Category Archives: Thailand

Food, Part 3


Rice cakes and sweet pork dipping sauce –  I couldn’t find an exact analogue, but it was probably like this recipe, although with more sauce. It  was very sweet. The rice cakes were thin wafers, also a little sweetened. On the whole Thai food was very sugary; this dish was not exception.

Have we talked about milk green tea yet? Thai iced tea is black tea, spices and condensed milk, which has a lot of sugar in it.  A healthier version is green tea with coconut milk – incredibly creamy and filling yet still healthy. I’ll be making plenty of that when I get home.

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Fun Is Over

I was done having fun. Fun time was over.

Let me explain. We’d booked a full-day trip out of Chiang Mai. It began at 8 in the morning, when the van picked us up from the hotel.

We first went to see some elephants.

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A Letter from the President of the Thailand Mosquitoes

If you can find the entrance, which is denoted by a small sign hidden amongst lots of shrubbery, you can pay 100 baht to enter the Museum of Insects and Natural Wonders in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Here you can find a multitude of wonders. For example, the round hanging objects in the picture below are massive bee hives. Other wonders include termite mounds (empty), butterflies, geodes, vulture eggs and preserved specimens of all Thailand’s 459 varieties of mosquito.

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Reading Up On Thailand: Corpses, Monarchy and Silk Barons

A few of the more interesting articles I’ve read about Thailand. Will updated as I go.

Thai Literary Trends: From Seni Saowaphong to Chart Kobjitti

“For what purpose can the beauty of the moon serve us when people are dying from starvation? The obligation of an artist lies in looking straight at distressing spectacles.”

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Phuket: Island Paradise (with Beach Massages!)

Phuket is an island in the south of Thailand that is famous  as a having some of the world’s best beaches.

We got to Phuket Town in the afternoon, too late to go to the beach because the songthaews stop running at 3 or 4. We went for late lunch, and the town was as dead as a ghost town. It was hot, and dry, and everything seemed dirty in the afternoon light. That evening, we decided to try again. After all, Phuket Town is a backpacker’s paradise, it should be easy to find something to do. The town was clearly geared towards handling massive amounts of tourists; there were hostels and restaurants all over the place. And while it was more lively at night, with more people out and about and music playing somewhere,  it was as though the party was always just out of reach, always just a few blocks away. We never did find the party, but we found some nice bars, including this one that was decorated in vintage electronics and wouldn’t have been out of place in Austin:

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Bangkok: The Providential Stranger and His Evil Double

On our way to find breakfast, a smiling middle-aged Thai man approached us and asked us where we were from. We talked for a little bit. He was a teacher at the nearby university. By the way, did we know that today was a Buddhism holiday? No, we do not.

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