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Old 21st July 2009, 22:17   #76
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And when we needed a little change in diet, there was always McD or KFC to fall back on - KFC has this great-tasting "Shrimp-FIT" burger - how I wish they'd introduce it in India!

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The omnipresent 7-11 stores were always there for our supplies of bicuits, and sometimes something a little exotic - -like this cake to celebrate our daughter's birthday on the move!

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We especially loved the concept of flat-bottomed ice-cream cones that you can stand on a table.

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(Next instalment: Binging at a night market)
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Posted below are a series of pics from the Chiang Mai Night Market where we spent a few hours, and had a dinner of the variety of the foodstuff available there! Most pics are self-explanatory.
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Apparently, a lot of Thai families don't have a running kitchen at their homes, and depend completely on street food for all their meals. It's supposed to be more economical - it sure was for us!

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They call this pao - we know it as the momo. COnfused guys there - but what can you expect from folks whose word for pork is "moo"??

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Thai version of the roll/frankie - comes in varieties such as egg and jam stuffing, with condensed milk, or even with Milo!

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After that feast, the next day's fare of coffee and toast in the morning tasted insipid.

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Towards the end of the trip, we were happy to find an Indian restaurant in Pattaya, run by a Bangladeshi named Shamim. It wasn't otherwise expensive, but the 'roti' cost about 40THB each, and 'parathas' were for 60-75THB! My MIL was mighty happy with food that tasted pretty much as she wanted it... Shamim was also a big help in securing me a taxi for a price lower than the asking rate, to take us back to BKK (with a stopover at the Sriracha Tiger Zoo).

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There was another Punjabi restaurant on Shore Road at Pattaya. Spotted another Indian restaurant at a midway lay-by between BKK and Pattaya too.

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And there was this Thai 'dhaba' with a very Indian-sounding name, on our way to Chiang Mai. No sign of any Indians or Indian food there...

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One more interesting thing I noted: all public places - restaurants, airports, malls, markets, etc. would have a strategically placed set of ashtrays and a sign designating a smoking area. People don't smoke everywhere, and the place stays clean. Er... what happened to that ban on smoking in public places here? No wonder it didn't work here...

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Default The Wax Museum near Bangkok

The place is known by the name of the Thai Human Imagery Museum, and is pretty good, though not exactly at Madame Tussaud's level...

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The first set of images as one enters the museum are, IMO, the best and most life-like.
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Images of the Thai royalty over the ages

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Default Some more pics from the Thai Human Imagery Museum

Here are some more pics from the museum...

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Images under the theme of "slavery in Thailand" - they generally don't let you click photos here.
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Whoa! Abundance of cheap non veg food, public smoking - seems like my kinda place. And all this time I thought Thailand was just another wardrobe shoppers' paradise.

Amazing pics dada. One should just take a print of this whole thread and use it like a "Ready reckoner to Thailand". One of the best from "Travelogue Factory" Sengupta! Keep it up.
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Whoa! Abundance of cheap non veg food
Indeed - a paradise for the fish-loving (and "chingrimaachh" loving) Bong!! At unbelievably low prices - one feels that one ought to convert to a standard diet of prawns and shrimp while there. WE did!
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Default The Bridge on the River Kwai

I'd seen the movie in my teens, and then I saw this in real life.

And what a thrill it sends down the back of your spine!

History lessons on posters near the bridge
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The bridge
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A bomb that did not explode
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And we rode the train across the bridge to experience history at first-hand.



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Default More pics from River Kwai

Why's this such a familiar name for a river, I'd been wondering for some time now. Not because of the movie, I was sure. Then it struck me - it's the name of a famous river in Bengal too! The way the Thais pronounce it, sounds the same as we pronounce the name of this river too - the Khowai, flowing by Shantiniketan, and made famous by Rabindranath...

Enjoy the Thai Khowai - ours isn't as pictureque, I'm afraid.
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Default Train ride across River Kwai...

There's this rattly yellow train that takes one for a ride across the river for 20 THB, and which proved so painful for my wife in the process of getting off... The train ride would be the part of our visit there, that we'll remember the most!
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Default Glimpses of history at River Kwai

We missed out on visiting the War Museum

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and the Peace Temple,

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but the WW-II steam engines and a truck converted to run on rails helped compensate a little for that.

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And the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery has a plaque showing the India connection.

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Pretty trinkets for sale,

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and a list of places nearby to visit.

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Safari World at Bangkok was the last place we expected to see a stunt show - but there it was! Something along the lines of the Wild West show at Ramoji Film City, this was good entertainment. There was the usual theme of cowboys and Red Indians, villains and the hero, a damsel in distress (here it was more like a damsel CAUSING distress), gunfire, explosions, falls from the roof and falls into a well, hanging, kicking, running and a lot of unintelligible tomfoolery (never understood Thai humour anyway - khapun khap). Utterly timepass...

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My computer crashed, but luckily I had my photos in backup. Now that it is back, here's a set of pretty photos from the Tiffany's Show at Pattaya.
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Now that your eyes are happy, may I be allowed to put a spanner in the works? These are transvestites, those same folks we tend to run away from in this country - and what do Indians do when they pay 40THB to get close to them in Thailand?
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