A short post to emphasise once again just how interesting everyday life can be here, for us newbies anyway.
I decided to take a road I hadn’t been on before, which headed generally in the right direction for home, and thought I would share with you what a simple local drive can provide by way of new scenery.
Our first stop was at a hairdresser for a cut. The last one I had was in Phuket and she did an excellent job. However the $200.00 returned flight cost from Chiang Mai to Phuket seemed a bit excessive so I decided to give a local salon the opportunity to set my style for the next few weeks.
The next stop was at this cafe as part of my unsuccessful quest to find a decent local coffee shop. The unbeaten favourite so far is still Biscotti Cafe HERE, but it is a little too far from home to be a drop-in place.
Unfortunately Baan a Din won’t be replacing Biscotti anytime soon as it was the worst coffee I have had in a long time. The farang owner was asleep I was told by his apologising, very pregnant and sweet wife. This was one of four farang run cafe/bar/restaurants I saw on this road, mostly hole in the wall places maybe catering to the number of big Moo Baans in the area, which would have a few foreign residents.
So unfulfilled on the coffee front we headed off only to be stopped when Gaun got very excited when she spotted this field. We were invited onto the farm after Gaun spoke to one of the workers as he obviously recognised a fellow enthusiast.
Gaun took lots of photos to show her sister Yuan how chillies are grown here as it is a far more sophisticated method than back home. On Gaun’s farm the plants are just cultivated on flat earth and watered by hand.
Walking back to the car we came across this travelling troupe set up on the corner playing to the local audience. I suppose a donation at the end covered the viewing. Almost a medieval type lifestyle travelling the roads, setting up in places to entertain the population.
Finally wherever you have people you have a market. Food is synonymous with any Thai activity and this was no different. We bought eggs, $1.30 for ten, and some veggies for dinner.
So for an Australian a simple trip down one street like this provides a couple of hours of interesting activities. Something quite different from anything I would experience in Canberra. It is simple, non-tourist outings like this that make my life here so rewarding.
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