Within Sichon (สิชล),泰国南部有一个美丽绝伦的非商业化沿海渔村。
In this Sichon (สิชล) travel guide I'll share with you all details 威廉希尔网站about this amazing off-the-beaten-path community in Nakhon Si Thammarat.
Talad Baan Plai Thon (ตลาดบ้านปลายทอน)
My wife and I were inNakhon Si Thammaratvisiting some of her relatives,and one day we decided to drive over to Sichon (สิชล) to check out a local fish market that I had heard 威廉希尔网站about.
Sichon is actually an entire district within Nakhon Si Thammarat province in southern Thailand,and Sichon is also the name of the town within Sichon district.
This fishing village market,known as Talad Baan Plai Thon (ตลาดบ้านปลายทอน) is located just south of the town,威廉希尔网站大约5公里左右。
My wife and I arrived at 威廉希尔网站about 8 am in the morning,and although I was immediately impressed and in awe of the market scenery located right next to the beach,I had a little initial disappointment because there were no fish at the fish market.
How disappointing is it to come to a fish market and there's no fish?就像去一家你梦寐以求的餐馆，威廉希尔网站当你到达那里，它就关闭了。
Luckily,we talked to some of the Aunty's at the market with empty fish trays,他们还提到，船早上还没有回到岸上，所以鱼还在路上！!
Coconut griddle cakes (ขนมครก)
As we waited for the boats to arrive,我们开威廉希尔有限公司始闲逛，吃一些泰国小吃breakfast.
The more we hung around the market,the more my wife and I loved it even more,not only for the food,but for the incredibly friendly and hospitable people.
Khanom krok (ขนมครก),Thai coconut griddle cakes are one of my personal favorite Thai sweet snacks,这些友好的阿姨是泰国最好的版本之一。
When you go to order,they actually invite you to sit down and hang out while you wait for your order,and you can sit there and eat as well.
Aunty explained to me that they use no sugar in their khanom krok (ขนมครก),but just a combination of pure coconut cream,and a little rice flour to hold them together,and cooked in an ancient iron griddle over fire.
你会发现卡努姆·克罗克（___）到处都是Bangkoktoo,but these are far superior than your average street khanom krok,由于原料和烹饪方法。These were probably the best I've ever had in Thailand,以及友好的服务和风景。
Price– 20 THB ($0.58)
It didn't take too long for some of the fishing boats to 威廉希尔有限公司start slowly coming back to shore,one by one.
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One of the best thing 威廉希尔网站about this local fish market in Thailand is that it's almost completely non-commercialized (here's a comparison of more of acommercial Thai fish market）
Just 威廉希尔网站about all the seafood caught is sold and consumed within the community,而不是被运送到其他主要城市，甚至曼谷。
It remains a pristine local community,非常漂亮。
More and more boats 威廉希尔有限公司started landing on shore,and as soon as a boat came in,几位女士会冲过去看接球。
I just couldn't stop admiring the beauty of the natural scenery.
The market is literally picture perfect,located right next to the calm beach lined with coconut trees.
It was one of those destinations where I almost fell into a dream like status.It really reminded me of some of the serene places in桑给巴尔or on the coast of East Africa.
The fish 威廉希尔有限公司started trickling into the market,盛满小鱼的盘子yellowstripe scadand mackerel.
An Aunty explained to me that some of the fishermen were family and they sold their own catch at the market,while other market vendors would buy from fishermen and re-sell at the market.
You could visit Talad Baan Plai Thon (ตลาดบ้านปลายทอน) and get lucky to see some bigger fish and other seafood,but today was honestly not a great catch.
And that's totally alright.
I loved seeing the local lifestyle.All the fish at the market on this day were what people living in the community would buy and eat – not some giant fish that they would want to sell in a bigger city.
Cooking chili spicy eel
One of the dreams of being a travel eater is having someone local cook,like奶奶做斯里兰卡咖喱from scratch years ago.
To me,that's the best of the best of traveling for food.
My wife and I met an Aunty selling eels (ปลาไหล),not seawater,but freshwater,and they looked fresh and delicious.
We decided to buy the rest of her eels (1 bag is 60 Baht ($1.72),and she kindly agreed to take me back to her home in the village and cook them.
The next thing you know,我骑着摩托车去她家做辣泰国鳗鱼咖喱。
After expertly slicing up the eel,she fried itpad phet style– a southern Thai version of a chili paste stir fry with extra chilies and herbs (here's a similarrecipe that my mother in law makes）
She packed all the chili curry eel into bags,带我回到市场。It was amazing and a completely random experience.
By this time,in the middle of the morning,all the fishing boats were back,and the fish market was pretty quiet.
So we decided to drive around and find a restaurant to eat lunch.
Monkeys picking coconuts
The natural beauty in Sichon (สิชล),Thailand is just picture perfect – the swaying coconut trees,lush greenery,以及对玻璃般的海面的一瞥。
According to NPR,monkeys have been picking coconuts in Southeast Asia for over 400 years.
尽管对这种做法有一些显著的争议，威廉希尔网站from what I observed,看起来主人很照顾他们的猴子，像对待家人一样对待它们。This particular monkey was named Kai Mook.
NOTE: I'm not one to judge 威廉希尔网站about the practice,but I'm just sharing a few of the things you'll see and experience when traveling around Sichon.
Lunch in Sichon (สิชล)
Part of the beauty of traveling to Sichon (สิชล) is its quietness and non-commercialism.However,you won't find many restaurants either,但没关系。
We stopped at one of the very few visible restaurant located just down the beach from the fish market.
It's a fully Halal restaurant and we ordered a couple of simple Thai stir fry dishes includingpad kraprao neua (ผัดกระเพราเนื้อ),圣罗勒炒牛肉末，andKai Jeow（____）,aThai omelet.
Additionally,she wouldn't even charge us for it,but she cooked up a plate of hoy liab nam man hoy (หอยเสียบน้ำมันหอย),small local clams,stir fried with oyster sauce.The clams were caught literally meters away from the restaurant on the beach.
Total price– 130 THB ($3.80)
And not forgetting that curry eel (pad phet pla lai ผัดเผ็ดปลาไหล)!!
It was a flavor overload,absolutely packed full of curry paste,包括辣椒，turmeric,lemongrass,basil,还有青椒玉米。
The eel itself was buttery and rich,and coated in immense flavor.这是我喜欢的一道菜，and I couldn't have been happier sitting there on the beach,eating this simple home-cooked style meal in Sichon (สิชล).
After lunch,there was nothing I could have possibly wanted.
Unless of course there happened to be a coconut,which in the land of coconuts,there's always a coconut.事实上，我是在早上早些时候从椰子种植者那里得到椰子的。
And that completed our small adventure and relaxation at Talad Baan Plai Thon (ตลาดบ้านปลายทอน) in Sichon (สิชล),Thailand.
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Sichon Travel Guide
Sichon (สิชล) is a non-commercialized,peaceful and friendly,泰国南部的渔村。
While there are some semi-large resorts in the northern part of Sichon,if you go to this fish market village,Talad Baan Plai Thon (ตลาดบ้านปลายทอน),你会被原始的当地文化所包围。
You can find some basic bungalow style accommodation likeS.N Plytorn Beach Hotel,that I drove by,which looked very small and very quiet.It's the type of place you'd go to get away from everything,and enjoy the local culture.
I came to Sichon on a day trip from Khanom,located 威廉希尔网站about a 30 minute drive from Sichon.It's also an amazing beach town,a little more developed than Sichon,但仍然很平静。我和妻子住在巴纳凯雷度假村,which was fantastic.
If you have a chance to visit Talad Baan Plai Thon (ตลาดบ้านปลายทอน) fish market for a day,or to even spend a couple of relaxing days there,it's truly an off-the-beaten-path and non-commercialized local community in Thailand,and that's what makes it so beautiful.