One of our most memorable meals in Vietnam, living a #Travelife, was interestingly a gastronomic Thai dinner at the Saffron restaurant of the Banyan Tree Lang Co.
We had just arrived at the resort when we found out that it was the night for the full moon festival of Loi Krathong. Of course, we decided to have delicious Thai food instead of Vietnamese food. It was important to celebrate this annual Siamese festival.
ABOUT THE THAI FESTIVAL OF LOI KRATHONG
Thai people observe the festival of Loi Krathong to release the bad things of the year and to bring in more good luck for the next twelve months. Oftentimes, it involves discarding old clothes and other items that are not useful anymore. This is to symbolise the act of throwing out all negativity as well as releasing the things and memories that do not serve us anymore.
In hindsight, I wish I had known more about Loi Krathong before our dinner at Saffron. It was a good opportunity to think about things and situations I wished to forget. We all keep some of these things and situations in our minds, and there really is no use for these anymore.
DELICIOUS THAI FOOD AT SAFFRON AT THE BANYAN TREE LANG CO
However, the meal itself was so wonderful. So maybe this is why I completely forgot to think about the significance of Loi Krathong. Saffron is the signature restaurant of the Banyan Tree Resorts and it is famous for its delicious Thai food.
When we arrived at Saffron, a lady in a Thai dress welcomed us with wreaths of flowers for Loi Krathong. We were asked to light the candles on these wreaths.
Then we set these afloat on the pond next to the restaurant. Fortunately, at this time, I remembered to make an intention to forget the past and to make a wish for the future.
A GASTRONOMIC MEAL IN VIETNAM
Having observed Loi Krathong in our own way, we sat down for a wonderful eight-course meal of delicious Thai food. The dishes prepared by the lady chef of Saffron were the kinds not usually seen in typical Thai restaurants. Everything was special and ever so beautifully plated.
DIFFERENT KINDS OF RICE
My favourite was the main course of delicately seasoned fish. The fish was served with rice that came in clay pots in a wagon. I was at first surprised when I saw the wagon of clay pots being wheeled to our table.
Then the wait staff said: “We have six different kinds of rice for you. Please choose which ones you would like to try.” Of course, we tried everything, including a healthy rice, rice flavoured with saffron and another kind of rice flavoured with herbs.
HAPPY ENDINGS AT THE BANYAN TREE
To end the meal, we had a medley of desserts. Here, the traditional Thai dessert of mango with sticky rice was served. It was lovely, and this meal at Saffron at the Banyan Tree Lang Co was certainly a wonderful way to celebrate Loi Krathong and to bring in more good luck into my Travelife.
Read more about our adventures in central Vietnam in an upcoming issue of Travelife Magazine.