Thai-Land of the Food

I adore traveling. The opportunity to immerse myself in another world. To witness a culture and people first hand. Jogging past inconceivable urban layouts. Tasting my way through a country’s rich history.

In fact while tasting my way through Bangkok, Thailand, Luang Prabang, and Colombo, I forgot my blogger hat completely. I managed to salvage a few semi-devoured meals, but the pictures do little justice to the dining that took place over the two weeks. From village woks to street carts to boutique cafes.

 

Thanks for hosting, Jenn

 

Fueling for the day (breakfast):

Buffet x5

Buffet x5

Granola hodge podge

Granola hodge podge

Perusing the aisles

Perusing the aisles

Rambutan for days

Rambutan for days

 

Imbibing and hydrating (drinks):

Green juice. Chiang Mai style

Green juice. Chiang Mai style

Street coconut smoothie

Street coconut smoothie

Nothing fresher

Nothing fresher

Fresh pomegranate, please

Fresh pomegranate, please

I'm a fan

Natty Chang

 

Dining on all cuisines (lunch and dinner):

Pad thai for days

Pad thai for days

Fish balls ??

Fish balls ??

Lemongrass stuffed chicken

Lemongrass stuffed chicken

Seaweed and dippers

Seaweed and dippers

Seafood. Can't stop won't stop

Seafood. Can’t stop won’t stop

Heaven

Heaven

Refueling after 3 days of village life

Refueling after 3 days of village life

Real ramen. Thank you Bangkok airport

Real ramen. Thank you, Bangkok airport

 

What’s your most memorable meal abroad?

Prepcation

Okay okay okay. So I may be guilty of taking blogging reprieve #387, but there was positive intent behind it. A little R & R in South East Asia? I’ll take it

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I have to say I feel utterly rejuvenated. Fourteen days of mango sticky rice, street Pad Thai, 5 hour muddy treks, spa days, ornate temples, sleeping on village floors, luxurious hotels, and so on.

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After accomplishing a big career to-do and  being finished with the Thailand/Laos planning, I feel ready to really buckle down and focus on my next steps and “the plan.” I’m a wee bit guilty of over-planning  and overextending details of my life, but at the same time I so often get consumed by the daily commitments that my to-do lists will then repeat for months on end. Thus I’m back from my first truly self-sponsored vacation with a college bestie and ready to focus on what the twenty four year old me needs at this moment.

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Coinciding with this motivated self is a very confused body and circadian rhythm. I’m thirteen hours off and surely feeling it on the return much more than on the arrival. Given that there are fellow type A’s out there who similarly like to micromanage the transit woes, I thought I’d discuss some of my lessons learned for jet lag and travel.

 

Tricks of the international trade:

  • Avoid checking bags if possible. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve arrived bagless at my international destination, only to have my bag returned the day I’m returning home. Save yourself some anxiety…and money buying new underwear

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  • Master the traveling chic. It’s that happy medium between wearing your PJs and being stuck in an uncomfortable formal gown, so that you’re confident if you meet your future husband while sitting in 5D. And luckily  that spells leggings and a cardigan or pashmina throw for me
  • Keep the stewardess on speed-dial. The 3 oz cups of water they serve could not possibly hydrate a mouse. I’m in constant need of a refill and why wouldn’t I on a 10 hour flight? Hydration is key especially with the hand and foot swelling that takes place inflight
  • Pack a neck pillow for 6+ hour flights. This trip was my first time using a neck pillow (which deflates to fit in my bag I might add), and it was a saving grace. I didn’t arrive in Bangkok in need of a chiropractor. Hallelujah
  • Prep those snacks. I’ve starved one too many times on flights when faced with the mystery meat that frequents airlines meals nowadays. Given I’m the snack queen, I can tell you I had sustenance on hand for my 23 hour flight
    • A few ideas: water dense veggies and fruit, protein bars, dried fruit and nuts, sandwich for your next meal, miso soup packets, seaweed snacks, etc
  • Slip on a pair of thick socks. A friend suggested this to me before I left and boy was it a great tip. Sandals and flats are the ideal security shoe; however, when the temperature on the plane drops to 50 degrees slipping on a pair of warm socks helps you maintain whatever menial amount of heat you have retained
  • Move it. I am not someone who will advocate doing lunges and stretches down the aisle. I once witnessed a woman do a full blown yoga sun salutation in the aisle, complete with chatarangas and down dogs. I still cringe. However, I will suggest you move when you make your arrival. I know all you want to do is sleep but whether you go for a walk and explore the city or hop on the treadmill briefly, you’ll thank me because these are the steps (literally) your body needs to adjust
  • Stay present. Whether your luggage is lost or you accidentally drank the native water, you’re at your prized destination and that’s what matters

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Any travel tips?