One of my latest adventure in Nepal.

Mardi Himal Trek: A Hiking Adventure in the Annapurna Region of Nepal

The Mardi Himal Trek is a short but rewarding hiking adventure in the Annapurna region of Nepal. The trek takes you through stunning mountain scenery, including views of the Mardi Himal massif, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli peaks.

The trek starts from the city of Pokhara and follows a trail through the villages of Dhampus and Pothana. The trail then ascends to the Mardi Himal Base Camp, which is located at an altitude of 4,500 meters. From the base camp, you can enjoy stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

The Mardi Himal Trek is a great option for hikers of all levels. The trail is well-maintained and easy to follow. There are also plenty of teahouses and lodges along the way, so you can easily find accommodation and food.

If you’re looking for a beautiful and challenging hiking adventure in Nepal, the Mardi Himal Trek is a great option. The trek is sure to leave you with lasting memories of the stunning mountain scenery and the friendly people of Nepal.

Here is a video about my trip there:

My favorite Thai restaurant in Korat : Ton Serbiang

Written by Sebastien H. Brousseau, LLB, BSc. from


Well, we all have different taste and saying it is the BEST restaurant is pretentious. Of course I haven’t been to all restaurants in Korat but after living here for about 17 years, Ton Serbiang is my favorite at the moment.

The place has been opened for about a year (I presume early 2021) by a Thai chef who lived in USA and has a Thai restaurant in Atlanta. He cooks well…very well.

It is on the street at the end of the 80th years stadium. There is a parking and I went there because a friend told me. And he was right…

The first time, I went alone and asked the waiter what was good. He choose some prawn with salt (delicious and a very big meal) and he recommend a fish after I insisted to try two dishes. I didn’t know that that fish was about 1,500 baht but it was AMAZING.

That fish was expensive but so nice…best fish I had in Korat. Served in a Chinese sauce..

Now, you can have MUCH cheaper Thai food and not everything is expensive there. Prices are similar to 8 bistro or a nice restaurant. I like it there because the taste is always SPOT ON. I recommend the Ka Moo (pork leg) like German style or there is another specialty with a fish, that is fried and super tasty with mango salad. (see pictures below) Check hours on Facebook, not sure when it opens but seriously, for Thai food, that is unbeatable. A friend of mine like their chicken with Ginger but that is not on the menu. You have to ask the staff or chef….also delicious.

Chicken and Ginger not on the menu


ตลาดแห่งนี้อยู่ใกล้กับ ย่าโม (อนุสาวรีย์ท้าวสุรนารีย์),อยู่ในใจกลางเมืองโคราช ติดกับ 7-eleven อยู่ใต้โรงแรมที่สวยงามซึ่งเป็นโรงแรมเก่าสร้างด้วยไม้ เป็นหนึ่งในตัวอย่างของตึกไม้เก่าที่อยู่ในพื้นที่แถวนั้น

ช่วงกลางคืน จนถึงดึก โดยเฉพาะช่วงดึกๆหลังจากบาร์ปิดแล้ว คนจะชอบมานั่งกินข้าวต่อที่ร้านอาหารที่อยู่ติดกับตลาดพระเครื่องแห่งนี้ ช่วงกลางวัน ทุกวันตลาดพระเครื่องเปิดให้บริการ

พระเครื่องเป็นสิ่งศักดิ์สิทธิ์ ที่ทำขึ้นเพื่อบูชา และป้องกันภัยอันตรายจากสิ่งเลวร้ายทั้งปวง ซึ่งเป็นที่นิยมและเป็นที่เคารพสำหรับคนไทย  ทั่วทั้งประเทศไทย ถ้ามีแขวนไว้ที่คอก็จะทำให้คุณโชคดีและป้องป้องคุ้มครองคุณ

คนไทยจะเชื่อในสิ่งศักดิ์สิทธิ์ ปฎิหาร ทำให้คุณรวยขึ้น มีแฟนดี ป้องกันอุบัติเหตุแอ่นๆ ซึ่งคุณจะเห็นบ่อยๆในรถของคนไทยที่มีพระเครื่องแขวนอยู่

พระเครื่องมีหลายรุ่น หลายชุดด้วยกัน ราคาจะถูกจะแพงขึ้นอยู่กับวัตุดิบ และรุ่นที่ซื้อ ยิ่งเก่ายิ่งมีราคาแพง ซึ่งถ้าเป็นของแท้ยิ่งมีราคาแพง

นี่เป็นพระเครื่องที่ทางร้านเอามาให้เราได้ดู สวยมากก

พระเครื่องรุ่นที่มีราคาแพง จะเก็บอยู่ในตู้และล็อกไว้ เป็นอย่างดี และเป็นพระเครื่องที่มีการปลุกเสกเรียบร้อยแล้ว

จะมีพระเครื่องให้คุณได้เลือกมากมาย แต่ต้องระวังถ้าคุณไม่ใช่คนที่เล่นพระเครืองหรือดูไม่เป็น อาจจะซื้อในราคาที่แพงเกินไปก็ได้

ตลาดแห่งนี้มีขนาดค่อนข้างใหญ่ แต่รูปนี้ถ่ายเมื่อวันอาทิตย์ ตอนบ่าย ซึ่งวันที่ถ่ายนั้นเป็นวันที่ค่อนข้างเงียบ คุณจะเห็นคนเยอะแยะมากมายในช่วงวันทำการ จันทร์-ศุกร์ ระหว่าง 10.00- 16.00 น.

บางครั้งคุณอาจจะเห็นร้านที่ตั้งอยู่ตามถนน และยังมีขายพระเครื่องอยู่ที่ ตลาดนัดเซฟวัน และคุณยังสามารถหาดูได้ที่  คลังพลาซาร์ใหม่, จะอยู่บนชั้นสุดท้าย (ถัดจากชั้นที่ขายคอมพิวเตอร์และโทรศัพท์มือถือ)


Amulet and religious markets in Korat

This market is located near Ya Mo statue (Thao Suranaree monument), in the center of the city, just beside the 7-eleven. It’s under a beautiful old hotel in wood, one of the rare example of old buildings in this area.

At night, very late, it’s a popular restaurants for people after the bars close. On day time, 7 days a week, it’s an amulet and religious items markets.

Amulets are religious things made in order to protect you from trouble. They are very popular among Thai people, especially in the South. If you have them in a necklace, it should be an odd number, like 3, 5, 7 for better luck.

Thai people believe that these objects can make them richer, or make them find a good partner, avoid a car accident, etc. This is why you often see them in cars…

Some other religious items are also sold, like statues, in wood, bronze, clay, etc. Their price can be very cheap to very expensive, depending on material, if it’s an original or not, the quality of the work, the age of the item, etc. They will often say: ‘This one is from Ayutthaya….’ as this was the capital of Thailand in the past and objects from Ayutthaya are praised with Thais. Some people can imitate and copy objects that looks old…but they are brand new. You have to pay attention to each details if you want to buy an object of a certain value.

Some artists are working in the market. This one was quite proud to show us his skills!

More expensive objects will be kept in secure places. Some buddhas can worth a lot of money…just like any piece of art in the world. However, here, they also have a religious connotation.

If you buy a buddha and put it in your house, it should be at a high level. Buddha should always be higher then you. It’s a belief and a tradition.

You might also find jade objects. Again be careful, jade can be very cheap or very expensive. Avoid buying if you don’t know how it worths. Jade price is connected with the color of the jade, is purity (if it has cracks or other colors in it), if it’s bright or mat, and much more.

This market is quite large but these pictures were taken on a Sunday afternoon, 2 weeks ago. Sunday is the quiet day. You can see a lot of activity in the week days. We suggest you to visit in on week day (Monday to Friday) between 10 am to 4pm.

You will see some stands also on the street. They also sell amulets in a section of saveone market. You will also find them at Klang Plaza 2, on one of the last floor (after the computer and mobile phone floor).


Maha Viravong Museum

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The Maha Viravong National Museum (in Thai พิพิธภัณฑ มหาวีรวงศ์) is located inside the compound of Wat Sutthajinda, in Muang district, Nakhon Ratchasima. It is a temple in front of Klang Plaza 2, near the pizza company restaurant. It’s really in the heart of Korat city. About 300 meters from Yamo.

The museum is behind the King Rama 9 Commemorative library (public library). It’s a one story small museum constructed in the form of a contemporary Thai style house.

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It is located behind a library and closed on Monday and Tuesday.

The museum was officialled opened on 24 June 1954. Most of the collection are objects from Somdej Maha Viravong, the former abbot of Wat Suthajinda and were given to the Fine Arts Department for the purpose of disseminating information about Thailand’s cultural heritage.

It is NOT a big museum. It’s basically just a room. But the objects, artifacts, sculptures are really beautiful. If you like art, Thai culture and archeology, you should pay a small visit.

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All information is in Thai and English. That is quite nice…

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Rama 5 and Rama 9 used these chairs… in Nakhon Ratchasima.


The museum is open from Wednesday to Sunday (closed Monday-Tuesday) from 9 am to 4:30.
Admission is 50 baht for foreigners and 10 baht for Thais. (I hate dual pricing and that was few years ago. I might be higher now)

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Pictures on Flickr here:

Monkey Bar – Leading expats bar in Korat

Written by Sebastien H. Brousseau in 2022. (Aftermath will be another article!)

Monkey bar is probably the most popular expats place in Korat. It’s located in front of the old “Sri Pattana Hotel” (now closed) on Suranaree road. Stuart (English) and Wayne (American) will welcome you with good music and excellent food.

Monkey Bar is one of the only place with a pool table in the city. They have improved drastically the food which is consistent, good value and excellent. You can have Indian curries, pizza, burgers, but also Thai food, English breakfast and they do a special roast (English style) on Sunday. They have live music, especially on Fridays and Saturdays.

Pool Table at Monkey Bar

I personally like their fish and chips (also the one at Fat Boy Tavern) their Ka Prow Pizza and my Canadian background love their chicken parmesan. It reminds me what I ate younger in Montreal.

So if you want to speak English, meet other expats, play pool, have a nice western meal, watch sports on TV, or have a live bank on weekends, the Monkey Bar is for you. Another popular expats place is the River Sports Bar but that one is in Joho, maybe 10km from the city.

The Monkey Bar is located where “Check Inn” was before. Under a place with snooker table. You will find it here:

Don’t drink and drive. Use the services of Pee Moo, a tuk tuk driver that is always parked at the Monkey Bar.

Bar, cold beer
Pizza Ka Prow
Sunday Roast
Burgers at Monkey Bar

Super Japanese Buffet in Korat – Takeshi Gold

About a 2 years ago, Takeshi gold opened beside Fat Boy Tavern. I went with the staff for Christmas 2021 and I was really impressed : That is quality and not the traditional buffet.

We picked the most expensive one (not sure, I think it was 699 baht) and it’s all you can eat for about 1.5 or 2 hours. You picked the dishes on the menu and they have really everything, sushi, sashimi, crab, fish, salads, soups, tempura, name it. Fresh and delicious. 

Here’s their Facebook page :

Do not miss the fresh crab…

#Koratrestaurants #Japaneserestaurant #takeshigold

fresh sashimi
huge prawns
Always humble… and real gold!!!
delicious sushi rolls88

Mein Licht – Mexican fusion in Korat

Mein Licht – Mexican fusion in Korat

German name, hidden in old barracks from the army, serving mexican fusion food, that place is strange…

But they serve nachos, burritos, quesadilla at very cheap price. It is not totally authentic Mexican food: you might have ketchup or mayonnaise but it’s very defend for the price. A meal will cost you around 150 baht maximum.

It’s not easy to find, so follow the link on Google Map :

They also have a Facebook page and deliver by grab :

I had burritos and nachos and beside the sauces, it was quite nice for the price. It changes as they are not many places with Mexican food in Korat. Yes, Daya’s café is better and River Sports Bar too. But this place is in the center of the city and at 50% discount!

#Koratrestaurant #mexicanfood #Nakhon Ratchasima