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Since arriving 6 weeks ago I have eaten many different Asian dishes. I have managed to eat western food only once which was McDonalds out of convenience. It will be peculiar not eating noodle soup or omelet on rice for breakfast everyday back in the U.K. 

The food is very inexpensive with street food starting at 40 baht or 1 dollar (approx. 1 pound) for fried rice and ranges up 7 dollars per meal for something like a whole BBQ fish. Eastern food is definitely the way to go in Asia; western food is available at all destinations but is generally pricier and not cooked like we’re use to either.

The best food is found outside the tourist hotspot areas where you can see the locals eating. These eateries have the most interesting menus which are the best tasting and are local prices too. There are lots of local sweets sold from the street vendors; these include banana fritters, coconut rice balls, mango sticky rice, fried ice cream, pancakes (not so local) and fresh fruit. 

All I will suggest is have an open mind and be adventurous; try something new every day and you will come across different and amazing flavors. Once you have developed a palette for the food you will always be looking forward to the next meal!

By Max Selwyn - South East Asia Trail Volunteer

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