Street Food in Thailand...A Smorgasbord For All The Senses

Written by Carolyn Nantais

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I tried deep-fried grasshoppers at a carnival in Kanchanaburi during a sound and light show of "The Bridge On The River Kwai" that ended with a fabulous fireworks display recreatingrepparttar Allied bombing campaign that destroyedrepparttar 145116 bridges ofrepparttar 145117 Death Railway in 1945. I tried a few tiny roasted wood worms offered by a very thin host in a northern hill-tribe village nearrepparttar 145118 Myanmar border, and feared that I was eating his family out of house and home. I discovered countless traditional dishes I had never tasted and savoured authentic versions of some I had had in Toronto's newly arrived Thai restaurants. As often as I could, I watched their creation so that I could try to replicate them when I got home and got a kitchen again.

Many people are alarmed at how daring I was with my stomach. In six months of traveling through Southeast Asia, I only had one tiny bout of queasiness over a couple of days on Sumatra in Indonesia. I must have foundrepparttar 145119 perfect balance of common sense and adventure, or, some might argue, I was just lucky.

I don't recommend trying everything, and I do recommend a few common sense tips for samplingrepparttar 145120 full range ofrepparttar 145121 food on offer throughout your travels: * at street and market stalls, do watchrepparttar 145122 cooking for awhile to ensure thatrepparttar 145123 ingredients are fresh andrepparttar 145124 food is being cooked thoroughly; if you have any doubts, move on torepparttar 145125 next vendor * choose vendors that have a good steady flow of customers - not only isrepparttar 145126 food probably very good, butrepparttar 145127 turnover means fresher food * ask your guesthouse host and any other residents you meet for their favourite places to eat, and for recommendations on dishes to order * followrepparttar 145128 other safe eating tips you find in travel guides, like recommendations about water, ice cubes, and peeling fruit and vegetables

Of course, you will find an endless selection of sit-down restaurants where you can savour some ofrepparttar 145129 more familiar Thai dishes now found in restaurants aroundrepparttar 145130 world: green curry with chicken, red curry with beef, pad Thai and other noodle dishes, and wonderfully aromatic sweet basil dishes.

Whether you plan to samplerepparttar 145131 fabulous foods fromrepparttar 145132 street vendors and markets or stick to what you know, learn a few tips on deciphering a menu or asking for a type of dish with a few Thai Food Terms.

Many supermarkets are now carrying a range of prepared sauces, curries and other Asian products, but if you enjoy adventure and creativity in your own kitchen, many Thai recipes are fairly easy to create once you've mastered a few essentials. Gai Yang, after all, is really just barbequed chicken with a Thai twist! A good food reference guide or cookbook with a glossary of Asian ingredients will help you gain that perfect balance of sour, sweet, salt and heat that is unique to Thai cuisine.

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Carolyn Nantais is a freelance writer, website copywriter, world traveler and culinary xenophile who indulges in temporary retirement from time to time to travel and eat around the world. Her new website, The Recipe for Travel, has stories, recipes and practical information gathered through adventures in round-the-world travel and food.

Traveling on a Budget? Try These Money-Saving Vacation Ideas

Written by Jerry Windley-Daoust

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5. Sleep underrepparttar stars Hoping to vacation in Hawaii orrepparttar 145051 U.S. Virgin Islands? Rather than spending a fortune on hotels or resorts, why not slashrepparttar 145052 cost of your accommodations by camping onrepparttar 145053 beach? Both destinations have parks that offer beachside camping for about $20 per night. Camping is an affordable alternative at virtually any destination, in fact. And camping doesn’t necessarily mean “roughing it.” Modern camping equipment can keep you as warm and comfortable as if you were sleeping at home (decent sleeping bags and sleeping pads are a must), and many campgrounds offer conveniences such as showers and running water. Some even rent basic but comfortable cabins.

6. Travel inrepparttar 145054 off season It may be obvious to seasoned travelers, but those with less experience may not be aware of how affordable it can be to vacation inrepparttar 145055 “off season”—basically, any time other than when most people travel to your destination. Certain destinations’ accommodation and airfare prices may be slashed by 30 percent or more duringrepparttar 145056 off-season compared torepparttar 145057 peak travel season.

7. Consider your airline alternatives When booking airfare online, don’t overlook discount and international airlines—some are not listed onrepparttar 145058 big travel portal websites, even though they might have a lower fare to your destination. Also be sure to compare rates for alternate airports within a reasonable traveling distance. You might live half an hour from a major airport, butrepparttar 145059 smaller airport a couple hours away might have substantially lower fares. Check for alternate airports near your destination, too. Finally, be flexible about your arrival and departure dates;repparttar 145060 major travel portals all have options to search forrepparttar 145061 cheapest flights within a range of dates. Any one of these alternatives could potentially save you hundreds of dollars.

Jerry Windley-Daoust profiles cheap honeymoon ideas at Creative Honeymoon Ideas, a website featuring off-the-beaten-track honeymoon ideas.

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