Friday, May 12, 2006

Back in Bangkok

I arrived back in Bangkok last night and am flying out to Cambodia tomorrow. I went for Indian food at this vegetarian place I noticed last week. They specialized in dosas, which are these savory crepes made of a light lentil/flour batter. It was an unusual place because they only had vegetarian dishes and they sold no alcohol. It was by far the largest and most expensive meal I've had so far, but only set me back $9. The Indian food here is amazing. I'm on my way over to Chinatown again because there is an Indian neighborhood near there. Mmmm.

Homesick


Homesick
Originally uploaded by buckyreed.
C'mon, how could I pass this up? The menu looked identical to any taco shop in San Diego. The carne asade burrito is my litmus test for any "real" Mexican food in California, but unfortunately these guys didn't cut the mustard. The salsa came from a jar and the tortillas were more like crackers. It's too bad because I might have just stayed in Chiang Mai for good if they had decent Mexican food.

Lottery Tickets!


Lottery Tickets!
Originally uploaded by buckyreed.
I was really tempted to buy some of these for the office pool, but I wasn't sure how to play!

Flowers for Prayer


Flowers for Prayer
Originally uploaded by buckyreed.
This vendor was selling prayer flowers. I saw these wreaths and flowers being carried around the Wats and being placed on shrines. Some of the larger shrines were literally buried with these wreaths.

Market for locals in Chiang Mai


Market for locals in Chiang Mai
Originally uploaded by buckyreed.
This was the edge of the local market in old Chiang Mai. The Ping river is at the end of the block. The smells and colors were completely overwhelming.

Pedicab


Pedicab
Originally uploaded by buckyreed.
This was one of the more ornate pedicabs I saw in Chiang Mai. This guys was waiting for fares in front of a temple. I wandered up to the non-tourist area of the old city and visited the local market there. A lot more of the traffic was pedestrian and bicycle as opposed to tuk tuk or taxi.