Photos by MJ Klein, including food photos!
After our adventures in northern Laos, it was time to head back to Thailand.
We asked our friend Mr. Oath to meet us at the Thai/Lao border. Since photography in the border zone is forbidden, I didn’t get any photos of him picking us up, and quite frankly I was so happy to see him after all that time that I totally forgot about taking any photos for the blog. We got into his friend’s car and headed to Udon Thani.
We’ve been to Udon Thani before with our friend Mr. Banchob, but we haven’t spent significant time there. We’ve heard others talk about Udon and what a nice place it is, so we were looking forward to finding out for ourselves. Mr. Oath took us to an outdoor food pavilion. This is just one of the seating areas.
Surrounding the seating area, are literally dozens of food vendors with a wide variety of foods.
Everything that I saw looked fresh and top-notch.
Just look at this Thai salad (som tom). This salad rocked!
I had to get a plate of famous Isaan sausages!
Some chicken nugget type things.
Thai style fried rice.
This is a shot of the destruction we left! Not shown is the small bottle of Sang Som and mixer that we drank with dinner.
After we finished eating we took a walk in the nearby complex. This is a huge, perpetual night market area, with a wide variety of items for sale, just like the food.
That’s Hui-chen in the pink shirt, and Mr. Oath up ahead in the white shirt.
Many vendors lay their products on the ground to display them.
Others use racks to hang their clothing along the path.
We found out that this area is called the “walking street” of Udon Thani. Notice the misspelling of the word “bazaar.” That’s ok, we got the meaning!
This is the same sign in Thai. The word “soi” means “road” in Thai.
One of those huge outdoor places that Thailand is famous for.
Here were are, walking along the outskirts of the Bazaar. We’re heading to another place after this.
Lately, it seems like more and more places are being lit up by LEDs as the technology becomes less and less expensive.
Mr. Oath took us to another place with live music. We ordered some snack food of course!
This was a rather strange dish, but I must say that it was good. It kinda tasted like “kung pao” shrimp but not as hotly spiced. The bowl was edible too.
These are deep fried shrimp.
Of course, Thai peanuts which are always fantastic.
This is our last shot for you of the evening. This is one of the promotional girls who’s job it is to try to get you to buy more of whatever kind of alcohol she is selling. She was hanging around us all evening so I had to take a shot of her. I’ve since forgotten what it was she was selling. Oh well, it doesn’t matter. We had a great time catching up with Mr. Oath. It was good being back in Thailand again.
The next article is about our last day in Thailand before we go home to Taiwan. You don’t want to miss that one because we show Michael Cannon the hidden market of Khonkaen.
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