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Fresh  Fruit!

One of my favorite parts of Southeast Asia is the fresh tropical fruit. So much is available at your fingertips wherever you go. The bright colors and new tastes you find in each market place. And there are so many ways to enjoy these new delights.

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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.

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Top 5 Foods To Try In Thailand

A few recommendations of what food you should try in Thailand during the trail.

1.Green Curry

For newbies to Thai curries this is a great first curry to try. It has a coconut creamy taste with only a little bit of spice. Once you've tasted the green, other ones to try are panang, massaman or a Khao soi in the north. You can tailor the spice rating of your curry when ordering by asking for spicy (pet) or not spicy (mai pet).

2.Pad ka pow (Sweet holy basil)

For those who like a bit of spice pad ka pow is a delicious dish to try. Typically stir fried with meat, sweet basil, garlic and chilli this dish can also be made with vegetables or tofu for the non meat eaters. It is typically served with an egg and a side of white rice.

3.Fresh cold coconuts

A must have in Thailand to get you into the holiday mode. Whether you are on the islands or strolling down a market in Chiang mai or Bangkok a fresh icy cold coconut is a delicious, fun novelty as well as a welcome relief from the heat.

4.Mango sticky rice

Dessert heaven! This dish is a favourite of many first time travellers to Thailand. It is fresh mango with a side of glutinous rice drizzled with coconut cream. Trail members compared this to rice pudding with fresh fruit.

5.Pad Thai

No list would be complete without pad Thai, Thailand's most well known noodle dish. It is sold on almost every street corner and is one of the quickest/cheapest eats in Thailand. The dish contains thin noodles, stir fried tofu and egg, fish sauce and peanuts. You can tailor make the dish however you please.

Other mentions:

Som Tam (papaya salad)
Khao pad (fried rice)
Tom Yum (spicy sour soup)

By Shannon Burke - South East Asia Trail Leader

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Culture Shock

So here it is our second blog post in our great journey through Southeast Asia. I was born and lived most of my life in Mexico, a third world country. Coming to Thailand was not a big culture shock as I am used to the different conditions that the world exists in, for some of my peers this was not the case.

I think that this is a great and beautiful thing. Culture shock is the shock that people get when visiting other cultures around the world that are drastically different from theirs. I’ve been able to see this develop first hand mostly in my friends that have not been outside of their first world country. The most beautiful thing about culture shock is that it can open you eyes to how the rest, if not the most, of the world lives like. Most small culture shocks like the fact that no one here is eating exotic meats like snake and crocodile, or that body language is far more useful for communication than they otherwise believed in are relatively insignificant.

By far the best culture shock that many of my first-world peers have experienced is just how absolutely happy most people are here. They see people from all types of socioeconomic status and they are shocked by the fact that they’re not miserable as they would have believed it should be. A lot of our modern society grows up learning that the key to happiness is money, financial stability and the growth of personal wealth. Even though money is certainly a factor of overall happiness, it is by far not the most important. The most important factor in happiness is the experiences we have, the people we meet and the places we go.

By opening ourselves to the world and to other cultures and people, we learn how to be more respectful to society and we learn how to live a slightly different way. My finishing thought and advice for anyone reading this blog post is get out there. Take a gap year, travel to the opposite continent, meet new people, eat some crazy food, learn a different language, experience life outside of your comfort zone. The world is a humongous yet small place, staying locked in your home country is a pity since there’s so much to see and so much to do. Get out there! Pack your backpack, buy the first plane out and go experience what the rest of the world is like because you might just be surprised of what you find.

By Fabian Garduno - South East Asia Trail Volunteer

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Explore the best of Bangkok in Two Days

For many travellers, Thailand’s capital Bangkok serves as the gateway to South East Asia. Therefore, it is one of Asia’s most popular destinations. It offers an enormous variety of attractions so one could easily spend more than a week in the thrilling city. But what is really worth seeing if you have only limited time? Here are our suggestions for getting to know different perspectives of Bangkok in only two days:

Day 1

Grand Palace: The huge palace and the Wat Phra Kaew, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, should be on top of every must-see list!

Street food: There is good street food stalls available on the small market at the ferry stop next to the Palace. Pad Thai are the most typical fried noodles that everyone should try.

Ferry: Take the river ferry down to Chinatown and enjoy the view of Bangkok from the water perspective.

Chinatown: Let yourself flow through the colourful narrow alleys of commercial chaos with a tremendous variety of shops and street food.

Sky Bar: Take a look at the city from another perspective and check out one of the cities rooftop bars. Sky Bar on Lebua Tower became famous through the movie Hangover 2 and offers yum (pricy) drinks.

Day 2

Wat Pho: The big temple is well known for the statue of the leaning Buddha. It is Bangkok’s oldest monastery and one of Bangkok’s most iconic sights.

Canal Tour: Explore Bangkok as the “Venice of the East”. Take a long tail boat, get to see Bangkok’s less visited canals on the west side of the Chao Phraya River.

Khao San: Wander around famous Khao San Street and let yourself flow through the party scene. Enjoy dinner or a drink on Soi Rambuttri, the more laid back street around the corner.

By the South East Asia Trail Team

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