Thailand Street Vendors & Food

One thing I really enjoy about Bangkok and Thailand in general is the street scene. I’ve been to a lot of large cities, but the atmosphere here is just different. Every sidewalk is literally crammed with vendors selling everything from food to clothing, to electronics and souvenirs, to just about anything else you can think of. It would seem that business would be hard to come by with just about everyone selling the same items, but from early morning until well past midnight you’ll find that business is quite brisk.

I’ve learned that food is very important to Thais. They eat anywhere from 3 to 6 times per day depending on how busy they are. In America people are always on the go and rarely eat breakfast, barely squeeze a lunch in when possible, and will only take the time to eat dinner, but even then a lot of times it’s fast food or microwaved.

Here in Thailand they eat a full meal. Everything else can wait until the meal is finished. It’s important to note that the food here is generally very healthy with seafood and vegetables the items of choice. Very few foods are fried, and sweets aren’t that interesting to Thais. I guess it would explain why it’s very rare that you see anyone that would be considered overweight. New weighs in just under 40 kiligrams, a little less than 90 pounds, but she eats far more than I can handle. If I can eat 2 or 3 meals in a day I’ve done well. Usually it’s one good meal and maybe a snack and I’m good.

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