Sukhumvit Soi 38, Bangkok

The shopping malls are overrated. The girls have too much makeup and plastic on. And the river? It's so filthy that you can't baptize anyone in it. Instead, it is the river that needs baptizing.

The food in Bangkok, however, is world-class.

The flavors, the heat, and all the involuntary perspiration from your body when you eat in Bangkok is worth the flight and airfare. Screw bacons and donuts - Thai food is the real deal.


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I LOVE BANGKOK

I must have had at least five meals each day when I was there. The sweltering heat, the bustling streets and the profuse aroma of spices in the air are what made this city so special. You don't really love it, but you definitely can't hate it either. Dining in this city is an exceptional gastronomic experience. Hence, it must have been a dream come true for foodies when they discovered Sukhumvit Soi 38, the mother of all Bangkokian street food spots.


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Please bring me back!

Despite being discussed elaborately in travel forums, Sukhumvit Soi 38 is still delightfully free from tourists. Finding it is a breeze - you will not be able to miss it once you get out of Thong Lor BTS. Alternatively, just follow the smell!


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Yes, those are frogs. And no, I did not try it.


Sukhumvit Soi 38 Bangkok

Rice, noodles, rice noodles, hot broths and meats of any existing animal. Maybe even a few cans of Leo or Chang to further enhance your dining experience in Bangkok.

Food stalls are open from 6 p.m. till late night (apparently it is a popular spot for local teenagers after clubbing hours so now you know where to go to see attractive Thais in skimpy dresses) and prices are around 60 baht for most of the dishes.

Have fun hunting for food!

Eating Insects in Bangkok

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Eating Insects in Bangkok

No.
I couldn't even make myself touch an insect, let alone eat it whole, fried and spiced.

Well, I guess Bangkok, along with the right amount of alcohol, could make you do anything - and that was exactly what happened.

It was just another night at Khao San when the idea of bar-hopping suddenly sounded tedious. I gave it up for a long stroll instead, and that was when I came across a cart selling nothing but still, fried insects. Slightly woozy and intoxicated, I staggered to the cart from across the street and started selecting my snacks for the night.


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Choices, choices!

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10 baht for a picture, unless you're a customer

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My pick for the night! Everything above for just 50 baht


I am pretty sure I steered clear of cockroaches and those mussels lookalike thing but I somehow found (and almost eaten) a few of those. The vendor must have decided to generously throw in whatever that she couldn't sell.

And so I started with the worms (the most harmless and edible) and reluctantly moved on to the locusts which were as thick as my fingers. The other insects? Well, I kinda just offered them to the drunk guys sitting at the next table.

The verdict: Worms - yummy and very squishy.
Everything else? I wouldn't eat them again even if I had to do it to survive the Great Famine.


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Thanks, Bangkok, for all the crazy experiences.

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20 Vietnamese Food to Try

Wondering what to eat in Vietnam? You will be spoilt for choice!

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I'll be the first to admit - Vietnamese food is nothing like that of Thailand. Thai food is loved by people from around the world all thanks to its fiery, well-seasoned dishes. Each bite is a burst of delightful flavors, making it exceedingly hard to put the spoon down. Well, Vietnamese food is notably different. While it is on a par with other Southeast Asian food in terms of color and vibrancy, it however, lacks in flavors - but that isn't necessarily a bad thing.

Vietnam is said to have one of the healthiest ethnic food in the world. It is ridiculously low in fat, mostly free of gluten, and is loaded with many types of essential vitamins and minerals. It is also capable of boosting the immune system while aiding weight loss. Sound too good to be true? You would need to try them to find out then. The following is a list of the top 20 must-try dishes in Vietnam. You are welcome.

Must-try Dishes in Vietnam

1. Bánh bè

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Bánh bè / Steamed savory rice cakes


2. Vây Cá Hồi Nướng

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Vây Cá Hồi Nướng / Grilled salmon


3. Mì Quảng

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Mì Quảng / rice noodle, one of the most popular food in the country


4. Bò Kho Bánh Mì

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Bò Kho Bánh Mì / Beef stew


5. Gỏi cuốn

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Gỏi cuốn / Soft vermicelli spring rolls


6. Trái sơ ri

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Trái sơ ri / Barbados cherries


7. Gỏi

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Gỏi / Goi salad


8. Chả giò

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Chả giò / Minced pork sausage


9. Súp Nấm Rong Biển

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Súp Nấm Rong Biển / Seaweed Soup


10. Khoai Mì

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Khoai Mì & Muối Mè / Tapioca with seasoned crushed peanut


11. Sweet Cakes

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Bánh Tằm Khoai Mì - Khoai Mì Nước Dừa - Xôi Thập Cẩm - Xôi đậu / Assortment of sweet cakes and desserts


12. Bún Thang

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Bún Thang


13. Bún Bò

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Bún Bò


14. Cơm tấm

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Cơm tấm (Sườn - Bì - Chả - Trứng) / Steamed broken rice with grilled pork chop marinated in sugar and fish sauce, pork loaf topped with egg, and a mixture of shredded pork and skin


15. Bò lúc lắc

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Bò lúc lắc / Sauteed beef


16. Bánh Xèo

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Bánh Xèo / Sizzling cake - Savory fried pancakes stuffed with pork, shrimp, green onion, and bean sprouts.

The right way of eating Bánh Xèo is to roll it with greens:


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Dip it into the orangy sauce and you're good to go!


17. Ếch Chiên Nước Mắm

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Ếch Chiên Nước Mắm / Fried frog


18. Bò Xào Xả

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Bò Xào Xả / Beef and lemongrass stir-fry


19. Fried Noodles

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Fried egg noodles


20. Nem rán

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Nem rán / A more rugged variation of Chả giò


Addicted to everything Vietnamese? Read my post on Ho Chi Minh or Vung Tau :)

Ps. Special thanks to Andy and friends for helping me with the names of these dishes!

Phsar Leu, Siem Reap

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Morning crowd at Phsar Leu

Phsar Leu, or the upper market, is definitely the place to go to in order for you to truly connect with the local culture. Due to the rarity of having tourists around, the vendors here speak little to no English.

Phsar Leu is said to be the biggest and the most authentic market in Siem Reap. If you are planning on visiting, ditch the idea of souvenir-hunting and focus solely on appreciating and immersing yourself in the Cambodian daily lifestyle instead. After all, the market is four times bigger than Old Market, so it will take plenty of time and effort to find what you want here.

How to Get to Phsar Leu

  • Rent a tuk-tuk and pay around $6 two-way + waiting time
  • Ride a bicycle. Go onto Sivatha Road from the Old Market and then onto the National Highway 6 (in the direction of Phnom Penh). The journey will take you about 15-20 minutes.

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If you are planning to cycle there, this is National Highway 6. Yeap, it's not for the faint-hearted


Once you've arrived at your destination, politely ask any of the vendor if they could look after the bicycle for you because there isn't any place to lock it to. I tried paying the girl who helped me but she wouldn't accept my money so I got her some sweet snacks instead. (Not everyone wants your money here; Some are genuinely kind)


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Phsar Leu Siem Reap

Airy, and so much space. A pleasant change from the congested old market

The highlight of my trip to Phsar Leu was definitely the food!


Being the foodie that I am, I wanted so badly to try as much local food as I could. When I was there, I must have gotten more than ten different types of snacks and people would just keep staring at me. I completely understand how much the Cambodians value moderation, and I must have looked so obnoxious and repugnant in their eyes.

"Food and experience before judgement," I told myself, as I proceeded to the next food cart to browse other options.


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How could you say no to that?!


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....and that!


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AND THAT!


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AND THAT!!!

Keep in mind that the people here cannot speak English, so make sure you bring along enough Riels (unlike the Old Market, things here are much cheaper and are sold in the local currency). Payment is made easy when you let them pick out the notes themselves, but do use your head and see if you are being charged reasonably (4500 riels = $1, go figure)


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Just like the Old Market, Phsar Leu has an interior section too


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It has everything


Phsar Leu Siem Reap

People-watching is a joy here


I would totally recommend a brief stop at Phsar Leu for anyone who is traveling to Siem Reap. The atmosphere is notably different, and people are just so nice and friendly. Those smiles, those endless beams from lit up faces will just turn you tender and warm.

It would be a loss to skip this great destination.


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The journey back into town was equally as pleasant...


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...You just need to make sure that are able to handle all those smiles.