NAME: ERLEND WIBORG
Profession: Politician, Member of the Norwegian Parliament
My City: Cha-Am, Thailand
Why I visit Cha-Am: The family has a house there and we fell in love with this city. So far Cha-Am is not yet destroyed by western tourists, its a small town where even the Thais have their vacation.
Where do you live?
A house on the island Jeløy, Moss, Norway
My early memory: The first time I came here was the odour of food and cooking. This city is full of small, pleasant outdoor restaurants.
My romantic memory: When we rented bikes and visited a nearby fishing village. We sat on the pier watching fishing boats at the sun set and had a impressive view before some delisious fish at a restaurant.
A favourite place to eat: Mums Bistro located at top of the Naratip street. This is a simple but clean and cozy Thai restaurant with very friendly staff.
What do you eat there? Generally we order 6-7 different dishes placed in the middle of the table. A mix of different flavours, meat, seafood, vegetables and more. I would say the bill never become high.
Where to meet the locals: At a giant market on Wednesday evening. This is the place to meet ”all” in Cha-Am and to buy everything from clothes, electronics to all kind of food. Here we often eat at various stalls.
My favourite bar: Chill Chill, it is a music bar in Naratip street.
My favourite shop: The Market on Wednesdays.
My funniest buy: Fried frog on a stick
Taxi or other local transport: It slightly depends if it’s a longer trips to and from the airport. At other longer trips we use a private driver for the cost of 30 euro for the entire day. On shorter trip we use a taxi and it doesn’t cost much.
Keep away of: The street next to the shore called Snake Street. This is the street to be robbed in the evening or night. Otherwise, be aware of the traffic. The rules don’t follow the European standard, to put it gently.
What was your biggest mistake? So far I didn’t made any big mistakes. Cha-Am is pretty quiet and pleasant town you will enjoy.
My earliest memory? When visit Israel with my family at the age of six. We travelled around the country and were amazed by the scenery and history I still remember.
My worst holiday? I never had a bad vacation. All places have their own charm and it’s up to each person whether or not enjoying. But one holiday in North Africa was not up to my expectation. I did not feel safe and everyone begged for money and claimed they came from the local government.
Where next? Next vacation to Thailand is booked. We always celebrate Christmas in Cha-Am and the following New Year in Bangkok.