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Thailand travel 31: Dinner with top Chef Tammasak Chootong (Noi) at Suay

September 28, 2016 – 3:05 am
Chef Tammasak Chootong at Suay

The strips of texture, it turns out, that I thought might be strips of mushroom, is young bamboo, grated. There are mushrooms. There is onion, red chili and spring onion, a mix of intense and subtle flavors. The rice noodle roll is somehow sensual in texture; the fish plump and decadently fatty and warm. Perhaps another nine on the mouth orgasm scale.

Thailand travel 29: Island hopping on Rose and Thong Krut Sunday lunch

September 24, 2016 – 9:45 am
Beach Restaurant Thong Krut crispy calamari.

The next morning, Sunday, we drive right down the island to the family-run Beach Restaurant at Thong Krut fishing village on Koh Samui. It’s a fave or Richard and Barb. And it’s fabulous.

Thailand travel 28: From Bangrak Market to Fisherman’s Village on foot

September 24, 2016 – 7:47 am
Not brave enough to try a cricket.

At the Bangrak fish, meat and veggie market, fishermen are pulling in on the beach and unloading their catch straight into the market. It’s busy, busy. Locals shopping on Friday arvy for the weekend. A TV crew in action at one of the stands. The vendors an eclectic bunch, ever ready to engage in hand-gestures and attempts to explain.

Laos 25: Cheers to Luang Prabang, 3 Nagas and Mango Garden

August 30, 2016 – 5:12 am
Or Lam bamboo in Luang Prabang.

It says “traditional Lao stew” on the Mango Garden restaurant menu. They do themselves an injustice saying on the menu that the dish has sweet basil, coriander, spring onion, chili, young eggplant — and I choose the beef for the meat option — period. It is, in fact, a pretty good version of the Lao specialty, Or Lam, which the manager admits to when I ask her and point out the wood ear mushrooms, the twist of lemongrass and the yard-long beans.

Laos travel 24: Laung Prabang alms parade and morning market

August 29, 2016 – 8:29 am

The morning market opens at 6am, just after Sai Bat. To quote from the official Luang Prabang website: Lao cuisine draws almost exclusively on fresh foods. Few homes traditionally have refrigerators and modern supermarkets are rare. So at this market, you’ll find every possible type of food regionally available, including an amazing mushroom selection. Everything fresh is seasonal.

Laos 23: Massage and monk chat

August 27, 2016 – 10:54 am
Luang Prabang monks.

When I see a young monk sitting at a little table inside a temple ground reading, I smile and he smiles and says Hello across the short distance and the wall. And tells me he is practicing his English and invites me to come and check the book he’s taken from the library. His English is good and his name is Bakh and he says he became a monk to get an education and he is turning 19 the next day. He is from a Mekong village where they had no high school.

Laos 22: What’s cooking at the Luang Prabang night market

August 18, 2016 – 7:03 am

The Luang Prabang night handicraft market is good for browsing and bargaining. The Luang Prabang night food market is good for indulging what with all the barbecued meats and fish and sausage and a pigs heads and all manner of meaty bits and bites cooked over fire on grills.

Laos 21: Cafe Ban Vat Sene Luang Prabang and how to travel solo

August 12, 2016 – 9:34 am
Delilah's pancake Luang Prabang

Almost stop in at a place called Chill. But not quite right, even though what “right” is, I won’t know, till I find it: a Lao breakfast menu at a pretty elegant place that also has a bakery. When I search I find it in my Rough Guide too. At Café Le Ban Vat Sene on Sakkaline Road I sit outside and order the Khai Jeun Jaeo Mak Len (omelet cooked with herbs and served with tomato relish, sun-dried beef and sticky rice) 30,000 kip and Lao coffee.

Laos 20. From Luang Prabang’s Delilah Cafe to Mount Phousi

August 10, 2016 – 7:29 am
Home repairs on the way down from Mount Phousi.

At Delilah’s Cafe in Luang Prabang I order the Rough Guide brekker suggestion. The banana pancake that comes with lemon, ginger and cream and a Lao coffee. Here, like everywhere, there is WiFi. (Sometimes I doesn’t work but for the most part does).

Laos 19. Snapshots of Luang Prabang and Laos

August 8, 2016 – 6:56 am
Luang Prabang umbrellas.

The first thing I notice when I strike out on my first Luang Prabang recce is the texture of the sound. It is, best way to put it, like a damper pedal has been pressed. The scooters are abundant and buzzing. They are one, two, three, four-up. Sometimes five. The streets are busy. But the noise… It is cut by several decibels compared to, I would say, everywhere I have been so far.