Bangkok, Ao Nang and Koh Lanta food experiences

To keep the ball rolling on the topic of food I decided to do a quick comparitive review of a few of best (and worst, maybe?) dishes that we’d had since arriving to Thailand.

Garlic Chicken, super spicy Panang curry with rice and a delicious papaya salad! Nom Nom Nomm!!
Garlic Chicken, super spicy Panang curry with rice and a delicious papaya salad! Nom Nom Nomm!!

Despite my paranoia about consuming too much MSG, I must admit that the food here is actually quite tasty. The salads are a great balance between healthy eating and excellent taste. Also, all of the street-foods are incredibly delicious and cheap.

Our first meal was a little bit of a miss for me. We had some quick soupy like noodles at an open-air street-food stall/sit down restaurant outside a seven eleven in Bangkok. The ingredients are still a little bit of a mystery to me but I believe I had a type of fishball soup whereas Mustafa had a chicken or other meat version. The soup broth was a clear pinkish colour and was a little on the sweet side.

Tom Yummm Kung!!
Tom Yummm Kung!!

Our second meal was much more interesting as we’d found a place to serve us some Tom Yum Kung, it was better than I’d expected.

The next most memorable thing we had was the famous mango sticky rice. This was something I’d never tried previously. Warm sticky rice topped with sweet condensed milk and crispy puffed grains of some sort all accompanied by two delicious, ripe mangoes.

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Divine! Sticky mango rice!

After busy and bustling Bangkok, Ao Nang was a wonderful surprise, less busy but not quiet. It was there we found a most interesting salt grilled fish, pictured below.

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Salt grilled fish. Tasty and fun to eat! đŸ˜‰

Then we went on to find more culinary adventures in Koh Lanta. We found two remarkable dishes – a seafood salad called “Spicy Mama Salad” and some excellent garlic chicken and Panang curry (first picture in this post).

 "Instant noodles, tons of shrimp and squid and other seafood goodness....and a whole lotta spice!"
Spicy Mama Salad: “Instant noodles, tons of shrimp and squid and other seafood goodness….and a whole lotta spice!”

After all our wonderful food experiences in these places we came to Chiang Mai…and the foods we found here will be showcased in even greater detail in an upcoming update so get ready to feast your eyes as we feast our souls and tummys!! ;P

 

Three vegetarian restaurants in Chiang Mai

Pumpkin curry and Pad Thai like we never had before! Yummy!!
Pumpkin curry and Pad Thai like we never had before! Yummy!!

This one is for all the vegetarians, vegans and generally health-conscious folks that are new to or will be new to Chiang Mai.

Personally, as a person who once struggled to find good vegetarian places to eat at, I know that having an easy list of a few good places is invaluable. Hence my golden Chiang Mai selections:

1. Morning Glory: named after the glorious Thai dish, this restaurant offers not only delicious Thai meals but cooking classes so you can take the goodness with you wherever you go. Check them out on Prapokklao road:

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2. Anchan Vegetarian:  This lovely place offers some great smoothies as well that are not only delicious but healthy and filling. Have a bite here:

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3. Bamboo Bee: My personal favourite, their Pad Thai and Pumkin curry are top notch. Have a bite, here:

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If you have any recommendations for places offering good vegetarian food in Chiang Mai, please post it as a comment below!

 

Thoughts on the ideal job.

Relaxing at the hotel's pool after a long day of exploration and research.
Relaxing at the hotel’s pool after a long day of exploration and research.

Koh Lanta – It’s been a long day of island exploration, food and drink experiences and supplying/scouring the internet for articles, Instagram photos and YouTube videos. I’m laying on a deck chair, poolside, fanning away a mosquito and admiring the colors of the sunset sky.

Even while enjoying the peace and quiet of Thailand in the low season my new ‘work’ never stops. Writing about social issues, personal experiences, and journalling our travels are all things I can do from anywhere so long as my battery is charged and I can find good internet.

However, this type of work, nomadic blogging or freelance journalism, is not the fairytale you might imagine it to be. Whilst the most obvious perk is that one gets to travel to some amazing places and meet some incredible people, there is a less talked about, less ‘wow’, side to it all.

Earlier today I read an article that took a look at how some young adults were treating the concept of using the internet as their workplace. There was a romantic feel to the article, hinting at an exciting life of travel with no end, having a job that gave you the freedom to do it from anywhere in the world…so long as you had a good wifi connection.

The trade, from what I’ve seen, is that one gives up certain comforts or aspirations to pursue, for an indefinite time, the fulfilment of a dream, i.e., traveling the world. Or at least traveling South-East Asia, more specifically, Thailand.

Thailand is one of the best places to lead a budget life and work online. All the basic necessities and then some are a great deal cheaper than most everywhere else. One can easily find free wifi in coffee shops as well.

The drawback to this ideal picture is the reality that many writing jobs can’t fully support any kind of comfortable, financially secure, lifestyle. There’s not a lot of high paying online writing jobs, not when someone in India can do it for a fraction of what you’d get paid. Sooner or later a person runs the risk of running out of the savings they brought with them.
Not only can a person run out of funds but the life led up to that point is normally one of strict budgeting, toting heavy backpacks from one hostel to another, watching in frustrated amazement as tourists get scammed incredible amounts of bhat by tuk tuk drivers and tour agencies.

So what happens when a person whose workplace is online runs out of money? Well, that’s truly up to that person. Common stories normally see these people becoming ESL teachers or flying back to their home countries to find whatever support they can from immediate family.

Despite the grim picture I’ve attempted to paint, the allure of traveling can never be diminished by the possible threat of bankruptcy. Dreamers, writers, nomads and those who are all three at once always find a way, even if we struggle  along some parts of the journey.