We are home now from our Thai adventure, but there are a few thoughts & many images I’d still like to share before I revert back to the usual conservative political commentary that I normally spew. It was a great trip but an absolute killer two days of flying home. Too damn long in airports and in the air but given the distance I guess it can’t be helped. This will be my last Thailand post.
Imagine dinnertime approaching and you don’t feel like cooking (me nearly every night). I don’t mind cooking, but every night? Ugh! So what if you could just step out your door, walk a few steps (a block or two at the most), and have a variety fresh-cooked, hot & cold food to choose from? You can, street food is everywhere in Thailand!
If you don’t like what you see just walk a little further. There are people prepping and cooking almost everything imaginable along every street from morning till night. When it’s over 90° a fresh squeezed, iced pomegranate or tangerine juice (for a little over a dollar) goes down really well.
There’s all kinds of meat on skewers; chicken, shrimp or pork either small pieces or minced and mixed with various spices & condiments and then fire roasted. Spicy green papaya salad is another favorite. And there are quite a few unidentifiable choices. You either go for it or you don’t.
Being in Chiang Mai for ten days (still a city, but much smaller than Bangkok) gave us enough time to find a few favorite spots to eat. One was an open-air restaurant as most of them are, called Ugo. It was a good place to people-watch and the food was great. One of the regular waitresses at Ugo spoke very good English. We complimented her and asked where she learned to speak it so well. Turns out her mother sent her to Catholic school from 4th grade on specifically because they had a rigorous English requirement. I asked her if she was Catholic. “Oh no, I’m Buddhist” as are 93% of the Thai people.
We did spend the majority of our time in cities but also got away a bit too. There just wasn’t enough time but we did visit a village of hill tribes where the people still live in the old way. Following are some photos of the hill tribe people and where they live.
And finally the ancient town of Ayutthaya about 80 miles north of Bangkok and the old capital of Siam, and Baan Thai House, my favorite spot of the trip.
We had a great, busy three weeks, saw many interesting things and experienced new and different foods, but as always it’s great to be back in Hawaii.
Aloha, Mikie ~just a blogger (fightin’ like a girl)
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