget to chew and slurp as you work your way through this dish.

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Where to try: Sawang Noodle in Bangkok, Ko Yoon Noodle Shop in Phuket, Ruan Mai Noodle Shop in Chiang Mai.

5. Pad See Ew: Soy Sauce Noodles

A darker variation of Pad Thai, Pad See Ew is a dish of flat rice noodles doused in soy sauce for a bold, punchy flavour. It’s mixed with meats, veggies like Chinese cabbage and broccoli, and a hit of chilli, and vinegar. The flavour is titillating and thoroughly enjoyed by visitors and locals alike.

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Where to try: Radna Yodpak Sud 40 Bi in Bangkok, Suda on Soi Sukumvit 22 in Bangkok, Pad See Ew at Ratchawat in Bangkok.

6. Khao Pad: Fried Rice

Thai fried rice is a commonly eaten dish in India, but the Thai street version is something else. The base is a cup of fragrant jasmine rice which gives it a strong, heady aroma when cooked with vegetables. As with every Thai dish, it starts with a bubbling mix of salt, sugar, fish sauce, and soy sauce, and the cooked rice is then tossed with vegetables, and sometimes shrimp and egg.

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Where to try: Any stall in Petchaburi Soi 5 and street food stalls along Ari Soi in Bangkok.

7. Pa Pia Sod: Steamed Spring Rolls

The street version of Thailand’s Pa Pia Sod is guaranteed to put a ‘spring’ in your step! These freshly rolled appetisers come in bite size pieces with a dipping sauce. A sheet of wheat or rice dough is filled with crunchy vegetable and soft marinated meat strips, and then rolled.

Tip: There is also a deep fried version called Poh Pia Tod, which comes with similar ingredients that are rolled and fried for crispiness.

Different vendors may offer different stuffings for the roll, including vegetarian options. This is another great pick if you’re in a hurry and need a quick bite to eat.

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Where to try: Any stall in Petchaburi Soi 5 and the corner of Silom Road in Bangkok.

8: Kai Jeow: Thai-style Omelette

Breakfast is served! Thailand’s street-style omelette is a soft fluffy version served with rice and a chilli sauce. It’s made using only eggs, fish sauce, chillies, and herbs.

Tip: Street-style breakfasts are quite common among hurrying locals on their way to work. It’s best to make your way to the stalls a little early to get the freshest dishes.

It is one of the cheapest among the street food items. It’s the perfect way to start your day.

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Where to try: Raan Jay Fai on Maha Chai Road in Bangkok.

9. Gai Tod: Fried Chicken

Although not a traditional Thai dish, the locals have made it their own with a dash of spices and of course, chilli. This popular street item is crispy on the outside and tender and juicy on the inside, and is served with a spicy dipping sauce. The wings are coated in flour and spices and then deep-fried until golden brown and crunchy.

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Where to try: Today Steak at Sam Yan and street food stalls along Ari Soi in Bangkok.

10. Khao Man Gai: Steamed Chicken and Rice

Simple yet packed with flavour, Khao Man Gai is comfort food for the soul. The chicken is poached with sugar and spices and this unadorned flavour-infused piece of tender meat is served with steamed rice, Chinese broccoli, and chilli sauce.

Tip: You can also try Khao Kha Moo, which is essentially steamed pork with rice. It’s equally delicious, and the meat is poached for hours to pack it with flavour.

It’s a humble dish that’s light and easy to eat.

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Where to try: Ko-Ang Khao Man Gai on Phetburi Soi 30 and Tang Meng Noodle on Sukhumvit Road in Bangkok.

11: Gaeng Kiew Wan Gai: Thai Green Curry

Thai Green Curry is internationally popular and reasonably so. However, the concoction is extremely spicy on the streets of Thailand.

Tip: Variations include a Yellow Curry and a Red Curry. The former has a balance of yellow chillis and turmeric, whereas the latter is entirely made of red chillies. Know your spice threshold and choose carefully!

A coconut milk-based curry, this item get its vibrant hue from a bunch of green chillies, green peppers, coriander, kaffir lime leaves, and basil. The result is a smashing delicacy usually served on a bed of rice.

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Where to try: Any stall on Petchaburi Soi 5 and Khao Gaeng Ruttana in Nang Loeng in Bangkok.

12. Kluay Tod: Fried Banana

An appetizer, a dessert, or even a breakfast dish – make what you want of the Klauy Tod. This popular snack has a crunchy outside and a gooey centre, owing to unripe or just ripened bananas that are coated in coconut batter and sesame seeds, and deep-fried.

Tip: It’s best to eat Klauy Tod when it’s hot. Cold fritters can be soggy and unpalatable.

A sprinkling of powdered sugar adds a touch of sweetness, but you can go all out with a drizzle of chocolate sauce too.

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Where to try: Ratchawat Market on Nakhon Chaisi and Wang Lang Market in Bangkok.

13. Khao Niew Ma Muang: Mango Sticky Rice

Thailand’s most popular dessert item, Mango Sticky Rice is a street food highlight. Sweetened sticky rice is served alongside slices of sweet mango, and drizzled with coconut cream, and a smattering of sesame seeds.

Tip: Fresh cut fruit is easily available in Thailand’s street food markets, so you can try an array of different fruits with the sticky rice. This isn’t the conventional way of eating it, but each fruit lends a different taste to the dish.

The dish is sweet and heavenly and a good variation from the more standard, chocolate dessert options.

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Where to try: Boonsap Thai Desserts, Kor Panich on San Chao Pho Sua and Bua Loy Nam King in Chinatown; all in Bangkok.

14: Kafae Yen and Cha Yen: Iced Thai Coffee and Tea

Cool iced coffees and teas, Thai style, are a popular drink in the country, especially during the hot summer months. Tourists can be seen relishing these drinks, which are made using a blend of cream and condensed milk. Consequently, the drinks can be extremely sweet, but they do help when you need to cool off after a spicy green curry or Pad Thai.

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Where to try: Tealicious on Soi Charoen Krung in Bangkok, Most gas stations, standalone stalls and street food markets in Bangkok.

Things to keep in mind when eating from street vendors:

  • Most street vendors speak basic English, but if they don’t, you have to be very clear with the kind of meat you want with your food. Be extra careful with vegetarian dishes. Point to the actual dishes or the menu items on the board to give your order.
  • Every part of Thailand makes each dish differently, so the food may vary from one stall to the next. Eating at the popular stalls is the best way to ensure that your food is tasty and hygienic, especially if you wish to try some unusual items.
  • Always eat food that’s been prepared fresh in front of you.
  • Thai food can be extremely spicy. Ask for a mild version if you can’t handle the heat.
  • Drink only bottled water.
  • Street food is not always healthy and is most often deep-fried or brushed with oil. If you don’t have a strong stomach, eat slowly and in small quantities.

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12 Best Things To Do In Thailand For Every Kind of Traveller

There is a reason Thailand is so popular among travellers. In fact, there are more than one reason to visit this tropical country. With a sweeping variety of ‘to dos’, Thailand has a lot to offer to its visitors — from vast blue oceans and coastal beaches to lush green forests to traditional temples.

Right from the time you set foot in the country, you get to experience something unique and exciting. We are sure, you’ll be spoilt with so many choices. However, the challenge faced by the tourists is to choose the best activities to indulge in to make their visit a memorable experience. But we have a solution to the problem. We have done the homework for you so that you can rejuvenate yourself while soaking the sun on a beach. We have listed down twelve best ‘to dos’ in Thailand that you just can’t afford to miss. So, just relax and start packing.

1. Attend A Boat Party In Phuket

How can you visit Phuket and miss a swanky boat party? It should be on top of your list, just like ours. After all, a grand vacation needs a grand opening. With 40 beaches on Phuket, you can choose your favourite to party all night long on a boat in the calm ocean.

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Where: Hype Luxury
Cost per person: 3,900 THB

2. Chug A Bucket Of Beer On Booze Cruise In Koh Phi Phi

Whether you are a party animal or a people watcher or just love to enjoy scenic views, Booze Cruise is always a blast. This six-hour-long, fun-filled tour is an easy way to see all the panoramic places near Phi Phi Island. That’s not it. You get to enjoy all these stunning views and activities with a lot of booze. Now, who can say no to that?!

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Where: Captain Bob’s Booze Cruise
Cost per person: 2,500 THB

3. Take A Day Tour To Phi Phi Island From Phuket or Krabi

It’s been in movies and it’s a favourite tourist destination in Thailand. And you guessed it right! It’s Phi Phi Island. This stunning island is an ideal place for scenic bays and fun island hopping. If you are bored of sightseeing, you can go for snorkelling or diving to make your day adventure-packed. Other than that, foodies can enjoy some of the scrumptious fresh fruits shakes and seafood, along with other knick-knacks to eat.

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Where: Trav Store
Cost per person: 2,474 THB

4. Explore The Natural Beauty Of Coral Island In Pattaya

This is absolutely a ‘must-do’ activity while you are in Pattaya. The Coral Island, also known as Koh Larn, is a paradise just 45 minutes away from Pattaya. Ringed by the coral beach and warm turquoise water, the island has ample of marine life beauty to show-off. You can either enjoy a drink at the beach, take a long walk, or indulge in aquatic sports — the choice is all yours.

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Where: Nokkie Tours
Cost per person: Starts from 500 THB

5. Get The Thrill Of A Lifetime When You Go Skydiving In Pattaya

Looking for an adrenaline rush activity in Thailand? Sign-up for skydiving in Pattaya. Change your scenery by free falling from thousands of feet from the sky, witnessing a picturesque view of the western coast of Thailand. We bet the thrill of diving in the sky will be an unmatched experience you’ll treasure forever.

Don’t worry about your training. The diving companies take care of all your training and other important stuff. All you’ll have to do is fall and savour the moment.

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Where: Thai Sky Adventures
Cost per person: 10,950 THB

6. Go Pub Crawling in Koh Tao

We know you need a good party after so many excursions and sea adventures. That’s why we suggest you go pub crawling in Koh Tao. Did you know Koh Tao Pub Crawl is the biggest Pub Crawl in Asia and in the top 5 in the world? After all, it hosts an average of 130 people every night. Now, who would not want to experience an exciting nightlife in Thailand? You can be a part of Koh Tao Pub Crawl on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.

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Where: Koh Tao Pub Crawl
Cost per person: 480 THB

7. Scuba Dive In The Waters of Koh Tao, Pattaya, And Koh Samui

Thailand is known for its kaleidoscopic, colourful marine life and coral reefs. It is an experience for divers to explore the aquatic treasures and discover a whole new world in the deep water. If you have always dreamt of exploring the aquatic world or take a fun dive, or just want to go for specialty dives, Thailand waters are where you should head to. You can choose from a variety of options, including Koh Tao, Pattaya and Koh Samui.

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Where: Roctopus, Jomtien Divers, The Dive Academy
Cost per person: The packages start from 500 THB onward

8. Spend A Chill Evening On Sunset Cruise In Krabi

Krabi is the most relaxing destination in Thailand. After lots of parties and adventures, finally you can revive yourself for the rest of the trip and activities here. One way of doing this is getting on to six hours Sunset Cruise and enjoy snorkelling or a few drinks over a spectacular view on your way.

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Where: Krabi Sunset Cruises
Cost per person: 2800 THB

9. Make A Day Trip To Phang Nga Bay From Phuket

Phang Nga Bay is known for its natural beauty all over the world. With lime rock formations jutting out of emerald green water, the island is an idyllic destination for nature lovers. Equally beautiful is the journey from Phuket to Phang Nga Bay. We suggest you take this leisurely day trip exploring James Bond Island on the east side of Phang Nga Bay, crossing limestone islands, and enjoying a spectacular backdrop.

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Where: Trav Store
Cost per person: 2,111 THB

10. Spend An Exciting Day At Safari World In Bangkok

Travelling with family? A visit to Safari World is a must. Thailand’s open zoo and leisure park offer a great variety of entertainment to everyone. Whether it is a rendezvous with the wildlife or seeing dancing dolphins, Safari World has it all. Make sure you add this place to your itinerary to have a fun-filled vacation in Bangkok.

Oh! And don’t forget to take a snap.

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Where: Trav Store
Cost per person: 1,500 THB

11. Fly Through the Jungle On A Zipline In Chiang Mai

Experience ziplining among the steep trees of Chiang Mai’s ancient rainforest. The line is six kilometers long venture in the lush green forest. If you are a nature enthusiast then this is a great opportunity to expand your horizons and try something exciting. It’s a good way to explore nature in a different way. It is an adventure like none other.

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Where: Flight of the Gibbon
Cost per person: 9,224 THB

12. Plan Your Trip In Advance

The key to a perfect vacation is safe and comfortable transportation. That’s why we suggest you book all your cars/buses/ferries well in time and from the right agent. Transferring from one island to another is not a difficult task if done properly.

Once you are done the booking, all you need to do is reach your destination and take the picture-perfect journeys between islands. The voyages will also give you time to relax and unwind before you hit your next destination.

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Where: South Andaman Transport
Cost per person: 2,599 THB

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A Guide To The Best Beaches Near Bangkok

There are hundreds of thousands of things to do and places to see in the “City of Angels”. With as many attractions as there are in one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, sometimes a sandy getaway is needed. So, where do you go to find the perfect beaches to escape to in Bangkok? We’ve made a list of the best.

1. Hua Hin

Situated on the Gulf of Thailand is Hua Hin, the country’s original beach resort. Since King Prajadhipok made the city his number one vacation spot in the early 1920s, locals and tourists alike have flooded the island to see if it lives up to the hype; and of course, it does.

There is a range of beach activities and water sports to do in Hua Hin, like windsurfing, parasailing, kayaking, snorkelling and kite-boarding. The city also has a great nightlife, with bars situated within walking distance of some of its nicest beach fronts. There are also colourful and lively markets in Hua Hin, all walking distance from its beach.

Must-Visit Beaches In Hua Hin

  • Hua Hin Beach
  • Cha-Am Beach
  • Pranburi Beach

Time Taken from Bangkok: 3-5 hours

How To Get There: Trains are an easy way to get to Hua Hin, as the train station is right in the centre of the island. They, however, go very slowly so the journey by train can stretch up to 4 or 5 hours. From Bangkok, buses to Hua Hin leave from the Sai Tai Mai terminal every 20 minutes and take around 3.5 hours. You can also catch a non-stop VIP coach bus direct from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport to Hua Hin. Other travel options are by taxi or minivan.

2. Pattaya

The multicultural city of Pattaya is one of the most popular areas in Thailand, but its beaches are surprisingly peaceful. The city has a much-deserved reputation as being one of the sex capitals of Thailand- hundreds of beer bars, go-go clubs and massage parlours line the streets. But don’t let this keep you from going.

Easily accessible beaches, amazing restaurants and family-friendly resorts are located in Pattaya. You also have the option of escaping the busy city centre and exploring one of its nearby islands.

Must-Visit Beaches In Pattaya

  • Pattaya Beach
  • Jomtien Beach
  • Phrachan Beach

Time Taken from Bangkok: 2-3 hours

How To Get There: Since Suvarnabhumi Airport is on the Pattaya side of Bangkok, it is easier and relatively cheap to get a taxi from the airport to Pattaya. The standard rate is roughly 1,500 baht (US$ $45) and the journey takes around 80-90 minutes. Another option when travelling from Bangkok airport to Pattaya is the public bus. Buses depart from Suvarnabhumi Airport about 5 times per day and cost approximately 100 baht. Minivans and trains are also good options, especially on weekdays.

3. Ko Samet

Ko Samet is that quintessential beach getaway in Thailand. The water is clear, the beaches are peaceful and quiet, the sand is white and silky and the seafood is abundant and delicious. On an average day, Ko Samet isn’t overrun by tourists, so it’s perfect for a family trip or just to escape the hustle and bustle of central Thailand by yourself.

The island is surrounded by beautiful coral reefs, perfect for snorkelling and scuba diving. There’s also a range of restaurants and bars on the island that contributes to the fine nightlife on the island. In the evenings, you can buy alcoholic buckets at reasonable prices and catch local dancers that put on a fire show at one of the best bars on the island- Ploy Bar.

Must-Visit Beaches In Ko Samet

  • Ao Phrao
  • Ao Kiu Na Nok
  • Sai Kaew Beach

Time Taken from Bangkok: 3-5 hours

How To Get There: Getting a bus in Bangkok to Rayong or Ban Phe is the first thing. Once you arrive in Rayong or Ban Phe, it’s about an hour’s ferry ride to the island of Ko Samet. You can also get a speedboat to Ko Samet, although this option is much pricier. Taxi services that travel to the ferry piers are also available from Bangkok. The standard fare is about 1,600 baht (US$ $49).

4. Koh Lan (Koh Larn)

Koh Lan is one of the small islands that can be seen off the coast of Pattaya Beach. The island is known for its six beautiful beaches set against the backdrop of the island’s mountains. Although the island is popular for being a day trip destination, there are several accommodation options for those that want to spend the night.

During the day, you can rent a moped at an extremely reasonable price to travel the entire island, go parasailing or enjoy a range of underwater activities. During the evening, once the day trippers start to leave, you can relax and enjoy the tranquillity of the island.

Must-Visit Beaches In Koh Lan

  • Tien Beach
  • Samae Beach
  • Tawaen Beach

Time Taken From Bangkok: 2-4 hours

How To Get There: Buses are the cheapest way to get to Koh Lan from Bangkok. The public buses along with minivans (both costing about 150 baht, or US$ $5) leave from Bangkok’s ‘Eastern’ Ekamai Bus Station (found next to Ekamai BTS Skytrain) to reach the pier in Pattaya in under 2 hours. From the Bali Hai Pier, you can catch the ferry (or a more expensive option – a speedboat) to Koh Larn in an hour. Note that the last ferry leaves Pattaya at 6.30pm.


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Dirk Hartog Island

My research travels for my forthcoming book Australia’s Islands took me to the Houtman Abrolhos Islands off the west coast of Australia and then further north to Dirk Hartog Island.

This remote sandy island stretches 80km north-south, but often not more than 10km wide and is just west of Shark Bay and that dolphin-friendly tourist attraction Monkey Mia. It’s also just north of the most westerly point on mainland Australia, Steep Point. More on visiting that location in a future report. To get to Dirk Hartog – if you don’t fly – means negotiating a long stretch of sandy 4WD track …

▲… and then a short barge trip across to the island.

▲ Where you can stay in the rather wonderful Dirk Hartog Eco-Lodge towards the southern end of the island.

▲ The big attraction, however, is right at the other end of the island, Inscription Point on the north-west corner. In 1616 Dutch explorer Dirk Hartog landed here and left a pewter plate inscribed with the details of his visit nailed to a pole. Fast forward nearly a century and another Dutch explorer Wilhelm de Vlamingh, turned up, collected the Hartog plate and took it back to Amsterdam, where you can see it today in the Rijksmuseum. Vlamingh replace Hartog’s plate with his own, copying the details from the original plate and adding an account of his own larger expedition. Another century passed and French explorer Louis de Freycinet arrived, souvenired the Vlamingh plate and took it back to Paris where it was promptly lost. A century later it turned up filed away on some backroom shelf and was returned to Australia where today you can see it at the Maritime Museum of WA in Fremantle, the port for Perth. Or at Inscription Point you can see reproductions of both plates – Hartog’s and Vlamingh’s – installed here in 2016 to mark the 400th anniversary of that first visit.

▲ English pirate-explorer William Dampier also made a visit, collecting plants you can still see at the Sharard Herbarium at Oxford University in England. This colourful ghost crab is guarding the beach at Dampier’s Landing, just east of Cape Inscription.

▲ The Return to 1616 project aims to bring Dirk Hartog Island back to the same situation for animal life that it was when Hartog paid his historic visit. That meant rounding up and shipping off 5000 sheep (easy), killing off 10,000 goats (difficult) and exterminating hundreds of feral cats (extremely difficult). Killing the cats even required the installation of an electrified cat-proof fence across the island, but now they’re gone 10 of the 13 native mammals wiped out since Hartog’s arrival are being reintroduced.

◄ Along with two small wallaby species.

▲ The island’s often impressively large goannas have managed to survive the European arrivals.

▲ A typical Dirk Hartog sandy track, crossing the island from Mystery Beach to Sandy Point. Apart from driving up to Inscription Point – a 200km round trip which, with assorted diversions took us all day and we never encountered another vehicle – we also explored other island tracks, lookouts and beaches.

▲ Like Mystery Beach which is noted for its flotsam and jetsam, like this little art installation.

▲ We also did some walking including the trek along the wild and wonderful west coast from the Blowholes. It’s a reminder why, if you were on an errant Dutch East India Company sailing vessel, this was not a good coast to collide with.

◄ Up top of the cliffs can be dangerous as well.

▲ But our walking group from the Eco-Lodge made it successfully down the coast to Surf Point.

Ice Skating Rink at Kungsträdgården is Open!

A sure sign that the winter season is upon us... the outdoor ice skating rink in Kungsträdgården has opened for the season! It will remain open until around the first week of March. This is a favorite with locals and visitors alike. Using the rink is free of charge for everyone. If you don't have your own skates with you, then they do have skates available for rental. 70 SEK per hour for adults (19 and over) and 30 SEK per hour for children. You can pay with credit or debit card and a helmet is included with the price. The only day they close the skate rental booth is December 24th (though the rink is still open).
They have generous opening hours: 9am to 9pm on weekdays and 10am to 9pm on the weekends. You don't have to worry about the weather. Even if the temperature is above freezing, they have a cooling system that keeps the ice frozen. The rink is lit up with Christmas lights and they play music so there is a festive atmosphere. Kungsträdgården is very central and it is located right in the downtown area, across the street from the NK department store. So, this is a perfect spot to take break when doing your holiday shopping!